August, 2018


Expansion of electronic prescribing at GPs and pharmacies


Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has said he will support the hundreds of GPs and pharmacies still to make the move to electronic prescribing. As well as financial savings for the NHS of up to £300 million by... (Continue reading)

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Schools for the Future


More ‘Schools for the Future’ will open this week, giving thousands of pupils state of the art facilities to learn in. Deputy First Minister John Swinney will attend the official topping out of Inverurie Community Campus in Aberdeenshire before officially... (Continue reading)

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Investing in Scotland’s Digital Future

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Businesses in Scotland are to benefit from the most advanced ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) network in the UK as part of a £6 million project. The new network, called IoT Scotland, will provide a wireless sensor network for applications and... (Continue reading)

New leadership group for employee ownership

Nicola Sturgeon

A new industry leadership group will aim to make Scotland the best country in the world for employee-owned (EO) businesses, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will announce today (Monday 27 August 2018). The First Minister will confirm the establishment of ‘Scotland... (Continue reading)

Plan for £500m Scottish council new-build framework


Scottish council procurement specialist Scotland Excel is preparing to call-up firms for a £500m framework to build affordable homes for its 32 local authority members. The framework is intended to support delivery of local authorities’ Strategic Housing Investment Plans which... (Continue reading)

Prime Minister takes Welsh firms on first visit to Africa


Pioneering Welsh firms will join the Prime Minister on her first visit to Africa as she sets out the opportunities available for UK businesses to grow in emerging markets across the continent. Cardiff-based company Sure Chill will be one of... (Continue reading)

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New funds to boost diversity of people working in digital and tech jobs

Government Opportunities

People from underrepresented groups with the potential to become tomorrow’s tech stars are set to be given new digital skills as part of a push to improve diversity in the digital economy and address local skills challenges. A new £1... (Continue reading)

Improving road maintenance

Government Opportunities

Two new road maintenance contracts, worth over £930 million, will bring improvements to the trunk road network in the south of Scotland (August 24th). The procurement process for the next generation of South West and South East Unit contracts is... (Continue reading)

Almost half of government digital spend now goes to SMEs

rown Commercial Services

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are reaping the benefits of a flourishing Digital Marketplace by accessing almost half of public sector spend on digital, data and technology services, the Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden has announced today (August 24th). Over... (Continue reading)

The future of aerospace: search for the next big idea

Government Opportunities

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK will invest up to £150 million in innovative aerospace projects this year (August 24th). The funding is part of a £3.9 billion joint investment... (Continue reading)

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