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Innovation – the centre of corporate strategiese
Lord Sainsbury, UK Minister for Science and Innovation
British Innovations
On the road again
Christopher Macgowan, Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
Fossil Fuels – An Energy source for the Future
Greg Lewin, President, Shell Global Solutions
Chain of success
Kenny McKay, Director, and Will Wright, Manager, Restructuring practice at KPMG
Innovation and the Patent Office
Lawrence Smith-Higgins, Head of Awareness Information & Media The UK Patent Office
Benefits of association
Dr Michael Moore, CEO, PIramed Ltd
Innovation and strength in the UK biotech sector
Aisling Burnand, Chief Executive, BioIndustry Association
Simfonec: Helping make good research BIG business
Heron Evidence Development: Successful deal of missed opportunity
Springwell Ltd: Match-maker for Innovative Technologies
Korn/Ferry International: Pharmaceutical companies desire to break the mould
A quality core interface
Dominique Kleyn head of BioPharma Business Development, Imperial College London
Evolutec Group: Creating a range of commercial options
Moving forward
Dr Ceri Williams, Senior Manager, Science and Innovation at Yorkshire Forward and Dr Danielle Hankin, Bioscience Cluster Manager
Oxitech: Revolutionising SIT Programmes
Oxford Expression Technologies: Meeting the needs of the post-genomic era
Business Services
Innovating business related services
Norma Rose, Director-General, Business Services Association
BT: Innovation Strategy and Innovation Continuum
UK Film Council: How the UK wins in the international film industry?
On the defence
Major General Alan Sharman CBE, Director General, Defence Manufacturers Association
ProEtch: Precision parts of quality
Wallop Defence Systems: Aircraft Countermeasures and the Dual Spectral Threat
Education, Education, Education
Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Education and Skills
Applied Sciences at Wolverhampton - Innovation in Higher Education Professor Trevor Hocking, Associate Dean, International Development
Wind energy
Marus Rand, Chief Executive, British Wind Energy Association
Vital energy
Ian Leitch, Commercial Director, Energy Industries Council
Waterman Group: Solutions to solve climate control legislation
Winning the war against germs
Dr Ron Mitchell, Managing Director, GB Environmental
Show me the money! Funding for innovation – who can help?
UK: Innovation Nation?
Launching the “Innovation Nation?” initiative
Innovation in the 21st Century
Gemma Harman, Director of Strategy & Media, BT Chief Technology Office
UK Manufacturing - a driving force for innovation
Andrew Manly, Director General, Manufacturing Technologies Association
Waterman Group: Single project model 3D
Renishaw: Achieving global manufacturing competitiveness in the UK
Yorkshire Forward
The European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance
Del Stark, Chief Executive, European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance
University research drives a new wave of innovation
Omar Cheema, Nanotechnology Business Development, Imperial College London
Oxford Instruments: Enabling nanoscience and nanotechnology
Semefab (Scotland): A real driver of change
Metal Nanopowders: New products that meet your needs
Regional Development
London Development Agency: One jump ahead
91Advantage West Midlands: At the heart of it all 95


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With a £5 billion a year turnover, the UK rightfully claims its place as the third largest film industry in the world.

The UK?s position as an international leader in film was echoed recently by the UK?s Minister for Creative Industries, James Purnell, who announced his intention to see Britain become known as the world?s creative hub and within that vision, film as a driving force.

Britain already has a head start in that direction. Outside the US, the UK is the leading film nation in consistently making films that are watched by international audiences. In addition, while the revenues from the box office in the US are declining, international audience figures are continuing to grow, presenting greater opportunities for British films and the talent involved in making them.

So what accounts for Britain?s success and innovation in filmmaking? International filmmakers consistently point to Britain?s key assets being its pool of talent, its highly creative and skilled technicians, its high-calibre production and post facilities and its ?can do? attitude. Increased investment in skills, technology and facilities, continues to position ?UK film industry plc?, as a leading film production partner.

Outside the US, the UK is the leading film nation in consistently making films that are watched by international audiences

Britain?s studios including Pinewood/Shepperton, Ealing, Leavesden and Elstree are investing in their facilities and services and leading visual effects houses such as Framestore CFC, Cinesite, Moving Picture Company and Double Negative are showing their creative and technical excellence on screens round the world in films such as the Harry Potter franchise, Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride, The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, Pride and Prejudice, Kingdom of Heaven, Sahara, Troy and Alexander.

It?s not only in our facilities, however, that investment is being made. A key part of the UK?s long-term strategy for developing film is investing in our talent, both in front of and behind the camera, in order to maintain and increase our competitive edge. The UK Film Council contributes £6.5 million a year to train people and to attract the brightest and best talent through the Skillset Film Skills Fund and this is backed up with further financial support from the industry itself.

This year the fund has helped to create the UK?s first-ever network of seven screen academies including the first film Business Academy at the world-renowned Cass Business School, across the UK to educate and train new film talent. Through Skillset we also sponsor the Berlinale Talent Campus at the Berlin Film Festival, providing greater networking and promotional opportunities for 500-plus rising creative talent from around the world.

Building international business alliances from production and film financing through to film distribution and talent development is vital to the future commercial success of the UK film industry and therefore a priority for the UK Film Council?s international and export promotion strategy. We are actively exploring relationship building with key emerging markets such as India, China, South Africa alongside initiatives with Europe and North America.

Our international activities range from work to modernise the UK?s co-production agreements, supporting UK sales companies taking British films into new markets through to working with our fellow European Film Agencies from the other member states on common aims for nurturing our film cultures and industries.

The UK Film Council has also created international initiatives to support sales companies including a support fund for British films at international film festivals and markets, and a major annual London showcase for British film, the London UK Film Focus. Film Focus this year attracted 198 international buyers, a 30% increase on last year, to view 45 films, 17 of which were premieres.

Creating and supporting initiatives for audience development is also key to the UK film industry?s long-term success. In a ground-breaking ?world first?, the UK Film Council has launched the world?s first Digital Screen Network, which will enable audiences to see a wider range of films right across the UK So possibly the next time you go to the cinema, without knowing, you may be watching a film that has British crew or talent, or has used UK studio space or post-production services, or is part of an international co-production deal including British producers.

From all angles, Britain?s infl uence in the international film industry is widely felt and by continuing to share its skills and take the lead on innovation it will remain a significant part of the global industry.

UK Film Council
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