March, 2017


Public procurement should be proportionate to risks – not fuel insatiable bureaucratic appetites

John Tizard

Public procurement regulations, whether at a European, national or organisational level, are very important and have huge impact. They should safeguard public interests and ensure public value, which should include ensuring value for money is secured. They should also guarantee... (Continue reading)

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Women’s health tech firm attracts £4.8 million investment

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Latest finance builds on grants from Innovate UK, to help fuel Chiaro’s global expansion plans and new product development. A funding round by ‘fem-tech’ business Chiaro has attracted £4.8 million of external investment. This is to support the development of... (Continue reading)

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Wales broadens its horizons attracting €66m to drive innovation

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Wales has been successful in winning €66m of funding from the EU’s highly-competitive research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford announced. Speaking at a conference to celebrate Welsh successes in the EU-funded programme, he revealed that Welsh... (Continue reading)

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Raytheon UK invests in North Wales

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The vital combination of Wales’ skilled workforces and hi-tech manufacturing sites can be a major driving force for job creation and investment, Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns said yesterday (30 March). His call comes as Raytheon UK opens... (Continue reading)

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Certainty and stability for UK businesses as negotiations begin on new relationship with Europe

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The Great Repeal Bill White Paper was published yesterday, Thursday March 30 2017 . It sets out the government’s proposals for ensuring a functioning statute book once we have left the EU. Giving maximum legal certainty for businesses, workers and... (Continue reading)

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Landmark day in devolution as powers pass to Welsh Assembly.

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Today, Friday 31 March 2017, marks an important milestone in implementing the Wales Act 2017 with powers coming into force that pave the way for the introduction of Welsh Rates of Income Tax, enable the Welsh Government to invest more... (Continue reading)

Help to Buy used by over a million

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More than 259,000 people have already bought a home using one of the government’s flagship Help to Buy schemes, and over 868,000 have opened a Help to buy: ISA. The government has now supported more than one million people through... (Continue reading)

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New businesses back the Northern Powerhouse

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The numbers of leading businesses, universities and organisations backing the Northern Powerhouse has soared, with 8 new partners signed up in the last month alone. Santander, Ernst & Young and Eversheds LLP are among the latest wave of organisations to... (Continue reading)

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Funding boost announced for South Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone – the largest wave energy seabed lease in the world.

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Marine energy development in Wales received a boost today, (March 30 2017), with more than £300,000 funding announced for South Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone – the largest wave energy seabed lease in the world. Speaking at today’s (Thursday 30 March) Marine... (Continue reading)

First Minister on Article 50

Nicola Sturgeon

Commenting on yesterday’s triggering of Article 50 by the Prime Minister, setting in course the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said: “Yesterday’s triggering of Article 50 represents a leap in the dark by... (Continue reading)

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