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Sector News

Sector News

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.

2015 R&D Updates


Ahead of the Budget next week, we're looking in detail at the 2015 changes to R&D reliefs. 

It may seem bizarre to be writing about updates as we approach half way through 2015, but tax legislation follows a very tortuous route through Parliament to arrive and become 'law'.

The UK now has some of the most generous tax and cash breaks for research and development and the 2015 changes lifted the SME rate by a further 5% whilst the cash tax credit is increased by from 11% to 14.5% - a 31% uplift for those keen on statistics.

Dowling Review of Universities/Business Collaborations published by BIS

BIS has published the Report of the Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations 

Marks & Clerk release new report, Microbial Infection: Point-of-care diagnostics


UKSPA Members Marks & Clerk have released a new report, Microbial Infection: Point-of-care diagnostics.

Technology Funding from Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence has launched a series of funding competitions through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) seeking SME support to address technological challenges. Businesses may be awarded up to £1 million to develop innovative products or services that present a solution in one of seven problem areas:

Entries for the 7th China (Shenzhen) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2015 are Extended!

The original date for UK entries in order to be eligible to progress to the Shenzhen and National Stages was the 25th of June. This has now been extended to the 10am UK Time on Monday 29th of June. 

The date for UK entries who wish to be eligible for only the Shenzhen stage (not the National finals as well) is the 20th July.

This situation has arisen because of the competition timings in China that require National stage entries to be passed through to the national organisers in advance of the Shenzhen semi-finals.