October, 2018

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£200 million to kickstart full fibre broadband across UK

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The Government has confirmed that £200 million will be allocated to fund full fibre broadband connections in hard to reach areas across the UK, starting with all primary schools who would otherwise never have had access to high-quality broadband (October... (Continue reading)

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£3 million to boost digital skills in Manchester

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The government has confirmed that £3 million will be invested to help strengthen digital skills in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas (October 31st). The funding announced in the Budget will see the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport... (Continue reading)

Oil and Gas Authority: ‘Increasing offshore drilling activity and improving performance critical to realising UK oil and gas potential’

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The OGA has issued its first Wells Insight report, following a period of two years collating and verifying well data, which provides a comprehensive insight into UKCS well stock and activity which will provide extremely valuable information for operators, service... (Continue reading)

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Launch of UofG Energy Strategy

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The University of Glasgow has launched a new energy strategy to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions across an estate of 320 buildings ranging in age from the 19th to the 21st century (October 30th). David Duncan, Chief Operating Officer... (Continue reading)

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Up to £50 million to develop world leading AI talent in the UK

The Government has committed further investment to the UK’s booming Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector by announcing up to an additional £50 million to attract and retain the world’s top talent (October 31st). The announcement within this week’s budget builds on... (Continue reading)

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Development Councils – A Proposal For A New System Of Local Democracy In Scotland

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A new policy paper from Common Weal explores the lack of effectiveness and accountability of local democracy in Scotland and has developed a new proposal based on evidence gathered from extensive interviews with a wide range of individuals and organisations... (Continue reading)

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Budget 2018: British Business Bank Reaction

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At the Autumn Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced several measures relating to the British Business Bank. Together they represent a substantial package that further underlines the expanding role of the Bank in delivering for smaller businesses across the UK. Chief... (Continue reading)

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Homes England plan to tackle long-term housing challenges

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Homes England has set out how it will improve housing affordability through a new five-year Strategic Plan – helping more people access better homes in areas where they are needed most (October 30th). The plan, which runs up to 2022/23,... (Continue reading)

£1bn potential of circular economy to Scotland’s cities and regions revealed in new reports

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The potential value to the local economies of circular approaches in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire and Tayside, is set out in reports commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland, and highlighted in a speech by the First Minister at the Circular Economy Hotspot... (Continue reading)

Glasgow’s Smart Canal is a first for Europe

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Construction of Europe’s first ever ‘smart canal’ scheme, which will use the 250-year-old Forth & Clyde Canal and 21st century technology to mitigate flood risk as well as enable massive regeneration, is now underway in Glasgow (October 31st). The pioneering... (Continue reading)

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