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Bone-dry British tech SMBs miss out on cash shower

Opinion Government technology promotion agency Innovate UK, the former Technology Strategy Board (TSB), surprised many last year when it agreed to spend no less than £800,000 on a piece of software that would “minimise building waste” sent to landfill by construction companies. The happy recipients for this bizarre project included …
Marcus Gibson, 20 Jan 2016
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Ofcom and DTI slam Murdoch TV strategy

On Friday, Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading both delivered reports to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) accusing Sky of behaving badly, the same day that Virgin laid down its case against the company. The DTI's report found that Sky's purchase of 17.9 per cent of ITV could be considered anti-competitive and should …
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2007
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DTI reaches out to struggling Marconi

Troubled telecoms provider Marconi is meeting the DTI today as the government looks for ways to keep some of the firm’s research and development jobs in the UK. Marconi was clawing its way back to stability until BT announced last month it would not consider the firm for its £10bn next-generation network. Marconi's shares fell …
John Oates, 23 May 2005
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Brown splits DTI, creates ministers for biz & boffinry

One of Gordon Brown's first acts as Prime Minister has been the abolition of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI). In an announcement this afternoon, the new premier outlined significant changes to the UK's machinery of government. The former DTI's role in boosting and regulating the British economy now passes to the newly …
Lewis Page, 28 Jun 2007
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Dippy makeover sees return of DTI

A week after being re-elected the UK Government has completed an embarrassing about-turn after deciding to stick with the old name for Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) after all. Immediately following Labour's record third election victory, President Blair changed the name of the DTI to the catchy if somewhat pointless …
Tim Richardson, 13 May 2005
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DTI backs unmanned aircraft programme

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is to provide funds for the development of unmanned aviation vehicles to support public services. The DTI announced that it would provide £16m to support a national programme for the safe operation of unmanned aircraft in civil airspace without the need for restrictive or specialised …
Kablenet, 18 Jul 2006
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DTI hands Serco £125m IT deal

Serco has won an IT services deal with the DTI that could be worth as much as £125m over the next nine years. The services vendor is now responsible for delivering the government's programme. This will mean working with plenty of government departments, including the DTI, the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and HM …
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Nov 2005
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DTI doles out £5.4m in hi-tech research grants

The Department of Trade and Industry today dished out £5.4m in high-tech research grants, "the largest DTI payout in recent years" to EUREKA projects. The money comes from the Government as part of a Europe-wide initiative to promote multi-national R&D partnerships and is split between 36 UK companies working on 17 projects. …
Drew Cullen, 11 Jul 2003
DTI scans of male and female brains, showing pathways

Big racks? Pah. Storage boffins have made a BIONIC BRAIN material

Research boffins at RMIT university in Melbourne have demonstrated a non-volatile memory at nanometer scale using memristive effects – and suggest it could help build a bionic brain. The team, led by Dr Sharath Sriram, built a stacked structure using perovskite oxide with designed-in defects in its chemistry to demonstrate a …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2014

DTI keeps eye on iSoft

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has vowed to keep troubled National Programme for IT (NPfIT) software supplier iSoft Group under steady review. A DTI spokesperson told GC News yesterday: "We are working closely with Department of Health (DoH) and Connecting for Health (CfH) to look at what has happened and to find …
Kablenet, 18 Sep 2006
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Plastic industry attracts DTI support from Right and Left

Plastics company CDT managed to attract serious DTI attention today. Current DTI minister Peter 'I'm only here for the peer' Mandelson shook hands with previous DTI minister now Lord Young of Graffham, as all of them looked at a £1.5 million "clean room". The Lord of Graffham was a DTI minister under the auspices of Baroness ( …
Mike Magee, 30 Nov 1998
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DTI urges to embrace digital

A recent DTI report has identified huge commercial opportunities for UK businesses that use a combination of digital media and a greater focus on customer needs. Digital channels, broadband, interactive television and mobile phones are changing the way customers buy products and services, and such is the sales potential of …, 24 Aug 2004

Women crap at parking: Official

A team of University of Pennsylvania boffins appears to have confirmed the commonly held notions that while women are absolutely useless at parking cars, they thrash blokes when it comes to multitasking and empathy. The scientists scanned the brains of 949 peoples aged 8-22 - 428 male and 521 female - and discovered "unique sex …
Lester Haines, 04 Dec 2013
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DTI wants to shut down five resellers

The Department of Trade and Industry has applied to the High Court to shut down five computer dealerships - "in the public interest". The five companies are: NU-TECH SUPPLIES LIMITED ORACAL SYSTEMS LIMITED PASTEL HOLDINGS LIMITED NORAD MARKETING LIMITED TRITECK ELECTRICAL LIMITED The court has appointed the Official …
Drew Cullen, 28 Aug 2001
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DTI backs Oftel over BT handling

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has given Oftel a vote of confidence over its handling of local loop unbundling. Despite mounting criticism against the regulator and a report that a number of telcos have lodged an official complaint with the winged watchdog against BT, a spokesman at the DTI gave the regulator two …
Tim Richardson, 14 Oct 2000
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Redstone hit by DTI/FSA investigation

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) are investigating troubled broadband telco, Redstone Telecom, over whether it kept investors properly informed over price-sensitive information, today's Independent reported. The investigation centres on a statement issued on May 8 in which …
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 2001
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DTI denies Boo probe

The DTI has denied allegations that it is to rake failed e-tailer over the coals. The Department of Trade and Industry has taken the rare step of denying a report on, which stated that the failure of the sportswear e-tailer was to be probed by the government office. The article first appeared in the …
Linda Harrison, 21 Jun 2000
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About that UK digital biz renaissance? Not so fast

Guest Opinion The Gibson Index business database has been surveying UK businesses since 2003. Here, founder Marcus Gibson explains why the Tech City quango’s "Tech Nation" survey touting the success of "digital" Britain is deeply flawed. The Tech City quango last week claimed to conduct the "first national" survey of the UK’s digital …
Marcus Gibson, 10 Feb 2015
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Dispute resolution procedures are failing, says DTI

Workplace dispute resolution procedures are flawed and have caused poor results, according to a review (pdf) commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The review has called for the complete repeal of the current procedures. Though Michael Gibbons, who conducted the review commissioned by DTI minister Alistair …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Mar 2007
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Team Register mourns another shock departure from DTI

He was a good lad, our Graham…. The Register was saddened to hear that its favourite PR at the DTI has packed his souvenir dispatch box and is heading for a new and exciting job in Brussels. Obviously, Florence, Dougal, Brian the Snail, Dylan and all the gang here at your super soaraway Register wish young Mr Zebedee all the …
Team Register, 08 Mar 1999
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DTI body seeks resellers for SME advice

Technology Means Business (TMB), a new Government-funded body which provides technical advice to SMEs, is calling on resellers to apply for accreditation for its professional industry standard. Armed with the qualification - "it takes as little as a month" - IT resellers join a national register of TMB advisers. This list is to …
Drew Cullen, 25 Oct 2000
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DTI punts lean, mean science programme

The Department of Trade and Industry today published a paper detailing how the seventh EU Research and Development Framework Programme will operate. The publication recommends establishment of a European Research Council responsible for allocating grants for basic research, and a focus on the latter plus industrial research and …
Robin Lettice, 30 Nov 2004
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DTI calls for reseller kitemark

Hewlett Packard wants to see a government-sponsored industry kitemark for resellers, reports. The site appears to have got its knickers slightly in a twist over the story as, according to CRN UK, the scheme is DTI-led and HP is just one of a number of vendors discussing the project with the DTI. The Big Idea behind …
Drew Cullen, 01 May 2001

DTI confirms another six month wait for WEEE

The government has once again delayed the implementation of a European directive designed to make the producers of electrical and electronic kit responsible for its eventual fate. The WEEE Directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), which will make manufacturers responsible for collecting and recycling end-of-life …
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Aug 2005
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DTI builds SME data portal

The Department of Trade and Industry yesterday brought all the Government's information services for UK small and medium-sized businesses under the umbrella of a single website. Business Link, the DTI-backed business advice service, fronts the site. Trade and industry Minister Jacqui Smith. said the site was created to help the …
Robert Jaques, 20 Nov 2003
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DTI poses perennial sci/tech problem

As the UK's political class tots up Tony Blair's scorecard, there's one area where New Labour hasn't made much progress: Whitehall still feels compelled to organise summits to ask how we can all turn the UK into the world's greatest knowledge econonmy. The earache has all stemmed from the Lisbon Agenda, which in 2000 held the …
Mark Ballard, 10 May 2007
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DTI's £50m bet on Nanotech

UK businesses have until March 26th to apply for a share of a £50 million the DTI has allocated to fund research into commercial applications of nanotechnology. The fund has been established to help ensure that the UK does not miss out on a market which the US National Science and Technology Council Nanoscale Science, …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Feb 2004
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DTI calls women back to science and technology

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is to spend £4m in encouraging more women to pursue careers in science and technology. It says the UK economy is losing out because women with science qualifications too often leave the field. The money will fund a new UK Resource Centre for women in SET (Science, Engineering and …
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Sep 2004
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DTI's Hewitt backs euro

Trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt, has joined calls for the UK to adopt the Euro. According to today's Times, British manufacturing industry would benefit from the UK joining the single currency, she argues. However, if the former e-minister's "push" for the Euro is anything like her "push" for broadband then there' …
Tim Richardson, 23 Jan 2002
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DTI petitions to wind up £100 PC business

Lancashire company Smartalk Ltd is facing a compulsory winding up order from the DTI over its £100 PC giveaway scheme. The DTI petitioned the High Court on Friday for the action, and the Official Receiver has been appointed as provisional liquidators. This will put a stop to the PC Help, too-good-to-be-true, scheme the company …
Linda Harrison, 10 Oct 2000
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Publishers scrap over DTI ecommerce initiative extension

Analysis Online publishing could be set for revolution next spring if the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) extends the Electronic Commerce Directive to online service providers. Such a move would give them the same limited liability as ISPs, which are protected under the current directive if they unwittingly host, transmit or …
Emily Turner, 09 Dec 2005
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Mandelson to re-target DTI handouts on e-commerce ventures

Trade and Industry secretary Peter Mandelson is to reshape the Department of Trade and Industry's $1 billion budget to provide better support for e-commerce, it has emerged. Changes due to be revealed in next Wednesday's white paper on competitiveness will redirect funds to promote the Internet and "modernise the micro-economy …
Linda Harrison, 11 Dec 1998

UK DTI to co-fund netproject desktop Linux R&D

Open source consultancy netproject has secured a £132,000 R&D grant from the Department of Trade & Industry, matching funds from members of its own Incubator Club, in order to carry out further development of its Secure Open Desktop Architecture (SODA). SODA provides a Linux-based secure, "stateless" desktop which is downloaded …
John Lettice, 31 May 2005

DTI and Which? at odds over phone safety

Consumers have been left without a clue - should they go hands-free or clamp their mobile phone to their ear? Research published by the government today indicates that hands-free mobile phone kits are safe to use. These new findings appear to totally contradict a recent report from Which?, the consumers association magazine. …
Lucy Sherriff, 08 Aug 2000
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Is your small biz the best at mobile boffinry? Prove it

Are you working for the UK's most innovative mobile company? Would you like the legal right to say so? Then you're in luck, as that's the prize in a new government competition. The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) is running the compo, which is open to small and medium enterprises (less than 250 people). The winner doesn't …
Bill Ray, 21 Nov 2011
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DTI pushes science record

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alan Johnson defended the Blair government's record on science at a Royal Society bash today to mark National Science Week. His colleage, Science Minister Lord Sainsbury, chimed in to trumpet the growth in the number of science, engineering and technology graduates under Labour. …
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ITG to boost wins DTI licences

Internet Technology Group -- whose subsidiary Global Internet was recently named best Internet Service Provider by Internet Magazine -- is to expand its telecoms networks after being awarded two licences by the Department of Trade and Industry. As well as developing its UK network, the company has already secured similar …
Tim Richardson, 21 Jan 1999
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DTI wades into software patent debate

The Department of Trade and Industry and an American law professor have jumped into the European software patent punch-up. Patricia Hewitt (e-minister) and Kim Howells (consumer minister) aren't actually daft enough to say what they think but they have started a consultation exercise and invite any and all input on the issue of …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Nov 2000
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Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 1

Archaeologic In 1985, the UK home computer boom was over. Those computer manufacturers who had survived the sales wasteland that was Christmas 1984 quickly began to turn their attention away from the home users they had courted through the first half of the 1980s to the growing and potentially much more lucrative business market. The IBM PC …
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2012
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UK goes green with gassy offshore wind farm

As the UK becomes only the seventh nation to have more than two GigaWatts of electricity generated by wind farms, the government has given the green (no pun intended) light to the world's first offshore combined wind and gas energy scheme. Despite sounding like something that needs a cup of green tea to settle, we are assured …
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Feb 2007
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Online recruitment rogue stripped of £20,000

The man behind an UK-based online employment agency has been found guilty of ripping off workers and ordered to pay £20,000. Adrian Farmer's lawyers say he may have to sell his house to pay the penalties. Farmer was found guilty of charging workers £124 each for falsely claiming that he was able to find them work abroad. He did …
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Feb 2007
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British fathers to be given six months' paid paternity leave

Fathers will be allowed to take six months' paid paternity leave instead of mothers under new government proposals. The law will not come into effect until maternity cover is extended to 12 months, which will happen in April 2009 at the earliest. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has opened a consultation on its plans …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 May 2007
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Small tech firms say green regs WEEEly unfair

Small IT retailers are footing an unfairly large chunk of the bill for the UK government's much-delayed regulations for disposing of junked electronic kit, a trade group has claimed. The UK government's implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive is "fundamentally flawed", according to the …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2007
The Register breaking news to be wound up

A website that promised punters tickets to the hottest gigs has been shut down following complaints from music fans. The Official Receiver was called in by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to wind up Get Me Tickets Ltd - which traded via - in the "public interest". When officials visited the offices …
Tim Richardson, 07 Feb 2006
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UK gov waves white flag on secret lobbying ruling

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has decided not to appeal a legal ruling that it must release information on secret meetings between ministers, civil servants and lobbyists at the Confederation of British Industry. The Department had until this Friday to take the Information Tribunal ruling to the …
John Oates, 28 May 2008
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Cheshire's particle accelerator gets £2m cash injection

Scientists and engineers developing a new prototype particle accelerator at Daresbury Lab in Cheshire, will get an extra £2m from the government, the DTI announced yesterday, to add to the £14.8m already ploughed into the scheme. The goal is to develop a world-class scientific research facility that will enable scientists to " …
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Aug 2006
The Register breaking news gets the virus jitters

Businesses are becoming ever more nervous with news that almost 100,000 viruses are worming their way around UK IT systems. A report by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reveals that over 85 per cent of businesses believe that the problem will get worse in the future. Despite such worries, only a quarter of businesses …, 10 Feb 2005
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UK refuses to extend legal protections for search engines

The British government will not back a change to the UK E-commerce Regulations which would give greater legal protection to search engines and other intermediaries. The Government says that changes should be left to a European Commission review later this year. The EU's E-commerce Directive of 2000, from which the UK …
Team Register, 18 Jan 2007
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Most UK companies ignoring WEEE directive

The majority of companies who should have signed up to WEEE directive schemes last week have failed to do so. But that's all right because the Environment Agency is not taking enforcement action even though the deadline has passed. All companies producing electronic equipment should have joined a scheme by last Thursday 15 …
John Oates, 21 Mar 2007

UK PLC security prognosis mixed

Infosec The annual total cash loss to the UK economy from security breaches has swollen to £10bn, the DTI estimates. This figure, according to the DTI Information Security Breaches Survey 2006 (ISBS), indicates that small companies in particular still haven't gotten wise to the threats posed by malware. According to the report, a …