All news articles for March 2014

Scotland may well vote for independence on September 18, bringing years of political instability to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, warned Michael Portillo

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England complacent on Scottish independence vote: Portillo

By Michael Stones

England seriously underestimates the prospect of Scotland voting yes to independence and the political instability that would bring, warns former cabinet minister and broadcaster Michael Portillo.

Firms taking a 'make do' approach to legislation will incur scheme costs

Don’t bear the cost burden of EU law

By Rick Pendrous

New rules requiring all large firms to undertake mandatory energy efficiency assessments could end up being a major cost burden unless the findings are used to introduce savings in the businesses, warns a leading environmental consultancy.

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Yet more burdensome regulation from the EU

By Clare Cheney

From December 2014, under new EU labelling rules, allergens will have to be highlighted in the ingredients lists on food labels rather than in a separate box, which is common practice in the UK, but will no longer be permitted. For example, under the...

Lack of engineering know-how makes food firms scared about investing in automation, says one expert


Fear factor, not cash, limits food factory automation

By Rod Addy

Food industry automation projects stall not because of lack of finance, but because of the ‘fear factor’ that firms won’t have engineers with the know-how to install or maintain systems.

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