Archive for January, 2016

Government scheme proves to be the business for job-seeking entrepreneurs

Comments Off | 01-28-2016

A survey of 1,500 participants of the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) published today (28 January) shows that 80% of ventures started with NEA support are still trading – with more than 9 in 10 of these going for more than 12 months.
Around half of respondents report an expansion in their customer base (55%) or

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UK Government confirms £250 million City Deal for Aberdeen

Comments Off | 01-28-2016

The deal will see UK government, Scottish government and local authorities work together to invest in future of north-east Scotland
major financial injection includes boost for innovation and diversification in the oil and gas industry
Prime Minister to visit Aberdeen later and announce further measures to support the sector

The agreement will be Scotland’s second UK City

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Innovate UK’s Energy Game Changer fund, announced last year, now stands at £2 million including NDA’s contribution. It will be distributed to innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) outside the energy sector. The fund aims to encourage new entrants into all sectors of the energy industry, including oil, gas and nuclear, but the NDA is particularly interested in technologies that could be applied to decommissioning challenges. Innovate UK is the government’s innovation-driving agency, working across all industrial sectors. NDA has been collaborating with Innovate UK over the last few years to stimulate and encourage innovative ideas that could be deployed to address challenges on our sites. Allocation of funding will take place through a competitive process led by Innovate UK, with SMEs welcome to submit stand-alone project ideas or working collaboratively with partner organisations of any size. Melanie Brownridge, Head of Technology, said: The UK is home to a number of world-leading companies in a wide range of cutting-edge fields such as robotics and computer gaming. We want to harness this dynamic and creative thinking in order to address some of the long-term challenges the nuclear decommissioning industry faces. Innovative solutions can mean that our decommissioning work is achieved more safely, sooner, and at a lower cost for the taxpayer. “We want to stimulate the development and adoption of novel and emerging and as alternatives to established technologies to improve the way we do things. We believe that game-changing technologies can solve a number of existing problems, either by the development of completely new ideas or through technology transfer from other sectors. Could we, for example, adopt virtual reality techniques from the computer game industry to help us work remotely in hazardous environments? We would like to encourage those people who are currently working elsewhere, in industries such as defence, aerospace, automotive and telecommunications, to grasp this opportunity to consider how their techniques can be applied to our important field of work. Further information this competition opens on 28 March 2016, and the deadline for registration is at noon on 4 May 2016 projects must be led by an SME whose main business lies outside the energy sector. They can work alone or collaboratively with partners of any size from any sector. Applications are particularly encouraged from businesses engaged in, but not limited to: Technology transfer proposals from other sectors are also welcome, such as: inspection defence ICT aerospace digital automotive sensors telecommunications virtual reality forensics gaming medical robotics space autonomous systems creative industries advanced materials manufacturing Energy Game Changer projects are expected to: last 6 to 12 months range in size from total costs of £25,000 to £100,000 Available funding The call is worth £2 million with the percentage of project costs received dependent upon the size of the organisation. Key dates competition opens: 28 March 2016 briefing event: 6 April 2016 registration deadline: noon 4 May 2016 deadline for video submissions: noon 11 May 2016 deadline for invited written proposals: noon 7 July 2016 pitch sessions: 5–7 September 2016 Brokering events have also been arranged. These will provide an opportunity to: hear more about the challenges network with sector experts meet potential partners Potential applicants can attend one of these events: Glasgow on 23 February 2016 Birmingham on 25 February 2016 Cumbria on 2 March 2016 There will also be a briefing event for potential applicants in London on 6 April 2016. NDA will support these events through representatives from our SLCs attending to provide potential end-user perspectives. For supporting documents and to register for events see: Innovate UK’s Energy Game Changer funding competition

Comments Off | 01-28-2016

Innovate UK’s Energy Game Changer fund, announced last year, now stands at £2 million including NDA’s contribution. It will be distributed to innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) outside the energy sector.
The fund aims to encourage new entrants into all sectors of the energy industry, including oil, gas and nuclear, but

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Foreign Secretary marks Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Comments Off | 01-28-2016

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:
On Holocaust Memorial Day, we reflect on the terrible events of the Holocaust and pay tribute to those who work tirelessly to ensure that this remains forever in our memories.
This year’s theme ‘don’t stand by’ prompts us to remember that the Holocaust and subsequent genocides happened because people stood by while

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£4.5 million upgrade for Rising Bridge roundabout

Comments Off | 01-28-2016

Highways England is providing new traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and cycle lanes, linking villages, schools and businesses on either side of the busy A56. The roundabout – which links the A56 to the A680 Blackburn Road – will also be resurfaced and new lights will be installed.
The scheme will feature ‘intelligent’

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Minister marks £2.5 billion employment and skills funding boost with visit to prison restaurant

Comments Off | 01-26-2016

Organisations across England could benefit from the European Social Fund (ESF). HMP Styal is receiving ESF funding to help female prisoners get ready for the world of work.
Minister for Employment Priti Patel said:
There is no better place to launch this funding than HMP Styal, where the money is already having such a positive effect. The

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Creative industries worth almost £10 million an hour to economy

Comments Off | 01-26-2016

UK’s Creative Industries grew by 8.9 per cent in 2014 – almost double UK economy as a whole
UK’s Creative Industries generate nearly £9.6million per hour
2016 set to be another blockbuster year for UK’s music, film, video games, TV and publishing sectors

The UK’s creative industries are now worth a record £84.1 billion to the UK economy,

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UK risks losing £5m portrait by Rembrandt apprentice

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A portrait by one of Rembrandt’s most talented apprentices is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £5,189,000 (plus VAT of £137,800), Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced today.
The government has placed a temporary export bar on Portrait of a

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£3 billion pledge to help end Malaria deaths

Comments Off | 01-25-2016

Deaths from Malaria could be nearly eliminated in the next 15 years thanks in part to a landmark £3 billion funding commitment announced today by the Chancellor and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Speaking at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, George Osborne, Bill Gates and International Development Secretary, Justine Greening revealed a

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The Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy

Comments Off | 01-25-2016

The Fund is launched on 18 January 2016 by FCO Minister Baroness Anelay which aims to further British interests overseas by tackling the root causes of human rights violations, strengthening institutions and governance, promoting and protecting human rights, and supporting democracy and the rule of law.
The Fund has three priority themes:

Democratic values and the rule

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