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This page highlights a selection of the publications added to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) Publications pages in the last few weeks, and is updated on a regular basis.
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Final edition of the newsletter detailing the progress made on ensuring the vocational qualifications system meets the skills needs of employers and learners. Provides an update on progress and on resources and events to help people involved to be ready to benefit from the changes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Publication date: 4 Nov 2011
Explains what happens when a court has made a disqualification order or you have given a disqualification undertaking to the Secretary of State, which has been accepted. It does not give a complete list of everything you must and must not do, nor does it give you legal advice.
BIS research paper no. 49. Report of a study commissioned by BIS to determine the type of information that would most effectively support learners, employers and advice and guidance intermediaries in making choices about post-16 provision. This included all government funded post-16 education and training, but not higher education provision.
Report on progress towards the Department's commitments in its business plan, including structural reform. See the draft structural reform plan (10/1086).
Publication date: 2 Nov 2011
Monthly production, deliveries and stocks of building materials, price indices and overseas trade statistics, each with extended lists of building material products. See URN 11/P125J for commentary.
Publication date: 1 Nov 2011
Annual report for the Regulator of Community Interest Companies. Sets out details of its regulatory activities, costs and statistics for the year ending 31 March 2011.
Examines the issue of trade facilitation from a UK perspective and identifies the main challenges facing UK policymakers. One of a series of analytical papers supporting the 'Trade and investment for growth' white paper (URN 11/717).
List of new applications for duty suspensions and tariff quotas. Latest update: 1 November 2011.
Publication date: 28 Oct 2011
Closing date for expressions of interest is 14 November 2011. Seeks potential research contractors to evaluate how successful the public sector research exploitation fund is in meeting its original objectives. These objectives are to develop capacity to exploit science and technology potential and to provide seed funding to support the very early stages of business formation from ideas emerging out of research in the public sector science base.
Publication date: 25 Oct 2011
Provides comparative data from independent sources on the UK as an inward investment location. Demonstrates the UK's competitive business environment across a range of key indicators.
Publication date: 24 Oct 2011
August 2011 report on a series of surveys among small and medium-sized (SME) employer enterprises across the UK. The survey assesses how well or badly small businesses are performing, their needs, concerns and barriers to growth. Highlights changes in the findings between the waves of the Business Barometer, and the larger small business surveys, that are statistically significant.
Publication date: 21 Oct 2011
Aims to assist businesses, and the agencies which support them, by clearly articulating the skills needs for the green economy. Supplements 'Enabling the Transition to a Green Economy', published on Business Link on 5 August 2011. It covers the skills recommendations and sets out the evidence for them.
Publication date: 20 Oct 2011
Independent report by Lord Heseltine and Sir Terry Leahy, requested by the Prime Minister. Considers the opportunities available for growth in the Liverpool city region over the next 10 - 20 years. Makes recommendations about driving enterprise and growth, leadership, brand Liverpool, infrastructure and communities.
Details of the rule change to the United States (US) International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) concerning dual and third country national (DTCN) employees. This rule change came into force on 15 August 2011 and removes the need to obtain prior approval from the US Department of State for transfers of unclassified defence articles to DTCN employees. To comply with the exemption, UK end user companies and consignees need to have a technology security plan and non-disclosure agreement (NDA) in place. See also the question and answer guide (URN 11/1337).
Publication date: 19 Oct 2011
Employment Relations Research Series no. 121. Presents the findings of a study to gauge the range of attitudes that influence employers' behaviour towards compliance with the national minimum wage (NMW). Aims to inform the implementation of the NMW compliance strategy. Based on qualitative research with UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs) covered by national minimum wage (NMW) legislation.
Publication date: 18 Oct 2011
Responses by 29 November 2011. Seeks views on the Government’s proposals to abolish NESTA as an NDPB and establish it as an independent charity with a separate charitable trust to hold the National Lottery endowment, subject to the approval of the Charity Commission. The Government would use the powers in the Public Bodies Bill to implement this proposal. See also related impact assessment (11/1304).