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  • Improved drug safety and stroke detection: firms get £15 million

    UK businesses will use funding to take on some of the biggest healthcare and agriculture challenges.

    New approaches and treatments for Parkinson’s disease, stroke and epilepsy and a device to improve detection of plant disease are some of the projects that will share £15 million from Innovate UK.

    Among the ideas are:

  • Brexit curbs planned growth and investments for UK SMEs

    There is a strong trend around SMEs struggling with the fight for talent, due to Brexit, net migration and the disparity in retirees and young workers.

    When it comes to recruitment, these SMEs are also pushing back plans to increase their total number of employees in the next 12 months and a growing number concede they will not be growing headcount in the next year. This is up from 36 per cent to 43 per cent in the last quarter.

  • IPO named one of UK's most family friendly employers

    Top 30 employers announced by the work-life balance charity Working Families.

    The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has been named as one of the UK’s most family friendly employers by the charity Working Families.

  • Bristol company fined for hazardous waste offences

    A waste recycling company and two of its directors have been ordered to pay more than £32,450 in fines and costs.

    They were fined for illegally supplying thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste to a development site in Avonmouth.

  • Britain could be just 11 years away from pension crisis

    Nearly half of people in the UK aren’t saving into a pension, which could lead to a pension crisis in just over a decade.

  • Criminal law changes to online copyright infringement

    The maximum sentence for online copyright infringement has changed from two years to ten years.

    What’s changed?

    The criminal law provisions relating to online copyright infringement have changed. The maximum sentence that can be levied is now ten years. This change brings the law in line with what is already available for physical copyright infringement.

  • Brokenshire Vows Bombardier Jobs "Absolutely Vital" To NI Economy

    James Brokenshire met Bombardier Chief Executive Michael Ryan and the Unite Trade Union to underline UK Gov. support for Bombardier in ongoing Boeing dispute.

    Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said

  • CMA clears UK meat processing merger

    The CMA has cleared the merger of Dawn Meats’ and Dunbia’s UK businesses, following an investigation.

    The companies process meat for a range of different types of food products and operate various facilities across the UK and Ireland.

  • UK-Shanghai collaborations: pioneering businesses win funding

    10 UK and 10 Chinese companies will partner on innovative manufacturing, smart cities and healthcare projects.

    Innovate UK and the Science and Technology Department of Shanghai Municipality (STCSM) will fund UK and Shanghai companies to work together on joint innovation projects. This is to create new collaborations in global growth sectors and support further business development opportunities between the 2 countries.

  • Further extreme right-wing groups banned in the UK

    Scottish Dawn and NS131 will be banned from tomorrow after their proscription as terrorist organisations.

    An order laid in Parliament today will proscribe Scottish Dawn and NS131 (National Socialist Anti-Capitalist Action) as aliases of National Action which was proscribed in December 2016.

  • Almost two thirds of UK workers hide an aspect of their lives at work

    New data from Inclusive Employers reveals workers are most likely to hide family and mental health issues at work.

    New research reveals nearly two thirds (61 per cent) of UK workers feel they keep an aspect of their lives hidden at work. The research from Inclusive Employers shows family difficulties (46 per cent) was the most likely hidden issue at work, followed by mental health (31 per cent). One in five also admit they would hide their sexual orientation while at work.

  • Businesses remains confident amid growing uncertainty

    Santander launches inaugural Trade Barometer to assess the aspirations of, and obstacles facing UK businesses when considering international trade.

  • Prestige and high-end supercars among those caught with no vehicle tax

    Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini are among the prestige branded cars clamped last year for having no valid vehicle tax, according to latest figures released by the DVLA.

    Last year, enforcement teams working on behalf of the DVLA clamped or impounded more than 118,000 vehicles. Some of the prestige makes that were clamped or impounded include:

  • CMA steps in to give people a better deal on comparison sites

    Following an in-depth study, the CMA is setting clear ground rules for all online comparison tools and opening an investigation into one site.

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its final reportfollowing a market study into the use of price comparison sites and other apps.

  • Subsidy free solar comes to the UK

    The UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm will be officially opened today (Tuesday 26 September) by Climate Change Minister Claire Perry.

    The 45 acre Clayhill solar farm and energy storage facility near Flitwick in Bedfordshire, built by energy provider Anesco, is made up of over 30,000 solar panels - enough to power 2,500 homes.

  • 5 year ban for Merseyside takeaway owner who under-declared VAT

    Ricky Yan Kay Sum, director of a Chinese takeaway restaurant in Rainhill, has been disqualified for five years for under-declaring cash sales and VAT

    Ricky Yan Kay Sum, director of Yat Yeen Limited, which traded under the name of Chung Ku, also failed to pay the under-declared VAT.

  • London Borough of Ealing wins prestigious Touchstone Award 2017

    The Touchstone Award, sponsored by the British Hallmarking Council (BHC), is a national award for trading standards in hallmarking.

  • Motorbikes to large trucks: developing zero emission vehicles

    Businesses can apply for a share of £20 million to support development of technologies that allow a range of vehicles to be zero emission.

    Businesses can lead research and development projects into low emission technologies for cars, motorbikes, lorries and vans as part of a long-term funding plan for the UK to lead the way in new vehicle developments.

  • Social Enterprise UK report lifts the lid on the future of business

    A major new report into how business is conducted in the UK today reveals the continued growth of the Social Enterprise movement.

    Nearly one million people are now employed in the sector that aims to use the power of business and enterprise as a force for good, with over 70,000 businesses contributing more than £24 billion to the UK economy.

  • How digital technology can help SMEs fight fraud

    Aziz Rahman has teamed up with anti-fraud experts and produced a guide on how implementing digital tech can help SMEs prevent fraud crimes, most importantly, trade-based money laundering.

    In the digital age, the immense scale of multi-layered global trade chains – and the many legitimate trading processes and structures these allow – provide a number of ways for trade-based money laundering (TBML) fraud to be carried out by criminals.

  • Hong Kong to host technology festival for cutting-edge British businesses

    International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, today announced that UK will host a festival showcasing the best of British innovation in Hong Kong.

    The UK government will host a GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong to showcase the power of UK innovation and technology to the world, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox today announced (21 September).

  • SMEs in line for share of £360m through apprenticeship framework

    A new Crown Commercial Service framework will help government train the next generation of civil servants.

    Government is expected to invest more than £360m in developing the next generation of public servants, through a new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework.

  • Vehicle data merger to go ahead after firms address competition concerns

    The CMA has accepted proposals to resolve competition concerns in the merger of Solera Holdings, Inc. and Autodata Publishing Group Limited.

    The companies are the 2 main suppliers of data services for mechanics across the UK. Garages and workshops use this data to help diagnose, service and repair vehicles.

  • Hull named most enterprising place in Britain

    The City of Hull has been named the most Enterprising Place in Britain by the Enterprising Britain Awards.