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Sector News

Sector News

BEIS - The impact of public support for innovation on firm outcomes

Frontier Economics was commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK to study the economic impact of public sector support for private sector innovation. 

The Report describes itself as follows:

The analysis focuses on policies providing direct support for business innovation through grants, loans, advice and access to specialist services operated by Innovate UK (a nondepartmental body sponsored by BEIS) and the National Measurement System (NMS). 

Nesta launch "Accelerators and incubators in the UK" report and database - 19 April 2017

Nesta has been working with BEIS, the UK Science Park Association and artificial intelligence software provider Synoptica to create a publicly available database of accelerators and incubators in the UK.

UK Space Agency announces new Chief Executive


The UK Space Agency has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Graham Turnock.

Govt Digital Strategy published

The UK Digital Strategyhas been published by Government and:

"... sets out how we will build on our success to date to develop a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone".

The summary reads:

Nationwide search begins for science’s inspirational business leaders


Business leaders in the science-related industries are being encouraged to celebrate their achievements with a national award launched by the organiser of the Business of Science Conference.

2017 UK Energy Innovation Awards open for entries

As energy networks move to increase engagement with third party innovators, competition for a place on this year’s shortlist is set to be fierce.

Innovation scout, the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC), is once again searchi

Second LLEP Enterprise Zone confirmed


News of a second Enterprise Zone (EZ) that could bring over 21,000 new jobs and £123 million into the area over the next twenty-five years, was announced today (Monday 13th February 2017) during a state visit by Rt Hon Marcus Jones MP, Minister for Local Government.

Mr. Jones visited Loughborough to announce the new science and hi-tech manufacturing ‘Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone’.

Industrial Strategy Consultation

The Government Green Paper – “Building our Industrial Strategy” sets out the Government’s approach to developing a modern industrial strategy to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country. The aim is to establish an industrial policy for the long-term – to provide a policy framework against which major public and private sector investment decisions can be made with confidence.

Sir Mark Walport will lead UK Research and Innovation

Science minister Jo Johnson has announced that Prof Sir Mark Walport will be Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

In this role Sir Mark will lead the establishment of UKRI and ensure it plays a central role at the heart of the Industrial Strategy.

Industrial strategy investment in science, research and innovation

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has announced that government is backing 125 cutting-edge research and development projects across the country.