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UK research and innovation

Innovation is key to world competitiveness and the cornerstone of successful business. From steam engines to DNA fingerprinting technology, the UK holds an extraordinary record of innovations and scientific discoveries that transform the lives of people and businesses. With a history of innovation to deliver new products and services and an extensive network of organisations focused on innovation, the UK is a global innovation hub.

Inward investment news

27 Oct 2011  Twilio invests in UK headquarters
A leading American cloud communications company has chosen Britain for its first European base.
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26 Oct 2011 App chosen for breakthrough UK nanosatellite launch

25 Oct 2011 Steel plants receive £4.5 million investment

13 Oct 2011 Forum to boost international investment

13 Oct 2011 First Technology and Innovation Centre opens

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Be Inspired: Innovation

Be Inspired: Innovation

Be Inspired: Innovation

Be Inspired: Innovation

There are some amazing facts and unusual features that have helped make the UK a uniquely fertile environment for business innovation. Here they are.

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UKTI Science & Innovation Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7215 8482

Email: innovation@ukti.gsi.gov.uk


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UK icon – TV set

UK icon – TV set

UK icon – TV set

UK Icons film

The history of the UK is one of innovation. UKTI’s short film features past UK icons and how those innovations have translated into the icons of today and tomorrow.

View the film on our YouTube channel

Digital imaging software in use

Digital imaging software in use

Digital imaging software in use

Research and Development in the UK

Overview of R&D in the UK, UK academic and research profile, financial support for R&D… More

Test tubes

Test tubes

Test tubes

Science parks and business incubators in the UK

Facts and figures about UK science parks and business incubators network … More

Two business people in discussion

Two business people in discussion

Two business people in discussion

Intellectual property rights in the UK

Patents, trade marks, copyright, industrial design rights, sector-specific regulations… More

Designer at work

Better By Design: Government backed world-class creativity at heart of UK growth

Government-backed business initiatives have focussed attention on the economic importance of innovative British design   More

Medical Researcher – image courtesy Adam Gaulton /OJO / Getty Images

Life-saver : UK at the forefront of vital life sciences breakthroughs

The UK’s life sciences industry continues to make exciting new discoveries with innovative technology   More

Innovation Map

Innovation Map

Innovation Map

UK Innovation Map: Guide to Key Players

At the heart of the innovation process in the UK are 12 key players, identified within an innovation map, that enable the successful delivery of world-class ideas to the global market.

Guide to key players in UK Innovation (.pdf)

Innovation Map (.pdf)

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Curiouser and Curiouser

Posted by Clive Drinkwater

Clive DrinkwaterWhen I leave our new office at Daresbury Laboratory, if the traffic on the M56 is snarled up, I occasionally take a short cut through Daresbury village going past All Saints Church. ... More


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