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Work Programme update

The latest figures from the Government’s Work Programme are now available. The positive data show that the Programme continues to support the long term unemployed into meaningful employment: More than 208,000 of our hardest to help jobseekers have escaped long term unemployment and found lasting work – normally at least six months – an increase of 40,000 in the three months since the last publication in June. That’s 208,000 more people in work – meaning money in their pockets and a more secure future […]

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Introducing the Exporting is GREAT Campaign

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has launched a new pilot marketing campaign called Exporting is GREAT that will run throughout May 2013 to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) grow internationally. Exporting is GREAT is designed to increase understanding of the benefits of exporting and to drive awareness, and take-up, of the many sources of support and help available. The UKTI knows from research that international trade offers a significant boost to a company’s success. Yet less than 25% […]

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Encouraging economic data in Bucks

In its Annual Survery of Hours and Earnings, the Office of National Statistics recently published some very encouraging economic data regarding the Buckinghamshire area: Median full-time earnings for those working in Buckinghamshire rose by 2.0 per cent in 2012 to stand at £28,581, a rate of increase well above the 1.2 per cent recorded across the country as a whole; Buckinghamshire and all its districts continue to have residence based earnings above the national and South East levels, ranking 2nd […]

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Cutting Red Tape: the Government’s Progress

The Government claim progress on cutting red tape for businesses. They have provided the ticker, right, which gives a running update of the red tape scrapped. Under the previous Government, the equivalent of six new regulations every working day were passed, or over 1,500 in a year. In 2011, the Government cut that flow to 89 measures of which just 19 imposed any cost to business. In addition the Government have: Capped the cost of new regulations, through the One […]

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Help cut business regulation

As a way of supporting The Red Tape Challenge, the Government has created a new campaign called Focus on Enforcement. It will focus on working to ensure that we do not gold plate EU law and that we avoid British business being disadvantaged in relation to EU competitors. The Government want you to tell them about your experiences, both good and bad, in the area of business regulation. The best ideas and suggestions for review will be chosen for further investigation. In […]

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Motorcycling Takes Its Case To Parliament

Last week, a Motorcycle Lobby Day was held in Parliament with great success. It brought together key motorcycle organisations in a day of activities aimed at MPs and Ministers and was organised to highlight key concerns that the motorcycle world has on public policy. As Chairman of the APPG on Motorcycling it provided an opportunity not just to meet many bike enthusiasts like myself, but also provided a forum for learning and understanding more about how government, both national and […]

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Commonwealth D-Day

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NB: this post is by Tim Hewish, my Parliamentary Researcher, and the views expressed are his own. Commonwealth Day passed the world by yesterday. As a network of nearly a third of the world’s population and with the Queen as its Head, you would think that the British would notice. The Commonwealth represents 53 nations across the globe and spans all habitable continents with English as its lingua franca and most of its legal system based on Common Law. I mention […]

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Better Business Finance

Better Business Finance (BBF) gives help and support to businesses looking to raise finance. This initiative is supported by The British Bankers’ Association (BBA) as well as Barclays, HSBC, RBS, Lloyds and Santander. The BBF was created to put into practice the 17 recommendations of the Business Finance Taskforce that intends to add further momentum to existing initiatives to improve banks’ relationships with business, to ensure better access to finance and to promote understanding of the needs of businesses. The […]

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The Government’s business strategy

The Government recently announced a number of policies to help British businesses. They have launched the updated and overhauled businesslink.gov.uk website. This is now the primary gateway for businesses, of whatever scale, seeking support and information from the Government. It’s backed by a new telephone contact centre and many thousands of new business mentors. They have launched a new nationally-delivered Manufacturing Advisory Service to help small and medium-sized manufacturers to grow. It is estimated that this will help generate £1.5 […]

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Give the Games industry a (tax) break

NB: this post is by Tim Hewish, my Parliamentary Assistant, and the views expressed are his own. Jim McGovern, Labour MP for Dundee, called a Westminster Hall debate to address the growing disparity between the UK and other nations on the latter’s favourable tax credits towards the video games industry. The UK has a long history of innovative creative industries; video games are one such platform: from Rareware and Eidos to Media Molecule and Rockstar Games. Currently, what we are […]

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