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New funding will help drive diversity in cyber security

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Four new projects across England to encourage more women, BAME, and neurodiverse candidates into a career in cyber security have been announced by Digital Minister Margot James. They will each jointly benefit from a total investment of at least £500,000... (Continue reading)

New state lender has €750m to finance house building

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The Government has formally launched a new State lender that will finance house building. Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI), will lend up to €35m per scheme and up to 80pc of the development cost of housing schemes. It is aimed... (Continue reading)

Budget provides certainty

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Finance Secretary urges MSPs to back the Scottish Budget. The Scottish Parliament should unite behind the 2019-20 Scottish Budget in order to provide certainty on public spending and economic investment amid the ongoing uncertainty, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has said.... (Continue reading)

Switzerland and UK to sign post-’Brexit’ Insurance deal

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The insurance sectors of the UK and Switzerland are set to continue trading freely with one another after the UK has left the EU, thanks to an agreement signed at Davos by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, and... (Continue reading)

Roads designed for future vehicles: apply for funding

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Technological advances, including low carbon, connected and autonomous vehicles, will transform how people travel – and significantly change how the UK’s transport network operates. While our roads have been evolving, the biggest opportunities will come from planning ahead longer term... (Continue reading)

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‘No-deal’ ‘Brexit’ would damage Scotland’s economy and public finances, says Holyrood’s Finance & Constitution Committee

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In its Budget report, the committee warns Scotland’s finances are already exposed to volatility and risk through the way in which the Fiscal Framework operates. A ‘no-deal’ ‘Brexit’, however, would have an even greater impact on the public finances and... (Continue reading)

Tourism funding to build better destinations

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Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas has announced that £2.2 million is being offered to 23 projects which will improve the experience visitors have in Wales. The funding has been made available through the Tourism Amenity Investment... (Continue reading)

More funding to help town centres and high streets thrive

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Communities across the country can bid for up to £50,000 to help make local areas more attractive for business, High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP has confirmed. The latest round of the £500,000 British Improvement Districts (BIDs) Loan Fund will... (Continue reading)

Scotland could achieve net zero emissions by 2045, study finds

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Scotland could achieve net zero emissions by 2045, according to a new report commissioned by WWF Scotland. The report, ‘A Climate of Possibility: Harnessing Scotland’s natural resources to end our contribution to climate change’, found that the power, transport and... (Continue reading)

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Education generates billions for UK economy

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Britain’s education sector remains one of its most lucrative international assets with new figures revealing today that its exports overseas generate almost £20bn for the UK economy. The figures, which include income from international students and English language training overseas,... (Continue reading)

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