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  • Aspirations and expectations for the Competition and Markets Authority

    Speech given by CMA chief executive Alex Chisholm to the Ashurst General Counsel Conference on 14 November 2013.

    Good afternoon, and thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I’m delighted to be here, and very grateful to Roger Finbow and Nigel Parr in particular for the invitation.

  • PM announces Britain will host 2014 NATO Summit

    David Cameron has announced that Britain will host the 2014 NATO Summit.

    The summit will take place on 4 to 5 September 2014 in Wales.

    Announcing the news, Prime Minister David Cameron said:

    “NATO is the cornerstone of our national security, and has been for more than 60 years. We have no stronger allies and no closer friends than the other 27 NATO members.

  • UK as a global financial centre

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid on the UK's future as a global financial centre.

    I’m very glad to be here this morning.

    Now – this might sound like an insult to the organisers.

    Which isn’t how I usually begin a speech!

    But the issue I’ve been asked to discuss this morning.

    Is – in fact – the issue I’ve been asked to discuss most often since becoming a Minister.

    Namely; ‘London’s Future as the World’s Financial Centre’.

  • £800 million to help UK students study overseas

    Thousands of UK students will be helped to study overseas thanks to the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport, Universities Minister David Willetts announced today (14 November 2013).

    The 2014-20 Erasmus+     programme is designed to double the number of people in the EU benefiting from opportunities abroad.

  • New $50 million finance facility to help small businesses export to Russia

    UK Export Finance (UKEF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Russian-based bank, Alfa Bank, to help British firms looking to export to Russia.

  • Fund fuels private sector investment boosting local economies and jobs

    Government public funds have been used to attract triple the amount of private sector investment in local economies.

    Latest figures show how targeted government public funds have been used to attract triple the amount of private sector investment, Local Growth Minister Kris Hopkins announced today (13 November 2013) as he praised the role of local leaders in turning around local economies.

  • Rail growth through competition: the success of the UK model

    Discusses the benefits of competition in the rail industry plus future plans for development and enhancement.

    Thanks for that introduction.

    It’s a pleasure to join you today (12 November 2013).

    This is an industry with an increasingly international – indeed global – outlook.

    So it’s great to welcome delegates and speakers from across Europe to London for this inaugural European Rail Congress.

    It is fitting that the subject of my speech this afternoon is “rail growth through competition.”

  • Digital services framework has opened the door to new suppliers

    More than a third of companies on a new procurement framework for building digital public services have never worked with government before.

    The 183 suppliers that have won the opportunity to secure contracts with central government also include a high proportion – 84% – of SMEs. Of the 70 suppliers new to government, 94% are SMEs.

  • New agreement will encourage investment and cut red tape for coastal infrastructure developments and projects

    Ports, marina builders and coastal developers to benefit from reductions in red tape thanks to new coastal concordat

    Ports, marina builders, and other coastal developers will benefit from a streamlined approvals process and reductions in red tape thanks to a new agreement between regulatory bodies. The agreement was launched today (11 November 2013) by Business Minister Michael Fallon and Marine Environment Minister George Eustice.

  • Work experience provides employment opportunities

    Young people in the UK are being encouraged to participate in work experience schemes in order to boost their chances of employment

    As part of the National Skills Show 2013     young people can find out about all the opportunities available to them to guide them into employment or training – this includes apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience.

  • New cultural agreement leads to closer co-operation between Britain and Korea

    A new cultural agreement has been signed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller and the Korean Culture Minister Yoo Jinryong.

    The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in London will give a boost to cultural and creative exchanges between the UK and Korea and also came as the London Korean Film Festival is launched during this week’s State Visit by President Park of the Republic of Korea.

    Culture Secretary Maria Miller said:

  • Food and Environment Research Agency: new business model

    Environment Minister Lord de Mauley has started a new exercise to find a potential commercial partner for the Food and Environment Research Agency

    A project looking at a new business model for the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has been announced by Environment and Science Minister Lord de Mauley today.

    Defra is beginning a ‘market sounding’ exercise to discuss options for a possible new joint venture with potential partners which will enable Fera to grow while continuing to provide high quality services to government.

  • Government incentives help 1,100 companies lift off

    ‘Vital’ scheme helps over 1,100 companies raise over £82 million in finance.

    The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), designed to help small, early stage companies raise equity finance, has helped over 1,100 companies to raise the money they need to grow or expand, the government has announced.

  • Francis Maude announces the 2013 to 2014 half year savings

    Speech to announce government savings made over the first half of the 2013 to 2014 financial year.


    Back when we started in May 2010, when the coalition was formed, we had inherited a situation where government was spending £4 for every £3 it took in taxes.

    We were borrowing 1 pound in 4 just to keep the lights on and the pensions paid, the teachers paid, and the nurses and doctors in the hospitals.

  • UK-backed fund to improve trade and increase prosperity in East Africa

    UK government announces £10 million of support to reduce transport time along East Africa's main transport corridors.

    A new fund to improve trade competitiveness in East Africa has been launched today.

    Supported with an additional £10 million from the UK government, the TradeMark East Africa’s Logistics Innovation for Trade fund (LIFT) will use new technologies and cutting edge business practices to reduce the region’s logistics and transport costs.

  • UK Export Finance joins forces with Korean agencies to seize opportunities in third markets

    UK Export Finance has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on reinsurance with the Korean export credit agency, Korea Trade Insurance Corporation.

  • PM speech at Open Government Partnership 2013

    David Cameron announced plans to create a publicly accessible central registry of information on beneficial ownership.

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  • Tanzania and UK forge new partnership on Trade and Investment

    Tanzania and UK have pledged to forge a strong new partnership to boost trade.

    The Prime Minister of United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Mizengo P. Pinda (MP) and the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development (DFID), Justine Greening, have pledged to forge a strong new partnership to boost trade, investment and economic development to benefit the people of Tanzania.

  • Renewable energy: delivering green jobs, growth and clean energy

    Edward Davey reaffirms the government’s commitment to the renewable energy sector, as further investment in offshore wind innovation projects is announced.

    Energy Secretary Edward Davey today reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the renewable energy sector, as further investment in offshore wind innovation projects was announced.

    Speaking at the Renewable UK conference in Birmingham, Edward Davey said:

  • New data shows regional and sectoral benefit of tax cut for businesses

    Analysis shows businesses that will be taken out of paying employer National Insurance Contributions.

    New data released today, 4 November 2013, will show for the first time an analytical breakdown of how the government’s new Employment Allowance will benefit the UK’s regions and trade sectors.

  • £5 million boost for energy storage innovation

    Two British entrepreneurs have been awarded a share of over £5million to spur on innovation in energy storage, Energy and Climate Change Minister Baroness Verma announced today.

    Contracts have been awarded to REDT UK Ltd and Moixa Technology Ltd, as part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s innovation competition to support energy storage research and demonstration.

  • Government welcomes launch of major new survey to find best SME bank in Britain

    The Chancellor has today announced that the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) will jointly conduct a new survey to show for the first time which bank offers the best service to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Britain.

  • UK hosts Open Government Partnership Summit 2013

    The Open Government Partnership Summit 2013 took place in London on 31 October and 1 November: read about what happened.

    More than 1,000 delegates from 73 countries including the 61 current Open Government Partnership (OGP) partners attended to share their experiences, discuss progress and show how openness and transparency are making a difference to their citizens.

    Each government coming to London was asked to announce an ambitious new open government commitment that will be included in their OGP action plan.
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  • Baroness Warsi hosts UK-Pakistan energy event

    Baroness Warsi hosted an event to strengthen UK-Pakistan partnerships in the energy sector & provide learning opportunities for UK businesses.