News story: Better detection of illicit goods in the post: apply for funding

first_imgCountering new threats of the modern world and protecting revenue on imported goods are a strategic priority for the UK government.Innovate UK is working with the Home Office and Border Force to invest up to £250,000 in projects that develop new ways of detecting illicit goods in letters and parcels arriving at UK borders. A further £1 million could be available to develop the best ideas in a second phase of the competition.Funding is provided by the GovTech Catalyst under the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) programme. Find out more about SBRI and how it works. Improving detection with no impact on the flow of goodsThe competition is looking for ways of improving detection in the current postal and fast-parcel areas.It is important that solutions have no effect on the flow of goods at the UK border.Projects should address one or more of the following challenges to: The GovTech Catalyst helps the public sector to use emerging technologies to improve public service efficiency and productivity. Get the latest information on the GovTech Catalyst. the competition opens on 3 December 2018, and the deadline for registration is at midday on 16 January 2019 it is open to organisations of any size in phase 1 we expect project costs to be up to £50,000 and to last up to 3 months successful projects in the second phase could receive up to £500,000 to produce and test a product for commercial use projects will be 100% funded a briefing event will be held in London on 3 December 2018 for applicants to find out more and how to submit a quality application Find out more about this competition and apply. reduce physical intervention in the scanning process, by using more automation increase how much can be scanned in a given period be more dynamic and adaptable Competition informationlast_img read more

Food to go boosts sales at Morrisons

first_imgMorrisons has reported a second quarter of rising like-for-like (LFL) sales, as it continues to cut costs and prices, although total sales fell due to store closures.For the 13 weeks to 1 May, the supermarket’s LFL sales (excluding fuel) grew by 0.7% compared to the year before, but overall sales were down 1.8%.The retailer said it was helped by a 17% rise in sales from its Food to Go range, which includes freshly-made sandwiches. Total sales fell after Morrisons closed unprofitable supermarkets and sold its M convenience stores.Morrisons said in the trading update that prices were down 2.6% from a year earlier as the supermarket price war continued.David Potts, Morrisons chief executive, said there was “still much to do”.He said: “Customers are responding and satisfaction levels remain ahead of last year. We are, of course, pleased with a second consecutive quarter of positive like-for-like sales, which demonstrates our aim to stabilise trade is taking effect.”He also added he was encouraged by the progress being made by the company, following a long period of declining sales and profits.Morrisons shares rose 1.9% to 191.1p this morning (5 May).In March, 2 Sisters Food Group appointed Martyn Fletcher, previously group retail director at Morrisons, to the newly-created role of chief operating officer of protein.last_img read more