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 Tech City UK. 

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 sold. Because of the impending […]

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.

MSC R&D was delighted to help start-up company Get Socialite recently obtain an Innovate UK Smart Proof of Concept R&D grant.

According to two political think-tanks, swingeing government cuts due to be implemented after May’s General Election could result in the Department for Business and Skills being abolished entirely.

It has long been accepted wisdom in the UK that one of the reasons for Silicon Valley’s vibrant and entrepreneurial technology sector is that US investors are much more accepting of failure.