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Sector News

Sector News

Midlothian Welcomes UKSPA


The newly created Midlothian Science Zone, on the southern edge of Edinburgh, is ready to welcome delegates from over 100 innovation locations for UKSPA’s October Conference.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy releases statement on the autumn SIA reports


“The Prime Minister has set the development of an economy that works for everyone, with a strong industrial strategy at its heart, as one of the government’s top 3 priorities.  It will focus on addressing long-term productivity growth, encouraging innovation and focusing on the industries and technologies that will give the UK a competitive advantage.  It will promote a diversity of industrial sectors and ensure the benefits of growth are shared across cities and regions up and down the country.

Women in IASP holds its first meeting in Moscow to share knowledge and success


As the only global association for science parks and areas of innovation, IASP acts as the reference point for our members and other organisations when it comes to new trends and needs in our industry and in society. To increase the visibility of women in our network, and help our members unlock the value of gender diversity to their organisations, we are pleased to announce the launch of Women in IASP as a subnetwork of IASP.

Women in IASP launch

Scale-ups on the agenda for Small Business Minister in Manchester and Stoke



A new £40 million entrepreneur fund backed by the British Business Bank was announced by Small Business Minister Margot James.

A new £40 million entrepreneur fund backed by the British Business Bank was announced (21 September 2016) by Small Business Minister Margot James, as she met with entrepreneurs in the Midlands and north-west.

Chancellor guarantees EU funding beyond date UK leaves the EU


Chancellor Philip Hammond guarantees EU funding beyond date UK leaves the EU

British businesses and universities will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while the UK remains a member of the EU.

Enterprise Nation - Small Business Barometer results


More than two-thirds of Britain’s smallest firms expect to see growth in next six months despite Brexit, survey shows

- New Small Business Barometer to test confidence of smallest British firms biannually

- 68 per cent said they expected to grow in next six months

Science begins in the new Francis Crick Institute building


The first scientists have moved into the new £650 million Francis Crick Institute building in London and are starting work in their purpose-built labs. Next to St Pancras station and the British Library, the Crick will be the biggest biomedical research institute under one roof in Europe.

Research groups will continue moving in each week until the end of the year, as lab space is adapted for each research group. The start of 2017 will see the Francis Crick Institute up and running with all staff moved in and research projects ramping up.

The Crick

First scientists move in to London’s new world-leading research lab


New £650 million laboratory welcomes the first researchers to begin their collaboration and help strengthen the UK’s world-leading reputation in science.

Backed by £350 million of government investment, the first scientists are moving in and beginning to work in the new Francis Crick Institute – one of the most developed facilities for medical research in the world.

Lord Willetts Cambridge Whitehall Lecture


The result of the May referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union has thrown the funding of Science and Innovation research work in the UK into an era of extreme uncertainty.

Safeguarding funding for research and innovation


The government safeguards funding in a major commitment to maintain the UK’s status as a world leader in science, research and innovation.