Posts made in September, 2013

A very brief history of 1 Victoria Street

Posted on Sep 5, 2013

The site now occupied by the high-rise offices of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the Eastern corner of Victoria Street has a colourful history. At various times it was home to alms houses for the poor, offices for solicitors, pulpit for Calvinist preachers, and the site of the first printing press where William Caxton achieved the very “first book ever printed in these kingdoms”. 19th Century From 1863, the Eastern corner of Victoria Street was occupied by the Westminster Chambers – a giant office complex for agents, solicitors, and others involved...

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10 things you should know about . . . BIS

Posted on Sep 5, 2013

10 things you should know about . . . BIS

From Alan Clark to the ministerial elevator, an insider’s guide to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills at 1 Victoria Street, London.   BIS is one of the largest government departments with a wider remit and more ministers than any department except the Cabinet Office. In 2012-2013, it spent £18.1 billion of public money.   Knowledge and Innovation accounts for the majority of its spending with £11.8 billion directed to this in 2012-2013, mostly through HEFCE, science and research, and higher education. BIS is really a “family” of organisations and is the...

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Celebrating Britain’s greatest river

Posted on Sep 5, 2013

Celebrating Britain’s greatest river

Matter PR will help to carry a bottle of Thames water from its source in Gloucestershire all the way to the sea as part of a river relay for a national festival celebrating the River Thames. Running from 6-15th September, The Mayor’s Thames Festival is a 10-day celebration of London’s iconic river through art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges. Taken from the source of the River Thames in the Gloucestershire countryside, a small bottle of Thames water will be passed down from person to person, boat to boat, travelling all the way through to...

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Making light fantastic

Posted on Sep 5, 2013

Making light fantastic

Matter PR has been working with the Photonics Leadership Group – which represents UK manufacturers, associations, and research institutes – to help them develop a campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of photonics to the UK. Photonics covers any science or technology related to the transmission and manipulation of light such as lasers, fibre optic cables, and barcode scanners. The UK’s photonics industry employs over 70,000 people and is worth in excess of £10 billion to the economy. It’s also one of the few sectors which is enjoying sustained growth...

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