The UK’s talent pool, funding and incentives and business infrastructure all help create an environment of business innovation. Our commitment to world-leading research and development will help your business reach its full potential.
We are one of the most innovative countries in the world - ranked fourth in the Global Innovation Index in 2018, and the highest ranking G7/G20 economy.
For companies such as Ford, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Nokia and Eisai, the UK’s business environment is the natural choice for investment in innovation.
Government help for your business
The UK government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, helps businesses develop new ideas and turn them into a commercial success.
It can help you:
- access funding
- connect with researchers and other collaborators
- find potential customers.
Financial incentives to innovate in the UK
The UK offers generous financial support and tax incentives for innovation in the UK.
- UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding through our Research Councils and Innovate UK
- research-led tax incentives such as Patent Box, R&D Tax Relief and R&D Expenditure Credit
In the UK you’ll have access to world-class academic and research talent. You’ll also be able to take advantage of a good supply of highly skilled employees.
Our many innovation initiatives include our Grand Challenges. These bring together the best minds in science and business to explore opportunities from 21st century global trends.
Regulation to protect your ideas
The UK has a world class intellectual property regime. This protects the names, ideas, products, designs and written word of businesses.
Find out about EU Exit and UK intellectual property laws
Infrastructure that supports innovation
The UK invests £6bn each year in research councils and universities.
Our network of Catapult Centres help emerging technologies become commercially viable.
We also have a range of ‘business clusters’ up and down the country offering specialist expertise.
- advanced engineering and medical technologies in the Northern Powerhouse
- the UK’s answer to Silicon Valley in the Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford corridor
- a thriving life sciences research and renewables scene in Edinburgh.