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Sector News

Sector News

Funding boost for video games sector

A £4 million fund to help boost the UK’s growing video games industry has been launched by the government.

The Video Games Prototype Fund (VGPF) is aimed at helping smaller companies get concepts off the drawing board and into production.

The video games industry is one of the UK’s biggest success stories and responsible for the creation of global gaming blockbusters such as Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto.

Open innovation within defence

A defence science and technology study is challenging the way defence innovates by seeking the views of the science and technology community.

The force is strong for apprentices


BIS has announced that twenty six new Trailblazer groups have been formed to create apprenticeship standards in a variety of sectors. 

Specialist needed for Cluster workshop in Brazil

Through its Prosperity Fund Programme, the UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Brasilia has provided a grant to 3 Brazilian ‘clusters’ (namely Rio Grande do Sul, Bahia and Minas Gerais) for a specific project called the ‘Oil and Gas Capacity Building Programme’ that will improve the skills and capabilities of these Brazilian oil, gas and shipbuilding clusters to create new supply chains and diversify in a growing market. This project will run for 1 year, completing in March 2016.

University and University Related Real Estate Conference - UKSPA Discounts

UKSPA is supporting the "University and University Related Real Estate conference in London on 24 September. UKSPA members will benefit from a 10% reduction on conference delegate rates.

Event Title: University and University Related Real Estate

Location: Le Meridien, 21 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BH

Date: Thursday 24 September 2015

The Henry Stewart industry briefing with contributions from:

Javid launches new drive to cut red tape

Business Secretary announces ambitious reviews into burdensome red tape in 5 key industry sectors.

2015 Summer Budget – R & D update

In brief, the Chancellor announced two changes likely to affect the R & D community:

Two new space facilities opened at the UK Space Gateway in Oxfordshire.

Another boost for the UK’s £11.3 billion space industry as 2 new space facilities are opened at the UK Space Gateway in Oxfordshire.

Innovate UK chief executive welcomes Dowling Review

Dr Ruth McKernan, Innovate UK chief executive: we can use the Dowling Review recommendations to turn the UK into a truly innovative economy

What Type Of Leader Are You?

There are lots of books and articles on leadership and entrepreneurs.  However, one method of categorizing leadership or entrepreneurs, known as BOSI, resonated with me. I think this categorization can help you understand how to grow your business in a more innovative and effective way.