Britain’s world-leading researchers and entrepreneurs in the South West will benefit from an additional £65 million to create the technologies of tomorrow, the Chancellor announced today.
Philip Hammond will expand successful ‘catapult centres’ which are fuelling innovation across the country, including in the South West, as part of the UK’s ambitious, modern Industrial Strategy. This new funding backs Britain’s brightest talent – supporting work in high-tech labs, cutting-edge factories and advanced training centres.
So far this has helped create hundreds of new products, services and inventions, including a portable pollution sensor that parents can attach to a child’s buggy, cellular therapies to fight cancer and improve recovery of stroke victims, LED treatment for blindness, and more-efficient wings for aeroplanes.
The Chancellor made the announcement on the day GDP figures showed the UK economy has grown by 0.4%.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said:“We are backing innovative British companies to grow and create jobs, as we build an economy fit for the future. Today’s £65 million investment for the South West will support innovators across the region to create the technologies of the future and the better, highly-paid jobs we all want to see.”
The funding will go to the National Composite Centre (part of the High Value Manufacturing Centre) in Bristol.
The UK has a reputation for innovation and is building on this strength with the largest investment in research and development in 40 years. This is part of our balanced approach, getting debt falling while investing to create more opportunities for the high-skilled, well-paid jobs of the future.
The catapult network supports sectors and technologies that are going to be in high demand in the years ahead. It brings together the best of UK business, science and engineering to work side by side in research and development to ‘catapult’ products from ideas to market. It helps remove barriers to growth, which often can include access to finance, inadequate facilities or skills shortages.