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Shaping the future of the UK space sector

May 9, 2014 Comments off

Shaping the future of the UK space sector
Source: UK Space Agency; Department for Business, Innovation & Skills; Ministry of Defence; Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Home Office

The government has today (30 April 2014) released two new policies that will shape the future of the UK’s growing space industry.

The government response to the space Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS) action plan 2014 – 2030 and the national space security policy (NSSP) set out plans to achieve a £40 billion UK space industry by 2030 and a coherent approach to protecting the UK’s space assets.

Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts said:

The space sector continues to thrive, and is one of our 8 Great Technologies with the potential to propel UK growth.

Space industries already support 95,000 full time jobs and generate £9.1 billion for the economy each year, and our response to the Growth Action Plan shows our commitment to secure its future growth and realise ambitions to develop a viable UK space port for commercial space flight.”

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UK — Cyber security skills: a guide for business

March 17, 2014 Comments off

Cyber security skills: a guide for business
Source: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Cabinet Office and Government Communications Headquarters

This guidance sets out a range of government and industry-supported cyber security skills activities and initiatives. It details how individual businesses can find out more, and participate and benefit from the initiatives.

UK — Communique: strengthening the cyber security of our essential services

February 21, 2014 Comments off

Communique: strengthening the cyber security of our essential services
Source: Cabinet Office, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and National security and intelligence

A joint communique from ministers, senior officials and regulators sets out steps to address cyber security challenges for essential services.

Research project on the impact of anti-dumping investigations on UK business: final report

August 17, 2012 Comments off

Research project on the impact of anti-dumping investigations on UK business: final report (PDF)

Source:  Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Report for BIS that analyses the impact of anti-dumping investigations and procedures on UK business. Based on a survey of UK companies. See also URN 12/1021AN for a graphical representations of the data collected in the report.

UK — The fourth work-life balance employee survey

July 18, 2012 Comments off

The fourth work-life balance employee survey (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Provides findings on the fourth work-life balance employees’ survey conducted in early 2011. It benchmarks key policy changes since the 2006 survey (URN 07/714X), including the Work and Families Act 2006, that is the extension of the ‘right to request’ flexible working to parents of children under the age of 17 (2009) and to co-resident carers (2007).

Reach for the skies: a strategic vision for UK aerospace

July 12, 2012 Comments off

Reach for the skies: a strategic vision for UK aerospace (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

A joint report from industry and government identifying the huge opportunity for growth in the UK aerospace sector, and the threat of increasing competition from established and developing nations.

UK — Participation rates in higher education: academic years 2006/2007 – 2010/2011 (provisional)

April 2, 2012 Comments off

Participation rates in higher education: academic years 2006/2007 – 2010/2011 (provisional) (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Statistical first release that provides the latest provisional initial participation rates for 17-30 year old English domiciled first-time participants at UK higher education Institutions, English, Welsh and Scottish further education Colleges. Published alongside a historical time series, and includes a brief explanation of the trends.

UK trade performance across markets and sectors

March 15, 2012 Comments off

UK trade performance across markets and sectors (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Overview of UK trade, how it has grown in recent years, and in which markets and sectors the UK has the strongest market share. Analyses trade patterns, considers how UK performance compares to key competitor countries and looks at increasing competition from South-South trade. Assesses why certain patterns emerge, and where UK performance could be improved. Also looks at the shape of future global demand, and where to reap the greatest benefits from trade growth.

UK — Guidance for tour operators: disruption of package holidays by unusual and unforeseeable circumstances

February 9, 2012 Comments off

Guidance for tour operators: disruption of package holidays by unusual and unforeseeable circumstances (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Advice for tour operators that applies to package travel and holidays which fall within the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. Summarises the Government’s views on how to apply these Regulations when unusual and unforeseeable circumstances, such as the volcanic eruption in Iceland, occur and disrupt the package.

UK — Tracking international graduate outcomes 2011

January 30, 2012 Comments off

Tracking international graduate outcomes 2011 (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Report of a study of international graduate outcomes commissioned by BIS. Aims to establish the circumstances and destinations of non-EU international graduates after they leave UK higher education, comparing those who graduated six months ago to those who graduated two and a half years ago. Also examines the reflections of international graduates on their UK study, and assesses the feasibility of including international graduates in future ‘Destinations of leavers from higher education’ surveys.

UK — Delivering results: national minimum wage compliance report for 2010/11

January 5, 2012 Comments off
Source:  Department for Business Innovation and Skills

Annual report on the national minimum wage written in conjunction with HM Revenue and Customs for 2010/11.

Strategy for UK life sciences

December 8, 2011 Comments off

Strategy for UK life sciences (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation and Skills

The Government’s strategy for the UK life sciences industry. Focusing on the healthcare applications of biology. Explains how the UK will become the global hub for life sciences in the future, providing an unrivalled ecosystem that brings together business, researchers, clinicians and patients to translate discovery into clinical use for medical innovation within the NHS. The UK will provide an environment and infrastructure that supports pioneering researchers and clinicians to bring innovation to market earlier and more easily, making the UK the location of choice for investment. Life sciences will continue to be vibrant in the UK and will be a key contributor to sustained economic growth. See also ‘Investing in UK health and life sciences’ (URN 11/1428).

UK — Let’s get down to business: smart regulation, more growth, better Europe

December 5, 2011 Comments off

Let’s get down to business: smart regulation, more growth, better Europe (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Report of a Government review that worked with GlaxoSmithKline, Balfour Beatty, Kingfisher and Tribeka Limited to find ways to improve European growth opportunities for UK businesses. Covers the need to reduce the overall European regulatory burden, foster innovation, and ensure the internal market realises its growth potential.

UK — Your export opportunity: our insight. Your guide to getting started in exporting

November 14, 2011 Comments off

Your export opportunity: our insight. Your guide to getting started in exporting (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Guide that outlines the points you need to consider before venturing into international business. Explains the benefits to a company with case studies. Signposts contacts within UK Trade & Investment and sources of help and guidance and elsewhere.

UK — Skills for a green economy: a report on the evidence

November 4, 2011 Comments off

Skills for a green economy: a report on the evidence (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

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.

UK — Amplifying the voice of Muslim students: findings from literature review

October 11, 2011 Comments off

Amplifying the voice of Muslim students: findings from literature review (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Presents findings of a study exploring the experiences and attitudes of Muslim students in higher education institutions (HEIs) England. Uses existing research to find out what is currently known about Muslim students in HE, including reviewing quantitative estimates of the number and distribution of Muslim students. Aims to examine students’ experiences of HE and how far it meets their needs.

UK — BIS discussion paper: executive pay

September 30, 2011 Comments off

BIS discussion paper: executive pay (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Responses by 25 November 2011. Seeks views on wide-ranging proposals on how to link executive pay more closely to company performance. Aims to build a stronger understanding of the issues. Published in conjunction with a consultation on narrative reporting that includes proposals on the reporting of executive pay (URN 11/945).

UK creative industries in India: a guide to architecture, design and digital content

September 29, 2011 Comments off

UK creative industries in India: a guide to architecture, design and digital content
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

India offers a great opportunity for UK architecture, design and digital content firms – both as a location for production and as a market for goods and services. This guide is a short introduction for those who have had no dealings with India thus far but wish to learn more, or for those who are already engaged with the market and wish to consolidate and expand their presence further.

The guide is based on insights kindly shared by UK firms already building business in India and their Indian counterparts.

UK — National minimum wage: Government evidence to the Low Pay Commission 2011

September 19, 2011 Comments off

National minimum wage: Government evidence to the Low Pay Commission 2011 (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Sets out the Government’s economic and non-economic evidence to the Low Pay Commission on national minimum wage policy issues. Covers the rates, the youth labour market, compliance, enforcement and awareness.

UK — Infrastructure supply chains: barriers and opportunities. Research report

September 2, 2011 Comments off

Infrastructure supply chains: barriers and opportunities. Research report (PDF)
Source: Department for Business Innovation & Skills

World-class infrastructure is essential to support growth and to investment to the UK. This report sets out the experiences of firms in the infrastructure supply chain in accessing finance, innovative technologies and skills. It identifies several examples of good practice, both in supply chain relationships and in policies that were considered by business to offer long term certainty and consistency that would underpin investment.

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