June, 2018


NPIF – Maven Equity Finance leads £1m investment in Airtime Rewards

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NPIF – Maven Equity Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, managed by Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK’s most active SME investors has invested £750,000, as part of a £1m investment round, in Airtime Rewards Ltd... (Continue reading)

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Defence Secretary outlines plans for Indo-Pacific security at global summit

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The Defence Secretary was among several high-profile speakers at the 17th annual Shangri-La Dialogue Asia Security Summit, in Singapore, where he emphasised the need for partners to come together to tackle shared and increasing challenges. Before heading to the summit,... (Continue reading)

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John Tizard: Councillors must be contract aware – outsourcing is political


Most local authorities of all political persuasions currently outsource some of their services to the private sector. Some outsource more than others. Increasingly, authorities are bringing outsourced services back in-house – ‘in-sourcing’ as it is called.  Such in-sourcing is being... (Continue reading)

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Healthier school food


Expert recommendations to make school food and drink even healthier are being consulted on by the Scottish Government. Strict rules already apply to the nutritional content of meals, drinks and snacks served in schools. Following a review by health, nutrition... (Continue reading)

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£5 billion investment to transform rail services across Wales


Rail passengers across Wales and its borders can look forward to the transformation of their rail services thanks to a £5 billion investment that will fund significant improvements to the frequency and quality of Wales and Borders services, as well... (Continue reading)

Improving energy efficiency


More homeowners will be able to carry out energy efficiency work and improvements on their properties as a pilot scheme expands. The HEEPS (Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland) scheme lets homeowners on low incomes borrow up to £40,000 for energy... (Continue reading)

New £63 million defence scheme is turning the tide against floods in Rossall

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A multi-million pound coastal defence scheme to shore up Rossall’s sea defences while reducing flood risk to 7,500 homes ws officially opened on Friday (1st June 2018). It is one of the single biggest investments in a single coastal flood... (Continue reading)

£2.5m to develop new ways to tackle respiratory disease in Wales

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Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £2.5m of funding to develop new ways to prevent and treat respiratory disease. The money will be used to create a Respiratory Innovation Centre, bringing together health professionals, academic and business people to more... (Continue reading)

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Lesley Griffiths visits Catalonia and Basque Country to promote Welsh food and drink exports

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With Brexit less than a year away, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths is visiting Catalonia and the Basque Country to promote Welsh food and drink industry and to learn from their sectors’ success. During... (Continue reading)

EU budget: Commission proposes to increase funding to support the environment and climate action


For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase funding by almost 60% for ‘LIFE’, the EU programme for the environment and climate action (June 1st). The ‘LIFE’ programme is among the EU funding programmes for... (Continue reading)

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