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Monthly Archives for November 2011

It was a very good month. Dig in. Every entry is a classic.

Filling the gap?

Ever since the demise of the Grant for Business Investment (which technically still exists but only for large exceptional projects and offshore wind equipment manufacturers), there has been a gaping hole in the provision of grant funding for “ordinary” businesses. By “ordinary businesses” I mean commercial businesses that don’t do technology R&D. However, a few new schemes have just appeared that go some way towards filling this gap.

Is the Grant for R&D being mis-managed?

On 16th November the Telegraph ran an article[1] stating that “Small businesses applying for a flagship innovation funding programme have seen their chances of success collapse following a decision to “front load” the distribution of grants”. The SME Innovation Alliance is quoted as saying that “this inconsistency and bar raising is unfair, unreasonable and is at odds with the UK’s need for innovation from its small companies”, while the TSB is reported to have explained that the front loading was done “to get the programme off to a strong start and avoid unused funds being returned to the Treasury.”

Ten top tips to get positive media coverage

During my career as a writer and editor in the healthcare sector, I have seen firsthand the mistakes so many healthcare companies make in their attempts to secure coverage in the media. But by following the ten golden rules outlined in this post, you can ensure that you avoid these frequent faux pas and get your product in front of the readers that matter to you.