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Business dept sinks £14m into canned shared services plan

The department for Business, Innovation and Skills has sunk £14m in consolidating its legacy kit as part of a cross-government shared services plan that it later pulled out of. According to an FOI response, BIS invested £13.9m during the first phase of consolidating back office services for the department and 13 public bodies …
Kat Hall, 23 May 2016
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BIS shuns Steria HR and payroll shared services centre

Exclusive The department for Business, Innovation and Skills has shunned a major outsourcing deal with Steria and the Cabinet Office, embarrassingly citing the costs and risks of the project as "no longer viable". BIS had a contract in place to outsource its finance HR and payroll services to the Steria-run Shared Services Connected Ltd …
Kat Hall, 2 Sep 2015

UK.gov biz dept: Yoof APPRENTICE? Get a degree while YOU'RE HIRED

Blighty’s government has come up with a new plan to get kids into science, tech, engineering and maths careers – by giving ‘em a degree along with their apprenticeship. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) reckons degree apprenticeships could “revolutionise” the way the yoof get their digital skills and has …

Hungry Six Degrees swallows data centre biz BIS

Hungry mid-market managed voice and data hosting specialist Six Degrees has swallowed London-based colo data centre operator BIS. This is the thirteenth buy racked up by the management team led by CEO Alastair Mills since it launched in the summer of 2011, with £50m backing from private equity house Penta Capital. Previously …
Paul Kunert, 3 Apr 2013
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BIS, bash, bosh: El Reg solves BlackBerry 10 email bafflement

Is a BlackBerry that doesn't use BlackBerry's email service still a BlackBerry? The Company-Otherwise-Known-As-RIM (TCOKARIM*) hopes so. It thinks it's time to move on, and in an attempt to broaden its appeal to new punters the new BlackBerry 10 phones won't support the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS). Instead, the devices …
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UK gov probes Comet crash: Public, private sectors LOST £257m

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills plans to probe the administration of Comet, whose collapse has left the private and public sector out of pocket to the tune of £257m. The Insolvency Service is to launch the investigation after receiving numerous complaints from MPs just as the doors close on Comet's last 49 …
Paul Kunert, 18 Dec 2012
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UK.gov spunks £500k to create jobs in startup marketing businesses

A pot of £1m has been promised to 10 UK start-ups as part of a "business accelerator" plan managed by Creative England. Funding for the venture has been partly provided by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, whose Regional Growth Fund poured £500k in loan capital into the pot. The other £500k is equity …
Anna Leach, 16 Oct 2012
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UK bungs £250m to factories stung by climate-change policy

The heaviest energy users are being asked to shape a proposed £250m compensation package designed to help reduce the impact of energy and climate change policies on the cost of their electricity. The new consultation, which sets out the design of the scheme, follows on from the Government's call for evidence on the issue in …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Oct 2012
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VCs snaffle £200m of UK taxpayer gold ... to bet on high-risk biz

The UK government has showered venture capitalists with £200m of taxpayers' money for high-risk investments, the science and universities minister David Willetts told MPs today. Willetts said £50m of this cash has already been set aside as an angel investment pot. “For the first time, we’ve said we’ll co-invest,” he said. …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2012
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UK.gov warned: Halt exports of spyware to brutal regimes

The grubby practice of allowing UK-stamped surveillance tech to be shipped to brutal regimes could land the British government in court to answer allegations of aiding human rights breaches. London-based NGO Privacy International has repeatedly asked the UK to exercise existing powers under the Exports Control Act 2002 to help …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jul 2012
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Gov unveils plans to make tax-funded research freely accessible

All publicly-funded research data should be made freely accessible to benefit business and society, the government has said. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said making the information freely available would help stimulate economic growth, innovation and entrepreneurism, and improve public sector …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Dec 2011
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Businesses believe tribunal system favours employees

Almost all employers think the current Employment Tribunal system favours employees over businesses, a new survey has found. Only 3 per cent of firms are satisfied with the current system while 97 per cent of companies think the system is weighted in favour of workers, the survey by law firm Pinsent Masons said. Pinsent …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Jun 2011
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Agency worker rights should be set in comparison with staff, says gov

Employers should compare agency workers to members of its staff who do "broadly similar work" in order to establish what rights the temporary worker is entitled to, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has said. There is no obligation for companies to make a comparison to establish the workers' rights, but …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2011
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Govt asks businesses for views on intellectual property

The Government has asked businesses how it can help them to make more use of intellectual property (IP) assets. It has also published details of the review it will hold into IP growth. It said that it wanted to focus particularly on the use of IP by small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and what it could do to help them to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Dec 2010
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UK government looks for 500MHz spectrum

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills reckons there's 500MHz of spectrum that can be sold off to bring faster wireless to the masses, but finding it might prove tricky. The promise comes as part of Britain's Superfast Broadband Future, which iterates a government target to find an additional 500MHz of spectrum, …
Bill Ray, 10 Dec 2010
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UK.gov to scrap new staff training rights

The coalition has today announced plans to strip workers of new rights to request time off to improve their skills. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said the move will help reduce the regulatory burden on employers. If implemented, 11 million workers will lose statutory protection for their training requests …
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UK population to be guaranteed mobile 768Kb/sec service

The government has endorsed the plan to pass organisation of the digital dividend mega auction back to Ofcom, with universal service guarantees, and promises a new-for-old deal for the Programme Makers and Special Events (PMSE) crowd. Minister for Communications Ed Vaizey drafted a statutory instrument covering the plan, which …
Bill Ray, 29 Jul 2010
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UK.gov biz department wonders if Twitter is worth the effort

The UK government’s business, innovation and skills department (BIS) is currently peering into its own Web2.0 navel in an effort to work out if it’s wasting time and money on “social media” websites. Earlier this month, BIS kicked off an “informal” consultation into its Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and podcast activities …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2010

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