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  • Lengthy bans for carbon credit company directors

    The four directors of World Future Limited have been banned as company directors for a total of 42 and a half years.

    World Future sold voluntary emission reduction carbon credits (VERs) at highly inflated prices to members of the public as an investment. The credits had no investment potential.

  • Financial adviser handed 15 year bankruptcy restriction order

    Stephen Benjamin James Todd has been handed the maximum bankruptcy restriction order of 15 years for acting in the management of a company whilst an undischarged bankrupt and subject to a lengthy director’s ban.

  • Loughborough and Leicester Enterprise Zone will rev up the Midlands Engine

    Plans for new Enterprise Zone to support the UK’s space science industry confirmed.

    The Midlands Engine is going interstellar thanks to plans for a new Enterprise Zone to support the UK’s space science industry, Local Government Minister Marcus Jones has confirmed.

    The new Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone will cover 3 sites across Loughborough and Leicester, and aims to deliver 6,500 new jobs by building on the local area’s expertise in the sector.

  • More than 50 Welsh companies expected at major UK Government export summit

    A major summit on exports is set to draw together a range of Welsh companies with experts on hand.

    More than 50 Welsh companies are expected at a major export summit set up by the UK Government to help exporters sell more across the globe.

    The event, being hosted on 6 March at Cardiff City Hall by the Wales Office and the Department for International Trade, will bring together a range of exporters under one roof who can offer practical advice on:

  • £170 million plan to dual vital Somerset road

    Drivers will see quicker, safer and more reliable journeys in Somerset under government plans to tackle congestion on the A303.

    The key route between Sparkford and Ilchester is being upgraded to relieve the over-congested road and create 30 miles of dual carriageway between Mere and South Petherton.

  • One in three SMEs hit by critical business issues

    A third of UK small business owners have experienced critical business issues that have had a damaging impact on their business.

    New research by Direct Line for Business reveals almost a third (31 per cent) of UK small business owners have experienced critical business issues that have had a damaging impact on their business, as well as a knock-on effect on their clients.

  • Funding competition: commercialisation of quantum technologies 3

    Businesses can apply for a share of £14 million to develop quantum technology prototypes or establish technical or market feasibility.

    Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £14 million in quantum technologies.

  • 50 days to go until new vehicle tax rates come into force

    DVLA is reminding motorists that there are just 50 days to go until new vehicle tax rates come into force for all cars and some motor homes that are first registered from 1 April 2017.

     

    Rohan Gye, DVLA Vehicle Service Manager, said:

  • Changes and challenges facing UK bus industry

    Partnerships key to future growth says Bus Minister.

    Introduction - change

    Good morning.

    It’s a real pleasure to return to the UK Bus Summit today.

    I’m grateful to Professor Begg and the team at Transport Times for asking me back.

    It doesn’t feel anything like a year since I was last here.

  • Women in innovation: female start-ups get inspired

    Women-only networking event held as part of our infocus campaign to inspire and empower a diverse base of innovators in the UK.

    Around 200 female entrepreneurs attended Innovate UK’s networking event on 8 February 2017. The event was designed to help the women - who all applied to our Women in Innovation competition - to turn their ideas into successful businesses.

  • David Mundell in Brussels: Getting the best deal for the whole of the UK

    The Scottish Secretary was in Brussels to discuss how the UK Government is representing Scotland as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

    Scottish Secretary David Mundell met with Scottish MEPs, EU academics and business representatives in Brussels today [Thursday 9 February], to discuss how the UK Government is representing people and business interests in Scotland.

  • Most small business leaders struggle to find time for business management

    Only 20 per cent of business owners are spending enough time actually managing their business rather than just ensuring it survives day to day.

    Only one in five business management leaders spend enough time working on their business, according to recent research by Smith & Williamson.

  • New managed print and digital solutions from CCS

    A new framework has been launched by CCS to give public sector and government organisations access to managed print and digital solutions.

    Customers from charities, schools and NHS trusts, to councils and government departments, can choose from a full range of print and digital solutions, including both fully managed end to end solutions and individual service options.

    Services include:

  • Oxford men admit to illegally supplying medicines

    Investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) results in guilty pleas for supplying unlicensed, and potentially dangerous, medicinal products.

    MHRA investigation results in guilty pleas for supplying unlicensed, and potentially dangerous, medicinal products.

  • Manufacturing optimism reaches 20-month high

    Optimism in the UK manufacturing industry reaches a 20-month high, but rising inflation remains a concern for wider UK economy.

    The Brexit and Trump effects have not dented UK business optimism as manufacturing confidence has reached a 20-month high, according to the latest Business Trends Report by accountants and business advisers BDO LLP.

  • Cyber security readiness study finds widespread shortcomings

    International study of 3,000 businesses shows widespread variations in cyber security readiness.

    A study of 3,000 companies in the UK, US and Germany, conducted for specialist insurer Hiscox, reveals that more than half (53 per cent) of businesses in the three countries have ill-prepared security to deal with cyber-attacks.

  • Limited company directors fail to understand basic business concepts

    The true extent of UK Limited company directors lack of key business knowledge and their business fears have been revealed for the first time.

    A new survey of 250 UK limited company directors by CompanyHelp reveals shocking levels of misinformation, lack of understanding of key financial facts and also the precarious business situation UK’s limited companies are in.

  • Venturefest Bristol and Bath: exploring future cities innovation

    Nine-month programme of events will explore the technologies transforming the places we live into smart cities.

    Venturefest Bristol and Bath 2017 opened last week with a seminar on future cities. Leading businesses from the region discussed the technologies and challenges involved in developing cities that are fit for the future, in the first of a series of activities designed to help find solutions.

  • Business Secretary and TUC host corporate governance roundtable

    Greg Clark co-hosted a roundtable with TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady discussing how workers’ voices can be better heard in the boardroom.

    Experts from top businesses, institutional investors, unions and academia also took part in the discussion as part of a series of events to help inform the Government’s consultation on corporate governance reform.

  • Innovative uses of data for defence staff: apply for funding

    Organisations can apply for a share of £6 million to investigate new ways of using data to improve decision-making in defence.

    The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has up to £3 million to invest in innovative new technologies, processes and ways of operating that improve the ability of defence staff to analyse and exploit data in decision-making.

  • What lessons your business can learn from the world’s best logos

    Designing a fresh logo for your brand? It's no walk in the park. Take inspiration and learn lesson from some of the best brands in the business.

    Designing a fresh logo for your brand? We’re willing to bet you’ll be wracking your brains and throwing screwed up balls of paper in the bin by the end of the day.

  • EMEA businesses set to face significant talent drought in 2017

    Skills shortages and changing priorities amongst top candidates present new test for EMEA businesses, survey reveals.

    Organisations across EMEA must ready themselves for an increasingly competitive recruitment landscape in 2017, according to a new global study released today by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry.

  • PM call with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau: 4 February 2017

    Theresa May spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and discussed the Quebec shooting, NATO and free trade.

    A Downing Street spokesperson said:

    The Prime Minister called Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada earlier today.

  • How small businesses can support employees with long-term illnesses

    Employers often feel out of their depth when confronted with employees with a long-term illness. Here, Christine Husbands discusses how to approach the situation.

    One in seven employees was absent for four weeks or more from small businesses in the previous 12 months, according to a recent survey by Ellipse. This stark statistic highlights the problem faced by small businesses, when the loss of one employee from the workforce inevitably causes major problems.