During the WGPlus newsletter August break, our editorial team will be highlighting some of the more important / interesting press releases published over the last week.

Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

techUK:  Government announce CSIIF funding and UK Cyber Council Delivery Lead

techUK:  £250m NHS AI Lab Announced

ICO  Blog: Three top issues for town and parish councils

ICO:  Statement: Live facial recognition technology in Kings Cross

DCMS:  New boost to increase diversity in nation’s cyber security industry

DCMS:  £250,000 boost for broadband in conference centres

NCSC:  Advice for users of Huawei enterprise equipment

EU News:  ECB shuts down compromised BIRD website

Innovate UK:  Feasibility funding for autonomous vehicle cyber security

BCS congratulates A Level Computer Science students

CCS:  eSourcing Platform

GDS:  Engaging UK suppliers in the Global Digital Marketplace Programme alpha phase

GDS:  Why you should set up a service community

GDS:  Back to the future: realising the strategy for innovation

AXELOS:  TSO and AXELOS launch new PRINCE2 app

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

DHSC:  Personalised health checks to be considered in new review

NHS England:  Digital diabetes prevention rolled out as part of NHS Long Term Plan

NHS England:  NHS calls on A-level students to join the NHS

NHS England:  Improved NHS Care For Parkinson’s, MS & MND To Save 2,500 Hospital Trips

NHS Digital:  Perimeter security contract provides cyber security boost for the NHS

NHS Digital:  First phase of GP IT Futures framework procurement finishes

NHS Digital:  Helping doctors & nurses to improve care for patients with a learning disability

NHS Confed:  NHS anchor institutions must be force for positive change in communities

ScotGov:  New healthy food support launches

NHS Health Scotland:  Response to Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends

WAG:  Foundation set up to support farmers struggling with mental health benefits from WAG  funding

Welsh NHS Confederation welcome Plaid Cymru report into mental health services

LGA responds to latest drug-related deaths figures

Innovation Agency:  North West health tech entrepreneurs win European funding

Innovation Agency:  Blog: Let’s close the North-South health gap

Homeless Link:  International Youth Day - The importance of education

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

BEIS:  Business Secretary sets out scope of investigation into power cuts

BEIS:  Government sets out position on shale gas exploration

DIT:  Growing export opportunities for UK businesses in the Caribbean

NIC:  Government must go further to entice drivers to go electric

HM Treasury:  The Economics of Biodiversity: Exchequer Secretary’s speech

HMT:  Treasury renews support for Northern Powerhouse

DfE:  Education Secretary meets competitors preparing for WorldSkills

DfT:  Government doubles funding for on-street electric car charging

DWP:  Record number of women in work as wages continue to outstrip inflation

EHRC:  Formal investigations lead to 100% compliance on gender pay gap reporting

ScotGov:  Bee disease confirmed in Perthshire

ScotGov:  Ferguson Marine

WAG:  Funding support for farm businesses announced by Lesley Griffiths

WAG:  Bangor University secures £4.6m EU funds for research into low carbon energy efficiency

Ofgem protects customers of failed supplier Solarplicity

Ofgem to revoke URE Energy’s electricity licence

Ofgem sets timeline for National Grid ESO report following UK power failures

techUK:  Barclays, UCL & CE launch UK's first accelerator for medicine 

Innovate UK:  New technologies for manufacturing drugs: apply for funding

Innovate UK:  Commercialising quantum technologies: opportunity to invest

Dstl:  Autonomy in a dynamic world

Food Standards Agency:  Publication of Year 4 campylobacter retail chicken survey

ESFA:  National Apprenticeship Awards 2019 regional finalists announced

CCS:  Total Fleet Solutions

HMLR:  UK House Price Index for June 2019

CMA pharma probe secures £8m for the NHS

CMA:  How does your bank compare? Summer results published

CMA breaks up assistive communication technology merger

CMA:  Norwich - Ely rail passengers to be protected by fare caps

FCA agrees plan for a phased implementation of Strong Customer Authentication

UK online centres:  New funding opportunity: Accenture 19/20 Future-Friendly Skills for Work

CIPD:  Sharp increase in non-EU workers helps ease recruitment difficulties for skilled jobs

CIPD:  Labour market and pay growth remain strong helped by supply of migrant workers

CIPD:  New task force launched to set out the skills workers need for the future

NIESR:   Real earnings growth back to pre-Referendum rates - further pick-up unlikely in near term

NIESR reacts to the latest ONS CPI inflation statistics

Editor’s choice of other general items of note:

MoD:  Update: air strikes against Daesh

MoD:  UK and Norway Reinforce North Atlantic Security

10DS:  PM launches sentencing review to look at most dangerous & prolific offenders

FCO:  Enforcing international humanitarian law

FCO:  Grace 1 - UK statement on the outcome of Gibraltar's legal proceedings

DIFD:  UK aid to provide vital food to 100’s of thousands of people living on the edge of famine in South Sudan

Home Office:  Government lifts emergency stop & search restrictions

HO:  Funding for Violence Reduction Units announced

HO:  Lord Carlile to lead independent review of Prevent

HO:  Special #knifefree chicken boxes launched across the country

DfT:  Over 1m people to save hundreds, as new 16-17 Saver launches, cutting cost of rail travel for teenagers

LGA responds to FSB potholes analysis

ScotGov:  Disability benefits applications made easier

ScotGov:  Increased school holiday support

FDA response to Boris Johnson's £85M CPS cash injection

FDA:  Fast streamers: What to do about postings uncertainty

MHCLG:  Activation of Bellwin Scheme and cash boost for Whaley Bridge

Defra:  World Elephant Day - UK gives a helping hand to iconic mammals

HEPI: What do students think of contextual admissions?

LGA:  Loan sharks warning as debt enquiries hit record high

EA:  Illegal fishing prosecution for takeaway shop worker

EA:  Study to look at barbel and chub numbers

PC&PE:  Tougher actions needed to tackle driving while using a mobile phone

IOPC:  Fresh appeal for witnesses to arrest and restraint of a man in Poplar

IOPC:  Metropolitan Police Officer charged with common assault

IOPC:  Changes made to North Wales Police policy for domestic abuse incidents following Laura Stuart investigation

MoJ:  Sentencing review to look at most dangerous and prolific offenders

MoJ:  £100m crackdown on crime in prison

MoJ:  Introducing the MoJ Design System

NCA:  The gloves are off: Drug traffickers sentenced for importing heroin

NCA:  £100m Account Freezing Orders are largest granted to NCA

NCA:  Suspected British criminals arrested in Australia and New Zealand drug bust

Asylum applications in the EU+ up by 10 % in the first half of 2019 from the same period in 2018

BIG:  £700K National Lottery funding boost for Northern Ireland groups

Charity Commission:   London school sold & shut by trustee who acted ‘without considering consequences’

ScotGov:  Minister visits veterans charity in Aberdeen

RoSPA:  Road safety charity welcomes hands-free overhaul

New partnership sees health & safety knowledge centre opened to RoSPA members

Unicef:  Number of children orphaned or left unaccompanied by Ebola in the DRC rising fast

WWF Scotland:  Glasgow chosen to host major Climate Change Summit

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. 

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 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views:

Researched Links:

Brexit microsite (Information about the Article 50 process & our negotiations for a new partnership with the EU):

GOV. UK – Brexit

Latest Documents

GOV.UK Brexit Search

Tips for businesses preparing for Brexit on 31 October:

Further information: How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

Home Office:  1m granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme

DHSC:  New service to deliver urgent medicines and medical products into UK

WAG:  £2.5m approved to help Welsh businesses cope with Brexit challenges

New IFG report: Voting on Brexit - Parliament’s role before 31 October 

HEPI:  What will Brexit mean for student demand?

OE Weekly Briefing: The timing of the next general election looks likely to decide the course of Brexit

OE Weekly Briefing: Bolton’s visit demonstrates potential for post-Brexit tug-of-war between US & EU

B4B:  Why is there still no Single Market in financial services?

B4B:  Is the constitution an impediment to no-deal?

B4B:  Why the obsession for a Brexit deal?  

B4B:  Two Serious Strategic Mistakes

Please choose from the links below to view individual sections of interest:
Innovate UK
Latest Documents

£125 million cash injection will support UK business innovators
£125 million cash injection will support UK business innovators
UK businesses can benefit from £100 million in grants for pioneering research and from £25 million in loans to commercialise their best ideas.

Commercialising quantum technologies: opportunity to invest
Commercialising quantum technologies: opportunity to invest
Innovate UK as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) has up to £12 million to invest in innovative projects exploiting new quantum technologies and is seeking private investment partners to join it.

New technologies for manufacturing drugs: apply for funding
New technologies for manufacturing drugs: apply for funding
Businesses can apply for a share of £3.7 million to develop processes that improve manufacturing of advanced drug therapies.

Equity investors invited to partner in healthy ageing funding
Equity investors invited to partner in healthy ageing funding
Investors can take part in an investment accelerator to co-fund innovation in healthy ageing products, services and business models
Driving the electric revolution: apply for funding
Driving the electric revolution: apply for funding
Businesses can apply for a share of £19 million to develop supply chain processes that will help deliver electrification in 7 sectors.