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20 December 2012
The Big Innovation Centre believes it is important to celebrate the most innovative companies in our country.
The UK regulatory intellectual property regime is finally in step with a highly dynamic global economy, where business models and consumer behaviour are changing all the time.
17 December 2012
Speech given by Birgitte Andersen at Vince Cable's briefing on his vision for IP reform at the Big Innovation Centre on 17 December 2012.
Professor Sue Cox
Over the last year, I’ve chaired the Business School Task Force set up by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to advise Government on how UK business schools can support economic growth through strengthening their engagement with MSBs. The task force’s report was published in November 2012 and is a call to action for business schools, MSBs, Government and the wider business community.
14 December 2012
There’s a debate swirling around in the blogosphere about robots, and whether they’re stealing our jobs
06 December 2012
Last week, I argued that this year’s Autumn Statement would be one of the most difficult economic speeches delivered for years. Unfortunately yesterday’s statement was modest and immediately forgettable.
At face value, the OBR forecast may not seem very interesting - but behind the scenes, debate is raging about what the future of the UK economy looks like.
Dr Katy Mason, Reader in Marketing, Lancaster University Management School
04 December 2012
There has been plenty of talk in the media this week about self-driving cars, and whether they will ever become part of our everyday lives. In a recent poll, the IAM reported that 65% of the public are sceptical about driverless technologies. This raises tough questions about how we make new markets for such products.
27 November 2012
In less than two weeks the Chancellor will have to deliver one of the most difficult economic speeches for years. While the latest GDP growth figure was positive he knows that this number was flattered by one-off events.
23 November 2012
David Willetts today (23 Nov) launched an update of the government’s “technology foresight” exercise, which aims to identify the key technologies that will drive economic growth in the 2020s. The paper makes exciting reading for futurologists, covering 53 technologies from tissue engineering to nuclear fusion, and it gives government something to think about. This type of exercise – one which looks ahead at future sources of economic growth – is welcome, and is something governments should take seriously.
15 November 2012
Some of the UK’s economic commentators have become afflicted by a very strange idea recently: that consumer spending is going to rescue the UK economy.
09 November 2012
Osborne's speech on eight technologies details where he thinks the UK could be a world leader. We need to ensure that opportunities to make this a reality are not missed.
Etienne Le Blanc
31 October 2012
Almost twelve months ago, speaking at the Big Innovation Centre, David Willetts set out his vision for the UK’s new network of Technology Innovation Centres and launched the Catapult brand to cover these. Put simply, their aim is to help us to better leverage our excellent research capacity and strengthen our applied research infrastructure.
25 October 2012
Unless pharmaceutical companies reinvent the way they offer, create, deliver and capture value, reports such as this that shows AstraZeneca, the UK’s second largest drug maker, suffering a 19% drop in revenues in the last quarter as it was hit hard by the expiry of patents will become more common. A patent holder’s market share can fall by up to 89% in the first half-year following patent expiry.
Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding platform, is coming to the UK. Its American incarnation has given rise to smart watches, feminist video series, and zombie-based health and fitness apps, all with the backing of engaged fans. Entrepreneurs, philanthropists and creatives pitch an idea to the site’s massive audience and offer rewards to those who are willing to donate towards a pre-specified target amount. If the target is hit or exceeded, the full amount pledged goes towards the project. So far, pitches have had to be based in the USA in order to be hosted over the platform, but as of the 31st of October the site will finally be able to launch projects based in the UK.