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Sector News

Sector News

Professor Timothy Richard Dafforn has been appointed Chief Scientific Adviser at BIS

Professor Timothy Richard Dafforn has been appointed Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), it has been announced (26 May 2015).

Project brokerage and open innovation in practice

UKSPA is a member of IASP - the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation.

One of their members, Lindholmen Science Park in Sweden, is interested in getting in touch with other science parks or areas of innovation who have a successful track record in project brokerage and open innovation in practice.

This could include:

New Business Secretary makes first speech at Engine Shed, Bristol

New measures to support entrepreneurs and job creation have been set out in Sajid Javid’s first speech as Business Secretary.

Fasset Realise National Ambitions with Double Contract Win


Havant based property and facilities management company, Fasset Ltd, has confirmed its status as a national facilities management (FM) provider with an additional 662,000 sqft under management with contract wins at Hexagon Tower (Manchester) and Wilton Centre (Teesside).

Number 10 appoints Jo Johnson, as new science minister

The BBC news website has published initial sector reaction to the appointment of Jo Johnson MP as the new Science Minister

Jo Johnson, the brother of London Mayor Boris Johnson, is to be the new Minister for Universities and Science.

Ignite 2015: Fast-tracking innovation to commercial reality

Ignite 2015: Fast-tracking innovation to commercial reality

Applications close 18th May

Dates: 5 July to 10 July 2015

Location: Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK »

North West Fund for Biomedical boosts NW companies with £1.1m Follow On Funding

Life sciences investor SPARK Impact has continued to boost the North West’s biomedical sector by providing follow on funding into healthcare companies developing innovative services and technologies. 

Fasset Win RoSPA Gold Award For The Third Year


National facilities and property management company, Fasset Ltd, is once again amongst the winners at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2015. The Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) will be presented in the summer at a glittering ceremony in London.

Fasset’s continued commitment to exemplary health & safety at the 40-acre business, science and technology park remains a priority; and RoSPA recognises the commitment, expertise and investment made in this area.  

"Sussex Innovation – Croydon" to open in the Summer

The Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna recently visited the site of Croydon's new business incubator, Sussex Innovation – Croydon. The visit coincided with the release of research that shows two thirds (63%) of small business owners in London and the South East are considering leaving central London over the next five years. This rises to 78% for technology start-ups, calling into question the sustainability of East London's 'Silicon Roundabout'.

What makes entrepreneurs tick?

A DRIVE to sell is one of the main factors for entrepreneurs to achieve high growth with their businesses, new research suggests.

The study offers insight into the core elements that make up business leaders’ ‘mindset’ and identifies how high-growth skills are more likely to have been learned than exist naturally.