The UK’s telecom market is one of the most open and competitive in the world. Targeted deregulation has set the industry free to create new services and set international trends. It has been characterised by fierce competition in the mobile and broadband sectors, and by an innovative broadcast sector which has pioneered new models for…

The construction sector fared badly in the recent recession and typically has been viewed as an industry with low levels of innovation. However, with a growing population in the UK and increasing concern about the environment, it is a potential source of technological developments in the form of green and sustainable construction; improving energy efficiency…

The UK hosts world-leading centres of excellence in R&D for the automotive and motorsport sector. As well as traditional passenger cars, it also has world-class manufacturers of motorcycles, commercial vehicles and construction, agriculture and other specialist vehicles. Key focuses for R&D include ultra-low emission vehicles; lightweight vehicle structures; energy management; and intelligent mobility. The UK…

The chemical sector is a growing sector in the UK with a combination of well-established facilities and world-class scientists. The chemical sector is classed as a National technology priority by the UK government. The sector stretches from oil companies through to commodities, polymers, and pharmaceuticals. Whilst initial discoveries may be made in the laboratory, considerable…

The food and beverage sector is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK with a sector investment of over £350M in R&D (source: BERD 2013). As a sector, it is driven by consumer trends, environmental responsibility including sustainability and traceability of ingredients; and recently reformulation for healthier eating. Key areas for R&D opportunities lie in the…