Archive for February, 2015

Chancellor: our long term economic plan for the North East

Comments Off | 02-28-2015

It is great to be here in Stockton today, and at here at Nifco in particular, as today you celebrate winning the biggest contract in your history and creating another fifty jobs on this site.
It is fantastic news for the company and for Stockton.
And it demonstrates the growth in the northern economy, and a recovery

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Boost for North East manufacturing and engineering as Chancellor announces £1.4 million skills fund

Comments Off | 02-28-2015

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today (Friday 27 February) announced £1.4 million of funding for Nissan to support the company in creating the skills base needed to build its next generation of Infiniti model in the UK. Nissan will match-fund the contribution and the £2.8 million project will support intensive training for 1,742 staff.
Nissan

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Digital economy: £2 million funding to improve user experience

Comments Off | 02-28-2015

Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million to support feasibility studies looking at innovative ways to improve the user experience in the digital economy.
We’re looking for projects that use the increasing amount of personal data generated by individuals to gain insights into user needs and behaviours.
The competition is open to small and medium-sized

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£22 million funding to boost neighbourhood planning

Comments Off | 02-27-2015

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis today (26 February 2015) announced a multi-million pound boost to support communities looking to set up neighbourhood plans.
Neighbourhood planning allows people to decide the future development of their area, including where new homes and businesses should be built.
Nearly 1,400 areas representing 6 million people across England are already using

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Public Health England invests £10m in drug and alcohol recovery services

Comments Off | 02-27-2015

Public Health England (PHE) has announced the successful applicants for £10 million of capital funding for services that are helping people in England with drug or alcohol problems to recover from their addiction. Over 50 projects across England, in partnership with local authorities, will receive grants from PHE.
People recovering from addiction can have extremely limited skills or

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New officers’ rooms completed in £10 million project

Comments Off | 02-27-2015

An increase in the number of officers based at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) at Catterick led to a requirement to build 2 new Single Living Accommodation (SLA) blocks. There are 114 rooms for junior officers in one block and 42 for senior officers in the second. Other facilities include a laundry room, drying room

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£14 million now available to farmers for water and woodlands

Comments Off | 02-26-2015

Farmers will soon be able to apply for new grants to help them protect the environment and reduce water pollution. Environment Minister, Dan Rogerson, announced today that Natural England will be accepting applications for Water Capital Grants from 2 March.
Providing £10 million worth of government funding to the farm industry, these grants will fund new

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Improving rail for customers: £6 million for digital innovation

Comments Off | 02-26-2015

Innovate UK and the FutureRailway programme are to invest up to £6 million to support business innovation in digital technologies that improve the customer experience in UK and international rail markets.
The rail industry’s ‘Rail Technical Strategy’, a 30-year vision of technology requirements, prioritises improvements in use of data and information and their translation into systems

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Minister signs £330 million North East Growth Deal

Comments Off | 02-26-2015

Greg Clark, the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, today (25 February 2015) visited Science Central in Newcastle to sign the North East Growth Deal, which will see nearly £330 million of government funding invested into the North East.
The minister joined Paul Woolston, Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), to sign the Growth

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MOD announces €200m Typhoon capability upgrade for the RAF

Comments Off | 02-25-2015

Alongside a number of avionics system upgrades, the contract will see the integration of the Brimstone 2 missile onto the world class combat aircraft and is expected to sustain more than 200 UK jobs based at BAE Systems in Lancashire and MBDA in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
The Brimstone 2 close air support weapon will further enhance Typhoon’s

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