March, 2019

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Green light for pioneering electric vehicle infrastructure plan

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An ambitious strategy to install a network of on-street electric vehicle charging ‘hubs’ across the Capital has moved one step forward, following approval by councillors. Members of the Transport and Environment Committee agreed a detailed project plan for the installation... (Continue reading)

Major charging point contract to benefit electric vehicle users

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Highways England has awarded a multi-million-pound contract to help people take longer journeys in electric vehicles. The company is committed to helping improve the nation’s air quality, and aims to ensure 95% of its motorways and major A roads are... (Continue reading)

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£20m of support for regeneration in local communities

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More than 600 jobs to be created or supported. Communities across Scotland are to benefit from a share of £20.4m to support local regeneration activity. A total of 18 projects are being awarded funding in 2019/20 as part of the... (Continue reading)

£2m to improve mental health and well-being at Welsh universities

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The Welsh Government has announced it is providing £2m of new funding to support students’ health and well-being, including mental health, at Wales’ higher education institutions. The funding has been provided to improve support for students and staff in higher... (Continue reading)

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Fife Council launches new business charter

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The charter, which also sets out how Fife Council will support the region’s businesses, outlines the part businesses can play in making sure the benefits of Fife’s economic growth are shared by all. Companies in Fife are being encouraged to... (Continue reading)

Strategic Economic Case for a Rural University

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When SRUC becomes a new rural enterprise university it could lead to a £4.5 billion boost to the Scottish economy, according to a new report. Published by BiGGAR Economics, a leading independent economic consultancy, the report benchmarked Scotland’s performance against... (Continue reading)

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Holyrood Committee releases its findings on the Transport Bill

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The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee has endorsed the general principles of the Transport (Scotland) Bill. Following wide-ranging scrutiny of the Bill, the Committee in its Stage 1 Report has recommended that the Bill be agreed to. However, it has... (Continue reading)

SMEs to have easier access to government contracts with action plan to level playing field

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Smaller businesses will be given easier access to government contracts as part of a £35 million promise to unlock more opportunities through a new SME Action Plan, Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst announced. The SME Action Plan sets out a... (Continue reading)

CBI: “What’s needed is a second wave of apprenticeship reform”

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CBI responds to the National Audit Office’s report on the Government’s apprenticeships programme. Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, said: ‘‘Today’s report confirms what employers already know – that the Apprenticeship Levy is not yet working as intended and... (Continue reading)

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UK’s new trade remedies system comes into force

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The UK’s new fully functioning trade remedies system has been established and will help to protect UK businesses from injury caused by unfair trading practices, such as dumping and subsidies, or injury caused by unforeseen surges in imports from 29... (Continue reading)

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