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Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  Councillors encouraged to adopt a digital-first mindset

DCMS:  New funds to boost diversity of people working in digital & tech jobs

ScotGov:  Investing in Scotland’s Digital Future

UKAS Accreditation: Supporting UK business in a post-Brexit world

Confidence in the safety and quality of goods and services bought and sold is an essential element of European and international trade. The mutual acceptance of test results and certificates plays an important part in building and maintaining this confidence. The United Kingdom Accreditation Service plays a key role in ensuring that the organisations carrying out testing, inspection and certification can be relied upon. It is vital that this confidence is maintained post-Brexit.

In order that the implications of Brexit for accreditation are fully understood, UKAS has prepared a leaflet setting out the key messages relating to accreditation and conformity assessment. The leaflet outlines the key actions required by Government departments and the public sector more generally to ensure that UK businesses can continue to trade effectively following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Click here to download your copy.

Editor’s choice of Health, Social care & Homelessness related items of note:

NHS SBS Launches Innovative Payroll App to Benefit NHS Employees

NICE:  New “life changing” procedure can be offered to adults with severe asthma on NHS

CAB:  Complain and you’re out - Research confirms link between tenant complaints & revenge eviction

Homeless Link:  Hoarding – a hidden problem

SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. 

Against this ambitious backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Recent arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:

Irongate Group Ltd

Click here to find out more.

Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

CMA:  Online gambling firms remove restrictions on cash withdrawals

HM Treasury:  Over £15m of funding sourced for small business

CCW:  Action on leakage can’t wait, warns watchdog

IS:  New tools to improve rescue opportunities for financially-distressed companies

ScotGov:  A taste of Scotland

Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:

MoD:  Space sector to benefit from multi-£m work on UK alternative to Galileo

LGA:  Councils issue warning about sale of illegal toxic cosmetics

Met Office:  World first as UK aid brings together experts to predict where cholera will strike next

DWP:  Number of children in homes without work plummets by 637,000 since 2010


 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views, for those who put fingers to keyboard in order to ‘share their views’:

Researched Links:

Brexit microsite (Information about the Article 50 process and our ‘partnership’ negotiations with the EU)

DIT:  UK-Southern African trade - boosting UK and African economies

Home Secretary attends Five Country Ministerial

RLA:  Brexit uncertainty risks EU nationals losing their homes

IEA launches series of ‘no-deal’ Fear-Checkers

Open Europe:  How is the government planning to mitigate ‘no deal’ disruption?

Open Europe:  The view from Brussels - How are the EU27 preparing for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit?

BfB:  The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name by D.H. Robinson

BfB:  The BRINO “Coup” has Failed by Robert Lee

BfB:  A Soft Brexit Flouts the Norms of International Relations

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