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Solving cities’ problems through integration

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Innovate UK-supported urban collaborations develop smarter, better-connected infrastructure systems to join up cities. Infrastructure systems in towns and cities are being stretched to the limit, with energy, transport and healthcare systems often operating independently – and sometimes against each other.... (Continue reading)

Over £15 million of funding sourced for small business

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Small businesses turned down for loans from the UK’s high-street banks have received over £15 million of funding thanks to a government matchmaking scheme. Over the past 12 months, 670 businesses have raised over £12 million of funding through the... (Continue reading)

UK to support economic growth in Africa by offering City of London expertise

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As the UK leaves the European Union, the City of London will play an even greater role in financing the fastest-growing economies across Africa and the world, the Prime Minister said in Nigeria. UK-Nigeria trade was worth £4.2 billion last... (Continue reading)

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PM announces more than £300 million worth of deals with African nations

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Prime Minister Theresa May and International Trade Minister George Hollingbery led a 29-strong business delegation on their visit to South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya this week to promote economic ties with Africa. Africa is a young, vibrant and dynamic continent... (Continue reading)

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More support to help schools with costs

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A new toolkit to help schools save money to ensure every pound possible is being spent in the classroom has been published today, (Friday 31 August 2018), by Education Secretary Damian Hinds. The School Resource Management Strategy provides schools with practical... (Continue reading)

High tech future for Fife

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Two companies, Renovite Technologies and Cyclotricity, are creating 40 new jobs in Dunfermline and Glenrothes after receiving Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grants from Scottish Enterprise. Fife Council is supporting both companies to settle including assistance with recruitment and upskilling. Renovite... (Continue reading)

£4.8 million for R&D in Prestwick

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Supporting growth in aerospace technology (August 30th). First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed £4.8 million funding for Spirit AeroSytems new open access Aerospace Innovation Centre at its manufacturing site in Prestwick. Innovation within the new centre will focus on the development... (Continue reading)

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Funding for science centres

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£2.6 million for science centres as visitor numbers continue to grow (August 30th). Scotland’s science centres welcomed more than 700,000 visitors in 2017, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced as he committed £2.6 million funding for the coming year. Figures... (Continue reading)

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13 applications for local management pilot projects received

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Stage 1 of the Local Pilots Scheme assessment process closed on 16 August and it has been announced that 13 applications have been received for local management pilot projects (August 29th). A list of organisations who have each submitted a... (Continue reading)

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CBI Scotland and STUC join forces to highlight upskilling and retraining needs ahead of Programme for Government

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In a historic move, CBI Scotland and the STUC have joined forces to issue a joint letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlining the importance of upskilling and retraining to the future success of the Scottish economy. Last week the... (Continue reading)

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