Detailed plans to develop the West of England’s £25 billion economy unveiled
The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (WE LEP) has launched its Strategic Economic Plan today, Monday 31st March 2014.

Heart of the South West LEP submits plan on area’s economic future
The strategy that sets out the plan for economic growth across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay is being submitted to Government today (31st March).

Transforming the Solent – a £2.8billion Plan for Growth
The Solent LEP has today submitted its Strategic Economic Plan for the area to Government, a new investment strategy, informed by the Marchmont Observatory.

Swindon and Wiltshire Seek Further Investment from Government
The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has called on the Government to invest more in innovation within Swindon and Wiltshire.

Strategic Economic Plan for Gloucestershire – New Jobs, New Homes and New Apprenticeships
The Local Enterprise partnership for Gloucestershire has submitted the final version of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) to Government stating its business plan to grow the local economy by nearly £500m by 2021.

Council could close half of Devon’s libraries
More than half of Devon’s libraries could close under proposals being considered by the county council.

Michael Gove – an education system which works for every child
The Secretary of State for Education speaks to the British Chambers of Commerce about vocational education, literacy and numeracy.

Top firms back new tranche of Tech Levels
Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock announces 77 new Tech Levels backed by businesses.

Strengthening links between education and employment
Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) European Jobs and Skills Summit.

CIPD – Low pay ‘blackspots’ revealed in TUC living wage research
Bristol’s workers suffer as further research from PwC shows fall in top level pay.

In parts of Britain nearly half of jobs pay less than the living wage
In some parts of Britain nearly half the jobs are paying less than the living wage, the TUC reveals today (Tuesday) to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the minimum wage.

TUC – Full employment commitment welcome, but more must be done to make work pay
“The 2.3 million people currently without work across the UK will be heartened to learn that the Chancellor is committed to the goal of full employment and making work pay” – Frances O’Grady, TUC.

Universities in Cornwall contribute more than £490 million to the Cornish economy
A study by independent economic analysts, Oxford Economics, confirms that the University of Exeter (UoE) and Falmouth University (Falmouth), who share and jointly manage the Penryn Campus, have contributed £491 million to the economy of Cornwall.

£4 million for agricultural innovation
Businesses and spin-outs from universities across the UK have received a share of £4 million of funding from government and industry.

Government puts small business at the heart of the economy
Small businesses throughout the country are at the heart of government’s long term economic plan.

Lowest paid BIS contractors to benefit from pay rise
The lowest paid contracted staff working at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will benefit from an above inflation pay rise.