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Data of over 10,000 customers put at risk by HMRC breaches declared to ICO

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

More than 2,000 devices reported lost or stolen across seven government departments in 2023

Apricorn, the leading manufacturer of software-free, 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB drives, has today announced findings from annual Freedom of Information (FoI) responses into data breaches and device loss within government departments. The results highlight an alarming number

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Support for football focused mental wellbeing programme

Scottish Health Secretary announces additional £100,000 for the initiative.

A programme which uses football to promote mental health and wellbeing has received additional funding from Scottish Government.

The Changing Room – Extra Time initiative has been awarded £100,000 for a fourth year.

It builds on The Changing Room – a 12-week programme which takes

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‘PLATINUM STATUS’ – A NICE award for FourNet 

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

FourNet becomes the only partner in the UK to earn the top tier accreditation

Digital transformation and customer experience experts, FourNet, have been awarded Platinum Status by NICE, one of the world’s leading CX AI providers.  

FourNet is one of just four Solution Providers this year, and the only partner in the UK, to

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“Connect and collaborate”: Early Career Network launched by Institute of Economic Development

Reporter: Stacy Clarke

The Institute of Economic Development (IED), the UK’s leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners working for local and regional communities, has launched its Early Career Network: a dedicated platform to enable those in the early stages of their economic development careers to connect and collaborate.

The network’s

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Fusion21 invites bids for £250 million Materials Supply and Associated Services Framework

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Procurement organisation and social enterprise Fusion21 has announced the renewal of its national Materials Supply and Associated Services Framework, worth up to £250 million over four years, and is now inviting bids from interested suppliers providing regional or national coverage.

Designed to supply construction materials to housing providers, as well as

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AXREM and Highland Marketing partner to support diagnostic health tech industry

UK trade association AXREM and health tech specialist agency Highland Marketing have formed a new partnership, to help support a sector that serves vital healthcare services. 

Sally Edgington

AXREM represents member companies that collectively provide UK hospitals with most of their diagnostic medical imaging technology, and radiotherapy equipment.

Mark Venables

The association has seen

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Instant barbecue pioneer creates nationwide BBQ and Campfire Safety Code

Ahead of the BBQ and campfire season, Bar-Be-Quick, the UK’s pioneer of the instant barbecue, has created a nationwide BBQ and Campfire Safety Code to ensure people can enjoy cooking outside safely.

Local Authorities across the country have their own legislation to deter people from using barbecues or campsites in areas of high risk—for

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TAMING THE TIGER: EDUCATORS & MENTAL HEALTH LEADERS JOIN FORCES TO LAUNCH TRAUMA TOOLKIT FOR TEACHERS  

With Mental Health Awareness Week started, senior leaders and mental health experts have joined forces to launch the Trauma Toolkit for Teachers, a comprehensive resource aimed at helping schools support students through trauma-informed teaching strategies.  

With a staggering 500,000 children in the UK currently waiting for mental health support, the need for early intervention

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Serviceable Indoor Luminaires for a Circular Future

By Jan de Graaf (Signify), Francesco Martini (Inventronics) and Carsten Moellers (Green Gems)

Zhaga enables luminaire manufacturers to design serviceable indoor luminaires with replaceable components that prolong their useful life, contributing to a circular economy.

In the pursuit of sustainability, the lighting industry is undergoing a profound transformation, driven by the imperative to embrace

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Social care and technology: where are we now?

The Highland Marketing advisory board discussed social care and technology a year into the Covid-19 pandemic. Three years on, there has been progress and set-backs, leaving plenty of questions for an incoming government. 

The Highland Marketing advisory board last discussed adult social care in April 2021; a year into the Covid-19 crisis that had

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Government call for a radical shift in Council Strategy

By Claire Agutter

Government Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has called for an urgent rethink of council strategy.

Seen by some of the public sector as a provoking statement, Hunt delivered a bleak explanation of local government and how they manage their resources and funds. Hunt proposes that significant spending cuts should be made on consultants

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Are IT Skills Bootcamps Worth the Effort or Simply a Route to a ‘Comfy Pay Packet’?

By Sascha Giese, Tech Evangelist, SolarWinds

Last year, I wrote in GPSJ that the UK must close the IT skills gap if it hopes to become an artificial intelligence (AI) superpower.

Perhaps someone in government took notice. Fast forward to February 2024, and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan announced a new drive to get young

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New CIO report shows that six in 10 businesses struggle to manage cyber risk

One in 10 businesses doesn’t have an incident response plan

Highlights:

New Barracuda report explores why just 43% of organizations surveyed have confidence in their ability to address cyber risk, vulnerabilities, and attacks Around half find it hard to implement consistent, company-wide security policies A third worry about securing the supply chain The report

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Traffex unveils packed conference agenda for 2024

100+ speakers confirmed including National Highways, Department for Transport, PACTS, Transport for London, Office of Rail and Road and more

Traffex, 22-23 May 2024, CBS Arena, Coventry View the agenda now Register for a free ticket to Traffex, Parkex, Evex and Cold Comfort – Traffex Parkex Evex Cold Comfort 2024 Registration

Traffex – the

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Why the public sector must spring clean their databases

By Barley Laing, the UK Managing Director at Melissa

With little attempt to increase public sector budgets in the Spring Budget, apart from for the NHS, most public bodies are continuing to face significant cuts to their spending power in real terms over the coming years. This is backed up by figures from the

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Self-Driving Ops: A Reality for UK Government Agencies?

By Krishna Sai, Senior Vice President of Engineering, SolarWinds

In the ever-evolving landscape of public sector IT, complexity has emerged as a formidable challenge.

Well-intentioned technology investments like cloud services, meant to modernize government operations, are inadvertently creating labyrinthine IT ecosystems that are difficult to manage and secure. This complicated environment isn’t just an

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Circular Computing calls for global plan of action on sustainable IT  

Industry leaders including Microsoft, Dell, HP and Lenovo to meet at Circular Computing’s ‘Re: Sustainable IT Summit’ to advance the circular economy within the IT sector

IT industry responsible for 54m tonnes of e-waste and 760m tonnes of CO2 every year

Remanufacturing 1,000 laptops takes the equivalent

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Embracing the hybrid landscape

We now know that the shift to hybrid is a fixed part of the world of work today. It’s a fundamental shift in the working landscape. But, for IT professionals, some critical aspects of navigating the cloud shift exist.

Gerry Flanagan

With remote and hybrid working, there can be some significant challenges to overcome,

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Public sector voted one of the most popular careers by young people

New research of 18 to 25 year-olds has revealed the public sector to be one of the most appealing industries to build a long-term career.

When asked to rank 10 of the most common industries to work in, young people placed the public sector in fourth place, ahead of industries like legal and tech.

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Government Technology Made Easy: How to Better Connect With the Community

By Nadav Avni, CMO of Radix Technologies

We’ve come a long way in improving public communications via government technology. Citizens once relied on newspapers, radio, or TV to hear from their leaders. And while these means live on, digital communications have opened a new way for governments to connect with their citizens.

Nadav Avni

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