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

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


north West of England

North West

Leading the way in scientific research and development

Lying at the geographical centre of the British Isles, England?s North West region excels in a wide variety of sectors and is home to over 350,000 companies.

In biotechnology and pharmaceutical life sciences, in environmental technology and medical equipment, in computer software and services, in tourism, and in creative and e-commerce, the region?s companies and universities have led the way. And traditional industries have also evolved to maximise the opportunities of a changing world. Chemicals, textiles, aerospace, mechanical and civil engineering, automotive and aerospace, food and drink, and energy, including nuclear, still provide the economic bedrock.


Salford Quays, Manchester

Our highly-skilled and productive workforce, our centres of academic excellence and our strength in innovation and R&D make the North West the perfect location for dynamic businesses. A costeffective base, the region also offers high levels of UK mainland financial assistance to support capital expenditure, staff recruitment and ongoing training needs.

Our universities represent one of the highest concentrations in Europe, with 170,000 students and 50,000 graduates every year. Our strategy of clustering businesses with academic centres of excellence ensures the perfect environment for R&D and an excellent supply chain. The region is already an international leader in scientific research and development and a premier location for biomanufacturing. The sector is further enhanced by the National Biomanufacturing with its focus on biotechnology business development. The life sciences sector is supported by the presence of leading international pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, Avencia, Aventis, Eli Lilly, Unilever and GlaxoSmithKline.

Digital industries

Over 60,000 people are employed in digital industries in the North West, with leading technology companies including IBM, Hewlett- Packard, Brother, Sharp, ICL, Phillips, Photronics, Sony and Siemans. As the second-largest digital cluster in Europe, the region also has a proven track record as a winning location for leading software projects. The National Advanced Robotics Research Centre is based at Salford, the National Computing Centre is in Manchester and Merseyside is home to Liverpool Digital, an ICT centre of excellence and knowledge-based centre.

For more information, visit the
North West Regional Development Agency at: Website: