Business and Other Briefings (Archive)

PM announces major boost to UK economy as the MoD signs a contract with BAE Systems worth £859m


CO:  Cyber security ‘myths’ putting a third of SME revenue at risk – (NCA:  Return to News Warning over computer attack as NCA leads operation to take down servers - malware known to have infected tens of thousands of computers in the UK)


HMT:  Jobs, transport, housing and culture are at the heart of 6 point long term economic plan for London – (Plans to help deliver over 400,000 homes for London set out by Chancellor)


Low Pay Commission recommends 3% increase in the National Minimum Wage to £6.70 – (TUC:  In parts of Britain half of jobs pay less than the living wage ~ Minimum wage increase needs to be bolder, says TUC ~ More prosecutions needed for minimum wage cheat bosses, says TUC ~ BIS:  Government names & shames largest ever number of National Minimum Wage offenders)


TUC:  Workers contribute £32bn to UK economy from unpaid overtime


CBI:  In a firmly established recovery businesses are creating full-time jobs – (Retailers report surprise dip in sales growth - CBI survey)


CIPD:  New report highlights general mood against mandatory quotas and a preference for voluntary targets of 50% female representation at board level


BIS:  Migrant workers bring improvements to British business performance & productivity says new study – (40 new technologies have won funding through the first round of Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst ~ Recycling up and costs down under new regime ~ BIS:  Skills funding letter - Sets out the funding priorities and available budget for the further education (FE) & skills sector for the 2015 to 2016 financial year ~ BIS:  UK government to improve protection for businesses against groundless IP threats)


ScotGov:  Proposals for a North Sea investment allowance – (ScotGov:  Legal Writings Law passes Stage 3 ~ Over £14m for Wave Energy Scotland over the next 13 months)


DECC:  New North Sea regulator issues urgent call to action – (World-leading auctions to provide major green electricity boost)


AS: Clearer picture is needed of what broadband roll-out will deliver


DfT:  £43m for infrastructure & research and development plug-in vehicle funding


WAG:  Programme launched to retain, diversify & transform the skills base of Pembrokeshire companies


PC&PE:  Government support for business is too vague & complex


CLG:  More than 15,500 jobs created across enterprise zones


FCA sets out approach to Non-Executive Directors and the Senior Managers Regime


Dstl call for weapons capability suppliers


DECC:  New North Sea regulator issues urgent call to action


CCS:  Government spends £11.4m with SMEs


DWP:  Half a million Work Experience & training opportunities snapped up
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