May, 2018


£50 million to close attainment gap

Government Opportunities

Hundreds of schools to benefit (22/05/18).  Primary and secondary schools will share £50 million in 2018/19 to help close the poverty-related attainment gap, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced. Nine local authorities and an additional 74 individual schools have... (Continue reading)

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New ‘Clean Air Strategy’ to be launched by Environment Secretary Michael Gove

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Today (May 22nd) Environment Secretary Michael Gove will publish a ‘Clean Air Strategy’ which aims to cut air pollution and save lives, backed up through new primary legislation. Air pollution is the fourth biggest threat to public health after cancer,... (Continue reading)

New measures to back British shale gas exploration

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A new package of measures to deliver on the government’s manifesto pledge to continue supporting the development of British shale gas was announced (Thursday 17 May) as part of the modern Industrial Strategy, by Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire... (Continue reading)

Crown Estate Scotland unveils plans to lease seabed for more offshore wind farms


Crown Estate Scotland has unveiled proposals to lease seabed to encourage a new generation of offshore wind farms in Scottish waters (May 21st). The estate published a paper outlining a draft leasing process and asked those interested to provide feedback... (Continue reading)

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CBI: ‘Break the Brexit logjam to get our economy booming’


Paul Drechsler will use his last major speech as CBI President to emphasise the need for an urgent end to ‘Brexit’ uncertainty (May 21st). At the CBI’s Annual Dinner, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, Paul will welcome the Prime Minister’s... (Continue reading)

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Sadiq awards £2m for green spaces


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced the six winners of over £2 million of grant funding for green space improvements, as part of his push to make London the world’s first National Park City (May 21st). The... (Continue reading)

New investment for Clyde Gateway


Funding secures future for regeneration programme (May 21st). A £5.5 million cash injection will create jobs and attract private investment to one of the most deprived areas of Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced. The Scottish Government funding is... (Continue reading)

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‘Scotland must have say over new state run railway’ say campaigners

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Scotland should be represented on the board of the UK’s new state-run rail service, campaigners have said (May 20th). The East Coast Main Line service is to be brought back under public control following the failure of the current franchise,... (Continue reading)

£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

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Lloyds Bank has launched a £100m fund to help small businesses take advantage of supply chain opportunities linked to the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station (May 20th). The fund, which opened on Friday, will help small to... (Continue reading)

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New Economic Contract for Businesses seeking Welsh Government support

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From today (May 20th), businesses seeking Welsh Government support will need to enter into a new Economic Contract aimed at driving fair work, inclusive growth and responsible business behaviours. The Economic Contract is one of the key policies of the... (Continue reading)

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