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  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Changes announced today to the allocation of university places increase the focus on putting students at the heart of system.

    Uncapped recruitment for high achieving students will be further eased in 2013/14. The A-level threshold will lower from AAB+ to ABB+.

  • A further 5,000 places will be allocated through a competitive core and margin to universities and colleges offering good quality and value for money.

    27 April 2012 13:46

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Michael Gibbons has been appointed Chair of the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) after an open competition which followed the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice. In addition, seven Members have been appointed to the Committee. They are:

    • Alexander Ehmann
    • Jeremy Mayhew
    • Professor David Parker
    • Dr Ian Peters
    • Martin Traynor
    • Sarah Veale
    • Ken Warwick

    27 April 2012 12:46

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    The next stage of the Government’s new £10 million ‘Start-up Loans’ for young people pilot scheme has been announced today by Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk.

    27 April 2012 12:00

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Cabinet Office

    Industry leaders sign up to support new approach

    The Government’s long term plan to reform the way the public sector does business ramped up today as new and updated data on £70 billion of potential future government contracts was published by Cabinet ministers Francis Maude and Vince Cable.

    26 April 2012 13:00

  • Department for Transport

    Alison Munro has been re-appointed as the Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd, the independent company set up by the Government to deliver a high speed rail network between London and the North of England.

    26 April 2012 12:15

  • News Distribution Service

    Issued by the News Distribution Service on behalf of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board (FARB)

    26 April 2012 12:15

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Government ministers meet local enterprise partnership (LEP) leaders today to discuss their plans to drive growth across the country.

    26 April 2012 10:30

  • HM Revenue & Customs

    An antique jewellery trader who fraudulently claimed over £1.6 million in VAT repayments by creating fake invoices for expensive Rolex and
    Cartier watches has been jailed.

    25 April 2012 16:54

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Business Secretary Vince Cable today announced a landmark investment in green infrastructure by the Government.

    25 April 2012 10:51

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    A new online toolkit has been launched today by Employment Relations Minister Norman Lamb, which provides first-time employers with a step-by-step guide through their obligations when taking on a member of staff.

    25 April 2012 09:30

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Automotive Council UK

    With Government f igures showing that by 2030 road use will have grown by 25-30 per cent, there is a pressing need to tackle congestion, pollution and road safety..

    25 April 2012 00:01

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    The four independent assessors who investigate appeals and complaints made to the Student Loans Company (SLC) are to be reappointed for a further three years.

    24 April 2012 15:00

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Businesses and consumers will find it easier to challenge firms they believe are acting anti-competitively, under proposals launched today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

    24 April 2012 10:00

  • Department for Transport

    Trials of carbon-cutting trucks are set for support from Government, Transport Minister Mike Penning has announced.

    24 April 2012 09:30

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    A recruitment agency supplying catering and cleaning workers was yesterday ordered to pay back a total of over £1,380.40 in withheld wages at Leicester Magistrates’ Court following a prosecution by the Government’s Employment Agency Standards (EAS) inspectorate.

    24 April 2012 09:30

  • Insolvency Service

    Lincolnshire company director Michael John Welbourn, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment at Lincoln Crown Court after pleading guilty to two counts of fraudulent trading and one count of managing a company while disqualified as a director, following an investigation by The Insolvency Service and prosecution by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

    23 April 2012 16:30

  • HM Treasury

    In a speech at the Institute of Fiscal Studies today, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to its fiscal consolidation and set out new, tougher spending rules to ensure delivery of its spending plans. Extracts of the speech are set out below.

    23 April 2012 11:12

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    The first trade mission of its kind, focusing solely on mid-sized businesses, will pay a two day visit to Turkey later this week. Led by Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Green, and John Cridland, Director-General of the CBI, the mission to Turkey will help build links between UK and Turkish firms and boost trade and investment between the two countries.

    23 April 2012 10:30

  • HM Revenue & Customs

    Tax credit customers are being reminded by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that they must renew claims by the 31 July deadline - or their payments may stop.

    23 April 2012 10:12

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Queen
    NOT FOR PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST BEFORE 00.01 BST ON SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2012

    Small and large companies from across the UK are today (21 April 2012) celebrating being named as winners of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise - the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

    21 April 2012 00:01

  • HM Revenue & Customs

    A tax fraudster, who fled the UK four years ago after telling a judge in a note that he was unprepared to go to jail and found the idea frightening and upsetting, has been extradited from France and is beginning a six year prison term.

    20 April 2012 17:48

  • Insolvency Service

    Swindon bankrupt, John Edward Morgan, has been sentenced to 20 months imprisonment by Swindon Crown Court after pleading guilty to three charges, following an investigation by The Insolvency Service and prosecution by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

    20 April 2012 15:00

  • Department for Transport

    The United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to a proposal put forward by the United Kingdom, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), and the Philippines to develop guidelines to address concerns related to alleged serious crimes and persons missing at sea. All twenty four delegations that spoke after the proposal had been presented expressed their appreciation and supported it without exception.

    20 April 2012 11:30

  • HM Treasury

    The Main Supply Estimates for central government departments, presented to the House of Commons today, seek Parliamentary authority for expenditure in 2012-13.

    Estimates seek Parliamentary authority for the voted element of spending plans set out in Spending Review 2010 and updated in Budget 2012.

    19 April 2012 11:00

  • HM Revenue & Customs

    HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is urging anyone who has still not done their 2010/11 tax return to send it online before the end of April, or be charged daily penalties from 1 May.

    19 April 2012 09:55

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