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EU Budget 2021-2027: Commission welcomes Parliament’s green light on InvestEU

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The European Commission welcomes vote in the European Parliament on InvestEU, the programme to boost investment in Europe in the next long-term EU budget. This vote brings InvestEU one step closer to its creation. InvestEU will make EU funding for... (Continue reading)

SNP MP calls for a network of tunnels for Scotland’s islands

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A Western Isles MP has suggested a way to permanently connect Scotland’s islands to the mainland and each other – by building tunnels. Angus MacNeil said links under the Sound of Barra, Sound of Kerrera off Oban and between Mull... (Continue reading)

Pumped storage hydro could fill nuclear nuclear energy gap

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A Scottish company has called for the UK Government to put pumped storage hydro (PSH) at the heart of its strategy to meet the challenge of providing a secure, low-carbon electricity supply in the coming decades. Intelligent Land Investments (ILI)... (Continue reading)

Glasgow rail junction’s £4m Easter upgrade

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Network Rail will be delivering a £4m upgrade to a key junction on the southside of Glasgow this Easter. Over the bank holiday weekend, Shawfield junction will be renewed with six sets of points (rails which move to transfer trains... (Continue reading)

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A £3m fund launched to improve infrastructure procurement

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A £3m fund has been made available for pilot projects that explore new approaches to procurement in housing and council-led infrastructure construction. Research from the Institute of Civil Engineers in 2017 found that current approaches in infrastructure procurement can hinder... (Continue reading)

New energy tariff launched for Southampton residents

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Southampton City Council is urging residents to see if they could save hundreds on their energy bills. CitizEn Energy has launched a new gas and electricity tariff, which is just for locals. The new 12 month fixed Local Tariff will... (Continue reading)

Belfast on course to double £1billion investment target

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Belfast is on course to double its £1billion investment target, with around £2billion of investment in regeneration and commercial property development either complete, on site, or in planning, according to Belfast City Council. Speaking at a ‘MIPIM 2019 Wrap Up’... (Continue reading)

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€300 million Future Growth Loan Scheme for SMEs and Farmers open for applications

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Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, announced that the Future Growth Loan Scheme to allow for the roll out of €300 million in funding to eligible Irish SMEs including farmers is now open for applications. Businesses can... (Continue reading)

Nicola Sturgeon pledges to deliver ‘Scottish green deal’

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Nicola Sturgeon launched a “Scottish green deal”, with a pledge to leave no community behind in the country’s transition to a “carbon neutral society”. Speaking at the STUC conference in Dundee, the First Minister insisted there would be “huge opportunities”... (Continue reading)

Welsh Government drive to boost pharmacy workforce

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Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced a new campaign to attract more pharmacists to Wales and an extra £3.6m to train more in Wales. With pharmacists playing an increasingly important role in the delivery of healthcare, the Welsh Government is... (Continue reading)

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