THE CORE ZONE
This zone showcases a number of organisations that can help your company find funding and experience to turn your innovation into a successful business opportunity:
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Which major challenges should we be looking to address through technology innovation and which areas could provide the biggest opportunity for economic growth here in the UK?
Join the Technology Strategy Board in the exhibition area to identify the next funding opportunity, discover how you can benefit from a Knowledge Transfer Partnership or pick up the latest strategy and competition documents.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for a diverse region which covers more than half of Scotland. HIE aims to build sustainable economic growth in all parts of the Highlands and Islands, and delivers its services through area teams located from Lerwick to Lochgiphead. To improve the region’s performance and its contribution to the economic growth of Scotland, HIE will deliver an integrated strategic approach to development, focusing its activities under three broad headings as dictated by the Scottish Government Economic Strategy; supporting high growth businesses and sectors, so raising growth rates across the area; creating the infrastructure and conditions to improve regional competitiveness and strengthening communities, especially in the fragile parts of the area.
SBRI at Innovate Scotland
How does the Small Business Research Initiative work? What are the examples of success to-date and how can they be replicated? What are the future funding opportunities? Come and discover all of this and more with the SBRI team.
Young people are the future workforce for every business. STEM North of Scotland promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, engaging young people for longer in these subjects and showing them the varied career opportunities based on STEM. Role models from industry - the STEM Ambassadors – are crucial in bringing young people into contact with businesses and improving their understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the real world.
Young Enterprise seeks ‘To inspire and prepare all young people to succeed in a global economy’. Our role is to support 5th & 6th year students as they run their own small business in school, learning about enterprise in a practical way and gaining knowledge and skills for employability and life.
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's main enterprise, innovation and investment agency and is focused on supporting business growth and developing a competitive business environment. Working in partnership with industry, academia and the public sector, SE aims to play its part in delivering the Scottish Government's new economic strategy to increase productivity in Scotland by helping businesses grow, encouraging greater innovation and creating the right conditions for companies to access property, markets and finance. Further information can be found at www.scottish-enterprise.com or visit our exhibition stand in the Core zone.
Enterprise Europe Scotland
Enterprise Europe Scotland supports Scottish businesses to become more competitive and innovative in Europe. Enterprise Europe provides information on European market opportunities and legislation; finding partners for technology and business co-operation; creating synergies between SMEs and research organisations; helping SMEs share research results; participate in research programs and apply for EU funding including FP7-Highlighting public sector contract opportunities; monitoring how EU policies affect local firms and feeding back to the Commission.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences. Working with UK universities, it invests around £740m a year in world class research and training that has real impact on future economic development and improved quality of life.
Inverness Chamber of Commerce.
Inverness Chamber of Commerce is the largest independent business organisation based in the Highlands, which actively campaigns
on behalf of the business community and provides a wide range of networking events. They are currently providing support for Highland businesses by delivering the Business Mentoring Project across the whole of HIE’s territory.
John Logie Baird Awards
The John Logie Baird Awards for innovation are designed to recognise and celebrate innovation by encouraging the commercial exploitation of Scotland’s intellectual capital. The annual awards help champion the work of Scotland’s great innovators and will inspire future generations to develop new ideas that could positively impact on Scotland and the wider world. The awards offer a comprehensive and integrated package of support to all applicants at every stage of the selection process, rather than simply rewarding the winners.
University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)
UHI is a partnership of colleges, learning and research centres, working together to provide university-level education to people throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. UHI provides this access through a distinctive educational partnership of colleges and research institutions (the UHI academic partners). Since 1 August 2008 UHI has been able to award its own taught degrees, thanks to the achievement of taught degree awarding powers (tDAP), a major step in the path towards gaining full university status.
Business Gateway is a national resource that provides expert business advice. Business Gateway Advisors provide business expertise and support to busineses looking to grow and to people starting a new business as well as to those thinking about starting a new business. Formed in July 2003, Business Gateway now supports and advises 10,000 start-up businesses every year through its network of business experts; receives on average 30,000 visits per month to its website bgateway.com; receives between 2,500 and 3,500 enquiries every month from existing and start-up businesses. Business Gateway provid expertise in every aspect of business growth ranging from, but not limited to, business planning, recruitment, exporting, marketing, health & safety, online trading, sourcing premises and finding funding. As well as a national network of expert business advisors a protal (bgateway.com) provides over 200 online tools advice and information for businesses at different stages of life.
Scottish Funding Council (SFC)
The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC) is the national, strategic body that is responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland's 43 colleges and 20 higher education institutions. SFC invest funding in ways that support the Scottish Government’s national priorites. In 2009-10, we will invest about £1.7 billion in Scotland’s colleges and universities. SFC is a Non-departmental Public Body (NDPB) of the Scottish Goveernemnt and was established on 3 octboer 2005. The council replaced the former Scottish Further Educuation Funding Council (SFEFC) and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) and brought together funding and support for Scotland’s colleges and universities under one body.