Critical Infrastructure

Essentials for the functioning of a society and economy:

* electricity generation, transmission and distribution;
* gas production, transport and distribution;
* oil and oil products production, transport and distribution;
* telecommunication;
* water supply (drinking water, waste water/sewage, stemming of surface water (e.g. dikes and sluices));
* agriculture, food production and distribution;
* heating (e.g. natural gas, fuel oil, district heating);
* public health (hospitals, ambulances);
* transportation systems (fuel supply, railway network, airports, harbours, inland shipping);
* financial services (banking, clearing);
* security services (police, military).

See: Wikipedia: Critical Infrastructure

RWE npower announces sale of subsidiaries to Utility Warehouse owner, Telecom Plus Plc, for £218m

On 19 November, RWE npower and Telecom Plus agreed the sale of RWE npower Limited’s subsidiary companies, Electricity Plus and Gas Plus, to Telecom Plus Plc, the owner of the Utility Warehouse brand. The transaction is subject to both the approval of Telecom Plus shareholders and the OFT; Completion is expected in late December or [...]

Scrap metal laws to stop metal theft come into force

UK Home Office - 1 October 2013
Rogue traders who buy and sell scrap metal for cash face £5,000 fine under new laws designed to stamp out metal theft.
All scrap metal dealers will need to apply to their local council for a licence to operate under new rules which come into effect today (1 October 2013).
The [...]

Vodafone seals Kabel Deutschland bid

UK telecoms group Vodafone has agreed with the board of Kabel Deutschland to buy the German cable firm for £7.7bn (£6.6bn).
Vodafone Group Plc today announced its intention to acquire Kabel Deutschland Holding AG. The planned transaction values Kabel Deutschland at €87 per share, valuing the company’s equity at approximately €7.7 billion. The transaction is to [...]

Councils’ fear for high streets

Revised planning rules coming into force in England could lead to new clusters of betting shops and money lenders, accoding to local councils.
See BBC web site for the full story.

Scrap metal dealers will have to hold licences

All scrap metal dealers will have to hold licences as strict new regulations penalising rogue traders became law today (March 1st 2013).
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act, which will come into effect later this year, will require metal dealers to satisfy their local authority that they are a legitimate trader. It will give local authorities and [...]

BBC News - Nursery ratios raised to cut childcare costs

The government announces plans to relax the official child to adult ratios in nurseries and other childcare settings.
See: BBC News - Nursery ratios raised to cut childcare costs.

New Governor of the Bank of England announced

Her Majesty the Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Mark Carney as Governor of the Bank of England from 1 July 2013. He will succeed Sir Mervyn King.
Welcoming the appointment, the Governor, Sir Mervyn King, said:
I am delighted to welcome Mark Carney as my successor. He represents a new generation of [...]

Video - Olympians race across London. Commuting during the 2012 Olympic Games

Olympians Sally Gunnell and Chris Boardman share their tips on how employees can get around London quicker and easier during Games time

With some businesses offering employees flexi time and Sunday trading hours being extended during the Olympics it’s easy for employees to overlook something as simple as getting around during the Games.
With this in mind [...]

O2 launches On & On with unlimited tariffs for UK Small Business

O2, the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited, today announced the launch of On & On, its new unlimited tariff created to deliver British small businesses with practical help and value in their day-to-day communications costs.

On & On will be open to existing and new O2 small business customers and lets customers use their phone [...]

Ofcom looks favourably on Orange/T-Mobile application to deliver 4G services

Mainstream 4G mobile services could be available in the UK as early as this year, under proposals outlined today by Ofcom.
Everything Everywhere,  the mobile phone operator running two of the UK’s most famous brands - T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK), has submitted an application to Ofcom to use its existing spectrum to deliver 4G services. [...]

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