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The Department for Communities and Local Government’s job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.
Through the Enterprise Europe Network you can access a range of support locally such as help in seeking funding for R&D and Innovation, an extensive database of European and international businesses looking for partnerships and collaboration with UK businesses, advice on intellectual property and patents, and EU law and standards. The Network provides events and networking opportunities as well as face to face discussions with innovation and business advisors.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is focused on reducing economic disparities within and between member states by supporting economic regeneration and safeguarding jobs. The Business Growth Service and High Growth Business support in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly are both ERDF funded programmes.
Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. You can connect with other businesses and showcase your innovations at the annual Innovate UK event. You can also find project partners and meet businesses and government contacts from the UK and overseas. The Innovate UK conference and exhibition takes place each year in November.
The European Commission represents the interests of the EU as a whole. It proposes new legislation to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, and it ensures that EU law is correctly applied by member countries.
The UK Business Angels Association is the national trade association representing angel and early stage investment in the UK. (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).