UK

New grants available for businesses affected by local lockdowns

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Businesses in England required to close due to local lockdowns or targeted restrictions will now be able to receive grants worth up to £1,500 every three weeks, chief secretary to the treasury Steve Barclay has told MPs. To be eligible for the grant, a business must have been required to close due to local Covid 19 restrictions. The largest businesses will receive £1,500 every three weeks they are required to close. Smaller businesses will receive £1,000. Payments are triggered by a national decision to close businesses in a high incidence area. Each payment will be made for a 3 week
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UK-based UAVtek commended with 2020 drone innovation awarded

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UAVtek has been commended with a Drone Innovation Award 2020 for its work providing Nano drones with "unrivalled capability." The company’s managing director and founder, Howard Humphries, said: “We are very proud of the fact that the Bug is designed and built in the UK. “This demonstrates that the UK drone industry can produce world-class unmanned systems.  We have outstanding partners, including BAE Systems and General Dynamics, who are collaborating with us to develop the best possible technology for our troops.” Adding: “This is just the tip of the iceberg.  As we move in to 2021, we will be releasing
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Gatwick Airport’s UAS lead joins Crowded Space Drones

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Ashley Harvey, Gatwick Airport’s UAS Lead is to join UK drone specialist, Crowded Space Drones, as the head of its Counter Drone Unit. Having worked at Gatwick Airport since 1997 primarily in Airside operational roles, Ashley became the drone lead for the airport following the attacks in December 2018 which disrupted airport operations for several days and made headlines around the world. In this role, he oversaw the testing and deployment of drone detection systems and creating operational systems, processes and procedures to mitigate and prevent further attacks of the airport. Ashley has also worked with UK and European wide
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