MGT Power will begin work on its large scale green energy plant on the Tees early next year. The Tees Renewable Energy Plant is expected to create 835 jobs in construction and a further 100 in operations once the plant is up and running. The plant will provide power for 600,000 homes and some local industry.
MGT has appointed Abengoa and Toshiba as preferred headline bidder on the £650 million project and hopes to attract local contractors to take up key sub contracting roles accross the site. MGT are also looking to recruit a local workforce for the opperation of the plant. The company has asked any interested contractors or potential workers to register their interest in the first instance by visiting www.MGTpower.com
NECC has supported the development of the North East of England’s Case for Culture, which was launched last week. The document was produced by the North East Culture Partnership, which is co-chaired by former NECC President John Mowbray. It sets out aspirations for how arts and culture can contribute to the region over the next 15 years and builds a case for investment in them.
The five aspirations set out in the document are:
The full document can be seen here.
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The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has launched a consultation on its proposals to establish a Small Business Commissioner to handle disputes – predominantly about late payment – between small businesses and larger businesses with which they have a contractual relationship.
The main functions of the Commissioner would be: providing information, advice and signposting; offering mediation to resolve disputes; and dealing with complaints.
The Commissioner is envisioned as supporting small businesses who feel that they have weaker bargaining power or are more vulnerable to unfair payment practices, and without the resources to challenge them. Where possible, BIS proposes that the Commissioner should be able to get involved at an early stage, when the prospect of retaining the two businesses’ relationship with each other is greatest.
The consultation requests feedback on the following issues:
Full details of the consultation which closes on 21 August can be found here.
We would welcome the views of our members on this issue – please get in touch by contacting Rachel Travis.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce legislation in the Enterprise Bill later this year to prevent misuse of the terms ‘apprenticeship’ and ‘apprentice’ by unauthorised training providers in England.
The proposals are to prohibit the use of the terms ‘apprenticeship’ and ‘apprentice’ in relation to any course or training that is not a Government-funded apprenticeship. Employers would not be prohibited from offering their own internal, fully funded apprenticeships, and would still be able to offer any type of training to their own employees and apprentices.
The consultation requests responses on the following questions:
Full details of the consultation, including an online response form, can be found here. The consultation closes on 19 August 2015.
We would welcome the views of our members on these proposals. If these proposals will affect your business or organisation, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com or leave a comment below.
Following North East LEP area council leaders’ agreement to consider devolution structures including an elected mayor, positive initial discussions took place between the North East Combined Authority, the NELEP and members of the business community from both the CBI and NECC earlier this week.
We are pleased to see that initial proposals are broadly in line with our own position. A timetable of actions and consultations has been established between now and September, when NECA will present an outline of what we want the North East devolution deal to look like to Government.
The key challenge is to ensure how devolution fits into plans for growth rather than fitting growth into plans for devolution and to demonstrate to Government that the ambitious plans are from the whole community.
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