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Budget 2017: a perspective for ambitious businesses

Andy Clark

Several points from yesterday’s Budget will have had UK innovators and entrepreneurs pricking up their ears.
£270 million more, for example - the first chunk of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - to develop cutting-edge AI and robotics systems.   


Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), as part of the Innovate UK family, will be doing its bit to help ambitious businesses to exploit the full disruptive potential of such game-changing advances.
More broadly, Chancellor Hammond talked of ‘‘my ambition is to make the UK best place in the world to start and grow a business.”
Across EEN, that’s our ambition too.  Particularly the growing part.  ‘Helping ambitious businesses innovate and grow internationally’ is what we do, supported by several main EEN service offers:
  • Being part of the world’s biggest business support networks – on the ground in more than 60 countries - we link UK companies directly with new potential global partners.
  • We advise and guide companies on many routes to new finance – public and private – national and international.
  • Our Innovate 2 Succeed programme coaches and mentors businesses to grow through commercialising their great ideas better and faster.
  • And, we will shortly be bringing new expertise and resource to the specific challenge of supporting the most ambitious businesses to scale, seizing international opportunities and becoming tomorrow's celebrated global success stories.
[Technology Strategy Board]