Business and Other Briefings (Archive)

10DS:  UK and China start global fund to tackle drug resistant infections – (10DS:  PM announces new measures to eradicate gender pay inequality ~ TUC:  Gender pay gap reporting is a start but we need to see action to close gap too ~ EHRC welcomes Government’s measures to tackle gender pay gap)

ICO:  Alert to help cross border privacy enforcement – (ICO issues £200,000 fine for unsolicited text messages)

BIS:  Government & Tata steel to provide support to Scunthorpe steel workers & local economy – (BIS:  New innovation centre in Leicestershire will create 750 jobs ~ BIS:  UK confirmed as one of the top places in the world to do business ~ BIS:  Business Secretary to put steel top of Brussels agenda ~ BIS:  UK calls for emergency steel meeting granted ~ BIS:  Lord Davies: FTSE 350 boards should be 33% female by 2020 ~ CBI response to Lord Davies report ~ BIS:  Fair deal for tied pub tenants under new government proposals)

HM Treasury:  Boost for small businesses as Government launches R&D plan – (HMT:  Chancellor announces closer ties with Brazil on infrastructure and financial services ~ HMT:  Infrastructure at heart of Spending Review as Chancellor launches National Infrastructure Commission)

Home Office:  New duty puts onus on big businesses to improve transparency in supply chains

MoD:  Army chefs lead the way thanks to quality apprenticeships

ScotGov:  Access to employment – (ScotGov:  Personal insolvencies long-term decline continues ~ ScotGov:  Scottish Steel Task Force)

WAG:  Designs unveiled for £20m Menai Science Park as Minister visits site – (WAG:  Independent group heralds success of flagship £100m regeneration programme ~ WAG:  Report highlights progress in promoting diversity in apprenticeships ~ WAG:  Deputy Minister sets out future priorities for apprenticeships in Wales)

CAB:  Line managers need better understanding of flexible work entitlements

Ofgem report on regional differences in network charges – (Ofgem:  New rules open up competition in connections to local power grids)

Ofcom announces details of 2016 spectrum auction

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority:  Sellafield clean-up reaches crucial milestone

UKTI:  UK businesses given boost to break into Chinese retail market – (UKTI:  Chinese State Visit: up to £40bn deals agreed)

techUK:  New Cyber Security Centre Showcases Best of British – (techUK:  London tops ranking of best EU capital cities for digital entrepreneurs ~ New techUK initiative SmarterUK announces first event with National Grid ~ UK-China business matchmaking event builds connections in China ~ techUK:  UK’s First Smart Infrastructure Initiative Launched ~ techUK:  Ofcom releases details on UK positions for key WRC-15 issues)

Innovate UK:  Pioneering projects in food and agriculture win £17.8m – (New agrimetrics centre will boost food and farming industries ~ Innovate UK – Smart Funding:  WallJAM - novel rebound ball game spurs youngsters to get active ~  Innovate UK:  UK-Chile project partnerships - apply for business funding(deadline 8 January 2016) ~ Innovate UK:  Gaining value from data: apply for business funding)

DECC:  UK and China sign the Clean Energy Partnership ~  CCC:  New low-carbon electricity generation is cost-effective option for UK power sector investment in 2020s and beyond ~ DECC:  Ferrybridge multifuel 2 power station)

Business warn Government not to tinker with pensions tax - CBI/Mercer Pensions Survey 2015 – (CBI response to devolution deals for the north east ~ CBI:  Manufacturing growth falls as demand at home & abroad weakens ~ Speed up pace of infrastructure action, say two thirds of businesses - CBI/AECOM ~ CBI:  Slower growth in retail sales & orders)

Law Commission:  Reforming intellectual property law - consultation

STFC:  Great IoT Take-off

Crown Commercial Service:  Technology update – (CCS:  Association of Colleges & CCS develop strategic relationship)

CIPD:  UK productivity undermined by rule-heavy workplaces which stifle employees’ initiative & ideas

Revenue & Customs Brief 17 (2015): deduction of VAT on pension fund management costs

Revenue & Customs Brief 18 (2015): VAT grouping rules and the Skandia judgement

Data Security: Controlling Classified Information in the UK Public Sector