December 2017

Industrial Strategy White Paper

The Government published its Industrial Strategy White Paper last month and these are the mains points that have been summarised. Summary of White Paper The Government sets out five foundations of productivity – Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Place. Four initial Grand Challenges are included in the White Paper – Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Data Economy, Future of Mobility, Clean Growth, Ageing Society. Sector Deals are being established and rolled out – the first four are Life Sciences, Construction, AI and Automotive.  More will follow.   An independent Industrial Strategy Council will be formed to oversee progress and make recommendations to Government. Local Industrial Strategies will be produced to build on local strengths to deliver economic opportunities. Summary of Key Policies Raise total R&D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027 Increase the rate of R&D tax credit to 12% Invest £725m in new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programmes Invest an additional £406m in STEM skills Create a...Read More >

Global Business Accelerator Programme Cell and Gene Therapy Visit to Japan

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), in partnership with Innovate UK is organising a funded Accelerator Programme visit to Japan, alongside Medical Japan 2018, for innovative UK companies operating in the Cell and Gene Therapy sector.  The aim of this visit is to help attendees further develop their innovations through in-market partnerships, collaborations and knowledge exchange with businesses and research organisations based in Japan. Cell and gene therapy has become a priority area for the Japanese government.  Japan is focused on the need to collaborate with the national and international industry to pursue the commercialisation of new scientific discoveries.  This, in parallel with the implementation of the New Japanese Regulatory Frameworks for Clinical Research and Marketing Authorisation of Gene Therapy and Cellular Therapy Products speeding up getting products to the market and facilitating the understanding of regulations by foreign operators promoting translational cooperation, makes Japan an attractive market in this field. Licensing, partnering, outsourcing, development and commercialisation opportunities abound, but collaboration...Read More >

Unlock Business Opportunites in Ireland

Ireland is an ideal first step market for UK companies.  There is strong bilateral trade between the 2 countries and 3 million British tourists visit Ireland every year.  The UK is Ireland’s most important trading partner while Ireland, with a population 0f 4.6 million is the 5th most important market for British exports, thus illustrating the significance of geography in facilitating economic interation. Benefits for UK businesses exporting to Ireland include English speaking, same time zone, strong transport links, similar regulatory and legal framework, sophisticated consumer market, open economy, used to exports and good perception of the quality of British goods and services. People-to-people contacts also contribute an important strand to the Irish-UK partnership.  The Irish community is part of the fabric of British society and Irish people make a significant contribution in every walk of life in today’s Britain. The Department for International Trade are putting on a event on 30th January 2018.   To find out more click...Read More >

Better Business for All

A Better Business for All programme is being developed for the Liverpool City Region to help businesses easily access support from regulators and to show how working in collaboration with your local regulators can save you time and money, improve your competitiveness and ultimately help you grow your business, but we need your help to shape the programme. What is a BBFA? Better Business for All (BBfA) is a programme that is bringing together businesses and regulators from across the Liverpool City Region for the first time – to consider and develop a new approach to how local regulation is delivered and received by businesses. Who is involved? The priority aim is to significantly reduce the impact of red tape on businesses and the membership of the Liverpool City Region programme includes leaders from local businesses organisations, the Liverpool City Region Councils (Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Halton, St. Helens and Wirral), the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, the Department for Business...Read More >

Get started with APPS

Taster day on: Tuesday 6th December 2017 Course dates: Monday 11th December to Friday 15th December 2017 Course runs from: North Street Liverpool The Prince’s Trust are offering FREE spaces onto the Get Started programme with Apps Come and join us on this week long programme, The week includes Ø  Learn how APPS are made and learn about coding Ø  Understand what makes a good APP Ø  Design and produce your own APP Ø  Get feedback from software design engineers and find out more about the jobs they do Ø  Build and develop your confidence and personal skills Ø  Receive up to 3months progression support after the programme What’s more, all our programmes are completely free and won’t affect their benefits . We’ll even throw in lunch and cover travel expenses. Also any YP that completes any of the Princes Trust programmes will be eligible to attend ‘Get Hired’ employability events that help to remove common barriers young people face in their search...Read More >

Host of North West firms make Fast Track 100 list

Eleven companies North West companies have staked their place on an elite league table of Britain’s fastest-growing private companies. The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing sales. The 11 companies headquartered in the North West, compared to 13 last year, include five new entrants to the league table. Their sales have grown by an average of 71% a year over three years to a total of £755m, and together they employ 3,250 people. The region’s top-ranked company is CarFinance247, which ranks nine nationally. The online car finance broker’s website receives more than 6m visits a year and allows customers to browse over 125,000 cars from UK dealerships. It posted 2017 sales, which represent commissions, of £38.6m in June, the same month it relocated its 400-strong team to their new Manchester headquarters. Manchester-based fashion retailer Missguided also features in the list, for a fourth consecutive year. It owns eight international websites and two stores in the UK, helping...Read More >