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


Diversity is good
for innovation

by Annette Williams, Director, UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

Half a million women in the UK are qualified in either science, engineering or technology (SET) ? but less than a third work in those sectors, all of which are suffering a severe skills shortage, set to get worse in the coming decades.

This situation is harmful to the UK?s productivity and competitiveness. It undermines aspirations for fairness and opportunity, wastes women?s talent and limits their career aspirations, lifetime earnings and economic contribution. Innovation in the UK suffers because diversity of people brings its own diversity of thinking, new ways to overcome challenges through innovative solutions.

Women will form the major source of increased labour supply over the next decade and should not be held back by workplace culture and practice or through the limited flexible or high-level part-time working options available to them, particularly in the SET sectors where they are highly under represented.

The UKRC for Women in SET works to significantly improve the participation and position of women in these fields in industry, research, academia and public service to benefit future productivity. It is the UK?s leading body providing information and advisory services to employers and organisations in the SET sectors and supporting women entering, returning and progressing in these fields.

Diversity does have a direct impact on company profits. According to the McKinsey and Company report on Large Organisations in Europe, America and Asia 2007, organisational performance increases sharply once a threshold of at least three women on management committees with an average membership of 10 people is reached. Even more importantly, where companies have an influential female presence on the executive committee and more than two women on the board, they outperform their peer companies in terms of return on equity, operating profit and stock price growth. Board diversity is good for innovation.

When added to recent research on flexible working ? four out of five employees say that work-life balance considerations play a crucial role in deciding whether to stay with or leave their current employer with reported increased commitment to the organisation, better retention of staff, improved morale, and reduced absenteeism ? the figures make a powerful business case for diversity in the workplace.

Yet it is still difficult to work part-time or job share in senior roles, so women often have to trade down if they need to balance work and caring responsibilities. The UKRC provides advice on gender equality policy and practice for employers in industry and academia and has a range of products and services to help employers implement change, with accreditation and award schemes to recognise and share best practice. The UKRC also works to help women of all ages into positions of leadership within companies and progress to board level.

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