Archive for December, 2013

Applications open for 2014 English for the Future programme

Comments Off | 12-30-2013

British Embassy Seoul welcomes North Korean defectors’ applications for the 3rd English for the Future programme.
The British Embassy Seoul is re-launching its successful English for the Future programme. 2014 marks the 3rd year of the scheme. English for the Future provides free English training at the British Council for up to one year for North

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UK electronic visa waiver introduced for Oman, Qatar and UAE

Comments Off | 12-30-2013

From 1 January 2014 passport holders of Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates can visit the UK for up to 6 months with an electronic visa waiver.
From 1 January 2014, if you hold a passport from United Arab Emirates, Qatar or Oman you can visit the UK (for tourism, business or

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Space weather forecasts to protect vital technologies from solar storms

Comments Off | 12-26-2013

The UK will become one of a small number of countries to forecast the weather in space.
A £4.6 million investment in this innovative system by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will help protect the technologies our day-to-day lives rely on.
Severe solar flares, space storms and solar wind can disrupt satellites, GPS, power

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Proposals to improve access to SME credit data published

Comments Off | 12-26-2013

A consultation on new rules for sharing small and medium enterprise (SME) credit data has been launched to make it easier for alternative finance providers to enter the market.
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New ‘challenger’ banks will find it easier to check credit worthiness of potential business customers making it easier to provide finance, under new proposals published by the

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Government backs smartphone app to pinpoint potholes

Comments Off | 12-25-2013

DfT pledges cash to enable CTC, the National Cycling Charity to revamp it’s ‘Fill that hole’ website and develop a new potholes app.
The government has given £30,000 to back the development of an innovative smartphone application to report potholes, Roads Minister Robert Goodwill announced today (24 December 2013).
The Department for Transport (DfT) pledged the cash

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Adoption: £50 million funding boost and new interactive maps

Comments Off | 12-25-2013

Children’s Minister Edward Timpson announces new resources to help would-be adopters find a child to adopt – plus more cash for councils.
Prospective adopters can click onto new maps     to see who could help them find a child to adopt – plus more cash for councils – in a package of support announced today by Children

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GREAT retail campaign: All Rhodes lead to Malaysia

Comments Off | 12-24-2013

Fashion Meets Food: Iconic designer Zandra Rhodes and celebrity chef Gary Rhodes add glitz to the GREAT Retail Campaign in Malaysia
With the presence of iconic British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, the week of 11 – 17 November was the highlight of the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur’s GREAT British fashion

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£78 million for local sustainable transport schemes

Comments Off | 12-24-2013

Local authorities invited to bid for part of over £78 million transport fund.
Sustainable transport schemes across England could benefit from a multi-million boost in funding, thanks to the Department for Transport.
Local authorities have today (23 December 2013) been invited to bid for a £78.5 million slice of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Minister for Transport Baroness

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New public health research partnerships to get £47.5 million

Comments Off | 12-22-2013

13 partnerships between universities and Public Health England will share funding worth £47.5 million for health protection research.
Universities competed for the money – from existing research funding – in a competition run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and funded by the Department of Health. The successful applications have now been announced by

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Foreign Secretary welcomes Serbia’s EU Progress

Comments Off | 12-22-2013

William Hague welcomed today’s European Council decision to start EU accession negotiations with Serbia in January, an important milestone.
The Foreign Secretary said:
“I welcome the EU’s decision to open accession negotiations with Serbia. Serbia’s leadership has shown sustained political will and taken concrete steps to improve relations with Kosovo.
“The UK remains a strong supporter of EU

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