News in brief

Trading in pollution

The Government is working with the Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment and the CBI to develop a pilot scheme for emissions trading, environment minister Michael Meacher said last week.

Order for Amec

Amec has won a five-year contract worth up to £200m to provide engineering and modification support services for BP Amoco’s UK upstream assets. The deal covers offshore platforms, pipelines, and onshore terminals.

Motor mouths

Oxford Union is to debate the key issues surrounding the motor car and its role in contemporary society on 20 October at the London Motor Show. It is the first time in the union’s 176 year history that it has debated in the UK outside its Oxford home.

Women at work

Trade unions must get rid of their confrontational culture and adapt to the needs of women, said trade and industry minister Ian McCartney at the Manufacturing and Science Union’s annual conference. He said new working patterns mean there are now more women in work, but only 30% of them have joined unions.

Shipyard help

Shipyards FBM Lairdside at Birkenhead and Ailsa-Troon in Ayrshire have gained access to shipbuilding intervention funding, for financing ship purchases. The UK was barred from the fund for 10 years by the European Commission following the privatisation of British Shipbuilders.

Younger… and faster

Younger companies which harness technology are able to grow faster than established ones, according to Griffin Credit Services. Its Business Growth Survey found that use of technology allows younger firms to respond quicker to market changes. They are also likely to consider alternative financing, Griffin said.