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  • Whisky galore! Bid to make UK exports like Scottish tipple flow freely

    UK government is looking to boost iconic UK exports even further.

    The UK government has set its sights on reducing high tariffs as part of a drive to boost overseas trade in world-renowned UK products such as Scotch whisky, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said today.

    Work is underway at the Department for International Trade (DIT) to make it easier for UK companies to benefit from further trading opportunities across the world post-Brexit.

  • Financing growth in innovative firms: have your say

    New consultation will explore investment options to help fund innovation ‘unicorns’ in the UK.

    UK start-ups and entrepreneurs are invited to have their say in the setting up of a new national investment fund for innovation.

  • New help for small businesses launched

    A new online tax forum and dedicated webchat service for small businesses and the self-employed has been launched today by HMRC.

    The Small Business Online Forum is a quick and easy way for small businesses to get answers to their tax questions, as well as help with:

  • New National Investment Fund to back innovative UK firms

    'It's vital that we make sure our cutting-edge firms have the funding they need to meet their potential and conquer new markets' says Chancellor.

    A new National Investment Fund to help cutting-edge British start-ups become world-leading unicorns – innovative firms valued over $1 billion USD – has been proposed today (1 August).

  • Welsh Secretary announces trade and investment visit to Japan

    Boosting UK-Japan business ties top of the agenda during three-day visit

    Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will travel to Japan this week (1-4 Aug) to visit leading international companies to discuss the great potential for further inward investment in the United Kingdom.

  • Accelerator Innovation Network event: 27 July 2017

    The Defence and Security Accelerator held an event in London on 27 July 2017 to provide more information on the themed competition: Improving crowd resilience

    The event took place at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London.

  • UK space companies to develop international partnerships to tackle global development challenges

    The UK Space Agency is working with research institutions, industry and non-profit organisations to develop strong international partnerships to help tackle economic, societal and environmental issues using satellite technology.

  • Universal broadband to reach all parts of the UK

    Welsh Secretary: UK Government committed to ensuring Wales benefits from universal high speed broadband.

    Homes and businesses from all parts of the UK are set to benefit from universal high speed broadband, the UK Government announced today.

  • Commercialising quantum: extra £3 million available

    Additional funding for UK businesses and researchers to realise the potential of quantum technologies brings total up to £9 million.

    Up to £9 million is now available for UK businesses and research organisations to work together to understand the feasibility of quantum technologies and develop the market.

  • Female gamers to spend £1bn on video games in the next year

    Female gamers are the hidden gem in the UK video gaming crown, according to research from Barclays Corporate Banking’s UK Video Gamers Trends Survey.

  • Most Brits would use the high street more if free parking was offered

    Most British shoppers would return to shop at the high street if there was more free parking offered in town, new research finds.

    Nine in ten Brits would visit high streets more often if free parking was offered, according to new research from XLN.

    XLN discovers that a third (32 per cent) of respondents picked expensive parking and the lack of free parking as their biggest high street frustrations.

  • Council tax, train tickets and rent voted worst value in the UK

    New research looks into the most resentful payments in the UK, as well as the worst value costs.

  • US-UK Trade Working Group lays groundwork for potential future free trade agreement

    International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer welcome the historic first meeting of the US-UK Trade Working Group.

    The International Trade Secretary, The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, and the US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, jointly chaired the plenary session of the first meeting of UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group on Monday 24 July.

  • Call for more industry action to stop recruitment fraud

    Recruitment companies must do more to help stamp out the rapidly growing issue of job scams.

    Recruitment companies must do more to help stamp out the rapidly growing issue of job scams, Employment Minister Damian Hinds has said.

    Recruitment fraud is a serious, yet lesser-known crime which often goes unreported by jobseekers. However research shows that 1 in 10 jobseekers have been a victim of a job scam.

  • Environment Secretary pledges action on ocean plastics

    The Environment Secretary has set out how the government is protecting our oceans.

    Environment Secretary Michael Gove pledged action to reduce plastic waste choking our oceans as he set out his ambition for the UK to lead the world in environmental protection.

  • UK economy risks losing billions by not hiring veterans into civilian workforce

    More than one in five service leavers will face employment challenges, resulting in a potential loss of £1.5 billion to the economy.

    A new study from Barclays reveals the UK economy could suffer losses of up to £1.5 billion in the next five years if veterans aren’t able to find employment, or are under employed upon leaving the Armed Forces.

  • Jobs boost for Welsh engineering sector

    Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns: CAF rail investment a ‘strong endorsement’ of Wales’ skills base and business environment.

    Spanish train manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) has today (13 July) announced plans to create 300 jobs at a new factory at the former Llanwern steelworks site in Newport where it will build trains and trams for the UK network.

  • A third of Brits opt-in to marketing from brands online

    A new study commissioned by a leading performance marketing agency in Europe finds almost one third of Britons polled are likely or very likely to opt-in to marketing to allow brands to communicate with them online, with males more likely to do so than females.

    Those in London are the most likely to allow brands to communicate with them online, whilst individuals in Scotland are the least likely to opt-in to the marketing, according to brand new research undertaken in the UK.

  • Rail update: bi-mode train technology

    Modernising rail services and infrastructure on the Great Western Main Line, Midland Main Line and in the north.

    I wish to inform the House about some important developments regarding the rail networks of the Midland Main Line, south Wales and the north of England.

  • Foreign Secretary arrives in Japan for strategic dialogue

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives in Japan for strategic dialogue

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives in Tokyo today (Thursday 20 July 2017) for talks on regional security and the continuing strength of UK-Japan trade.

    During the two-day visit he will:

  • Early warning signs of downturn loom among UK SMEs

    Rising bad debts and delayed investment for UK small businesses point to slow down over the months ahead.

    Signs that the economy may be heading for a downturn are evident amongst UK SMEs, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker report from business funder, Bibby Financial Services (BFS).

  • Research shows SMEs struggle without a procurement function

    Procurement is just as vital for SMEs as it is for large corporates, according to new research.

    Procurement is just as vital for SMEs at it is for large organisations, with formal procurement processes serving an equally critical role in helping them reduce costs, keep control of spend and eradicate labour intensive processes, according to new research from eProcurement provider Wax Digital.

  • UK economy risks losing billions by not hiring veterans into civilian workforce

    More than one in five service leavers will face employment challenges, resulting in a potential loss of £1.5 billion to the economy.

    A new study from Barclays reveals the UK economy could suffer losses of up to £1.5 billion in the next five years if veterans aren’t able to find employment, or are under employed upon leaving the Armed Forces.

  • UK small businesses have the most mishaps on a Monday

    Simply Business reveals a 41 per cent rise in small business accidents and injuries over past five years.

     

    Small businesses are more than a third (37 per cent) more likely to have an accident on a Monday than any other day of the week, according to new research from Simply Business.