In September, I had the pleasure of co-hosting the first offsite of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), held in Darlington in the Northeast of England, the second day of the two, coinciding with the now infamous so-called mini budget of the ever so brief Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng. Read more…
Northern Gritstone, the new investment business focused on university spin-outs in the north of England, today announces a first close of £215m having seen strong interest from investors in its proposition. The company, chaired by Lord Jim O’Neill and led by Chief Executive Duncan Johnson, is expected to begin Read more…
The ‘special’ Yorkshire firm using stem cell technology to cure deafness which could save the country billions.
Sheffield’s Rinri Therapeutics is one of many ‘world-class’ firms in the North to benefit from Northern Gritstone’s new investment programme. Read more here.
The The University of Manchester is ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings (2021).
The rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more.
FourJaw Manufacturing Analytics, a spinout company from the The University of Sheffield, has been identified as one of the 5 top industry 4.0 Startups to watch in 2022 by StartupBrite.com.
FourJaw Manufacturing Analytics provides continuous monitoring for CNC machines. The startup’s device-agnostic, low-cost, the plug-and-play platform allows SME manufacturers to automate machine data collection, whereas traditional machine monitoring systems are expensive and complex to install. Read more
The University of Sheffield and ITM Power announce green hydrogen Gigafactory and hydrogen research and training centre
The University of Sheffield and energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power have launched a pioneering collaboration to advance the hydrogen sector, including an agreement for a new ITM Gigafactory. Read more.
Our chairman of Northern Gritstone, Jim O’Neill, writes how the inequalities in the UK economy create great investment opportunities which will have wider impact. Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a speech in Coventry about what seems to have become his signature policy initiative: “leveling up” the local and regional Read more…
Scientists at the University of Leeds have developed an approach that could help in the design of a new generation of synthetic biomaterials made from proteins. The biomaterials could eventually have applications in joint repair or wound healing as well as other fields of healthcare and food production. Read more.
A device that helps desperately sick patients breathe and costs around £150 to manufacture could revolutionise It has been designed to provide therapeutic oxygen support to patients severely ill with Covid-19, pneumonia or other forms of respiratory distress – and was developed using the principles of “frugal engineering” by a team of Read more…
North West overtakes South East to become one of UK’s top locations for foreign direct investment projects
The North West has overtaken the South East to be named one of the UK’s top three locations for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) projects. According to EY’s latest UK Attractiveness Survey, the region is now third behind Greater London and Scotland with 85 projects secured in 2020. Read more.