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Prime Minister and Chancellor launch new Business Council

Yesterday the Prime Minister chaired the first meeting of a new Business Council established to work with government to fuel COVID-19 economic recovery and future growth plans. The Build Back Better Council will bring together a broad range of business... (Continue reading)

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UK Government helps more than 90,000 businesses in Scotland

Businesses in Scotland benefitted from more than £3.4 billion of UK Government-backed loans to protect and support jobs across the region, new data reveals today. More than 86,000 loans have supported businesses across all sectors, protecting jobs. But the retail... (Continue reading)

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UK Government helps more than 57,000 businesses in Wales

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Businesses in Wales benefited from more than £2 billion of UK government-backed loans to protect and support jobs. More than 57,000 loans have supported businesses across all sectors, protecting jobs. But the retail and construction sectors have benefitted the most,... (Continue reading)

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Government tackles late payments to small firms to protect jobs

An overhaul of the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) to crack down on delayed invoices owed to small businesses has been announced by the government today (19 January). Under new reforms, companies that have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code... (Continue reading)

Expanding community testing for Covid-19

Additional Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) and a roll out of community testing in Fife and Grampian are being introduced to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  These measures are part of a £3 million investment package in Scotland’s testing... (Continue reading)

Helping vulnerable young people through COVID-19

Funding to help more vulnerable young people across Scotland into work has been announced by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop. Part of the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee, the £986,702 investment will provide specialist pre-employment support for an additional 1,300 16... (Continue reading)

£40 million extra to support students facing financial hardship

The Welsh Government will today announce an additional £40m for universities to support students facing financial hardship, helping the students most affected by the pandemic with expenses such as accommodation costs. Universities will be asked to prioritise funding towards the... (Continue reading)

Environment Agency invests £48 million in projects to benefit fishing

The Environment Agency invested over £48 million in projects to enhance fisheries and make improvements for anglers, angling facilities and the environment during 2019-20. The EA’s Annual Fisheries Report, published today (15 January), shows that over £20 million was raised from... (Continue reading)

£7.5 million to digitally schedule shifts and save NHS staff time

NHS hospitals, clinics and pharmacies across 38 more trusts will be able to save staff time and money by rolling out digital shift planning, known as e-rostering systems, thanks to £7.5 million government funding. During the pandemic, e-rostering has proven... (Continue reading)

‘Right to Regenerate’ to turn derelict buildings into homes and community assets

The public will be able to convert vacant plots of land and derelict buildings into new homes or community spaces, under plans announced by the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP. The ‘Right to Regenerate’ proposals would make it easier to... (Continue reading)

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