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  • Pollution of brook costs Evesham food processing company over £59,000

    Mushroom packaging and distribution company appeared in court on 31 January 2017 for polluting the Battleton Broom in Evesham.

    Walsh Mushrooms, a mushroom packaging and distribution company operating at the Vale Park industrial estate in Evesham, appeared in Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court yesterday (31 January 2017) and pleaded guilty to an offence of polluting the nearby Battleton Brook with the effluent of rotting mushrooms.

  • Combinex Oral Suspension – Product defect recall alert

    Product defect recall alert for Combinex Oral Suspension manufactured by Elanco Animal Health.

    We wish to make wholesalers and veterinary surgeons aware that the VMD has been notified that Elanco Animal Health has issued a recall of certain batches of its combination fluke/wormer Combinex Oral Suspension for Sheep (Vm 00879/4084).

  • Charity payment after water company permit breach

    The Environment Agency has accepted an Enforcement Undertaking from Northumbrian Water following pollution incident.

    The Environment Agency has accepted an Enforcement Undertaking which will see Northumbrian Water pay £375,000 to charities in the North East after it breached environmental permitting regulations.

    The offer also includes actions for Northumbrian Water to improve its operations and infrastructure.

  • Work to improve disabled access to toilets on trains and at stations is underway

    Industry has committed to improve accessibility for disabled passengers after talks with the Rail Minister.

    Work to improve disabled access to toilets on trains and at stations is underway following talks between Rail Minister Paul Maynard and senior rail industry representatives.

  • Environmental charities receive over £1.5 million from businesses which broke environmental laws

    Charities will receive more than £1.5 million for projects benefitting wildlife and the environment as a result of enforcement action by the Environment Agency, it was announced today.

    Companies which broke environmental laws - either by polluting rivers, breaching permit conditions designed to protect communities or avoiding recycling – have agreed to make payments to a range of charities and have pledged to make improvements to avoid future offences.

  • Business checked in pollution patrol

    The Environment Agency visited businesses in Tyne & Wear in an operation to tackle environmental pollution.

    Environment Agency officers visited 30 businesses in Washington, Tyne & Wear in an operation to tackle environmental pollution.

  • Growth in permanent hiring despite uncertain outlook

    Permanent and temporary placements rise 1 per cent year-on-year, yet permanent vacancies decline within IT and Finance, research reveals.

    New survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) reveals that both permanent and temporary placement hiring has risen year-on-year (1 per cent each).

  • UK to boost jobs and trade for world’s poorest countries

    Investment in economic development will help developing nations speed up their rate of economic growth, trade more and industrialise faster, and ultimately lift themselves out of poverty.

  • Late payment reporting guidance launched for large businesses

    Guidance to help large businesses report on how quickly they pay their suppliers will be published today (31 January 2017).

  • SMEs must prepare now for the General Data Protection Regulation

    As the eleventh annual Data Protection Day approaches, Robert Guice, senior vice president, EMEAA at Shred-it, says, ‘For businesses of all sizes across the UK, protecting personal data, both physically and electronically, has never been more important.

  • Flexible working requests and how to handle them

    Samantha Castle offers some advice on how to balance employee expectations and the needs of your business.

    As more of us struggle to strike a balance between our work and family life, employers are increasingly being approached with requests for flexible working.

    The law and flexible working requests

  • The UK continues to be Scotland’s largest market for trade.

    Latest Scottish Government Global Connections Survey shows the rest of the UK continues to be Scotland’s largest market for exports.

  • Car manufacturers celebrate record year

    2016 saw 1.7 million cars manufactured in Britain.

    Last year saw a 17-year high in the number of cars built in the UK, official SMMT records have revealed. In 2016, 1.7 million cars came off the production line, up 8.5% on the year before.

  • Backing the ad industry as we make a success of Brexit

    Keynote speech to the Advertising Association's LEAD 2017 summit

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo Da Vinci knew some stuff didn’t he? And he knew that slogans, or as we politicians put it, soundbites, matter.

    Without the help of people who know how to express the core qualities of a service, product, or plan in straightforward yet captivating language, we are sunk.

  • MOD partners with industry to promote UK prosperity

    In the week the UK’s Industrial Strategy was announced, Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin met with Boeing International president Marc Allen to mark the successes of a joint initiative to build UK prosperity and growth agreed last year.

  • New campaign highlights trade and investment opportunities in Global Britain

    The Department for International Trade has today kicked off its largest ever international trade and investment campaign.

    The UK’s Department for International Trade has today (Wednesday 25 January) kicked off its largest ever international trade and investment campaign as part of the UK government’s continued drive to be the business destination of choice.

  • Oil and gas regulators to host public drop-in at Wakefield

    Come and find out how agencies work together to regulate drilling activities

    A group of public agencies is hosting a drop-in event in Wakefield to explain how they work together to regulate the onshore oil and gas industry and protect communities and the environment.

  • UK and US strengthen maritime aviation cooperation

    Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin signs a Maritime Patrol Aircraft declaration with the US.

    Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin today signed a P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) declaration with her United States counterpart, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work to further strengthen the uniquely close defence relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.

  • New ways of networking: changes for _connect users

    To improve how we connect people and opportunities we’re rationalising our networks and closing _connect groups.

    Innovate UK will be closing its _connect networking groups on 1 February 2017 to focus on building bigger, stronger innovation communities on LinkedIn.

  • Communications framework attracts small businesses

    A new communications framework is now available for government and public sector organisations.

    The new Communications Services framework has proved extremely popular with suppliers, resulting in a number of small businesses signing up to work with government for the first time.

  • UK - South Africa joint trade statement

    Joint statement by UK Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox, and South Africa Minister for Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies.

    Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, and the South Africa Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, met in London today, Tuesday 24 January 2017, for bilateral talks.

  • Disastrous ONS retail figures prove High Street has a decade left

    ONS retail statistics reveal December’s High Street retail figures slumped to their biggest fall for over four years, while online sales rose 21.3 per cent.

  • Pre-Autumn Statement: the longest tax freeze in history must be cut

    The UK economy could benefit from a 3p cut in petrol fuel prices and a longer tax freeze from the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

    Pre-Autumn Statement releases and announcement rumours of a continuing freeze in fuel duty till April 2018 show that the Chancellor of the Exchequer is looking to lower prices at the petrol pumps to steady the economy, according to FairFuelUK.

  • UK small businesses are upbeat on Trump effect

    Two thirds of those SMEs surveyed by Citibase Business Confidence Index believe Trump’s win would either be positive or have no impact on business with just 18 per cent predicting a negative outcome.