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

South West

From biosecurity to silicon design, the South West?s range of expertise attracts trade and investment worth billions of pounds

What makes South West England different? What have we got to offer that others can?t? We?d like to focus on a couple of truly world class examples from the South West region to show you why we believe we stand out from the rest.

Bristol provides the right environment for business excellence

One area in which South West England excels is the biomedical sector, and the increased threat of global terrorism and the emergence of new diseases have placed the Health Protection Agency (HPA) at Porton Down at the heart of international emergency response planning.

Since 1951, this site in South West England has been a focal point in the fight against deadly pathogens. Today, the HPA is at the heart of one of the largest concentrations of microbiology and biosecurity expertise available anywhere in the world. A crucial aspect of the Agency?s work is to help governments counter the threats posed by terrorism and disease. It has developed sophisticated scenario planning models that simulate large scale emergencies, such as the outbreak of pandemic flu or terrorist attack.

Recently, the Agency ran exercise Winter Willow, which tested the UK?s readiness for a flu pandemic. Head of Business Development, David Rhodes, explains: ?Our aim in running exercises like this is to encourage the emergency services, government and health authorities to work together to keep the country moving. It is a good way for diverse organisations to learn to cooperate and think on their feet. Both the UK and US governments use this type of scenario planning to test their responses to major incidents and large companies are also starting to wake up to the need for business continuity planning.?

Alongside its emergency preparedness work, the HPA is a world leader in the manufacturing, monitoring and testing of specialised medicines and vaccines. Manufacturing drugs using live organisms is a complex and highly regulated process and the bio-manufacturing techniques used by the HPA are among the most specialised in the world. For the impact of its work to be felt globally, the HPA needs to develop partnerships with industry in order to bring new technologies into the public arena. The revenue generated by these partnerships is ploughed back into research and investment, ensuring it remains at the forefront of the sector.

It is no understatement to say that the eyes of the world are on Porton Down as governments look for answers to the myriad threats to human health in the 21st century. The work that is being done here today will have lasting and far reaching consequences for the health and wellbeing of the global population as the HPA looks for more ways to safeguard people?s lives.

South West England is also home to the UK?s largest concentration of silicon designers, second in the world only to the US. The sector employs approximately 5,000 people. A feature of the cluster is its active start-up culture, with more than £250m raised in venture capital in recent years. In order to encourage this, a sophisticated support structure has evolved, with assistance from the South West Regional Development Agency.

Silicon design companies located in the South West have the dual advantage of a supportive ecosystem and a highly-skilled workforce. The latter is the legacy of Inmos in Bristol and GECPlessey Semiconductor in Swindon. Between them, these two organisations trained a generation of silicon designers and, while the organisations themselves have changed beyond recognition, the designers endure and have gone on to lead the world in areas like RF, video, multicore processor and reconfigurable components.

Central to the growth of the industry are the startup business incubators run by SETsquared, which is a partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey. These incubators provide high-growth potential technology startups with serviced office space, business guidance and mentoring as well as access to a high-calibre network of experienced entrepreneurs, potential investors and business professionals. They have a proven track record of helping hi-tech ventures to move from initial ideas to commercial viability.

Silicon South West was founded by Simon Bond (who runs the SETsquared incubators in Bath and Swindon) as a way of reaching out to the entrepreneurial semiconductor sector in the region. ?Entrepreneurs can be anywhere,? Simon says, ?embedded in an organisation or working at their kitchen table. Some of our entrepreneurs are from spin-out companies from the universities, but the majority just happen to live around here. Silicon South West holds regular events that generally attract in excess of 100 delegates and our newsletter includes some of the most highly regarded writers from the electronics sector.

Semiconductor start-ups in the Silicon South West network also enjoy free access to the latest Electronic Design Automation software as a way of helping them to raise investment.? Exciting developments are currently underway that look set to secure the future of the electronics sector in South West England. Silicon South West recently secured UK Trade & Investment funding to run a pilot to fast-track semi-conductor start-ups in the region. And, even more significant for the region, are plans to create the UK?s first Silicon Research and Development Centre at the S-Park Science Park in Bristol.

Simon Bond concludes: ?Almost all high-value industry, including environmental technology and aerospace, depends on silicon design. The South West?s new Silicon Research and Development Centre will allow more semiconductor design companies to enhance their designs at prototype stage and, subsequently, improve the speed to market for their silicon chips. Nothing else like this exists in the UK and it will provide an important competitive advantage for the UK, attracting growing numbers of inward investors.?

For further information about
South West England, contact:
Inward Investment Team
South West Regional Development Agency
Tel: +44 (0)117 933 0200