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Funding for North creative industries

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Creative industries in the Highlands and Islands will receive a boost from European money being used to create a specialist network programme to help businesses accelerate growth and create jobs. Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown... (Continue reading)

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Major businesses give Northern Powerhouse the thumbs up

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Dozens of firms have stepped up to back the Northern Powerhouse in major boost to the government’s ambitions. Leading businesses – from Peel Ports to Leeds Bradford Airport – can be unveiled as Northern Powerhouse partners. A raft of firms... (Continue reading)

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John Tizard: Nobel Economics Laureate’s academic work could prevent inappropriate public service outsourcing

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The awarding of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Economics to Oliver Hart of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA and Bengt Holmström of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA was a recognition of their excellent work over decades on the... (Continue reading)

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Birmingham faces £712m health and social care ‘funding black hole’

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Birmingham health bosses have drawn up a plan to transform the city’s health and social care system in a bid to avoid an estimated £712m funding black hole in the next five years. Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough... (Continue reading)

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Pension deficit recovers by £60bn in October 2016, according to PwC’s Skyval Index

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New figures released from PwC’s Skyval Index show the deficit of defined benefit (DB) pension funds improved by £60bn in October 2016, bringing the total deficit down to £630bn from a record high of £710bn in August. This is based... (Continue reading)

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Improve access to finance for businesses outside of South East

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Targeting advice, information and direct support for high growth small businesses with the potential to grow and scale-up, and improving access to finance for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) outside London and the South East of England are both... (Continue reading)

Pound won’t be ‘round’ much longer

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A new campaign to support retailers and other major businesses to prepare for the historic new £1 coin has been launched. A new website goes live – as part of the ‘Is your business ready campaign?’ – providing businesses with... (Continue reading)

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Environment Agency launches £1m programme of River Thames works

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The Environment Agency embarks on its annual winter programme of major repairs and refurbishments to locks along the non-tidal River Thames next week (Tuesday 1 November). In all, 8 lock sites will have a total of £1.2m spent on them... (Continue reading)

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New health and social care standards

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New standards to give people the right to high-quality health and care services have been published for consultation today. The standards will provide a framework for all health, social work and social care provision in Scotland. They are being extended... (Continue reading)

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Half a million pounds to improve access to Wales’ Great Outdoors

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Visitors and local communities will now be able to enjoy even more of Wales’ great outdoors thanks to over half a million pounds of access funding, announced by Environment Secretary Lesley Griffiths today (October 28). In total, the Welsh Government... (Continue reading)

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