Commenting on early UCAS 2012 applications data, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said:
"It is too early in the applications cycle for data to reveal underlying trends - the main UCAS deadline is not until January.
"Only applications for Oxbridge, medicine, veterinary science and dentistry have closed, with numbers broadly holding up on last year.
A landmark agreement to support the growth of UK businesses operating in Mexico will be signed today by The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI).
The new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will improve international cooperation between the two nations on issues involving copyright, patents, trade marks and designs.
Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox said:
Grasping the opportunities for growth presented by a sustainable construction and property sector will be the main priority for the new Green Construction Board, which held its first meeting today.
A call will go out tomorrow to Britain’s business community asking them to champion UK manufacturing and show the best of British industry throughout 2012.
The Department for Transport has today published the following Transport Statistics:
Annual Bus Statistics 2010/11 (incorporating Quarterly Bus Statistics Q2 2011), see
See http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics for details on all recent transport statistics releases.
These Official Statistics are published according to arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
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The Government has today welcomed a report from Lord Heseltine and Sir Terry Leahy on the opportunities available for growth in Liverpool and surrounding areas.
The document, an independent assessment commissioned by the Prime Minister, studies the potential for growth, job creation and investment in the Liverpool City Region.
Mark Hoban, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, today announced the creation of a new steering group tasked with devising a suite of ‘simple’ financial products that will help consumers navigate the financial services market. The steering group will be chaired by Carol Sergeant (former Chief Risk Officer, Lloyds Banking Group) and include representatives from Government, industry, and trade and consumer bodies.
A new strategy to grow the UK's power electronics industry and increase its share of the £135 billion global market was published today by Business Minister Mark Prisk.
Britain is a world leader in many aspects of power electronics. The technology is used to do everything from making mobile phone batteries last longer and hybrid cars more practical to making it possible to generate electricity in everything from a solar cell to a nuclear reactor.
The UK is a world-leader in science and research, according to a new report being launched today by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts at a Science Council lecture on research impact.
Volunteers play a crucial role in health and social care services, and to support this Paul Burstow will announce that up to £2.6 million will be available for national volunteering and social action projects in 2012. Fifty-one local projects will be approved today, with a combined value of approximately £2.5 million.
The funding is given to projects that meet one of four key themes: improving health and social care; delivering better health outcomes; improving public health; and a patient-led NHS.
Paul Burstow said:
A consultation proposing the refocusing and streamlining of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is being launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the FRC today.
The aim of the reforms is to create an FRC that is clearer about its role and purpose, proportionate in the execution of that purpose and in a strong position to promote the highest standards of corporate reporting, governance and auditing.
A new nationally operated Manufacturing Advisory Service will focus on helping small and medium sized manufacturers to grow, Business Minister Mark Prisk announced today.
The new service will be delivered by the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC) and will help create an estimated £1.5bn in economic growth, 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs.
Clegg and Cable announce £4.8 million of Regional Growth Funding for local businesses
Huddersfield business David Brown Gear Systems has successfully secured £4.8 million of private sector and government funding from the Regional Growth Fund, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Business Secretary Vince Cable announced during a visit to the business today.
Ninety eight (98) companies believed to have been incorporated and controlled by certain known individuals with fraudulent intent have been wound up in the High Court following an investigation by Company Investigations of the Insolvency Service.
The winding up orders were all made on 5 October 2011. None of the companies were represented at court.
The investigation found that all of the companies (see full list below) were incorporated by or on behalf of Darren Steadman, John Smythe, Alan Ward and David Flew.
• £170 million package to sharpen UK’s competitive edge
• Next phase in campaign to promote careers in industry
The UK’s ability to stay at the forefront of world-class manufacturing received a boost of over £170 million today as the Government announced a package to drive future growth.
A high value manufacturing technology and innovation centre will receive over £140 million over a six year period and is open for business.
Some hauliers will be allowed to use longer trailers under plans to boost growth published today by Roads Minister Mike Penning.
Following consultation on proposals to allow a two metre increase in the length of articulated lorries, the Department for Transport is allowing a ten-year trial of up to 900 trailers at an increased length of 2.05 metres, and 900 at an increase of one metre. The longer lorries will operate within the existing weight limit of 44 tonnes.
It's encouraging to see Great British innovation on display and the focus of serious discussion. This event provides a clear demonstration of the talent and the creativity we have in this country.
Economists disagree on many things. But there is clear consensus that, in mature economies, all long-term economic growth processes depend on innovation: that is, applying new technologies in an economically productive way. There is science. There is invention. Combining and applying them is what innovation is about.
Passengers in the South West will see a greater community involvement with the designation of the Heart of Wessex Line between Bristol and Weymouth as a community rail service, Rail Minister Theresa Villiers announced today.
Designation allows train companies to work more closely with community rail partnerships to better design services to meet local need.
Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said:
The Government is joining forces with Comic Relief to help tackle mental health stigma, with funding of up to £20 million for Time to Change, the leading stigma and anti-discrimination campaign, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
This is the first time that the long-standing campaign has received Government funding: up to £16 million over the next four years. It will also receive £4million from Comic Relief – the second time the charity has awarded its largest UK grant to Time to Change.
The Solent India Business Network (SIBN) has signed an agreement with the Indian-based British Business Group (BBG) (Pune Chapter) to collaborate on promoting trade relations and investment between the two organisations.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed in Pune on 26 September, covers links across a range of markets and sectors. Pune is a second-tier emerging city in India and cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra.
The breakthrough tax agreement between Switzerland and the UK, which is expected to raise billions of pounds for the UK, was signed in London today.
The agreement ensures funds of UK taxpayers in Switzerland face a significant one-off deduction of between 19% and 34% to settle past tax liabilities.
UK business could save nearly £100,000 per year thanks to a free patent system launched by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The new online service, called Ipsum, will remove the cost to businesses of requesting patent documents; instead they will now be available for free at the click of a button.
Business Secretary Vince Cable will today set out how new investment of more than £20 million will boost skills and drive growth in key industries including nuclear manufacturing, renewable energy and healthcare.
£11 million of Government matched funding, awarded following the first round of bids to the Growth and Innovation Fund (GIF), will enable employers to deliver more effective skills solutions through more apprenticeships, new professional standards and closer partnerships with education and training providers.
Changes to unfair dismissal rules which could save nearly £6 million a year for British business have been announced today by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Chancellor George Osborne.
Today’s decision will see the qualification period for the right to claim unfair dismissal extended from one to two years. This will come into force on 6 April 2012. This is the latest development in the Government’s workplace reforms which aim to increase business confidence to take on more workers.