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Lord Drayson, Science and Innovation Minister and chair of the Ministerial Group on Nanotechnologies, is calling on industry and interested groups to get involved in shaping a UK strategy for nanotechnologies

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 has announced

Councils that have proved they can help businesses in their local area grow will get a share of an extra £100 million from government, announced Local Government Minister, Rosie Winterton

 

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Spending on research and development today will make Europe more competitive tomorrow. That’s the thinking behind EU moves to promote R&D; investment as part of the recovery plan to get Europe’s economy moving again

 

The results of the Quarter 2, 2009 British Chambers of Commerce Economic Survey confirm that the worst of the recession is over

 

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

 

EU proposes microfinance facility to encourage the unemployed to start their own businesses

 

Research now published from the Carbon Trust reveals almost two thirds of consumers (63 per cent) are more likely to buy a product if they know action is being taken to reduce its carbon footprint

 

The Prime Minister has announced the creation of the 'UK Innovation Investment Fund' to invest in technology-based businesses with high growth potential

 

The OECD has now published its Economic Survey of the United Kingdom; an Economic Survey is published every 1½-2 years for each OECD country

 

The Audit Commission maintains serious criticism of seven authorities that made deposits in Icelandic banks last October, in an amendment to its report 'Risk and Return'. This follows representations made by named authorities, threats of legal action by two of them, and misleading press reports

 

Research conducted by the Carbon Trust revealed that 63 per cent consumers are more likely to purchase a product or service if they know the firm selling it is aiming to cut its carbon footprint

 

A unique pan-public sector project management framework agreement is to set groundbreaking standards for major building projects, and could save users more than £70 million

 

A pioneering initiative to help clothing manufacturers improve working conditions for their producers in developing countries was launched by Minister for Trade and Development, Gareth Thomas

 

LGA lobbying has helped bring forward proposals to free up well over a billion pounds of EU funding for councils and other local bodies to help fight the recession

 

The European Commission proposes to immediately free up €19 billion in earmarked funds to fight unemployment as recession takes its toll

 

The Department for International Development has announced £4.5 million of aid to boost trade from Helmand's renovated airfield, which was officially opened today, June 3

 

A review to examine if Government will need to intervene to help small and medium businesses access growth capital will be led by venture capital expert Christopher Rowlands

 

The Audit Commission has today agreed a package of housekeeping measures aimed at reducing its costs, chiming with the national mood of seeking best value for the public purse

 

George Osborne has called for the EU to put transparency “at the heart” of its response to the banking crisis

 

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