March, 2018


Creative Industries Sector Deal launched

Government Opportunities

Britain’s world-leading creative industries are set to consolidate the country’s position as a global creative powerhouse, following a groundbreaking new Industrial Strategy deal agreed between government and the Creative Industries Council (CIC) on behalf of the sector (March 28th). As... (Continue reading)

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£100 million in regional development finance is critical to meet clean growth challenge across UK, says Abundance

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Leading ethical peer-to-peer finance platform Abundance Investment has welcomed the government’s Green Finance Taskforce Report: Accelerating Green Finance in the UK, which has been published today (March 28th). Its recommendations include a Government fund of £100 million in development finance... (Continue reading)

Fairer and integrated employability

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Up to £96 million for unemployment support (March 27th). Scotland’s first fully devolved employment service will start delivering flexible and tailored support from Tuesday 3 April. Fair Start Scotland will offer personalised support for at least 38,000 people further removed... (Continue reading)

£400m deal signed for battle-winning Brimstone missile for RAF Typhoons


The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a £400 million deal to launch battle-winning Brimstone missiles from RAF Typhoon jets, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson MP has announced (March 27th). The ultra-accurate Brimstone already has a successful track record, playing a... (Continue reading)

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Southampton Council to launch energy supplier

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Southampton City Council has announced plans to launch a not-for-profit energy supplier this summer. The new company, to be called ‘CitizEn Energy’, aims to offer ‘fairly priced’ gas and electricity to residents, with the money made to be reinvested into... (Continue reading)

Upgrading wind farms could bring £100m to communities, study says

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Updating wind farms would bring millions into local communities and put the UK on track to meet its climate change targets, climate scientists say (March 27th). A new report by the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has argued upgrading... (Continue reading)

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Community businesses can apply for grants of £50k-£300k


‘Power to Change’ is accepting applications from 24 April to 22 May for a share of £5m from its community business fund (March 27th). Community businesses are being invited to apply for grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 for projects... (Continue reading)

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Councils allocated £1m for ‘connected maintenance’

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The Government is giving councils close to £1m to use connected vehicles to help manage and plan road maintenance works more efficiently (March 26th). The £900,000 will help provide data to enable them to repair potholes before they occur ‘as... (Continue reading)

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Mayor confirms £412m investment in new counter-terror hub


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the Metropolitan Police Service have (Monday 26 March) announced a £412m investment to create a new counter-terrorism and organised crime hub in the capital. The major new investment includes the £250m purchase of... (Continue reading)

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Bus grants to keep Wales moving


Economy Secretary Ken Skates has announced £25m to help support vital bus services across Wales. Funding under the Bus Services Support Grant (BSSG) is allocated annually to Wales’ local authorities by a formula that reflects their overall populations and their... (Continue reading)

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