Fund encourages enterprise and supports regions dependent on the public sector

The apprenticeships will be in sectors including manufacturing and engineering

MobileID will allow an individuals identity to be checked within two minutes

Programme will provide homes for around 250,000 Londoners

Industry standard aims to give SMEs a welcome advantage in securing procurement and lead them towards a socially responsible business

Control to be put into the hands of individuals and neighbourhoods

New website will chart the progress of the 'Green Neighbourhood Challenge'

Consistent method of reporting government procurement card spend data for transactions above £500 to be provided

Scheme will offer firms more support on issues such as finance and HR

Councils agree in principle to combine education and children's services management to reduce cost and improve service delivery

Work involves increasing loft insulation and replacing inefficient central heating boilers

Businesses across the UK have the potential to save up to £18bn a year by taking steps to reduce waste

Action being taken in areas including the need to reform public procurement

93 per cent believe recycling is important

Opera Solutions report gives highest estimate yet of potential savings

Councils will provide housing benefit, council tax, business rates and benefit fraud investigations

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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.