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New Import Control actions for Hauliers

New Import Control actions for Hauliers

All UK hauliers moving goods from the EU to Great Britain (GB) need to prepare for import controlchanges which will take effect from 1 January 2022. New Requirements – Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) From 1 January 2022, hauliers must be registered for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMSto move any goods between GB and…
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Rules on face coverings have been updated in England

Rules on face coverings have been updated in England

Members of the public and staff in public facing areas will be required to wear face coverings in these settings from Tuesday 30 November 2021: shops and supermarkets (places that offer goods or services for retail sale or hire) shopping centres (malls and indoor markets) auction houses post offices, banks, building societies, credit unions, short-term…
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What is innovation?

What is innovation?

By Graeme Miller, Head of Innovation at the Innovation SuperNetwork ‘Innovation’ – a buzzword we’re all very familiar with and love to hate. Its overuse has resulted in many people not really knowing what the word means anymore, with many now even misidentifying its meaning. This is partly due to the fact that we mostly…
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Lift business on the up with support from peers

Lift business on the up with support from peers

Kris McGough founded Rise Elevator two years ago and has grown the business to five divisions, focusing on areas including lift maintenance, car lifts and disabled access lifts. He explains how being part of a Peer Network with other North East business owners has helped him to have confidence in putting systems in place as…
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Printing Company awarded Advanced Award of the Good Work Pledge

Printing Company awarded Advanced Award of the Good Work Pledge

YPS (Your Print Specialists) have recently been awarded the Advanced Award of the Good Work Pledge. Read a Q&A session with their Operations Director, Wayne Jobling, who talks about the scheme. How did you hear about the Good Work Pledge? In order to facilitate vocational training at our ‘Your Print Institute’ and safeguard jobs, we…
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Budget and Spending Review – October 2021

Budget and Spending Review – October 2021

Highlights from the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s speech include… To reduce the burden of business rates and support investment in England, the government is freezing the business rates multiplier for a further year, a tax cut worth £4.6 billion over five years. A new 50% business rates discount for businesses in the retail, hospitality, and…
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Creating a new way for audiences to experience performances

Creating a new way for audiences to experience performances

Challenge North East called on North East SMEs to put forward ideas that could help society recover from the impact of COVID-19. Find out how Southpaw Dance Company created a new way for audiences to experience performances, with support from Sage Gateshead. More info on Challenge North East can be found at www.challenge.northeastgrowthhub.co.uk.
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Driving the Electric Revolution – Newcastle University

Driving the Electric Revolution – Newcastle University

Newcastle University is leading a national programme where companies will benefit from a £28.5m investment into cutting-edge equipment to help them achieve the UK’s net zero ambitions. Investment from Driving the Electric Revolution, at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is providing a critical financial boost to nine facilities located across the UK.  The £28.5m investment in…
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Reducing Plastic Waste – Plastech Innovation Ltd

Reducing Plastic Waste – Plastech Innovation Ltd

Established in 2018, Plastech Innovation Ltd is a spin out of Durham University. Plastech Innovation provides a solution to reduce the volume of plastic waste entering our natural environment by reprocessing it into aggregate to be used in concrete and construction materials. Plastech Innovation was founded by Natasha Boulding, Phil Buckley and Scott Bush, who…
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