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  1. March 24, 2010

    National space agency launched

    Britain yesterday launched its own national space agency - among the last nations in the industrialised world to do so.Lord...

  2. March 23, 2010

    Britain launches UK space agency

    Britain has joined the rest of the industrialised world in having a national space agency. Until now UK space policy has...

  1. March 13, 2010

    Science budget to be spared from cuts

    Britain's science budget is to be protected from public spending cuts as the sector is vital to the country's prosperity,...

  2. March 12, 2010

    Science budget to be spared from cuts

    Britain’s science budget is to be protected from public spending cuts as the sector is vital to the country’s prosperity,...

  3. February 10, 2010

    Drayson to spike guns of defence chiefs

    Lord Drayson, the defence minister, will launch an attack today on Britain's defence chiefs, condemning their attempts to...

  4. February 9, 2010

    Drayson attacks defence chiefs

    Lord Drayson, the defence minister, will launch an attack on Wednesday on Britain’s defence chiefs, condemning their...

  5. January 26, 2010

    Hutton attacks 'shambles' of troop resources

    British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan missed out on the best fighting vehicles because of a "procurement shambles" at the...

  6. January 25, 2010

    Hutton attacks ‘shambles’ of troop resources

    British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan missed out on the best fighting vehicles because of a “procurement shambles” at the...

  7. December 15, 2009

    Minister seeks to end scientific dispute

    Lord Drayson, the science minister, sought to draw a line under the row over the separation between politics and scientific...

  8. December 11, 2009

    Space agency planned for UK

    Britain is to get an executive space agency, Lord Drayson, science minister, announced yesterday. He said the "bureaucracy...

  9. December 10, 2009

    Extra £175m for innovation pool

    Investors have agreed to put in £175m alongside the government's own £150m contribution to a new venture capital fund of...

  10. December 9, 2009

    Extra £175m for innovation pool

    Investors have agreed to put in £175m alongside the government’s own £150m contribution to a new venture capital fund of...

  11. November 14, 2009

    Technology fund to offer £1bn boost

    A government-backed fund to invest in early-stage technology companies is set to be launched at the end of this year with...

  12. November 6, 2009

    Friend electric

    Innovation minister Lord Drayson has just announced a £4.5m grant to support the development of a small electric car. This...

  13. October 20, 2009

    SWFs lined up to bolster venture capital

    Sovereign wealth funds will be invited to invest alongside the government in a £1bn ($1.6bn) vehicle to finance venture...

  14. October 20, 2009

    Sovereign funds lined up to bolster venture capital

    Sovereign wealth funds will be invited to invest alongside the government in a £1bn vehicle to finance venture capital...

  15. October 16, 2009

    Damning UK defence equipment review criticises 'infinite demand'

    A damning official report has exposed Britain's defence equipment programme as an unaffordable "fiction", prompting...

  16. October 16, 2009

    Culture of 'toxic incentives' blamed

    There is barely a good word for Britain's defence establishment in Bernard Gray's 296-page review into equipment...

  17. October 15, 2009

    MoD optimism blamed for deficit

    There is barely a good word for Britain’s defence establishment in Bernard Gray’s 296-page review into equipment...

  18. October 15, 2009

    Damning UK defence equipment review

    A damning official report has exposed Britain’s defence equipment programme as an unaffordable “fiction”, prompting...

  19. August 5, 2009

    State-led venture capital lags behind rivals

    State-backed venture capital funds have underperformed their purely commercial rivals in recent years, according to new...

  20. July 22, 2009

    Space industry forecast to lift off

    The space industry is poised to be one of the UK's fastest growing sectors in the next decade, more than doubling its...

  21. July 22, 2009

    UK space industry forecast to lift off

    The space industry is poised to be one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors in the next decade, more than doubling its...

  22. July 15, 2009

    Move to speed cancer treatment

    Patients with late-stage cancers should gain faster access to innovative treatments under plans unveiled by the government...

  23. June 30, 2009

    Plans to raise £1bn for start-up funding

    The ailing venture capital industry received a shot in the arm as the government unveiled plans to commit £150m to a...

  24. June 29, 2009

    Plans to raise £1bn for start-up funding

    The ailing British venture capital industry received a shot in the arm as the government unveiled plans to commit £150m to a...

  25. June 12, 2009

    Scientists fear Mandelson's wider empire

    "The empire of Mandelsonia" was how one backbench Labour wag labelled the new Department for Business, Innovation and...

  26. June 11, 2009

    Scientists fear Mandelson’s wider empire

    “The empire of Mandelsonia” was how one backbench Labour wag labelled the new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills...

  27. April 19, 2009

    Debate over proposed £1bn fund for start-ups

    A proposed £1bn fund to support innovative young businesses should focus on helping the growing number of UK start-ups, an...

  28. April 6, 2009

    Innovation bodies call for £2bn in funding

    Science and innovation bodies are calling for as much as £2bn in additional funding in the Budget, to address a dearth of...

  29. March 9, 2009

    Drive to boost science in schools

    Wanted: 8,000 more scientists and engineers from industry to go into schools and inspire pupils to study science. The...

  30. February 12, 2009

    Venture capital in lifeline plea

    Hundreds of promising UK technology companies are expected to fail this year because of a lack of funding, venture...

  31. February 12, 2009

    Fears for tech groups as funding dries up

    Hundreds of promising UK technology companies are expected to fail this year because of a lack of funding, venture...

  32. February 11, 2009

    Venture capital groups make lifeline plea

    Hundreds of promising UK technology companies are expected to fail this year because of a lack of funding, venture...

  33. November 18, 2008

    Plea made for start-up funds

    There is an urgent need to bolster the UK's flagging pool of early-stage funding for innovative companies emerging from...

  34. November 18, 2008

    Defence industry ends strategy plea

    Britain’s leading defence contractors have decided to stop pressing the government to publish the second phase of its...

  35. October 10, 2008

    Scientists urged to leave finance

    The financial crisis is a great opportunity to strengthen British science, Lord Drayson, the new science minister, said...

  36. August 20, 2008

    Funding crisis puts business partnership under strain

    When Mike Turner, the outgoing chief executive of Britain's largest defence company BAE Systems, was asked what he...

  37. August 19, 2008

    Business partnership comes under strain

    When Mike Turner, the outgoing chief executive of Britain’s largest defence company BAE Systems, was asked what he...

  38. July 16, 2008

    Missile deal signals shift in MoD stance

    Britain has made a radical shift in the way it procures missiles, moving from competition towards partnership with...

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