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A springboard to global growth
Andrew Cahn, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation: the business of shaping our world
David Golding, Technology Strategy Board

Going global
Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA

Diversity is good for innovation
Annette Williams, UKRC for Women in SET

Promoting physics supporting physicists
Institute of Physics

The cost-saving CEO
Taylor Wessing

The BIC network
UK Trade & Investment

Innovation inspires R&D tax relief



Addressing cross sectoral issues
Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN

Research Councils

Meeting the global challenge
Research Councils

The UK?s National Science and Innovation Campuses
Science & Technology Facilities Council

Aerospace & Defence

Enabling technology through innovative approaches
Aerospace & Defence KTN

Defence technologies for civilian applications
Ploughshare Innovations


Securing the future
Intellect Association for Biometrics


Supporting life sciences in the capital
London First

Tackling the threat of electronic crime
Cyber Security KTN


From invention to innovation
Electronics KTN

Grid Computing Now! KTN


A global fusion
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Design for a one planet economy
Giraffe Innovation

Managing carbon in the corporate and public sectors
Greenstone Carbon Management

Towards an energy efficient future
British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) Home help
Energy Institute


Connecting people and technology
Health Technologies KTN

A centre of excellence for innovative translational research
University of Birmingham

Feeling your way to design success
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

University-industry collaborations
Imperial College London

Lost in translation
Pearson Matthews Innovation Consultants

Location and Timing

Location and Timing KTN
Intelligent Transport Systems

Mapping the route to intelligent transport systems deployment
Innovits KTN

Drive down fleet costs and reduce carbon emissions?
Energy Saving Trust

DRIVENet and sustainable vehicle engineering
Oxford Brookes University


Breaking the mould
Manufacturing Technologies Association

University of Nottingham

An innovative history
Scott Bader

Innovation for tomorrow?s built environment
Modern Built Environment KTN


Innovations in materials deliver value for money
Materials KTN


Nanotechnology in the UK
Nano KTN

Linking technology push with market pull

Running the risks
European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance

Nanofabrication solutions
Kelvin Nanotechnology

Innovative science for global applications
Oxford Instruments

Leading positive change for global industry
The Centre for Process Innovation


Making light work for industry
Photonics KTN


Unlocking the potential of the UK?s sensing community
Sensors & Instruments KTN


Investing in the future
Invest Northern Ireland

Ulster innovation delivering business success
University of Ulster

Focus: Northern Ireland

Belfast ? a city of creativity and innovation
Belfast City Council

A natural centre for innovation
London Development Agency

England?s East Midlands ? an innovative region
East Midlands Development Agency

Making it in Leeds
The City of Leeds

Collaboration in wireless technologies
Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration at the University of Leeds
Engineering Design CIC

One North East

Focus: North West of England

Connectivity, Catchment, Cost
St. Helens

Focus: South West of England

Be part of the equation
West of England Partnership

All change for Hastings
Innovation Centre Hastings

ITI Scotland


Raising the standards
UK Science Park Association

Special focus: collaboration
Edinburgh Science Triangle

Innovation: the key to economic growth
County Durham Development Company

Solutions across boundaries
Norwich Research Park

Partnership provides innovation success
Wolverhampton Science Park


The outsourcing advantage
Business Services Association

Fast start UK
Tenon Outsourcing

Inward investment trends

Divine intervention
British Business Angels Association

Know your rights
Intellectual Property Office

A perfect patent
Beresford & Co

Putting IP at the centre of business strategy
Cambridge Intellectual Property


Science lessons
GovNet Communications

Useful addresses


A springboard to global growth

The UK offers the best possible environment for innovation to succeed, as Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive UK Trade & Investment, explains

In the UK, we have built the best possible environment for innovation to succeed. For example, it is no coincidence that we hold the position of top recipient of research and development-based investment in Europe by a significant margin. In the UK, R&D is booming ? investment by UK firms has risen by 9% to a total of £21bn, since 2005.

Our longstanding traditions in the sciences, technology and research and development have brought a well-earned reputation for invention and discovery. The UK has a business climate to attract individuals and companies at the leading edge of their sectors and which can go on to achieve a wider global impact.

In life sciences, and other R&D-intensive industries, companies are taking advantage of the UK?s business and regulatory environment to bring new technologies to market. The government is also committed to bringing down trade barriers and delivering support to firms bringing renewable energy sources to market.

Companies need outstanding support networks if they are to compete and grow internationally, and the UK has well-established clusters of technology and expertise that are truly world class. At UKTI we are looking to the future and working, with our partners in academia, business, industry and across government, on strategies to showcase the capabilities of the UK in the key sectors we have identified. These sectors are: creative industries, information and communications technologies, life sciences, energy technologies, climate change, advanced engineering and financial services.

Today?s achievements are underpinned by continuing investment in facilities services and infrastructure. In summer 2008, the government announced new investment in the development of cutting-edge research facilities that will help retain existing talent and attract some of the world?s best scientists to the UK. The funding will enable the UK?s Research Councils to build new infrastructure and redevelop existing facilities and provide worldleading research environments.

The UK?s universities are acclaimed for their academic and innovative excellence and are the key to the UK?s R&D excellence. They are also leading participants in many European programmes. UK tax credits and capital allowances are generous. Large and smaller companies are entitled to deductions of 125% and 150% respectively on qualifying current R&D spending. In March this year, the government set out its plans for supporting the UK?s world-class research base in the White Paper ?Innovation Nation?. The UK is already a unique, multicultural and entrepreneurial economy, which is confident, ambitious and creative. It is at the hub of international business and a ?springboard for global growth?, offering the right business environment in which and from which companies can prosper and grow.

The government has also committed the UK to becoming one of the most attractive places in the world for internationally-mobile R&D businesses, in recognition of the increasing internationalisation of R&D. As successful businesses underpin wealth creation, so R&D expertise will underpin successful and innovative knowledge-driven, technologybased businesses.