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24/11/2020
New Telecoms Security Law To Protect Uk From Cyber ThreatsThumbnail for article : New Telecoms Security Law To Protect Uk From Cyber Threats
New legal duties on telecoms firms to increase the security of entire UK network.   New powers for government to remove high risk vendors such as Huawei.  
24/11/2020
Prime Minister Publishes Covid Winter Plan For England
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has published the government's COVID Winter Plan for England.   National restrictions to end on 2 December, with England returning to local tiers.  
24/11/2020
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 published aims to deliver up to double amount of renewable energy from previous round and lower costs for consumers alongside plans to support UK manufacturers.  
24/11/2020
Drone deliveries and seamless end-to-end journey routing could connect UK's rural towns and communitiesThumbnail for article : Drone deliveries and seamless end-to-end journey routing could connect UK's rural towns and communities
What will the future of transport look like? Government seeks views on how digital innovation can help people to plan, book and pay for travel.   call for evidence launched to find ways to boost rural transport connectivity.  
24/11/2020
SSEN Successfully Completes Pentland Firth East Cable Replacement ProjectThumbnail for article : SSEN Successfully Completes Pentland Firth East Cable Replacement Project
A project to replace one of the two submarine electricity distribution cables connecting Orkney to mainland Scotland is now complete, ensuring strengthened resilience of electricity supply to the islands ahead of winter.   Teams from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) connected the new 37km subsea cable to the main electricity network on Thursday 5 November to ensure a robust and reliable supply of electricity to homes and businesses across the isles.  
24/11/2020
Residential Outdoor Education Centres Fund OpensThumbnail for article : Residential Outdoor Education Centres Fund Opens
A fund to help residential outdoor education centres mitigate the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis opens for applications today.   Centres which are facing financial challenges can apply for funds to help with running costs and to enable staff to deliver outdoor learning in and around schools.  
24/11/2020
Flyer sent to businesses on how to prepare for new rules from 1 January 2021Thumbnail for article : Flyer sent to businesses on how to prepare for new rules from 1 January 2021
Flyer from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to businesses about actions they need to take from 1 January 2021.   The flyer from the Business Secretary was sent to businesses.  
24/11/2020
Updated Covid-19 Protection Levels
East Lothian to move down a level but Midlothian remains in Level 3.   Success in suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in East Lothian will see the local authority move down a protection level tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6am.  
24/11/2020
Strengthening Support For Children And Young People
Children's Hearings advocacy service.   A national advocacy service has been launched to reinforce the rights of children involved in the Children's Hearings system.  
24/11/2020
SSEN takes to the sky to maintain its towersThumbnail for article : SSEN takes to the sky to maintain its towers
Drone technology is being used by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to monitor towers on over 64,000 kilometres of overhead power lines across its central southern England patch; helping to maintain a secure network and keep the power flowing for its 3.1 million customers in the south.   Traditionally engineers would be required to physically climb towers to assess the condition of critical infrastructure.  
24/11/2020
SSEN Transmission gets to work on HVDC Switching Station in CaithnessThumbnail for article : SSEN Transmission gets to work on HVDC Switching Station in Caithness
SSEN Transmission and its principal contractor for all civil works, BAM Nuttall, will begin construction of the Caithness HVDC Switching Station on the 30th of November; marking a key milestone for the Shetland HVDC project.   Once complete the Caithness HVDC Switching Station will play a key role in facilitating the connection of renewable energy from Shetland to the GB transmission system via a 250km subsea cable.  
24/11/2020
Government Investment In Fusion Energy Boosts British Economy By £1.4 Billion
For every £1 invested in UKAEA, approximately £4 is pumped back into the economy.   The British economy has gained £1.4 billion from the Government's direct investment in fusion energy over the past decade and an average of 4,000 jobs each year.  
24/11/2020
Uk-wide Christmas Arrangements Agreed By The Uk Government And The Devolved Administrations
The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations have agreed on joint arrangements for an easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over the Christmas period.   The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations have today agreed on joint arrangements for an easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over the Christmas period.  
23/11/2020
Avian Influenza - Bird Flu: Latest SituationThumbnail for article : Avian Influenza - Bird Flu: Latest Situation
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has been declared across England, Scotland and Wales.   Following a number of confirmed cases of avian influenza in the UK in recent weeks, on Monday 11 November an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared across England, Scotland and Wales to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading.  
23/11/2020
Investing In Scotland's Future - First Minister Launches Scottish National Investment BankThumbnail for article : Investing In Scotland's Future - First Minister Launches Scottish National Investment Bank
The Scottish National Investment Bank has officially opened for business with the completion of its first major investment.   It is the UK's first mission-led development bank and it is being capitalised by the Scottish Government with £2 billion over ten years.  
23/11/2020
Pfizer/biontech Covid-19 Vaccine: MHRA Statement Confirming Data ReceivedThumbnail for article : Pfizer/biontech Covid-19 Vaccine: MHRA Statement Confirming Data Received
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency {MHRA}, Chief Executive Dr June Raine said: We are pleased to have received further data for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine candidate.   It is our job now to rigorously assess these data and the evidence submitted on the vaccine's safety, quality and effectiveness.  
23/11/2020
Expressions Of Interest Invited For New Highland Coastal Communities Fund - Caithness Awarded Caithness - £409,652
The Council is inviting communities to come forward with expressions of interest for projects that, if successful, could receive a share of funding aimed at supporting coastal communities throughout Highland.   The Highland Coastal Communities Fund has been set up by the Council following an allocation of over £3 million from the Scottish Government of Crown Estates revenue funding.  
23/11/2020
Fishing Industry - Are You Ready For 1 January 2021? Join Us To Find Out How To Prepare
Join our Operations Director, Phil Haslam for a video call about the latest marine and fishing guidance for what you'll need to do from the 1 January 2021.   We have been listening to our marine and fishing industries and adapting accordingly.  
23/11/2020
IMPACT30 programme which provides 12-months of free business support and mentorship for age 35 or underThumbnail for article : IMPACT30 programme which provides 12-months of free business support and mentorship for age 35 or under
Are you aged 35 or under? Do you work in a business less than three-years old? Well don't click away as you will want to keep reading - this is something you definitely need to know.   We are delighted to be back supporting IMPACT 30 as they recruit their next cohort! IMPACT 30 are looking to help new and upcoming businesses - and we can definitely vouch for the fact that this is invaluable support as Cecilia Grigor (MD) of Planit Scotland received advice and support to grow our business.  
23/11/2020
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2020Thumbnail for article : Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2020
Our Chief Inspector, Captain Andrew Moll, makes a statement at the start of this year's Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.   Carbon monoxide awareness week Today is the start of carbon monoxide awareness week 2020.