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Sector News

Sector News

Tech Nation: Prime Minister and Chancellor welcome launch

The Prime Minister and Chancellor welcomed the launch of Tech Nation, the first comprehensive analysis of the UK’s digital technology 'clusters'.

Tech Nation is an interactive data project that shows the growth of digital businesses within specific areas/regions - ‘clusters’ - across the UK. The project has been developed and curated by Tech City UK, the government-backed organisation focused on the UK’s digital economy, in partnership with DueDil.

University of Lincoln to Help Incubatees ‘Fly the Nest’!

The Grow-on Growth Fund is a new £2m RGF funded initiative led by The Research and Enterprise Department at University of Lincoln.  The scheme enables early stage businesses located in business incubation environments to ‘fly the nest’ and create secure sustainable high quality jobs.  Acting as a funder of last resort, the Fund has two objectives:

Government Consults on R&D Tax Credits

R&D tax credits are the single largest Government support for business investment in R&D and HMG would like to make the scheme easier to understand, and to ensure that all SMEs that could benefit from the scheme are doing so. The consultation is aimed at improving guidance for this scheme and to seek comments about the design of an advance assurance service which will help companies claiming for the first time.

Venturefest Yorkshire Calls for Entrepreneurs and Inventors to apply for the Innovation Showcase

Businesses across the region with innovative services and products to launch are being invited to showcase them at Venturefest Yorkshire.

The Innovation Showcase is a chance for inventors and entrepreneurs from the science and technology sectors to demonstrate their ideas to over a thousand delegates attending Venturefest Yorkshire on 12 March. The showcase is organised by Science City York and supported by The University of York, with the most innovative product receiving a prize package worth around £13k.

£50K prize and an audience of global investors at Venturefest

Venturefest Yorkshire is giving the region’s start up businesses an opportunity to win a prize package worth £50k and get their business in front of international investors as well as the largest angel investor base in the north of England.

Audiovisual Funding from MEDIA Desk UK

This year, the EU’s MEDIA and Culture funds were combined under a cross-sectoral programme – Creative Europe. The new 7-year, €1.46 Billion programme supports the development of European films, TV and games, as well as cultural festivals, professional training, and literary translations.

Job opportunity: Climate-KIC Business Developer, Johanneberg Science Park

Johanneberg Science Park, Sweden, has a vacancy for a Climate-KIC business developer who will report directly to the Building Technologies Accelerator Manager and work as an integral part of a collaborative team in the Nordic region and across Europe. 

The business developer will be responsible for the commercialization of all emerging products, including the HSB Living Lab which will be built on the Chalmers campus in the first half of 2015. 

Autumn Statement 2014


Autumn Statement


In the Autumn Statement this afternoon, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said

S-Lab Awards - open for applications

The 2015 S-Lab Award scheme are now open for applications.

Awards categories will be based around the 2014 categories.

Categories for applications are:

1. New or Refurbished Laboratories

2. Laboratory Effectiveness

3. Laboratory Environmental Improvement

4. Best New or Improved Product

5. Laboratory Informatics

6. Making a Differrence

7. Laboratory Based Teaching and Learning

FITMAN European project to develop and apply technologies to the manufacturing industry

FITMAN (www.fitman-fi.eu) is a project within the European Commission’s Future Internet Public-Private-Partnership (FI-PPP) framework, developing and applying technologies to the manufacturing industry.