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Sector News

Sector News

£16 million boost for agricultural innovators

Over 70 UK businesses and universities to share £16 million from government and industry to develop business ideas and boost UK agriculture.

LATi Energy showcase at Loughborough Design School

LATi is to hold an all-day Energy Showcase event and exhibition for companies that work in energy and sustainable energy, as well as groups and organisations that are looking to generate energy to meet the needs of their local community. 

Energy Systems Catapult: Birmingham location for new centre

A new technology and innovation centre, the Energy Systems Catapult, will be located in Birmingham. The centre will exploit commercial opportunities for new products and services created by the transformation of energy products.

UKSPA Budget Summary

Alongside the headline announcements on tax and savings the March 2015 Budget also included announcements on Technology Incubator Investment, Enterprise Zone extensions, investment in Catapult Centres and scientific infrastructure.

The Headlines

The Chancellor outlined a series of measures to lower and simplify tax for business owners, including a headline corporation tax cut to 20 per cent.

Osborne said that Britain would now have "one of the lowest rates of any major economy in the world" following the cut.

Innovate UK's new CEO announced

Business Secretary Vince Cable has (12 March 2015) announced the appointment of Ruth McKernan as the new Chief Executive of the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

Innovation Grants for Enhancing User Experience

This month, InnovateUK will be launching two new funding competitions for SMEs examining innovative solutions for improving user experience. Funded projects will aim to understand, anticipate and interpret user needs and behaviour, in order to design products and services that provide a good user experience. Application deadlines for both programmes will be May 6, 2015

Ground-breaking ideas on the shortlist for the Inclusive Technology Prize.

Vibrating footwear which warns the user of obstacles ahead and 3D printers which can produce prosthetic hands are just 2 of the ground-breaking ideas on the shortlist for the Inclusive Technology Prize, announced on 9 March 2015.

Disabled people across the UK are set to benefit from a £100,000 boost to these innovative technologies thanks to funding from the government, which is backing the award scheme.

Nurse review of Research Councils: Call for evidence

This call for evidence invites you to submit views and information for consideration as part of Sir Paul Nurse’s review of Research Councils.

The call is relevant to the research community in universities, research institutions, Government and industry.

Support available for UK companies attending ITER Business Forum

UKTI are pleased to be able to offer support to UK companies attending the ITER Business Forum (IBF15) from March 25-27.  This event will be a great opportunity to gain information on upcoming tenders, make contacts for potential partnerships, and arrange one to one meetings with the several hundred delegates attending. 

Skills for Growth funding

Up to 50% funding available for training.