Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for a new Government backed bank aimed at small businesses, saying they would be able to gain access to 'multi-billion pounds' of funding.

Grants of up to £30,000 from a new £10 million pot will be made available to help local authorities support and advise groups taking forward neighbourhood plans.

A legal challenge from Virgin Rail has delayed the UK government’s controversial plans to hand a multi-billion pound contract to rival bidder FirstGroup.

The Federation of Small Businesses is calling for councils to better understand procurement spend with small firms in order to benefit local economies.

Councils in Greater Manchester have been granted new powers to clampdown companies causing disruption on roads under the country’s first joint road works permit scheme.

Telford and Wrekin BC is set to publish all items of public spending above £100 as part of efforts to make the council more transparent.

CIPFA has been commissioned to benchmark council library services.

15 pilots will receive a total of £1.5 million to make the ideas submitted in their bids a reality.

Details of £9 billion investment in the railway system has been unveiled by the government.


The Prime Minister has secured a great result for UK business at the European Council on single unitary patent valid in up to 25 European countries and secured London to be the host.

The UK government has confirmed that temporary spending controls imposed on public sector advertising, marketing, communications and research budgets will now become a ‘permanent feature’.

Hackney Council is set to launch its revised Voluntary and Community Sector Grants Programme for 2013, which will see local voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations benefit from grants.

John Collington, the government's chief procurement officer is to leave Whitehall for a private sector position, it has emerged.

A National Audit Office (NAO) report has stated better communications are needed between central and local government if maximum efficiencies are to be achieved.

Local Government Minister Bob Neill saw first hand the new face of East London thanks to Government investment in regeneration projects.

Business lobby group the CBI called on the government on Friday to undertake an independent review of its environmental taxes.


Event Diary

The largest flood exhibition and conference in the world is coming to London’s ExCeL in September.

The Emergency Services Show takes place at the NEC from 20-21 September and is the only UK event for all involved in public safety.

World of Learning will feature even more opportunities to discover the latest in learning and development (L&D) with over 100 exhibitors, The Technology Test Drive, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.