Firms need more help to gap into innovation

first_img Comments are closed. A joint report from the TUC and The Work Foundation warns that theGovernment’s £1.25bn science strategy to boost productivity will fail unlessmore is done to help business tap into innovation. The report, Networking know-how: technology transfer and the UK productivitygap, the first in a programme of work on UK manufacturing and productivity,urges employers here to learn from best practice abroad, especially from the USand Germany. It calls for regional networks of technology transfer, such as those inoperation in the US and rest of Europe, to be developed in the UK. Rebecca Harding, the report’s author and chief economist at The WorkFoundation, said there needs to be more co-ordination between academic researchand development projects and business. She said: “Current government policy has gone some way towardscorrecting the historic misconception that investment in research anddevelopment leads directly to higher productivity, but it hasn’t managed toplug the gap between scientific invention and entrepreneurial application. “We need widespread recognition that the relationship between ourscientists, universities and businesses is a complex one that has to beconducted at a regional level if it is to be successful,” she added. TUC general secretary, John Monks, believes that the UK’s RegionalDevelopment Agencies need to play a more central role in ensuring innovativeideas are adopted in practice. “This is the key area for the next stage of the UK’s innovationpolicy,” he said. “We cannot import wholesale a system from abroad,but we do need to be looking to the rest of Europe and the US for successfulregional networks. “England’s Regional Development Agencies and the UK’s devolvedinstitutions look perfectly placed to be the hub of technology transfernetworks.” By Quentin Reade Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Firms need more help to gap into innovationOn 20 Aug 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Dream still on for Alive

first_img Press Association She was denied a run in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes at Navan today when the meeting was abandoned, but is still likely to turn up for the Listed event over a mile and a quarter as the meeting has been rescheduled for May 7. A convincing winner on her seasonal debut at Cork on March 30, the Tommy Stack-trained three-year-old holds lofty entries in the Blue Wind Stakes at Naas next month and the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh in July. “She won well in Cork and should have run at Navan on Sunday, but it was cancelled,” Stack’s son and assistant Fozzy told at The Races. “They are going to reschedule that race for a couple of weeks and I would imagine we would probably go there. “She’s a nice filly at the minute and she will have to progress, and we will see where we go. We keep dreaming and for the minute the dream is still alive. “What she does next time will probably tell us where we’re going – whether we are going for an Irish Oaks or something like that, or just going Listed.” center_img Connections of Alive Alive Oh are hanging on to the dream that the filly can go right to the top.last_img read more