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Etienne Le Blanc
31 May 2012
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has released the first findings of the UK Innovation Survey 2011. The results show a sharp decline in the share of enterprises engaging in technological innovation activities. This side-effect of the recession is worrying because it is likely to have long-term effects on the economy.
30 May 2012
A public letter to the Prime Minister sent today warns the government that its approach towards student visas is damaging the financial wellbeing of universities in the UK. But the damage is not just limited to universities.
28 May 2012
David Cameron has today announced StartUp Loans, a £2,500 loan to help young people start their own business. Schemes like this aim to address economic problems (the double dip recession) and social ones (high youth unemployment) simultaneously.
23 May 2012
Today’s retail figures present a mixed picture, with significant monthly falls in some areas and rises elsewhere. But aside from arguments about the poor weather and a somewhat artificial drop in fuel consumption after Easter panic buying, it is clear over the longer term that consumers are buying less, with a fall of 1.1% in the volume of sales since April last year. How worried should we be by this?
22 May 2012
Seedrs has announced that it will be opening its doors to startups seeking seed investment; if it is successful we could see the expansion of a new funding source for British SMEs.
16 May 2012
Today’s job market figures contain plenty of good news. But for all these positive signs, there are a couple of doubts hanging over these numbers.
11 May 2012
Yesterday’s Composite Leading Indicators from the OECD indicate that the UK may have reached a turning point in the economic cycle, but it looks as though the recession may continue for a little while yet.
03 May 2012
Earlier this week, David Willetts announced the government’s intention to make publically funded research available for free to readers. This announcement comes in the wake of a tumultuous few months for academic publishers.
01 May 2012
The Big Innovation Centre was delighted to host yesterday’s launch of 'Strengthening the Contribution of English Higher Education Institutions to the Innovation System: knowledge exchange and HEIF funding', the HEFCE-sponsored report into the contribution of higher education to economic growth.