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    Free support launched for small and medium sized business directors(03/04/2012)

    A new series of free business support events, aimed at the owners of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), has been launched today in Liverpool by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Companies House. The IPO also outlined its range of support for SMEs in a new paper published today. ‘Get It Right – First Time’ is aimed at business owners looking for help with protecting their Intellectual Property (IP) and understanding their responsibilities as a director.

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    IPO announces 2012 Fast Forward Competition results(12/03/2012)

    Thirteen of the UK's most innovative Universities were awarded more than £750,000 to support outstanding projects that are helping to develop new ideas from the drawing board into the market place. Baroness Wilcox, Intellectual Property Minister, made awards to projects, including the 1,000mph Bloodhound world land speed record team, that are helping to turn the UK's 'intellectual property' into economic prosperity.

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    A challenge to find the best new British innovations is launched(06/02/2012)

    Business Minister Mark Prisk has launched a nationwide competition to find the most innovative pre-market products, processes and concepts the UK has to offer. The 'Make it in Great Britain Challenge' is open to inventors, manufacturers, engineers, designers, businesses of all sizes, young people and the general public. It forms part of theMake it in Great Britain' campaign, which aims to change the image of modern manufacturing.

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    BIS unveils plans for 'Make it in Great Britain' campaign and exhibition(15/11/2011)

    Captains of industry from world leading UK companies are backing a new government campaign to highlight the best of modern British manufacturing at an exhibition during the Olympic Games. Business Secretary Vince Cable and Business Minister Mark Prisk have formally launched the Make it in Great Britain campaign, which aims to transform outdated views of UK manufacturing and dispel the myth that Britain ‘doesn’t make anything anymore’.

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    Government pledges £950m in second Regional Growth Fund round(01/11/2011)

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (pictured) says that the second round of the government's £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund (RGF) - an investment of £950m - will help create and safeguard more than 200,000 jobs across England. The second round will support 119 bids from businesses and local partnerships with projects to expand their operations, create new jobs and attract private investment. Discussions are ongoing with a further 10 bidders about their projects.

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    New help for manufacturers could generate £1.5bn growth and create 23,000 jobs(14/10/2011)

    A new nationally operated Manufacturing Advisory Service will focus on helping small and medium sized manufacturers to grow, Business Minister Mark Prisk has announced. The new service will be delivered by the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC) and will help create an estimated £1.5bn in economic growth, 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs.

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    BIS moves to ameliorate effects of BAE Systems redundancies(03/10/2011)

    Responding to the news that BAE Systems will be making redundancies in the UK, Business Secretary Vince Cable said that officials and the BIS local teams are already in touch with the company, local authorities and local enterprise partnerships to make sure that everything possible is done to help those affected at Brough, Warton, Samlesbury and other sites.

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    Competition is launched to support innovative IP projects(29/09/2011)

    A £760,000 competition to support and improve the way in which universities can maximise innovation has been launched by Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Wilcox. The Fast Forward Competition encourages Higher Education Institutions and Public Sector Research Establishments to work together with businesses and local communities to share research, innovation and intellectual property (IP).

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    Vince Cable announces £6.5m boost for renewable energy engineering skills(31/08/2011)

    A £6.5m investment to deliver a new generation of engineering leaders in renewable energy has been announced by the Business Secretary Vince Cable. Leading universities and industry will provide training for up to 50 of the best engineering students as part of a new Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). The students' training will range from designing cost-efficient new wind turbine blades to testing the latest wave energy technologies.

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    David Willetts appoints first members of new UK Space Agency steering board(31/08/2011)

    Science minister David Willetts has announced the external mambership of new UK Space Agency steering board. Rob Douglas will chair the steering board and other confirmed members are David Southwood, Sally Cantello and Baljit Dhillon. The steering board’s role is to advise Ministers on the strategies to be adopted by the UK Space Agency, as well as providing advice and guidance from a commercial standpoint to the chief executive and senior management on the UK Space Agency’s performance.

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    Trade mark and copyright crime targeted in new training project(23/08/2011)

    The Intellectual Property Office and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have joined forces to give prosecutors in England and Wales a new tool to help them tackle intellectual property (IP) crime. IP crime is the counterfeiting of trade-marked goods such as clothes, pharmaceuticals, car parts and electrical goods and the piracy of copyrighted material such as CDs, DVDs, software and games.

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    BIS launches website to help defence based engineers back into work(13/07/2011)

    A new national web based system, Talent Retention Solution (TRS), that will help match skilled employees facing redundancy to UK companies in growing sectors of advanced manufacturing and engineering who are recruiting, has been launched by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). It is the result of work undertaken by the Skills and Jobs Retention Group and the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies) to support defence engineers.

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    Government publishes higher education reform white paper(29/06/2011)

    Putting students at the heart of England's higher education (HE) system is the central theme of the government’s reforms which were announced on Tuesday. In future, graduates will pay more towards the cost of their degrees, but in return, the government says its proposals will improve their experience as students, expand their choices and make universities more accountable to students than ever before.

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    Apprenticeships 'target' exceeded, according to offical statistics(24/06/2011)

    The government’s ambition to deliver 50,000 additional apprenticeships has been substantially exceeded, according to official statistics, which show that over 103,000 additional adult apprenticeship starts were delivered over the 2010-11 financial year. Business secretary Vince Cable said the growth in apprenticeships to over double the planned ambition, including sectors such as IT, advanced manufacturing and engineering demonstrates a commitment to delivering the skills business needs to grow.

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    Offshore renewable energy sector to get technology centre(01/06/2011)

    The Government has committed more than £200m over the next four years to establish a network of at least six technology and innovation centres, allowing businesses to access equipment and expertise to help them commercialise new and emerging technology. The latest focus is offshore renewable energy, as business secretary Vince Cable (pictured) announces a competition to form a technology and innovation centre that will concentrate on technologies for offshore wind, wave and tidal power.