Sectoral Information - UK

1 AEROSPACE
2 AUTOMOTIVE
3 CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
4 ENVIRONMENT & RENEWABLE ENERGY
5 FINANCIAL SERVICES
6 FOOD AND DRINK
7 NANOTECHNOLOGY
8 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
9 LIFE SCIENCES
10 HEALTH CARE

1 AEROSPACE

The UK’s capacity in aircraft technology includes wing assembly, aero power, aircraft systems, composites, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), military aerospace, space industry and microsatellites.

UK aerospace clusters are:
•    Aerospace Wales: www.aerospacewalesforum.com
•    SBAC: www.sbac.co.uk
•    Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (South East of England): www.fac.org.uk
•    Midlands Aerospace Alliance: www.midlandsaerospace.org.uk
•    Northern Defence Industries: www.ndi.org.uk
•    Northwest Aerospace Alliance: www.aerospace.co.uk
•    West of England Aerospace Forum: www.weaf.co.uk

For more detailed information on Aerospace, please check:
•    UK Trade & Invest (UKTI): www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Aerospace/en-GB-list.html
•    Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR): http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/business-sectors/aerospace-marine-and-defence
•    Society of British Aerospace Companies: http://www.adsgroup.org.uk/
 
2 AUTOMOTIVE
The automotive sector has two distinct parts:
•    The manufacture of vehicles and components.
•    The motor trade (including retail, distribution and aftermarket services).

More than 40 companies manufacture vehicles in the UK – ranging from global volume car makers, van, truck and bus builders, to specialist niche players. The industry is supported by a dynamic supply chain including many of the world’s major component manufacturers, technology providers, design and engineering consultancies.

Overall, the sector includes some 3,300 firms. Vehicle manufacturers and first-tier component suppliers are overseas owned, all treated equally by the Government
Manufacturers producing high value and luxury vehicles serving niche markets

For more detailed information on Automotive, please see:
•    UKTI: www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Automotive/en-GB-list.html
•    BIS: http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/business-sectors/automotive

3 CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
The creative industries account for 8.2% of UK GDP and are growing at twice the rate of the economy as a whole. Exports grew even faster, averaging 11%, to contribute 4.3% of the country’s overseas sales.

Creative industries include architecture, design, games, music, performing arts, publishing, film and television.

For more detailed information on Creative Industries, please see:
•    UKTI: www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Creative-industries/en-GB-list.html
•    DCMS - Broadcasting: http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/broadcasting/default.aspx
•    DCMS – Publishing: http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/creative_industries/3280.aspx
•    UK Film Council: www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/
•    The Independent Games Developers Association: www.tiga.org
•    British Design Initiative: www.britishdesigninnovation.org/
•    Royal Institute of British Architects: www.architecture.com/Home.aspx

4 ENVIRONMENT & RENEWABLE ENERGY
The UK is making major strides in decreasing its global carbon footprint being the world’s second biggest investment location for renewable energy firms and has one of the most vibrant and internationally valued renewable energy and environmental technology.

UK companies and the R&D work on onshore and offshore wind, biomass, wave and tidal energy, hydroelectric energy, geothermal energy, grid technology and solar energy.

For more detailed information on Environment & Renewable Energy, please see:
•    UKTI: www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Environment-&-renewable-energy/en-GB-list.html
•    Environment Agency: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

 
5 FINANCIAL SERVICES
Total banking assets in the UK did amount to £5.1 trillion at the end of 2006, and 20% of cross-border lending. The UK is the world’s leading market for international insurance, with UK worldwide premium income totalling £166.7 billion in 2005. The UK industry had assets under investment management of £3.5 trillion in 2005. The UK banking sector has deposits of £2.4 trillion. The UK financial sector is responsible for 25% of insurance business written in Europe.

For more detailed information on Financial Services, please see:
•    UKTI: www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Financial-services/en-GB-list.html

6 FOOD AND DRINK
Leading research in other sectors such as chemistry and nanotechnology drives innovation in the UK food and drink sector. Areas such as hi-tech packaging health and convenience foods are notable strengths.

The food and drink sector generates sales of £70 billion and employs close to 500,000 people. Key growth areas are in value-added products such as non-European recipes, ready meals and health foods. Latest figures show that the UK's organic sector alone is worth around £1.2 billion a year and the chilled food market a massive £7 billion, accounting for 60% of the total European chilled food market.

For more detailed information on Food & Drink, please see:
•    UKTI: www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Food-&-drink/en-GB-list.html
•    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra): http://www.defra.gov.uk/
•    Food and Drink Federation (FDF): www.fdf.org.uk/

7 NANOTECHNOLOGY
There are a growing number of specialist nanotechnology companies in the UK and over 1,500 research scientists focusing on the development of nanotechnology.

UK research centres and universities include:
•    The Innovation Centre in Microsystems and Nanotechnology at the Universities of Newcastle and Durham.
•    The Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Nanotechnology between the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol and London.

For more detailed information on Nanotechnology, please see:
•    UKTI: www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Nanotechnology/en-GB-list.html
 
8 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
The UK offers a market that relishes new and valuable technologies with a research and business infrastructure designed to stimulate and capitalise on innovation. Companies like Sony, Hitachi, Philips and Motorola are just some of the leading international organisations that have set up research and development bases in the country.

The UK telecoms industry is worth $65 billion a year with deregulated markets creating major opportunities for overseas companies.

Over 250,000 employees in 7,800 companies offer skills and capabilities that span the supply chain. The UK is the world’s leading internet gateway with 36% of internet traffic routed through UK servers. Leading fixed-line operator BT is currently managing the first national rollout of an IP-based exchange – the £10 billion 21st Century Network (21CN).

For more detailed information on ICT, please see:
•    UKTI - ICT – electronics: www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Electronics/en-GB-list.html 
•    UKTI - ICT - software and IT services: www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Software-&-IT-Services/en-GB-list.html
•    UKTI - ICT – telecommunications: www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Telecommunications/en-GB-list.html

9 LIFE SCIENCES
UK companies account for 40% of biotechnology products in the pipeline by European public companies. Moreover, 45% of new biotechnology drugs in late-stage clinical trials (Phase III) in Europe are from the UK. The UK is also the world’s number-two pharmaceuticals exporter and, with R&D investment of over £3.3 billion in 2005, it ranks with the USA and Japan as one of the top three centres for pharmaceutical research.

In the bioscience brochure published by UKTI you will find more information on neuroscience, oncology, manufacturing and bioprocessing, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, clinical research, marine biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, nutraceuticals, medical diagnostics, bionanotechnology, industrial biotechnology and government support.

For more detailed information on Life Sciences, please see:
•    UKTI - Life Sciences:
o    Biotech and pharma www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Biotech-&-Pharma/en-GB-list.html
o    Bioscience brochure: www.ukinvest.gov.uk/UKTI-publications/4013346/en-GB.pdf
•    Agricultural Biotechnology Council: www.abcinformation.org
•    Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry: www.abpi.org.uk
 
10 HEALTH CARE
The UK healthcare market was worth £111.42 billion in 2004, and in 2006 healthcare goods and services to the value of £14 billion were exported. Between 2000 and 2005, UK-based medical device manufacturers saw their profits increase by almost 74%, with sales of £4.7bn in 2004, according to Office of National Statistics figures.

The cutting-edge research being undertaken by the UK’s universities attracts industry, with life science clusters formed around Cambridge, Oxford, London, Nottingham and Liverpool as well as in Scotland.

UK companies and universities do research and development in in-vitro diagnostics, imaging, patient care and rehabilitation, wound care and advanced wound care, healthcare equipment, dentistry, orthopaedics, cardiology, radiotherapy, E-HEALTH and respiratory anaesthetics.

For more detailed information on Healthcare, please see:
•    UKTI - Health and medical www.ukinvest.gov.uk/Healthcare-&-medical/en-GB-list.html
•    Association of the British Health Care Industry: www.abhi.org.uk
•    The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA): www.bhta.net
•    British Dental Trade Association (BDTA): www.bdta.org.uk
•    Department of Health: www.dh.gov.uk
•    European Medicines Agency (EMEA): www.emea.europa.eu/
•    Medilink: www.medilink.co.uk
•    National Health Insurance (NHS): www.nhs.uk/Pages/homepage.aspx

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure this document is correct the BSCC can not be held responsible for the accuracy of the information within. We recommend you refer to the official sources quoted for the definitive and most current information. If you believe we have excluded particular information or links which may be relevant and useful to this document, or believe there are any inaccuracies then we shall be very pleased to hear from you.
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