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Monday, 23 October 2006

Reckless over-ambition thwarts Government it projects.

Public sector information and communication technology projects are failing not because of timidity and flawed procurement but the overambition of “gung-ho” managers, according to new research from leftleaning think tank The Work Foundation.

Thursday, 19 October 2006

M62 road pricing proposals spark furore.

The organisation responsible for boosting the competitiveness of the three northern regions has raised the prospect of introducing toll roads on the M62 corridor.

Thursday, 19 October 2006

Shadow DTI Secretary bullish on tax cuts but not Regional Assemblies

The shadow secretary of state for trade and industry, Alan Duncan, has indicated his enthusiasm for cutting business taxes should the Tories return to power after the next general election.

Thursday, 21 September 2006

Rising prices on the way for construction projects

The construction industry can look forward to tender prices rising by more than two-and-a-half times the rate of inflation over the next five years according to estimates from chartered surveyors.

Thursday, 21 September 2006

SBS rejects criticism from Chambers

The Small Business Service has reacted angrily to a scathing attack from the British Chambers of Commerce, which is calling for the agency to be scrapped forthwith.

Friday, 25 August 2006

New site sets early pace

Friday, 25 August 2006

Initiative battles for influence
The Northern Way initiative will not wither on the vine as the result of its most high profile sponsor’s removal from public office, according to its chairman, Neville Chamberlain.

Tuesday, 15 August 2006

Sharing services could cut public bills

Public services in the UK have been lambasted for ignoring the savings offered by “shared services” in a new report on the subject from management consultants at Deloitte.

Tuesday, 15 August 2006

Hildreth takes on net paedophiles

Adam Hildreth, the baby-faced entrepreneur from Leeds who scored his first business success at the age of 14, has announced plans to launch an online anti-"grooming" system in a bid to prevent paedophiles from preying on young children.

Tuesday, 15 August 2006

Directors exempted under new corporate killing bill

The Government has introduced its long-awaited bill to create an offence of Corporate Manslaughter in England and Wales and Corporate Homicide in Scotland.

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