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British businesses have been invited to bid for a total of GBP6 million of investment in a drive to boost technological innovation across the UK.

The government-backed Technology Strategy Board is working to encourage UK businesses to continue to innovate through the recession, in order to be in a strong position as the economy starts to recover.

The investment is being delivered as part of a fast-track investment process designed to enable businesses to gain quick access to finance so that they can carry out feasibility studies.

With this funding, businesses in a broad range of areas will carry out studies and produce reports showing how they might create innovative new technologies, products or services.

This would enable them to work up their ideas and to compete for Technology Strategy Board funding for longer-term technology development.

David Bott, director of innovation programmes at the Technology Strategy Board said: ‘In so many cases these companies know how they want to innovate and understand exactly what the next steps are that they need to take to develop new products, but the financial risk that they have to take to make that leap is sometimes too much.

‘These relatively small amounts of investment will give successful applicants the ability to de-risk the process of taking the leap into innovation and enable them to devise a blueprint for their development process.’ The GBP6 million will be made available in three separate competition calls, one focusing on the government’s Digital Britain agenda, a second on regenerative medicine and a third, Technology Inspired call, incorporating a range of priority areas, from advanced medicines to high value manufacturing.

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