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Social value success: Scottish agency set to expand with new appointment

Specialist social value agency, Samtaler, has appointed entrepreneur and former Vice Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland, Zahra Hedges, as its new director of operations.

The Scottish-based boutique agency has been experiencing a period of rapid growth in 2020 and has a solid roster of clients including Europe’s leading energy company, Vattenfall, as well as several

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Zhaga standards break barriers to smart and connected lighting

The Zhaga interface standard for street lighting future-proves luminaires to keep pace with rapid developments in digital technology. It enables a multi-vendor eco-system of interoperable luminaires and sensor/communication modules and breaks existing barriers to smart and connected lighting.

The Zhaga smart interface specifications will have a major impact on the value of the lighting

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Parks in a Pandemic

Jim Roberts, Director at Fourth Street, reacts to the recent controversy over the use of public parks during the Covid-19 crisis

Our public parks were both a blessing and a battleground on the first sunny weekend of spring this year.

People flocked to their nearest park for some much-needed respite from weeks of tough,

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Medi-Immune Ltd Announce Covid19 Tests

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Medi-Immune Ltd have revealed their ProtectivAir® compact, wearable, breathing device which will protect front-line healthcare staff and those

ProtectivAir® in use on a medical professional

working in biologically-compromised environments. ProtectivAir® is currently awaiting testing against the Coronavirus at PHE Porton Down. ProtectivAir® has proven extremely effective against a range of viral

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CIoJ calls on government to provide emergency support for freelance journalists

CIoJ President, Professor Tim Crook

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

The Chartered Institute of Journalists is calling for the emergency government measures to help businesses cope with the COVID-19 crisis to be extended to individual freelance journalists known as ‘sole-traders.’

The Institute says individual freelances are already experiencing substantial cancellation of contracts, assignments and projects and

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Government must give clearer guidance on building sites says British Safety Council

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

As the UK heads into at least three weeks of lockdown, concerns are being raised across the country as thousands of construction workers headed out to work, including on packed London Underground trains.

Last night the Prime Minister gave an instruction that everyone should stay at home for all but the most

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Tackling bullying and harassment in Westminster

Sylvia Sage

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Over the past 18 months, House of Commons authorities have come under repeated fire for their lack of action to address bullying and harassment.

Dame Laura Cox, who authored a report in 2018 which laid bare the scale of the problem, criticised the slow pace of progress a year

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Chipside announces contract win with Bristol City Council

• Contract will include up to 2 million MiPermit digital permits per year

• Introduces MiPermit innovation to leading UK Smart City

Chipside, a provider of parking and traffic management IT to more than 160 UK local authorities, is delighted to announce it has been awarded a contract with Bristol City Council for MiPermit digital

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Strategies to support UK growth post-Brexit to be debated at national economic development conference

IED Annual Conference 2019

The Challenge of Change – economic strategies for a new era – Wednesday 4th December 2019 – BMA House, London

Exploring ways to deliver inclusive and sustainable growth and more effective place management will be the focus of discussion at the Institute of Economic Development (IED) Annual Conference 2019, which is

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New tool helps planners and policy makers ensure global infrastructure development is sustainable

Miriam Mendes, Programme Manager of ITRC,

By Miriam Mendes, Programme Manager of ITRC, based at The Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

A new tool from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and University of Oxford-led Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) has been launched to ensure that infrastructure is developed to support

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LOCAL AUTHORITY TRAINING PROVIDER BENEFITS FROM QUALITY INSIGHT

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Investment in online technology is enabling a local authority-training provider to enhance their quality improvement approach and be prepared for Ofsted.

Gateshead Council Learning & Skills, which provides community learning, apprenticeship and JobCentre Plus training, as well as family learning support and Skills 4 Life, helps more than 11,000 people a year

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JCRA advice on optimal strategies to achieve best outcome in hedging

Jackie Bowie, Group CEO, JCRA

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Following the recent news that Croydon Council is considering hedging the currency risk in its pension fund, Jackie Bowie, chief executive officer at independent hedging advisory JCRA offers her view on optimal strategies to achieve the best outcome.

Jackie told GPSJ: “All councils owning foreign assets

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