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Sector News

Sector News

2017 PraxisUnico Impact Award Winners


The winners of the Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals, organised by PraxisUnico and supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK), were announced last night at a black-tie ceremony in Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, in front of over 250 invited guests from universities, research institutes, industry and government. 

The Impact Awards recognise and celebrate the vital role KEC professionals play in maximising impact from research.

Lab Innovations – back for 2017!


Lab Innovations – the UK’s only dedicated showcase for laboratory technology, analytical and biotech equipment – returns for its sixth consecutive year on 1 & 2 November 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. With the largest gathering of laboratory suppliers in the UK, this free-to-attend show has lots on offer for professionals across a wide range of sectors, from pharmaceuticals to food and drink. 

Early public and private investment speeds up innovation

UK businesses can benefit from a mix of government grants and private equity. See examples and an opportunity to access both simultaneously.

UK business opportunities in China: new innovation partnerships


An agreement between the UK and Guangdong province will help businesses work with Chinese partners to innovate and access global markets.

Representatives from the UK and Guangdong province met last week (14 June 2017) to sign a memorandum of understanding that confirms their intention to work together.

Future Cities Catapult appoints Nicola Yates OBE as Chief Executive


Future Cities Catapult has announced that Nicola Yates OBE has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, taking up position on 22 May 2017.

BEIS - The impact of public support for innovation on firm outcomes

Frontier Economics was commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK to study the economic impact of public sector support for private sector innovation. 

The Report describes itself as follows:

The analysis focuses on policies providing direct support for business innovation through grants, loans, advice and access to specialist services operated by Innovate UK (a nondepartmental body sponsored by BEIS) and the National Measurement System (NMS). 

Nesta launch "Accelerators and incubators in the UK" report and database - 19 April 2017

Nesta has been working with BEIS, the UK Science Park Association and artificial intelligence software provider Synoptica to create a publicly available database of accelerators and incubators in the UK.

UK Space Agency announces new Chief Executive


The UK Space Agency has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Graham Turnock.

Govt Digital Strategy published

The UK Digital Strategyhas been published by Government and:

"... sets out how we will build on our success to date to develop a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone".

The summary reads: