Nov 26: Business Secretary Lord Mandelson today announced new investment totalling £22 million to further advance the development of ‘composite’ materials. Composites are increasingly used for their lightweight, super strength properties in aeroplane wings and racing cars.
Nov 25: Public sector prompt payment is making a real difference to business cash flow, Lord Davies said today. But the Minister for Trade, Investment and Small Business challenged both big business and suppliers to play their role to ensure prompt payment. Better invoicing, customer relationship management and prompt payment build confidence throughout supply chains.
Nov 24: Speaking today (24 November) at the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) international automotive summit, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson announced the full line-up of members making up the Automotive Council.
Nov 24: EMBARGOED: 00:01 Tuesday 24th November 2009Paul Morrell OBE has been appointed to the new role of Government Chief Construction Adviser, Construction Minister Ian Lucas and Economic Secretary to the Treasury Ian Pearson jointly announced today.
Nov 17: Guidelines to ensure robust scientific and engineering advice to Government are the subject of a consultation launched today by the Government Office for Science. The Government Chief Scientific Advisor Professor John Beddington is launching the long-planned consultation in parallel to the exercise Science Minister Lord Drayson will be carrying out to deliver a clear set of rules of engagement around the provision of scientific advice to Government.
Nov 17: Topping the honours list was Horizon Discovery Ltd, a technology start-up company which scooped the iaward of the Year for its hi-tech, ‘X-MAN Model Cancer Patient’; a product that identifies patients most likely to respond to particular cancer treatments.
Nov 16: The Government today set out how it will invest in the skills critical to the recovery and long-term success of the UK economy. The Skills Investment Strategy 2010 -11 underpins the priorities announced in the recently published national skills strategy, Skills for Growth.
Nov 16: Business Minister Pat McFadden today announced the creation and first meeting of the new Forum for a Just Transition, a body set up to ensure that the opportunities and challenges of moving to a low carbon economy are shared equally around the UK.
Nov 13: - Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 passes final hurdle -- Biggest overhaul to apprenticeships legislation for 200 years -- Independent exams watchdog Ofqual put on statutory footing with tough new powers
Nov 12: Two further Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) have been relicensed, Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary Lord Mandelson announced today, on behalf of the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations.
Nov 9: Updated Press Release:The Universities Secretary Lord Mandelson today announced the appointment of Lord Browne of Madingley as chair of the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance.
Nov 6: The Department for Business today published updated regulations designed to improve the effectiveness of the UK’s system for collection and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). They are effective from 1 January 2010.
Nov 6: The National Measurement Office (NMO) is a risk-based regulator with good stakeholder engagement that is putting the principles of better regulation into practice according to a new report from the Better Regulation Executive published today.
Nov 6: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has made good progress putting better regulation principles into practice according to a new report from the Better Regulation Executive published today.
Nov 6: New reports from the Better Regulation Executive have found that Companies House and the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate (EAS) have made, or are taking, positive steps in putting better regulation principles into practice.
Nov 6: Embargoed until 00.01hrs – Friday, 6 November 2009The European Union must re-build its leadership and reshape its core spending and economic policy to strengthen Europe's ability to compete on a global scale, Lord Mandelson said today.
Nov 5: With outstanding facilities, world-class researchers including two Nobel prize winners in 2009 and record levels of Government investment, the UK's science base is the most productive of all G8 countries.
Nov 5: “We can’t afford to waste any business talent”, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said today as he launched new measures to ensure women and ethnic minority business people have the support and confidence to maximise their business potential.
Nov 5: Embargoed until 0001, Thursday 5 November 2009 A project to develop a new all-electric and affordable urban car, manufactured using an innovative and sustainable production process is announced today.
Nov 3: The Government has today unveiled a new framework for the future success of higher education, setting out the important role universities will play in securing the country’s economic recovery and long term prosperity.
Nov 2: Eleven employment agencies have been warned by the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate (EAS) after advertising for asbestos removal workers without properly checking the health and safety implications.
Oct 29: Ministers gave further backing for British manufacturing excellence today with Business Minister Pat McFadden announcing an increase of Government funding to £40 million for a new manufacturing technology centre (MTC).
Oct 29: Minister for Science and Innovation Lord Drayson today announced the appointment of two new trustees to the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). Dr Mike Lynch OBE has been appointed as a Trustee, and will also serve as Chair of the NESTA Investment Committee, and Rob Woodward has been appointed as a Trustee with responsibility for representing Scottish interests.
Oct 28: Robust scientific and engineering advice are heralded as the foundation of good government underpinning economic success and social justice, according to a new document published today. Science and Engineering in Government, published by the Government Office for Science, sets out the Government’s approach to the management of such advice in the face of the great global challenges of the 21st century.
Oct 27: The Government has today announced new proposals to ensure that credit and store card companies give people a fairer deal, in the latest of a series of reforms designed to make financial services work for consumers.
Oct 26: The success and innovation of the aerospace and defence industries in the North West was praised today by Business Minister Ian Lucas on a visit to see BAE Systems’ state of the art plant at Warton.
Oct 23: Ensuring Britain’s success in an increasingly competitive global economy will be the focus of a keynote speech by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson today at the launch of ‘FutureStory Newcastle and the North East’ at the Discovery Museum.
Oct 23: Firms which cause nuisance and distress to consumers through silent and abandoned calls could face fines of up to £2 million under Government proposals unveiled today. The current maximum penalty stands at £50,000.
Oct 22: A record 234,000 people started apprenticeships in the 2008/09 academic year, according to provisional data on vocational qualifications released today by the ONS. Statistics also showed 126,900 people completed apprenticeships during the same period, representing the highest number of starts and completions ever in an academic year.
Oct 21: Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: "I deeply regret this decision. National strike action is not in the best interests of the company, the workforce or the hard-pressed consumers and businesses that depend on Royal Mail.
Oct 21: The benefits of new regulations enacted in the last financial year outweighed the costs by £9 billion and at a ratio of nearly 2 to 1, according to new figures published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills today.
Oct 20: Nearly six million adults across England have been helped to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, with over 2.8 million achieving a qualification since the foundations of a basic skills strategy were laid ten years ago, and the Government’s Skills for Life strategy was introduced in 2001.
Oct 19: Nearly two thirds of people in Britain agreed that they benefit from regulation in their everyday lives and 70 per cent think that the benefits of regulation outweigh the burdens, according to research published today in a new report from the Department for Business.
Oct 16: A Department for Business Spokesperson said:"If management and union wish to use Acas, and think it would be helpful, that is for them to decide. But there is no substitute for negotiating modernisation that needs to happen across the company, including London, not parts of it. That is at the core of this dispute".
Oct 15: The iawards, in association with QinetiQ - the first government-led awards initiative to recognise and celebrate the best of British science; technology and innovation - today announces its inaugural academy of judges. Leading entrepreneur James Caan, who launched the iawards in July with Science and Innovation Minister, Lord Drayson, will chair the Academy.
Oct 14: A review into the delivery of funding for English students this autumn was today announced by David Lammy, Minister of State for Higher Education, and John Goodfellow, Chair of the Student Loans Company.
Oct 14: Following Lord Mandelson’s announcement of a postgraduate review in July, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has issued a call for evidence from all those with an interest in this important topic.
Oct 14: Four Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) have been relicensed, Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary Lord Mandelson announced today, on behalf of the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations.
Oct 13: A UK registered mining company failed to comply with OECD standards for operating overseas when it did not consult an indigenous group on the construction of a bauxite mine in India, a UK Government examination has found.
Oct 13: Up to 1.5 million adult social care workers currently working in England will be able to improve their skills as the National Skills Academy for Social Care was launched today by Skills Minister Kevin Brennan and Care Services Minister Phil Hope.
Oct 13: Plans for a unique £37m Bioscience Campus in Stevenage, Hertfordshire - funded in partnership by the Government, GlaxoSmithKline, The Wellcome Trust, Technology Strategy Board and East of England Development Agency - will be announced today by Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary, Lord Mandelson.
Oct 6: Embargoed until 00:01 Hours 6 October 2009People from every walk of life can now get involved in learning something new, said Further Education Minister Kevin Brennan, as he kicked off the Learning Revolution Festival at Old Spitalfields Market in East London today.
Oct 2: STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL: 00.01 hours, Friday 2 October 2009 UK research remains the most productive and efficient in the G8 – a report published today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has found.
Oct 1: EMBARGOED – NOT FOR PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST UNTIL 00.01 THURS 1 OCTOBER 2009The biggest overhaul of company law is completed today when the final elements of the Companies Act 2006 are brought into force, with 2.5 million British companies set to benefit from a range of measures that simplify and strengthen the way they do business.
Sep 29: The Government has joined forces with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to offer up to 10,000 graduates a boost to their future employability, through internships in small and micro businesses announced the Prime Minister Gordon Brown today.
Sep 26: A new imperial glass size, measuring two thirds of a pint, is set to be introduced in pubs and clubs under proposals to change prescribed quantities of alcohol, Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson announced today.
Sep 24: Graduates thinking about starting their own business will get a flying start as successful entrepreneurs offer advice to help them make it happen, Minister for Higher Education, David Lammy announced today.
Sep 23: Ms Judy Lowe has today been appointed as Deputy Chair of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) from 1 October 2009 by Kevin Brennan, Minister for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs.
Sep 22: The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is prioritising its use of better regulation principles and has made real progress improving its performance as a regulator, according to a new report published today by the Better Regulation Executive.
Sep 22: The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has made good progress putting better regulation principles into practice according to a new report from the Better Regulation Executive published today.
Sep 22: EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 22 SEPTEMBER 2009Vulnerable workers will be able to seek advice about their workplace rights and report abuses of those rights through a new helpline launched by Business Minister Pat McFadden today.
Sep 21: Government is doing all it can to support the car industry helping it to adapt and survive so it can emerge stronger and better able to deal with future challenges, Business Minister Ian Lucas said today.
Sep 21: Young people will now be able to study for brand-new qualifications in enterprise and entrepreneurship as the National Enterprise Academy (NEA), brainchild of Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones, and backed by Government, officially opens today. The NEA, the first-ever UK educational institution dedicated solely to enterprise and entrepreneurship, will pioneer a new and innovative way of teaching. It will expose students to real-life business issues in real-life business environments, with a high level of input from a range of entrepreneurs acting as mentors, supporting trained tutors.
Sep 18: The government today announced a £10M loan to Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) under the Automotive Assistance Programme (AAP) set up to support investment in a lower carbon future for the industry.
Sep 17: At today’s meeting of the Strategic Forum for Construction, Peter Mandelson announced that he was commissioning a review of the construction industry to ensure it was “fit for purpose” for delivering a low carbon future.
Sep 15: As part of the Progress Report on the Strategy for Sustainable Construction the Government and industry today revealed the achievements made so far on their commitments to change radically the way the UK construction industry designs and builds.
Sep 14: Embargoed until 14 Sep 2009 - 00:01One in three people feel their consumer rights have been ignored and more than a quarter of people (28%) are more likely to complain about goods they bought during the economic downturn according to a new survey.
Sep 11: More than three quarters of people claim they feel well informed about their employment rights – a rise of 13 per cent - according to figures published today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Sep 10: Low carbon vehicle and marine energy industries are to benefit from a new placement scheme that will see more talented graduates enter this key sector, putting their new skills to use while gaining vital career experience.
Sep 9: Contracts and new investment deals between UK and Chinese enterprises worth over US$500m were agreed during the visit to China this week by Lord Mandelson UK First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills.
Sep 8: Open days at the local Children's Centre and science courses for the visually impaired are a few of the many new informal adult learning opportunities on offer in Bristol thanks to a significant investment in 'learning for pleasure' announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 8: Parenting courses and reading workshops are a few of the many new informal adult learning opportunities on offer in Oxford thanks to a significant investment in 'learning for pleasure' announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 8: A community gallery at Nottingham Castle, arts workshops and gallery visits plus access to over 50 new learning centres are all on offer in Nottingham thanks to a significant investment in 'learning for pleasure' announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 8: Researching your family history and local historical visits are a few of the many new informal adult learning opportunities on offer in Newcastle thanks to a significant investment in 'learning for pleasure' announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 8: Horticulture training for the community, computer skills training for the homeless plus trip to the city's cultural hotspots are a few of the many new informal adult learning opportunities on offer in Manchester thanks to a significant investment in 'learning for pleasure' announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 8: Creative music master classes for people out of work or education, reading opportunities for older people plus a fully equipped converted double-decker learning resource bus are all on offer in London thanks to a significant investment in 'learning for pleasure' announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 8: A community art exhibition, and the creation of new informal adult learning spaces are a few of the many new informal adult learning opportunities on offer in Leicestershire thanks to a significant investment in 'learning for pleasure' announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 8: Workshops for new tenants and the creation of a community museum are a couple of the many new informal adult learning opportunities on offer in Leeds thanks to a significant investment in 'learning for pleasure' announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 8: Arts workshops, and multi-cultural recreational and educational events are now all on offer in the Cambridge area thanks to a significant investment in 'learning for pleasure' announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 8: An informal adult learning centre for Somali, Bangladeshi and Pakistani women, dance classes and community opera productions are a few of the many new informal adult learning opportunities on offer in Birmingham thanks to a significant investment in 'learning for pleasure' announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 8: Creative music master classes for people out of work or education, learning adventures for isolated older people and access to digital technologies in a Tyneside Cinema are all on offer thanks to a significant investment in 'learning for pleasure' announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 8: Creative music master classes for people out of work or education, learning adventures for isolated older people and access to digital technologies in a Tyneside Cinema are all on offer thanks to a significant investment in ‘learning for pleasure’ announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) today.
Sep 1: Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Sion Simon, Minister for Creative Industries at the Department for Culture Media and Sport today announced the appointment of Sir John Chisholm, FREng, CEng, FIEE as Chair of the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA).
Aug 27: Cleantech and renewables are expected to become two of the most important sectors of the economy according to a survey of UK business leaders, commissioned by the department for Business Innovation and Skills.
Aug 26: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills today announced a seven-day consultation on modifications to draft statutory undertakings to be given by Atlas Elektronik UK in relation to its proposed acquisition of QinetiQ's under water systems division.
Aug 21: Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson and entrepreneur James Caan today called on the UK's best innovators to put themselves forward for the iawards - the first ever Government backed-awards to celebrate achievements in science, innovation and technology - to get the recognition they deserve.
Aug 20: Higher Education Minister David Lammy said: 'I want to congratulate the hundreds of thousands of students who have worked hard and got the grades they needed to go to university this year and with more than 370,000 students having their places confirmed, more students than ever before will be heading into higher education.
Aug 18: Minister for Business and Regulatory Reform, Ian Lucas today announced the appointment of Lesley Watkins, Grey Denham and Brian Woods-Scawen as new members of the Council of the Competition Commission:
Aug 14: A businessman who ran a recruitment company into the ground, racked up over £750,000 in debt and kept incomplete financial records was sentenced to nine months in prison at Reading Crown Court. He was also banned from running a company for five years.
Aug 12: Government study shows benefits of further education to employment and future prospects. Most college learners believe their course played an important role in getting a job, a Government report revealed today.
Aug 11: The Government today welcomed news that Tata has secured private sector funding for Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR's) short term financial needs and that UK Government support for the car manufacturer is not now needed.
Aug 7: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills today announced it is seeking views from interested parties on whether to accept a request from the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) to be released from certain conditions imposed in relation to their 1994 acquisition of the Nottingham Evening Post.
Aug 6: The Government today published annual performance reports for each of England's Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). They showed that all of the RDAs are meeting the objectives, milestones and targets set out in their corporate plans.
Aug 5: Four colleges and training providers across Yorkshire and the Humber are to get extra Government funding for training to help people, who have lost their jobs or are facing redundancy, back into work.
Aug 5: NE/296/09 Eleven colleges and training providers across the North East are to get extra Government funding for training to help people who have lost their jobs or are facing redundancy back into work.
Aug 5: A total of 25 colleges and training providers across the North West are to get extra Government funding for training to help people, who have lost their jobs or are facing redundancy, back into work.
Aug 5: Fourteen colleges and training providers across the East Midlands are to get extra Government funding for training to help people, who have lost their jobs or are facing redundancy, back into work.
Aug 5: Four colleges and training providers across the East of England are to get extra Government funding for training to help people, who have lost their jobs or are facing redundancy, back into work.
Aug 5: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will today take the next step in setting up the UK Innovation Investment Fund (UK IIF) - a venture capital fund of funds to support the UK's technology companies - just one month after securing cornerstone investment for the Fund.
Aug 3: Mr Justice Wyn Williams today ruled the UK's regulations governing the collection, treatment and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment are lawful and entirely consistent with the EU Directive.
Jul 28: World class facilities for research into animal health and welfare will be built at Pirbright with new investment from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, it was announced today.
Jul 27: Successful manufacturing clusters in the UK regions will now be able to seek an internationally recognised award, in a competition launched today by Rosie Winterton, Minister for Regional Economic Development.
Jul 27: In his first major speech on higher education since taking responsibility for it under the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Lord Mandelson today outlined his views on the essential issues facing universities ahead of an HE Framework on the future shape of the sector that he will publish later this year.
Jul 27: Business Minister Shriti Vadera today welcomed the Business and Enterprise Select Committee report on the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG), which has seen thousands of businesses benefit from the government guaranteed loan.
Jul 24: Four Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) have been relicensed, Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary Lord Mandelson announced today, on behalf of the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations.
Jul 23: The Better Regulation Executive (BRE), part of the Department for Business, today published four new reports, as part of their ongoing examination of national regulators, on the Insolvency Service, Human Tissue Authority, Fish Health Inspectorate and Natural England.
Jul 22: A mobile film studio for disadvantaged young adults, football skills for the homeless and university lectures for older people are among the 18 projects which have today won Government funding, kicking off a £20m scheme that will see creative learning flourish across the country.
Jul 22: In a remarkable first for the UK, the European Space Agency (ESA) will touch down in Britain this week, heralding the start of a new space age and thrusting the sector forward for the next 40 years and beyond.
Jul 22: In the week the whole world celebrates the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings in 1969, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is beginning a consultation which aims to thrust the UK space sector forward for the next 40 years and beyond.
Jul 20: Following a recruitment exercise conducted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Government has appointed Lord Norman Blackwell to the Ofcom Board as a Non-Executive Director.
Jul 17: The Department for Business Innovation & Skills is investing £12 million in open access demonstrator facilities for industrial biotechnology (IB) at Wilton in the North East of England. The Government will also provide £2.5 million to support companies using the demonstrator facility and match funds from the Technology Strategy Board for new projects related to IB.
Jul 16: Lord Drayson, Science and Innovation Minister and chair of the Ministerial Group on Nanotechnologies, is today calling on industry and interested groups to get involved in shaping a UK strategy for nanotechnologies.
Jul 16: Involving employees fully in the future of the firms they work for will be a key step if businesses are to innovate and take advantage of new opportunities, an independent review announced today.
Jul 16: The Low Carbon Industrial Strategy, launched today, sets out the action the Government is taking to ensure that British businesses and workers are equipped to maximise the economic opportunities and minimise the costs of the transition to a low carbon economy.
Jul 13: Minister for Consumer Affairs and Competition Kevin Brennan today announced that he proposes to accept statutory undertakings instead of referring the proposed acquisition of QinetiQ's under water systems division by Atlas Elektronik UK to the Competition Commission.
Jul 10: Headline results for further education revealed for the first time. Individual colleges will be able to show how good their organisations are when their performance results are published in 2010, Kevin Brennan, Minister for Further Education, announced today. This will be the first assessment of its kind in this country, and will help students and employers choose the learning provider best suited to their needs, while driving up performance within further education.
Jul 9: Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has today announced the appointment of Rob Douglas CBE as the new Chair of the South East England Regional Development Agency (SEEDA) New Chair for the South East England Regional Development Agency
Jul 9: Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation, has appointed Coram Williams as a Trustee of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). Mr Williams will also chair NESTA's Finance and Audit Committee.
Jul 7: The Serious Fraud Office has today been asked to consider whether there should be a criminal investigation following completion of an inquiry into the collapse of the MG Rover Group owing creditors nearly £1.3 billion.
Jul 2: Professor Michael Sterling, until recently Vice Chancellor of Birmingham University, has been selected as the preferred candidate to become Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
Jul 2: Cracking down on persistent rogue traders and a ban on unsolicited credit card cheques are at the forefront of measures announced in the Government's Consumer White Paper today. 'A Better Deal for Consumers - Delivering Real Help Now and Change for the Future'sets out action to promote responsible borrowing and lending and provides a longer term framework to enhance and enforce consumer rights in the wider economy and a changing world.
Jun 30: The Prime Minister has today announced the creation of the UK Innovation Investment Fund to invest in technology-based businesses with high growth potential. The new fund will focus on investing in growing small businesses, start-ups and spin-outs, in digital and life sciences, clean technology and advanced manufacturing.
Jun 29: The latest data on the wealth created by UK companies shows that the top 800 UK businesses increased their [euro]~value added' by 8.2 percent, Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson announced today.
Jun 26: Business Minister Pat McFadden said: "This is very disappointing news for those affected. We understand the difficulties that the company is facing caused by an extreme downturn in demand for steel around the world. It is restructuring as it seeks to match production to lower demand and to position itself for to the future.
Jun 25: Government and industry team to look at opportunities in, and barriers to, innovation and growth in the UK Space sector. The future challenges and opportunities for the UK Space industry will be assessed by a new expert group charged with producing a report for Government, Science Minister Lord Drayson announced today.
Jun 24: The Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson yesterday hosted a reception for a selection of Britain's most innovative entrepreneurs at Downing Street to recognise their contribution to business.
Jun 23: I want to really welcome UNITE's decision to hold this conference and in particular its theme. Namely: how we translate the huge economic and technological - and social - shift that will come with climate change into innovation and jobs in Britain. This is one of the top two or three priorities I have in the new Department.
Jun 22: Government support for industrial biotechnology (IB) will ensure the UK maximises the sector's economic and environmental benefits. Science Minister Lord Drayson announced today a range of actions to increase the industrial use of biological substances, systems and processes to produce materials, chemicals and energy. These are increasingly used to make ingredients that have traditionally been generated using oil and other fossil fuels.
Jun 22: A recruitment agency consultant supplying rail workers was ordered to pay back a total of over £11,000 in withheld wages today at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court. This follows a prosecution by the Government's Employment Agency Standards inspectorate.
Jun 19: - We've spent a lot of the last year trying to finger the villain in the banking crisis, and there is plenty of blame to go around. Skewed incentives and incompetent risk management in financial institutions. Regulatory failure. Excessive leverage. Unsustainable levels of consumer debt, especially to fund home ownership.
Jun 19: Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Lord Mandelson, today announced the appointment of Professor Sir Tom Blundell FRS FMedSci as the new Chair of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Jun 19: - We've spent a lot of the last year trying to finger the villain in the banking crisis, and there is plenty of blame to go around. Skewed incentives and incompetent risk management in financial institutions. Regulatory failure. Excessive leverage. Unsustainable levels of consumer debt, especially to fund home ownership.
Jun 18: Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Lord Mandelson, today announced the appointment of Professor Rick Rylance, as Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Jun 16: Government Unveils Action Plan for the Digital Economy. - Digital Economy central to industrial strength and competitiveness. - Communications Infrastructure critical for future economic growth. London, June 16, 2009: The Digital Britain White Paper, published today, sets out the importance of the Digital Economy to the nation's economic future, and how it will drive future industrial capability and competitiveness
Jun 16: Small and medium sized businesses, banks, industry representatives, regional agencies, venture capital experts and academics were today invited to give evidence to the Rowlands Growth Capital Review.
Jun 16: The higher and further education sectors are playing a key role in getting Britain through the recession to emerge stronger and more competitive than before, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said today.
Jun 15: The Prime Minister appointed Stephen Carter as Communications Minister with the specific task of commissioning and producing the Digital Britain report and its follow-up recommendations. This was agreed at the time.
Jun 12: Lord Mandelson has argued today that the new European Parliament and next European Commission must be "Europe's economic conscience", pushing European member states to work together to rebuild Europe's economic strength. Mandelson argued that reforming financial markets and rebuilding sustainable economic growth demanded an even greater recognition of the European dimension of economic policy from European states .
Jun 11: Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Lord Mandelson, today announced the appointment of Dr Alan Gillespie CBE as the new Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Jun 10: Lord Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has today used the launch Science Museum's 100th birthday celebrations to argue that the creation of a new department for Business, Innovation and Skills will put science at the centre of the Government's economic recovery plans for a prosperous, sustainable future.
Jun 8: An early-warning system to help guard against nations turning to protectionist policies during the global recession is launched today as part of the UK Government's ongoing commitment to open trade.