April, 2020


Small businesses boosted by bounce back loans

Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders, the Chancellor announced yesterday (Monday 27 April). Rishi Sunak said the new Bounce Back Loans scheme, which will provide loans of... (Continue reading)

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New free online learning platform to boost workplace skills

A new online learning platform to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home, has been launched today (28 April) by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. Free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the gov.uk website,... (Continue reading)

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£1m innovation funding to predict and counter cyber attacks

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) have announced nearly £1m to further develop technology that predicts and counters cyber-attacks. Three lead organisations, in collaboration with three additional organisations, have been awarded funding in Phase 2 of the DASA ‘Predictive Cyber Analytics’... (Continue reading)

Support for perinatal mental health

Mums, dads and families at risk of poor mental health during pregnancy and the early years will be able to access enhanced peer support, parenting support and perinatal counselling services, with new annual funding of up to £1 million. The... (Continue reading)

Emergency eye care provision

New measures have been introduced to help patients with emergency eye problems, reducing the need for them to attend hospital during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Backed by up to £3 million of Scottish Government funding, Emergency Eyecare Treatment Centres have... (Continue reading)

Help to tackle coronavirus

The Environment Secretary has praised Scottish scientific institutions which normally focus on infectious diseases in livestock, environmental security and nutrition for offering support to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19). The Scottish Government-funded James Hutton Institute, Scottish Rural College (SRUC), and Rowett Institute... (Continue reading)

First Economic Resilience Fund grants to be paid to businesses

Businesses and organisations which have successfully applied to Welsh Government’s £500 million Economic Resilience Fund will start receiving grant payments by the end of next week, Economy, Transport and North Wales Minister Ken Skates has announced. Since it opened to... (Continue reading)

Swansea University helping fight coronavirus by getting ambulances back on the road in rapid time

Swansea University has successfully won funding to reduce the time it takes to sanitise ambulances after carrying a suspected Covid-19 positive patient. Students from the university are helping slash the time it takes to clean an ambulance from 45 minutes... (Continue reading)

Clinical trial approved to help the NHS treat COVID-19 patients using plasma

Up to 5,000 severely ill patients with COVID-19 could soon be treated each week with plasma from those who have recovered from the illness as part of a new approach to treating the virus. The national randomised clinical trial will... (Continue reading)

Mobile coronavirus testing units to target frontline workers

Essential workers and the most vulnerable will receive increased access to coronavirus tests after the government unveiled a network of mobile testing units to travel where there is significant demand, including care homes, police stations and prisons. The number of... (Continue reading)

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