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A government scheme to promote growth within UK SMEs has flopped, with only a fraction of the budget being handed out just weeks before it closes for business.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today issued a challenge to the UK eHealth sector to deliver technology solutions that will maximise value for money to a cash-strapped NHS as he re-stated his ambition to achieve a “paperless NHS” by 2018.

MSC R&D was delighted to catch up again with Tracline chief Patrick O’Brien at this week’s eHealth 2015 exhibition at the London Olympia.  Patrick was on hand with Tracline Operations Manager Judy Armstrong to demonstrate the company’s flexible data-only SIM plans that can dramatically reduce the mobile data charges incurred […]

Latest figures from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, show a significant rise in the number of companies applying for Smart R&D grants, and in particular Proof of Concept grants which are a favourite with early-stage technology companies.

MSC R&D will be joining clients old and new at the London Olympia for the e-Health exhibition on 3-4 March 2015.   This world-class learning and networking opportunity will bring together the latest e-Health innovations with those who commission, implement and use them on the frontline.  

The Government’s innovation funding agency, Innovate UK, has launched its Digital Economy Strategy covering the period 2015-2018.  The strategy will see government intervention totalling £120m over the 4-year period, to be invested in programmes such as Research & Development grant funding; the Digital Catapult centre; the Open Data Institute and […]

The 2015 Mobile World Congress kicks-off Barcelona on 2nd March with over 80,000 attendees expected to see the latest technology launches from global vendors in the mobile industry and listen to keynote speakers, including for the first time Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. 

The government has proposed changes to the R&D tax relief regime to take effect from 1st April 2015. These include increases in the SME deduction rate from 225% to 230% and restrictions to claims for materials costs, when the materials used in the R&D are included in the product that is […]

The UK government has announced that trials will begin this summer on prototype driverless cars using public roads in Greenwich, Milton Keynes Coventry and Bristol.

Seemingly going against the global consensus of increasing companies’ tax breaks for innovation, the Australian government this week announced its intention to retrospectively restrict R&D tax credits to an annual expenditure cap of $100 million per claimant with effect from 1 July 2014.