January, 2019


Councils in England to receive over £50 million to support Brexit preparations

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Local authorities across England will receive a share of £56.5 million to help support their preparations for Brexit, ministers announced yesterday (28 January 2019). The Treasury announced in December that MHCLG would receive £35 million to prepare for Brexit. MHCLG... (Continue reading)

New schemes to help care leavers access education and employment


New projects have launched to improve the education and training of young people leaving care, helping them make the transition into independent life. Care leavers will benefit from a £5 million investment in programmes that deliver specialist, bespoke support through... (Continue reading)

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Boost for small business through new government investment in tech project trials

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Technology projects and pilots across the country – including digital dairy farming, artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots and cloud computing technology – are among those to benefit from a new fund to boost the productivity of UK small businesses, Small Business... (Continue reading)

UK businesses urged to register for continued Horizon 2020 research funding

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UK businesses benefitting from Horizon 2020 research funding are urged to register their details with the government so they can continue to receive funding if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, Science Minister Chris Skidmore said today (Tuesday... (Continue reading)

Next-generation digital healthcare: apply for funding


UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop new digital health products through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Advancing new and novel digital technologies can significantly improve outcomes for patients and reduce costs for... (Continue reading)

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Mayor calls for review of council funding formula


Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson is calling on the Government to urgently review its funding formula for local authorities. Cities Outlook 2019 from the Centre for Cities – an annual health check on UK city economies – reveals that Liverpool... (Continue reading)

SRC: Pass Scottish Budget in timely fashion


Commenting ahead of the expected Stage 1 debate and vote on the Scottish Government’s Budget, David Lonsdale, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: “Whilst far from perfect, there is much within the proposed Budget retailers can get behind, in... (Continue reading)

Proactive role for communities in steering ambitious Fort William 2040 Vision


The Highland Council has agreed an ambitious future vision for Fort William known as Fort William 2040. The Council’s Lochaber Committee agreed the outcome of a major consultation on the potential future of the town and the wider Lochaber area,... (Continue reading)

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ICAEW ready to embrace change in the audit market


Commenting on the audit related announcements by the CMA, Sir John Kingman and Government, Michael Izza, ICAEW Chief Executive, said: “The proposals announced from Sir John Kingman and the CMA tackle the underlying issues of regulation, quality and competition in... (Continue reading)

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KPMG comments on ‘Brexit’ with 60 days to go

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Head of ‘Brexit’ at KPMG UK, James Stewart comments. James Stewart, Head of ‘Brexit’ at KPMG UK said: “Many of the businesses we’re speaking to are praying for an extension to Article 50. Nearly all larger firms are now preparing... (Continue reading)

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