Financing company growth

As a high growth industry, continually targeting new markets, there are few photonics companies that have not had to raise capital .  As UK photonics companies have grown most have faced tough decisions between sustaining growth, raising equity finance and/or partnering with a strategic industry investor through trade sale. UK government is reviewing the availability…

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PLG response to the UK Industry Strategy Green Paper

The Photonics Leadership Group has submitted a full response to the UK industry strategy green paper consultation based on broad ranging industry input and our analysis of the green paper. The PLG looks forward to working with government to develop a detailed sector strategy for Photonics following the election on 8 June 2017

Next PLG meeting 4 May London

The next PLG meeting will be on 4 May in London, 2-5pm.  The main topic of discusion will be creating a Sector Deal for Photonics.  If you are intersting in attending and not currently a contributor to the PLG  please contact us

Emerging and Enabling technologies competition

Only three briefings left for Innovate’s latest Emerging and Enabling technology competition Cardiff on Thursday 20 October 2016, Bristol on Wednesday 26 October 2016, Glasgow on Wednesday 26 October 2016 Make sure you get the latest on this £15million competition targeting any emerging technology that can demonstrate a step change in performance and the potential…

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Minutes fom PLG meeting

The minutes from the last PLG meeting on 7 September in Leeds are now available. Please contact the PLG if you would like a copy.

Lasers for industry 4.0 – latest trends in laser based manufacturing from Photonics21

With photonics technology, especially lasers, central to the digitising of manufacturing and industry 4.0 Photonics21 Working Group 2 have analysed EU funded projects in Laser Based Manufacturing from 2010 onward and compared to current market trends. Whilst the technical content of funded projects to industry trends is strong, the analysis shows key emerging applications have…

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Lifi- visible light communications info day

The EPSRC-funded ‘Ultra-parallel visible light communications (UP-VLC)’ programme grant – a partnership between the Universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Oxford and Cambridge studying high-bandwidth Datacom via solid-state lighting – is holding an open day on 4th May 2016 at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. The event features talks from the project partners,…

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Autumn Spending review highlights

Below the relevant extract from the Chancelor’s Autumn Spending review  released 25 November 2015. Highlights Innovate to move to providing loans instead of grants Sicence spending to be maintained in real terms “We commit to the same level of support for our aerospace and automotive industries. Not just for the next five years but for…

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