BuSiNESS OppOrTuNiTyThe Government is to create a new £75 million fund to encourage small andmedium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to invest intechnology and innovation.The announcement was made alongsidedetails of a range of measures designed toencourage growth as part of theGovernment's new Innovation and ResearchStrategy report, which states that technologyfunding will be delivered by the TechnologyStrategy Board.Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the TechnologyStrategy Board, said: "A good deal of theinnovation that happens in the UK comesfrom SMEs and with innovation comesbusiness growth."This new package of measures will help toput these businesses at the forefront of thecountry's economic recovery. This packageenables the Technology Strategy Board to doeven more to stimulate business-ledinnovation in its leading role as the UK'sinnovation agency."In addition to the new fund, the Board alsoplans to encourage collaboration betweenSMEs and research organisations, such asuniversities, using a voucher scheme.There will also be additional fundingavailable to the Smart scheme, whichprovides finance to SMEs engaging inresearch and development projects with theaim of producing new services or products.The report also suggests the Government willhelp SMEs grow with additional funding to theSmall Business Research Initiative (SBRI), whichencourages uptake of public sector contractsby SMEs and helps them become moreaccustomed with the procurement process.For more information about the fund pleasevisit: www.bis.gov.ukgovernment announces £75 million technology andinnovation fund for SmEsBrOadlaNd BuSiNESS FOCuS25
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