Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. We are business focused and drive disruptive innovation right across the UK economy, funding and connecting pioneering businesses so they can create the products, processes and industries of the future.

Founded in 2007, Innovate UK has committed more than £1.8 billion to innovation – helping some 7,600 organisations with projects estimated to have added in excess of £11.5 billion to the UK economy.

It is our mission to boost productivity, increase exports and help the UK economy grow head and shoulders above other nations.

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Innovate UK success stories

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Find out how Innovate UK helped Gordon Murray Design develop an affordable version of Formula One design technology that will soon be used in mass production of everyday vehicles — Video.

Britain’s largest automotive manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is using up to 50% recycled aluminium in new cars in a project that is bringing significant benefits to itself and its suppliers thanks to Innovate UK — Video.

See how Innovate UK helped Bare Conductive develop a conductive paint that is in demand from other businesses that see exciting new uses for this technology — Video.

£25 million innovation boost for UK manufacturers

Innovative manufacturers across the UK have received a £25 million boost through Innovate UK’s new competition to encourage the latest revolutionary ways of making things and grow the UK’s manufacturing sector.

Sixty four projects involving around 170 partners have been successful in the manufacturing and materials competition. All projects had to be led by a business and involve at least one SME.

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Successful projects include:

  • The Distributed Factory - developing a system for distributed manufacture of office furniture using manufacture-on-demand to enable local producers to compete with global competition
  • Medical Wireless Sensing Ltd - developing a metamaterial to enhance the signal from MRI scanners to speed up diagnostics or improve resolution
  • REALCAR 3 or the REALITY project – follow up to JLR’s previously successful project. Looking at sorting post-consumer scrap aluminium from automotive sources for recycling and reuse in JLR cars. Working with SMEs in the supply chain.
  • West of England Textiles Ltd - development of a novel process to improve the quality and competitiveness of British woollen cloth. The aim is to increase the market share of British woollen cloth against imports

Simon Edmonds, Manufacturing and Materials Director at Innovate UK, said: “The quality of applications from manufacturers across the country was of exceptionally high standard which shows the appetite of our businesses to innovate and grow.

“The competition was particularly focused on helping SMEs in the manufacturing and materials supply chain, supporting them to scale up and become more productive.”

For a list of winning projects please see