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Article archive for The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS);

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    More young people are considering a career in engineering(17/02/2014)

    A BIS-commissioned survey has found that the number of 11 to 14 year olds thinking about working in engineering has jumped by 6 percent.

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    £15m fund hopes to bring university expertise to technology start-ups(13/12/2013)

    The government has announced a £15m scheme to get universities involved in driving local growth plans and supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

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    Sweeping reforms to IP court will save businesses time and money(01/10/2013)

    The Patents County Court has been renamed the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court after changes came into force on Tuesday, October 1.

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    Glasgow receives £24m investment to become a 'city of the future'(25/01/2013)

    Glasgow gets £24m of government investment to demonstrate how a city of the future will work, beating off competition from 30 other UK cities to host this 'demonstrator' project.

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    Business Secretary announces 'superfast' patent processing service(17/12/2012)

    Business secretary, Vince Cable has launched a range of measures designed to improve services to business, strengthen enforcement, and help consumers get the most out of creative products and services.

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    Government supports further university/business research partnerships(01/11/2012)

    Science minister, David Willetts has announced seven new university and business research partnerships in sectors including life sciences, energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing.

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    Industry should lead on new ‘Copyright Hub’ says Hooper Report(31/07/2012)

    The creative industries need to play a key role in leading and funding the Copyright Hub, a marketplace for rights to streamline copyright licensing and make transactions easier.

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    Make it in Great Britain Challenge finalists unveiled(17/07/2012)

    Business minister Mark Prisk has announced the finalists of a nationwide competition to seek out the UK’s next big pre-market products, processes and concepts. Successful entries of the Make it in Great Britain Challenge include a new technology which could offer relief to tinnitus sufferers, an eco-friendly alternative to everyday cement that could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90 per cent and a pushchair that can be folded down to a 32 litre-size rucksack.

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    Government to open up publicly funded research(17/07/2012)

    Academics, businesses and the public will get easier access to publicly funded research, Science minister David Willetts has announced. The government will widely accept the recommendations in a report on open access by Dame Janet Finch, a move which is likely to see a major increase in the number of taxpayer funded research papers freely available to the public.

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    Financial package pledged to support UK aerospace industry(10/07/2012)

    Business secretary Vince Cable has announced a further £120m of investment in the UK aerospace industry. The new funding, part of a total £200m investment in aerospace since 2011, was announced alongside a new vision for the future of the sector which is intended to help UK aerospace firms win billions of pounds worth of new contracts over the next 15 to 20 years.

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    Future of wave hub in Cornwall is secured(21/12/2011)

    The offshore marine energy project in Cornwall, which allows developers to test new wave energy technology, will be taken on by the Government to secure its future as a vital part of the UK's green energy sources. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) will take over ownership of the Wave Hub asset from the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) on the 1 January 2012.

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    The Green Investment Bank moves a step closer(12/12/2011)

    The establishment of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) has moved a step closer as BIS publishes the criteria for deciding where it will be based and what its first priorities will be until 2016. The GIB is intended to accelerate private sector investment in the UK’s transition to a green economy. Offshore wind power generation, commercial and industrial waste processing and recycling, energy from waste generation, non-domestic energy efficiency and support for the Green Deal will be priorities.

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    BIS sets aside £125m to boost UK advanced manufacturing supply chains(07/12/2011)

    A fund of up to £125m is being set up to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains. The Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative aims to help existing UK supply chains grow and achieve world class status while encouraging new suppliers to come and manufacture here in the UK.

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    Government position paper on future EU funding for research and innovation(23/05/2011)

    A government position paper, ‘Funding for EU research and innovation from 2014: a UK perspective’ looks at the future role and shape of EU funding for research and innovation and sets out a number of recommendations. Research and innovation must play an increasingly vital role in promoting green growth in Europe and should continue to receive a high – and ideally increased – proportion of a future EU budget which is re-prioritised to focus on sustainable growth.

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    Axeon demonstrates its EV battery technology to secretary of state, Vince Cable(16/03/2011)

    Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Business Minister, Mark Prisk, have been brought up to speed on Axeon’s industry-leading battery technology for electric vehicles, on display in the Low Carbon vehicle exhibition at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Don Newton, group technical director and member of the UK Automotive Technology Council, talked the ministers through the details of Axeon’s advanced battery system.