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Innovate UK is the government funded innovation agency for the UK. Our goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation.

To support innovation we work with businesses of every size from pre start-up and early stage businesses to large multi-nationals, with the research base, and with many public sector organisations.


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We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.


Who we are

We’re an organisation of around 300 staff, drawn mainly from business. We work across the UK, with a head office in Swindon.


Our responsibilities

With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation. To do this, we work to:

  • determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
  • meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields we’re focused on
  • fund the strongest opportunities
  • connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
  • help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses

Our work so far

Since 2007 we have committed over £1.8 billion to innovation, matched by a similar amount in partner and business funding. We have helped more than 7,600 organisations with projects estimated to add more than £11.5 billion to the UK economy and create 55,000 extra new jobs.


Our strategy

At the start of this new Spending Review period, the Government has announced its intention to publish a National Innovation Plan. As the UK’s innovation agency, our new strategy for 2016 to 2020 is a key part of the National Innovation Plan and will be published alongside it.


Our delivery plan

Our delivery plan sets out the funding competitions we plan to run each year to give businesses advanced notice.

In the Innovate UK delivery plan 2016 to 2017 (PDF727KB32 pageswe explained how we will find, support and develop innovative businesses to speed up economic growth. It also outlined some changes in the way we work:

  • a sector grouping approach to our programmes
  • simplified funding competitions including an open programme for applications from any technology, sector or size of business
  • an enhanced role for our innovation networks

Health and Life Sciences programme for businesses


Our growing, ageing population and the burden of diseases are among our greatest societal challenges. We need new approaches to healthcare, food production and quality. Innovate UK supports business in finding solutions to these challenges.


Innovation in health and life sciences is enabled by new technologies from bioscience and medical research, and by expertise in engineering and physical sciences. Many see the 21st century as ‘the age of biology’. New developments in how we understand and work with biological systems will open up important opportunities.


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further support please call the growth hub team on 01293 305965

Malcolm Brabon

Head of Services

Lou Williams

Growth Manager

Matthew Heath

Growth Grant Project Manager

Ryan Davies

Growth Relationship Team Leader

Jonathan Alderman

Business Analyst

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

Growth Adviser

Richard Butcher

Growth Adviser

Carolyn Bentley

Growth Adviser

Luke West

Business Growth Executive

Taygan Paxton

Growth Coordinator

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