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UK bioeconomy: call for evidence


The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is seeking views on the bioeconomy to help shape a UK strategy.

SMEs Just as Important as Engineering Giants in Advancing UK Technology

The UK’s premier engineering award launches its quest for the best of British innovation for 2017

Cutting-edge technologies with the potential to change the world are just as likely to stem from UK-based SMEs as from the engineering giants, according to leading technology innovators.

The comments were made last night by the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award judging panel, which includes some of the UK’s most experienced engineers, at an event to open entries for the 2017 award.

Autumn Statement puts innovation at heart of industrial strategy

Innovate UK has welcomed Autumn Statement commitments to the Industrial Strategy challenge fund and funding for Biomedical Catalyst and ultra-low emission and autonomous vehicles.

Science & Innovation Audits: Second wave

BEIS has produced the 8th SIA update note which is printed below:

We are pleased to be able to share with you that the consortia undertaking the second wave of SIAs has been announced as part of the Autumn Statement they are:

PM announces major research boost to make Britain the go-to place for innovators and investors


In her first speech to the CBI Annual Conference today (21/11/16), Prime Minister Theresa May will outline the first steps in a modern, ambitious Industrial Strategy which will build on the country’s strengths and address the long-term structural challenges which can hold British businesses back.

The Prime Minister will use her speech to business leaders today to outline how her government will step up to the task and get the economy firing on all cylinders by announcing plans to secure the UK’s long-term commitment to research and innovation, including:

An invitation from the Tech Partnership to UKSPA members

The Tech Partnership (previously known as e-skills UK) is the network of 1000+ companies, large and small, collaborating to create the skills for the digital economy. They are a registered charity, formed to address the serious shortage in tech and digital skills across the UK, which is holding businesses back in a digital world.

BEIS Science and Innovation Audit Update


BEIS has prouced the 7th SIA update note which is reproduced below:

Women in Innovation Awards 2016: 15 Female Entrepreneurs Honoured


Fifteen of the UK’s most innovative women were honoured at an awards ceremony at London’s Royal Society of Arts earlier today.

Innovate UK launched this nationwide competition in May 2016. The aim was to challenge the low numbers of women entrepreneurs in the UK.