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Scottish National Investment Bank ‘should also lend to third sector’

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The potential of the new Scottish National Investment Bank will be compromised if it is limited to funding only commercial activities, the Scottish Government has been warned. Legislation going through the Scottish Parliament specifies the main objective of the bank... (Continue reading)

John Tizard: Public services and hedge funds do not equate

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At the end of last month Britain’s second-biggest care home operator, Four Seasons, appointed administrators to push through a sale in a last-ditch attempt to save the business that houses 17,000 residents. The administration of two holding companies — which... (Continue reading)

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£200 million rollout of full fibre broadband begins

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The starting gun has been fired on a programme to rollout gigabit-capable full fibre broadband to the most rural and remote locations in the UK, Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright announced. Last summer, Government identified that approximately 10 per cent of... (Continue reading)

Government delivers new £10m fund to plant over 130,000 urban trees

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A new £10 million plan will see more than 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced. Through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, grants will be made available over the next two years to green... (Continue reading)

High streets to benefit from £62 million heritage boost

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A new £62 million fund will breathe new life into historic high streets across the country, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced. High streets lie at the heart of communities but are under increasing pressure as more people choose to shop... (Continue reading)

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Unlocking the power of people can help solve UK productivity puzzle: £110 billion uplift from firms improving practices

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CBI sets out plan for how business, backed by government, will lead a race to the top in the way UK firms lead, develop and engage their workforces. New CBI research shows that the UK could add £110 billion to... (Continue reading)

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Fundamental rethink needed for Scotland’s approach to land development

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As the Government’s Planning Bill reaches stage 3, the land reform body advises that a more collaborative approach to development, in which the public and private sectors share risks and reward, should be a long-term aim. The Commission also recommends... (Continue reading)

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Funding boost helps university team improve cancer diagnosis and treatment

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Researchers from Heriot-Watt University’s Natantis team are developing an innovative device that could revolutionise the way blood samples are prepared for use in cancer diagnosis and treatment monitoring, after being awarded £574,500 from Scottish Enterprise’s High Growth Spin-out Programme (HGSP).... (Continue reading)

IPPR: Council tax system needs ‘fundamental reform’

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The council tax system is ‘highly regressive and unsustainable,’ and needs ‘fundamental reform,’ progressive think-tank IPPR has argued. A report by IPPR said the current system in the capital was ‘increasingly unsustainable as a source of local government finance’ due... (Continue reading)

Call to back plans for tunnel linking Glasgow Central and Queen Street

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A Glasgow councillor has called on colleagues to back plans for an underground tunnel between Queen Street and Central Station. The city’s Connectivity Commission has identified the proposals as its preferred option to connect the two train stations having outlined requirements... (Continue reading)

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