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Renewable electricity at record levels

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Equivalent of 74.6% of gross electricity consumption was from renewable sources. Renewable electricity generation in Scotland reached record levels in 2018, the latest figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show. Generation in Scotland was 26,708... (Continue reading)

Passengers at the heart of new plans for multi-billion pound investment in the railway

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Detailed plans for a multi-billion pound investment to improve the railway for passengers have been published by Network Rail. The plans show how the company will spend over £42 billion to increase reliability and improve performance over the next five... (Continue reading)

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Businesses of all sizes in Wales to benefit from extra £121m of Welsh Government funding to help manage ‘Brexit’

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Economy Minister, Ken Skates has announced an additional £121m of funding as part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to helping businesses of all sizes develop and invest for the future as they navigate the challenges of ‘Brexit’. The significant business... (Continue reading)

Government launches €300 million Future Growth Loan Scheme for SMEs and Farmers

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Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed, and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe launched the Future Growth Loan Scheme to allow for the roll out... (Continue reading)

OakNorth announces British Business Bank ENABLE Guarantee of £133m

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OakNorth has announced its participation in the ENABLE Guarantee programme, securing a guarantee of £133m from the British Business Bank, the UK government’s economic development bank. OakNorth will use the guarantee to strengthen further its lending support to fast-growth businesses... (Continue reading)

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Scotland’s Railway on track for delivery

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A programme of proposed railway projects aimed at sustaining investment in Scotland’s Railway has been unveiled at an industry event. The Rail North of Border Conference saw almost 300 rail experts, including the supply chain, gather in Glasgow to look... (Continue reading)

Executive pay – link bosses’ pay to workers, say MPs

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Companies must do more to link top bosses’ pay to that of the rest of their workforce, say the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee in a report. Huge differentials in bosses’ pay baked into pay system Referencing executive... (Continue reading)

Rates relief puts Scotland in fibre fast lane

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New initiative to help deliver more broadband infrastructure. Telecommunications firms will soon be able to benefit from 100% non-domestic rates relief on new fibre broadband infrastructure to help them make the business case to install in Scotland. The rates relief... (Continue reading)

City receives £540,000 funding to reduce alcohol harm

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Work to treat and support people harmed by alcohol in Nottingham has been given a £540,000 boost from Public Health England. More screening and prevention will be provided at the Emergency Department of the Queen’s Medical Centre, while more dedicated... (Continue reading)

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Mayor awards £30k to community groups supporting EU Londoners

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Community groups supporting EU Londoners with help and information to stay in the UK after Brexit have been awarded funding by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The Government has said that London’s one million Europeans will need to apply... (Continue reading)

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