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Sector News

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Leading entrepreneur Emma Jones appointed as new Small Business Crown Representative


Emma Jones MBE has been appointed to help more small businesses in the UK bid for and win government contracts.

In her new position working with government departments and the Crown Commercial Service, Emma Jones will help smaller businesses in the UK bid for and win important government contracts.

Life sciences: a new relationship with the European Union


Statement from Life Science Minister George Freeman on a new relationship with the European Union and the UK's commitment to the life science sector.

The Mnister said:

£365m funding for new UK aerospace R&D projects

£365m funding announced for new UK aerospace research and development projects and major partnership with Boeing to create 2,000 jobs in the UK.

New measures to help Britain lead the way in developing driverless technology


Have your say on the use of advanced driver assistance systems and ‘self-driving’ technologies in cars on British roads.

Wanted: Innovative healthcare solutions

The NHS is seeking innovative business ideas that could improve patient flow on acute wards and increase independence for children with long-term medical conditions.

More than £1 million is being made available to address the challenges, which have been identified by Academic Health Science Networks.

Acute care takes up around half of NHS spend. Improved management of patients in and out of acute care is seen as a significant opportunity to be more efficient.

Jo Johnson reflects on what Brexit means for research and innovation in the UK.

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science , spoke on "Leading the world in the new age of global science" at the Wellcome Trust. Jo  Johnson MP said:

Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review outlines opportunity to transform the North


Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review outlines opportunity to transform the North with 850,000 more jobs by 2050

Digital technologies, health innovation, energy and advanced manufacturing have the potential to transform the North of England’s economy, adding £97 billion and 850,000 jobs by 2050.

Minister for Universities and Science on research following the EU referendum.


Statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, on higher education and research following the EU referendum.

The UK has some of the best universities and researchers in the world, and international students, academics and researchers play a significant part in that success.

Future of Innovate UK investigated in new Lords inquiry

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has carried out an investigation into the future of Innovate UK, the UK's official innovation agency.

The government’s recent White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, announced that a new umbrella body UK Research and Innovation will be created, incorporating the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

UK Research Councils tackle global challenges

Five of the UK Research Councils have announced the first calls from the new £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Worth more than £40 million, the new calls are in non-communicable diseases, global infection and agriculture and food systems. Specific challenges include reducing and preventing diseases in humans and farmed animals; ensuring a safe, nutritious and sustainable supply of food for a growing population; and improving the life-long health of billions of people in low and middle income countries.