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New £65 million package for 5G trials

* Winners of £35 million funding pot to help Britain unlock potential of 5G announced * Comes as new £30 million 5G competition for sectors including creative industries launched * Part of Government’s continued commitment to level up infrastructure across... (Continue reading)

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£500 million boost for UK film industry from US firm

The UK’s creative industry is expected to benefit from a £500 million boost following an announcement today (19 February) of a major investment planned by a leading US film studio. Atlanta-based movie studios firm, Blackhall Studios, announced their intention to... (Continue reading)

BCC comments on proposals for new UK immigration system

Commenting on the government’s policy proposals for a points-based immigration system, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said:  “The speed and scale of these changes will require significant adjustment by businesses. “Companies are already investing heavily in home-grown talent across the... (Continue reading)

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CBI responds to new UK immigration system

Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI’s Director General has commented on the UK’s new points immigration system.  She said: “Getting a new immigration system right on day one will be critical for economic growth and the UK’s global reputation as it forges... (Continue reading)

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Major package of support for storm-hit areas

The government yesterday (Tuesday 18 February 2020) announced thousands of pounds of support for people affected by flooding following Storms Dennis and Ciara.  Under the Flood Recovery Framework and as some affected areas move into recovery, families and businesses will receive funding from their... (Continue reading)

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10,000 workers to boost British farming sector

The Government will quadruple the number of workers farms can recruit on a temporary basis from outside the EU this year to take up seasonal work. Environment Secretary George Eustice confirmed today [19 February] the expansion of the Seasonal Workers... (Continue reading)

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Home Secretary announces new UK points-based immigration system

Home Secretary Priti Patel will today (Wednesday 19 February) launch a new points-based immigration system which will open up the UK to the brightest and the best from around the world. The new system, which takes effect from 1 January... (Continue reading)

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Deputy First Minister announces £9.5 million to compete in global precision medicine industry

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, has announced up to £9.5 million of new funding to strengthen Scotland’s position in precision medicine, an industry estimated to be worth over $130 billion by 2025. The announcement was made at a gathering... (Continue reading)

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First Minister visits flood-hit community

Funding available for flood affected areas. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has visited Hawick in the Scottish Borders, one of the communities worst affected by Storm Dennis. The First Minister met people affected by the severe weather and flooding and thanked... (Continue reading)

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Government launches new business support campaign

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The new business support campaign is designed to help businesses in England find out about the full range of available support. The government has today (17 February 2020) launched a new business support campaign, designed to help businesses to find... (Continue reading)

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