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NEWS | Published April 21st 2021, 3:03 pm

Government updates cyber security laws to protect smart devices

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, sales of smart devices have increased by almost 49%. As working from home has become the norm, and looks set to continue at least part time for many workers across the UK, protections from malicious cyber attacks need to be boosted.

NEWS | Published April 20th 2021, 11:30 am

Shan Dassanaike, COO of The Leith Group promotes direct foreign investment to support UK manufacturers

Shan Dassanaike, The Leith Group’s Chief Operations Officer, promotes direct foreign investment to support businesses in the UK manufacturing sector as the firm looks to launch a new arm of its business.

NEWS | Published April 19th 2021, 2:02 pm

Rishi Sunak looks to boost UKfintech sector and launches new taskforce to work on UK Crypto currency.

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has set out a series of plans to push the UKs level of competition in the Fintech sector. Announcing regulatory support to help firms expand alongside a new taskforce, to look at digital currencies.

NEWS | Published April 18th 2021, 11:11 am

Tighter controls of international travel quarantine launched by the government

The government has launched a service to carry out further visits on people who have a duty to quarantine following international travel.

NEWS | Published April 17th 2021, 9:09 am

Lord Pickles says rules around cronyism need urgent reform

Lord Pickles as chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) has said that improvements need to be made to the system that oversees private sector jobs for ministers and civil servants.

NEWS | Published April 14th 2021, 4:04 pm

Care homes to be consulted on mandatory vaccination for staff

Government are to launch a consultation on whether vaccination is to be a condition of work in care homes. A 5-week consultation will be launched looking at requiring care home providers, caring for older adults, to deploy only those workers who have received their COVID-19 vaccination to further protect residents who are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19.

NEWS | Published April 13th 2021, 4:04 pm

Government LGBT Panel set to disband

Just a month after three members of the governments LGBT advisement panel quit, the entire panel is set to be disbanded.

NEWS | Published April 12th 2021, 10:10 am

Hospitality and non-essential retail opens as Sacha Lord court case is expedited to the High Court

After a year of stop-start opening and restrictions on trade, the first step in a full re-opening of the economy has taken place on Monday 12th April. England has moved into step 2 of the ‘cautious but irreversible’ easing of lockdown, meaning that hospitality can open outdoors alongside non-essential retail, gyms, zoos and beauty services.

NEWS | Published April 11th 2021, 1:01 pm

Priti Patel announces visa extension for frontline health workers

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has announced that frontline health workers and their dependents will be granted free visa extensions. The extensions will be automatically granted to elligble workrs whose visas were set to expire by 1st October 2021.

NEWS | Published April 10th 2021, 1:01 pm

Global Travel Taskforce sets out the ‘safe return of international travel’

The Transport Secretary, Grant Schapps, has released a framework that sets out how international travel can return in a safe way. Utilising a traffic light system that will place countries into risk categories in an effort to protect the public & vaccination programme from new variants of Covid-19.

NEWS | Published April 8th 2021, 2:02 pm

Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick announces package to help British National (Overseas) families from Hong Kong.

British National (Overseas) families resettling in the UK via the Hong Kong BN(O) route will be given support to help them settle in the country. The support will be a dedicated package backed by over £43 million.

NEWS | Published April 7th 2021, 9:09 am

Lord Blunkett, chairman of the Leaders Council, says we should avoid rushing to judgement on school abuse claims

Writing for the Mail on Sunday, Leaders Council chairman Lord Blunkett, wants to see a measured response to the allegations of child sexual assault in schools made by the contributors to the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ website.

NEWS | Published April 6th 2021, 10:10 am

Russell Finex help PFR Nord to more efficient recycling, ensure product quality for Godiva and provide Health and Safety advice

Russell Finex is a global leader in the manufacture of high-quality sieving and filtration solutions. Established in 1934, they have shown continuous innovation to remain a market leader and an example of best practise. Over the past month they have successfully improved plastic recycling, helped a chocolate manufacturer maintain product quality and launched a health and safety compliance package.

NEWS | Published April 5th 2021, 9:09 am

Major network of underwater cameras will help to make ocean wildlife more visible through the Blue Belt Programme

In a pioneering effort to make the ocean wildlife and diverse eco-systems of the oceans surrounding UK overseas Terrirtories (UKOTs) more visible. A major network of underwater cameras are to be deployed to collect data and map habitats.

NEWS | Published April 2nd 2021, 1:01 pm

Liz Truss sets out agenda to work with G7 as she chairs first Trade Track Ministerial Meeting

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, will be sitting down with her counterparts across the G7 and the WTO’s Director General, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to look at a reform of global trade.

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