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Chris Townsend on how we’re taking superfast broadband to the UK’s hardest to reach places

BDUK’s rollout of superfast broadband is transforming lives up and down the country. Current figures show that nearly 9 out of 10 homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband – homes and businesses that can now take full advantage of a faster internet connection. BDUK’s programmes will raise this to 95% of the…

Cultural Diplomacy

, February 2, 2016 — Uncategorized
  As 2016 gets into full swing it is worth reflecting on the future of Britain’s global role and how UK culture, innovation and creativity led the world in 2015.  Britain may be a small island, but our soft power is the envy of the world, and was ranked undisputed number 1 by Portland’s The…

Digital Engagement

Ed Vaizey MP
, January 28, 2016 — Uncategorized
We published our digital inclusion strategy two years ago. Now is a good time to reflect on what’s been achieved and consider what to do next. We have invested heavily in basic digital skills.  Both the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and NHS England have put in place programmes to improve the skills of…

Remembering the First World War

David Evennett
, January 18, 2016 — Uncategorized
It’s likely that your brain automatically brings up images of the trenches on the Western Front when I ask you to think about the First World War. But I always go straight to the North Sea, where my grandfather battled the German fleet on 31 May 1916 in one of the war’s most brutal conflicts.…

Worth its weight in… silver

Philippa Glanville
, January 11, 2016 — Culture
Philippa Glanville is a leading authority on silver and decorative art and a member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art, an independent advisory body providing guidance on whether an item that requires an export license is of national importance. Here Philippa explains the significance of two of the latest items…

Strengthening tourism in England and the UK

Tracey Crouch
, December 14, 2015 — Uncategorized
The tourism industry makes a huge contribution to our economy and plays a crucial role in showcasing the best of Britain to visitors from home and abroad. So it was right that the spending review delivered good news for the sector with an increase in GREAT funding, a new £40 million Discover England Fund and…

Back from the brink: Bringing new life to the UK’s industrial heritage

Ben Greener
, November 27, 2015 — Culture
Ben Greener, Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Historic Environment Advisor, explains the huge economic potential of industrial buildings and sites across the UK. This week, the Heritage Lottery Fund announced a £2.5million investment in Birmingham’s iconic-but-underused Roundhouse, a major industrial building at the heart of the city’s canal network. Built in the 1870s, the horseshoe-shaped Roundhouse…