Investment plan into battery technology is launched

The first phase of a £246 million government investment into battery technology has been launched.

BEIS funding new programme to be run by the Carbon Trust

Seen as a new Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator for UK Industry, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is funding a new £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA).

Lack of recruitment focus could force construction firms out of business

A lack of focus on bolstering the workforce could push construction firms out of business, according to One Way.

 

Call for partners for GREAT Festival of Innovation, Hong Kong

The DIT is looking for sponsors and partners to help deliver the GREAT Festival in Hong Kong, 21 to 24 March 2018

New National Investment Fund to back innovative UK firms

A new National Investment Fund to help cutting-edge British start-ups become world-leading unicorns – innovative firms valued over $1 billion USD – has been proposed.

 

 

Land data for June show south east tops figures for regions

This data provides information about the number and types of applications that HM Land Registry completed in June 2017.

 

HM Land Registry price paid data for June

HM Land Registry Price Paid Data tracks land and property sales in England and Wales. Submitted in June included details of more than 92,000 residential and commercial land and property sales in England and Wales lodged for registration.

 

Summer sunshine spurs retail sales growth

Retail sales growth picked up in the year to July, exceeding expectations for minimal growth, according to the latest monthly CBI Distributive Trades Survey.

 

Optimism flat despite fast growth among SME manufacturers

Output among the UK’s small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers grew at the fastest pace in seven years, according to the latest quarterly SME trends survey, though optimism about the current business situation was broadly flat.

 

Campaign to help highlight misleading social media reviews

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is joining international partners in a social media campaign to help stop fake and misleading online reviews and endorsements.

 

Softest half year of GDP growth since 2011

At its August meeting, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee voted 6-2 to maintain the Bank Rate at 0.25%, with McCafferty and Saunders once again dissenting by calling to hike it to 0.50%.

 

 

Property value rise in latest transaction data

The UK House Price Index shows house price changes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The May
data shows:

 

Employers must reset their view on apprentices research shows

The Apprenticeship Levy must be used as a means to not only engage with emerging talent, but also upskill existing teams to aid retention.