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Encouraging conversations about loneliness

Baroness Diana Barran

Baroness Diana Barran, October 15, 2019 — Civil Society

Minister for Civil Society

One year ago we launched the government’s first ever loneliness strategy, following recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. It set out almost 60 new commitments from nine government departments, marking a shift in the way we see and act on loneliness, both within government and in society more broadly.In the strategy we committed…

What does it mean to be a public service mutual: In Conversation

Charlie Morgan

Charlie Morgan, October 11, 2019 — Civil Society

Policy Adviser, Government Inclusive Economy Unit

What is a Public Service Mutual, and what does ‘spinning out’ consist of? What does it really mean to be employee owned, and what has it all got to do with public services? Public Service Mutuals can seem confusing even to those who have heard of them before, so what better place to start than…

National Libraries Week 2019

Helen Whately

Helen Whately, October 9, 2019 — Libraries

Minister for Libraries

Every Saturday as a child, while my mum went to the supermarket, I went to the local library. I would come home with as many books as I could borrow: books I could lose myself in, characters I could imagine myself as, and adventures I could dream of embarking on. Back then, the library was…

Have your say on #OurCivilSociety

Baroness Diana Barran

Baroness Diana Barran, October 4, 2019 — Civil Society

Minister for Civil Society

Our Civil Society represents the best of us. From supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, to the work of community groups, charities and businesses that are committed to social good, the work of the civil society is woven into the fabric of our society. From the community group helping people who are experiencing loneliness to…

UK Tech Hubs: Developer Placement Programme

International Tech Hub Team

International Tech Hub Team, October 2, 2019 — Digital

An exciting opportunity for UK senior technologistsApplications are now open for UK-based senior technologists working in fintech, healthtech, edtech or creative tech to join the UK South Africa Tech Hub Developer Placement programme. Selected participants will act as mentors, sharing their knowledge and skills with the newly graduated developers and providing feedback for the placement…

Go Global India 2019

International Tech Hub Team

, September 30, 2019 — Digital

Did you know that the UK’s tech sector is growing almost three times faster than the rest of the economy?And that the UK is ranked as one of the best places globally to start and grow a business. UK tech saw the highest venture capital investment in Europe in 2018 – £6.8 billion ($8.7bn) demonstrating the…

5G at the Bristol Harbour Festival

Antony Corfield

Antony Corfield, September 24, 2019 — Digital

WECA, Programme Manager (Sector Development)

  About 5G technology5G is not only about faster and seamless connectivity. One of the unique capabilities of 5G is the ability to tailor the network to cater for the different needs of the end user and process large amounts of data. This is crucial, particularly at a large, public event, where one network can…

Tabitha Goldstaub Reflects on the First AI Council Meeting

Tabitha Goldstaub

, — Digital

Tabitha Goldstaub is chair of the government’s AI Council and AI Business Champion.

I am reminded regularly by the community that if AI is responsibly built and safely adopted, it can help address a host of fundamental challenges – whether that’s building a health and social care system fit for the future, contributing to a thriving economy or creating innovative tools to help tackle the climate crisis. The…

National Coding Week 2019

Alice Bentinck

Alice Bentinck, September 20, 2019 — Digital

Co-founder, Entrepreneur First and CodeFirst:Girls

In today’s economy, coding is consistently listed as one of the most desirable skills by employers. Almost every business in the world, regardless of sector or function, now has a digital component – be it a simple website, a mobile app, or something much more sophisticated.There is a fast growing demand for individuals who can…

Derby: A Heritage High Street success story

Clive Fletcher

Clive Fletcher, September 14, 2019 — Culture

Lead Specialist, Historic Places for Historic England

High Street Heritage Action Zones build upon Historic England’s record of reviving high streets with Partnership Schemes in Conservation Areas (PSiCAS). These are collaborations with Local Authorities and building owners that reverse decline and build confidence by restoring historic buildings. Derby PSiCA ran between 2008-2016, and transformed the city centre’s fortunes by attracting new investment…