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


Going global

Jonathan Kestenbaum, Chief Executive, NESTA, looks at how the UK is well-placed to be at the heart of the global innovation revolution

NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts ? a unique body with a mission to make the UK more innovative. We do this in three ways: by investing in early-stage companies, informing and shaping policy and delivering practical programmes that inspire others to solve the big challenges of the future. Innovation is vital to the future economic prosperity and social well-being of a country. It provides the answers to some of the most intractable social problems, and it also enables businesses to compete as well as prosper in a global economy.

The UK has a great tradition of innovation. But in a modern economy, innovation is no longer just about science and technology in manufacturing sectors. Innovation happens across different sectors of the economy ? in financial services, retail, consultancy and the public sector.

It is also taking place in different ways. Traditionally, the search for new ideas has tended to happen ?behind closed doors?, in research labs and design departments, all carefully protected by intellectual property rights. But this is changing rapidly. Today, innovation is far less controlled and predictable. A good idea can come from (literally) anywhere. Innovation has gone global. Businesses are sharing knowledge and innovation activities with partners across the world. Skilled workforces are becoming more mobile. As a consequence, deriving value from innovation increasingly depends on absorbing ideas as much as creating them.

Already, organisations across the world are responding to this new reality. They are experimenting with open source software development, agreeing universal technical standards and using technology to build previously impossible en masse collaborations to create entirely new products and services.

NESTA is at the heart of this work ? developing a range of pioneering new approaches that give large companies access to new products and ideas sourced externally from small businesses and provides risk capital for social enterprises. In addition, NESTA is designing an Innovation Index that will measure the UK?s innovation performance and which will serve as an effective tool for targeting and measuring past, present and future policy interventions.

The UK, with its tradition of openness, flexibility and free trade is well placed to be at the heart of this new revolution. But it requires all the actors ? including businesses, universities and government ? to collaborate, and embrace globalisation.

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