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Paul Lamb: Paralysed Leeds man urges government inquiry

AUL LAMB/HUMANISTS UK A paralysed former builder has called for an inquiry into assisted dying after losing the latest in a series of bids to challenge the law on the issue. Paul Lamb, 65, from Leeds, said he was “devastated” after the Court of Appeal refused him permission to bring a legal challenge over assisted dying. He argued the current ...

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Hancock’s former neighbour won Covid test kit work after WhatsApp message

Alex Bourne’s company producing millions of Covid vials despite no prior experience in medical supplies  Matt Hancock with Alex Bourne at his former pub, the Cock Inn, in Thurlow. An acquaintance and former neighbour of Matt Hancock is supplying the government with tens of millions of vials for NHS Covid-19 tests despite having had no previous experience of producing medical supplies. Alex ...

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Bidding starts in New Year for £4bn levelling up fund

Councils will be able to bid for project funding early next year from the Government’s new levelling up fund announced in the spending review. The Government has committed £4bn to a new cross-departmental Fund for England. This will invest in local infrastructure that has a visible impact on people and their communities and will support economic recovery. It has committed to ...

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UK’s ‘chaotic’ PPE procurement cost billions extra

National Audit Office says lack of sufficient PPE before the pandemic led to hugely higher prices being paid Health and social care workers reported shortages of vital PPE although NHS organisations told the NAO they had been able to get the needed PPE in time. The government spent £10bn more buying personal protective equipment in “chaotic” and inflated market conditions ...

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Green industrial revolution in sight as government sets out plans for more clean energy

The fourth round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, opening late 2021, will aim to double the capacity of renewable energy compared to the last round and expand the number of technologies supported. Government sets out next step towards green industrial revolution as plans for next round of renewables support scheme publishedaims to deliver up to double amount of ...

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UK government launches bidding process for freeports

The bidding process expected to create up to seven new ‘freeports’ in England has opened after the UK government published a prospectus last week outlining the requirements for designation as a freeport. The government is hoping the freeports will act as “hubs of business and enterprise” to regenerate communities and increase economic and employment growth after Brexit. Areas designated as ...

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UK Central Europe conference for non-governmental influencers: call for bids

British Embassy Bratislava announces a call for bids to deliver a conference programme for non-governmental influencers in Central Europe. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) Central European Network of embassies is seeking a partner to deliver an engaging conference programme of up to one day for a select group of non-governmental influencers across Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, ...

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Politically connected firms were given ‘high priority’ for government COVID contracts, official report finds

Damning Whitehall spending watchdog report ‘will do little to quell concerns about cronyism in UK government procurement’. The government has awarded contracts worth millions for the supply of personal protective equipment to small firms with no previous experience in public health. Companies with political connections were directed to a “high-priority” channel for UK government contracts – where bids were ten ...

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BTN’s 2020 Innovate Conference

Winner: Thrust Carbon The BTN Group’s Innovator of the Year London-based green-tech travel startup Thrust Carbon last month captured The BTN Group’s Innovator of the Year award. By simplifying the path toward sustainable travel programs, Thrust Carbon beat out fierce competition from nine other entrants. The Thrust Carbon platform includes several tools, centered around the Thrust Calculator, which crunches complex ...

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Unisys On Hunt For New UK Agency & European Hub

Incumbent Octopus Group has decided not to take part in the technology giant’s competitive review. LONDON — Technology giant Unisys has issued an RFP for a new UK agency and European hub on a two-year contract, PRovoke has learned. As well as leading PR in the UK, the account involves co-ordinating local agencies in France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and ...

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Request for Proposal (RFP) Software Market 2020, Share, Size, Research Report, Growth Trends, Revenue, Segmentation

Request for Proposal (RFP) Software Market forecast to 2026 The Global Request for Proposal (RFP) Software Market report provides information about the Global industry, including valuable facts and figures. This research study explores the Global Market in detail such as industry chain structures, raw material suppliers, with manufacturing The Request for Proposal (RFP) Software Sales market examines the primary segments ...

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Online only auctions in Wales and Ireland as virus ‘fire breaks’ begin

Auction houses in Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland are adjusting their sales calendars to accommodate the latest set of Covid-19 restrictions. Prime minister Boris Johnson announced a three-tier coronavirus lockdown system for England while other regions have different restrictions and measures in place. A coronavirus ‘firebreak’ will run in Wales, set to end on November 9. A Welsh Government spokesperson ...

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Uganda: Ballot Paper Saga – Foreign Firms Bid Shs17b Higher

New information about the ongoing ballot printing procurement saga shows that the foreign companies won the contract bid about Shs18b higher than the local firms. According to the information obtained by Daily Monitor, the local printers quoted Shs41.7b for the six lots of ballot printing while the foreign firms quoted Shs59.5b. Six local printing companies: Picfare Industries Ltd; Graphic Systems ...

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Fusion21 invites bids for £1.1bn facilities management framework

Procurement organization Fusion21 is seeking contractors interested in providing facilities management services to the public sector. Fusion21’s new workplace & facilities framework could be worth up to £1.1bn over the four-year term, the organisation says. It will provide a procurement short-cut for public sector organisations in the blue light, central government, education, health, housing and local authority sectors. It is ...

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RFP Close Rates Rise for Publishers as Buyers Look to Keep Things Simple

The normally cutthroat media industry has — in some ways, at least — been feeling a little less competitive for the past few months for top publishers.Thanks to shorter planning cycles, as well as brands and agencies trying to work with fewer partners, agencies have been sending their proposal requests to much shorter lists of publishers than they did during ...

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Tides of change coming to Oak Bay Marina

The Oak Bay Marina entrance on Oct. 19, 2020. VICTORIA — Created nearly sixty years ago, the Oak Bay Marina’s lease is set to expire at the end of 2022. The municipality has put out a request for proposals (RFP) for the marina and Turkey Head Point area. The District of Oak Bay wants to reimagine the property, creating a ...

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New government funding ‘a small but vital step to boost UK market’

In a previous article for Property Investor Today, which you can read here, I highlighted the importance of utilising brownfield sites to help boost the UK’s property market; a topic that many property investors and industry experts agree on as unused land which holds great potential to accommodate quality homes that we so desperately need. This year’s BBC Housing Briefing estimated ...

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FREEPORTS: HUBS OF ENTERPRISE TO ATTRACT MAJOR INVESTMENT

The UK Government has outlined its plans for Freeports around the country and expressed a desire for all the nations of the UK to share in the benefits of the hubs which it expects to attract major domestic and international investment. Insider is campaigning to back the various bids for Freeport status and to provide an in-depth guide to the different locations. ...

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Insider Campaign to Promote and Examine Freeport Bids – NE

Locations across the North East are among the sites vying for Freeport status as the UK Government looks to turbo-charge post-Brexit trade. Insider is launching a campaign to back the various bids and provide an in-depth guide to the different locations, outlining what their credentials are and what the long-terms benefits to the economy will be. Freeports, which are set ...

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Council Only Scheduled For Closed Session Meeting on Monday

Negotiations on YWCA proposals on agenda Although the City Council is not scheduled to meet in open session on Monday, there will be a packed closed session meeting starting at 2 p.m which includes property negotiations on a Summitt property, negotiations with two Pasadena Fire Department unions, potential litigation and price and payment negotiations related to the YWCA and the ...

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Regional investment projects announced to boost local economies

19 new investment opportunities across the UK and 10 Northern Powerhouse ‘Investment Champions’ announced to drive inward investment The UK regions were given a boost today through new measures announced by the Department for International Trade (DIT) designed to increase inward investment into the UK and help the country build back better. Minister for Investment, Gerry Grimstone, announced the second ...

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Social landlord applications still to be added to oversubscribed cladding safety fund

Applications for funding to cover the costs of “tens of thousands” of trapped leaseholders in social housing blocks with dangerous cladding are yet to be added to the vastly oversubscribed Building Safety Fund, the government has confirmed. Last week, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government revealed that nearly 2,784 buildings had already registered for the fund to remove non-aluminium ...

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UK freeports must be near enterprise zones ‘so inland areas can benefit too’

Ports across the UK have been invited to submit bids for freeport status in the post-Brexit environment, but there are warnings over ambiguities in the strategy. Speaking to an International Trade Committee hearing yesterday, CEO of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Chris Starkie said the strategy needed to be honed. “The policy is not entirely clear, other than that ...

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Soccer-Bain and CVC revise Serie A bids as clubs delay decision – sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT/MILAN – Two private equity groups have revised their final bids to Italy’s top-flight soccer league as they vie to secure a slice of Serie A’s lucrative broadcasting rights business for the next 10 seasons, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The two offers will be reviewed by Serie A club presidents on Oct. 13, after an initial Oct. 9 deadline ...

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£200million Brexit pot could boost Felixstowe and Harwich

The Port of Felixstowe could bid for cash from a £200m government pot to help with the Brexit transition The government is ramping up its preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period with the launch of a £200million fund for ports to build new facilities, including potential new infrastructure at Harwich and Felixstowe. Ministers say new infrastructure at ...

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Court to rule on UK freedom of information bids from overseas

Cases have been blocked despite guidance saying anyone can make a request Julian Assange being taken to court last year. One of the requests the information tribunal will examine is from an Italian journalist seeking information about initial attempts to extradite him to Sweden. The rights of those living abroad to submit freedom of information requests are to be tested ...

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2021 UK-Taiwan Innovative Industries program: request for proposal

British Office and the Ministry of Science and Technology launch the UK-Taiwan Innovative Industries programme (I2P). To strengthen the exchange and co-operation between academic and research circles of the UK and Taiwan, the British Office Taipei and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) are proud to jointly launch the (I2P). The programme aims to facilitate deep bilateral co-operation with ...

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Five municipalities say ‘yes’ to regional sewer authority, want deal with York City

Five municipalities surrounding York City have approved the creation of a regional sewer authority with the hope of buying the city’s wastewater treatment plant and keeping sewer rates under local government control. This past week, boards in Manchester, West Manchester, Spring Garden and York townships and North York borough all unanimously adopted ordinances to establish and join the York Area Regional ...

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Ambitious plans for Darlington in a series of redevelopments

Victoria Road conception DARLINGTON could be transformed in coming years if two council bids for Government funding are successful, announced as separate work on routes between the station and town centre begins. Darlington Council, as one one of 100 councils invited to, has submitted plans to Government in a bid for £25m of regeneration funding. The Town Fund is a national pot of ...

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Downtown Salisbury ‘moving swiftly’ with developers interested in Empire Hotel

SALISBURY — Following discussions with at least four interested developers, Downtown Salisbury Inc. will create a task force this week to begin reviewing and evaluating proposals. The city announced earlier this month it would end exclusive negotiations with Black Point Investments and form a task force to broaden its search of developers after Black Point didn’t accept a city’s second ...

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