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Expanded support for Innovate grant holders

Innovate UK has launched a number of new support packages for existing innovate grant holders. These include additional grants for fully funding the remaining costs of live projects, automatic 3 month extensions and monthly payments. Apply quickly – Continuity grants are available only until 29 MAY 2020. For those businesses with active Innovate projects facing…

Photonics Europe opens as an online digital Forum

Photonics Europe has been rapidly reconfigured as an online digital Forum opening Monday 6 April. Over 700 recorded presentations, 500 manuscripts and 4 plenaries will be available Free to the photonics community. Authors can be questioned and content discussed through the digital forum. Adapting to the current almost global lockdown, moving to a digital format…

Urgent DASA challange on rapid sanitising of ambulances

The Defence and Security Accelerator has just launched a challange around the rapid sanitising of ambulances that have carried suspected COVID-19 patients. The challenge is aiming to test and demonstrate new technologies capable of cleaning the inside of ambulances in under 45 minutes (the current benchmark). DASA have £500k to fund multiple projects, but timelines are naturally…

COVID-19: support for businesses- expanded to include £1.25bn for businesses driving innovation

If you are not recieving the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin from BEIS full details of the latest support for business, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are available on-line and being updated daily The Business Support website now hosts an archive of all previous Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletins from…

Distribution of UK photonics productivity

Productivity accross UK Photonics

The UK photonics industry has an average productivity, measured in gross value added to the economy per photonics employee of £76,400. As published in 2019, this is 14% higher than the average productivity in UK manufacturing. But how do different firms compare? The latest analysis of data by the PLG shows the distribution of productivity…

Government call for Ventilator manufacturing support

The government looking for businesses who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the UK as part of the response to COVID-19. They are looking for businesses with the following skills: design/specification rapid prototyping contract/product assembly certification/regulation/testing etc Laser based materials processing, cutting, welding and marking and additive manufacturing may be…