Innovation key to Northern Ireland's success, says Nesta
Just over a fifth (22 per cent) of business leaders said they invested between one to five per cent of their revenue in innovation – new products, services and ways of doing things -- in the last financial year.
Banks shunned as SMEs and investors turn to peer-to-peer finance
Britain’s army of small businesses are turning to peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms to raise capital, and the majority say that they won’t go back to banks for future finance. These are the findings from Banking on Each Other, the UK’s first analysis of P2P lending to businesses from Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation.
Digital Making activities to expand opportunities for UK young people
Nesta, Nominet Trust and Mozilla announce backing for seven projects to spark a new generation of digital creators
Nesta response to Culture Secretary Maria Miller's speech: 'Testing Times: fighting culture's corner in an age of austerity'
Following the publication of our Manifesto for the Creative Economy, Hasan Bakhshi, director of creative economy at Nesta, had the following response to Culture Secretary, Maria Miller’s, speech - ‘Testing Times: fighting culture’s corner in an age of austerity’:
The Centre for Social Action’s £14m Innovation Fund opens for applications
The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund opened today (24 April 2013) for applications.
'Don’t let it be Game Over for creative industries', Nesta warns
Today Nesta has published A Manifesto for the Creativity Economy, setting out a ten-point plan to bolster one of the UK's fastest growing sectors in the face of digital disruption.
Complaints fuel innovation in the public sector
Gripes, grumbles and grievances directed at public services should be used positively to innovate, says Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation. Nesta’s report published today, Gripes, grumbles and grievances: The role of complaints in transforming public services, shows how the gap is widening between the public services people want and the ones that they receive.
Up your street - The rise of hyperlocal media
In what is the first-ever survey of its kind in the UK, research from the UK's innovation foundation, Nesta, has found that in the past two years there has been an increase in demand from those who access very local content (termed hyperlocal content) as they adopt smartphones and tablets, such as iPads.
People Powered Health could save the NHS £4.4bn a year
The NHS in England could save at least £4.4bn1 a year if it adopts innovations that involve patients, their families and communities in the proven management of long term health conditions.
Nesta’s 2013 Creative Business Mentor Network opens for applications
Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, today announces the call for a new cohort of its Creative Business Mentor Network, spearheaded by many of the creative industry’s most successful creative leaders.
Local authority data goes digital to tackle community issues
NESTA has launched a new programme in Scotland to help local authorities work with digital media developers to create innovative, web-based services which will benefit their local communities.
Wanted: ingenious radicals that are tackling society’s biggest challenges
NESTA, in partnership with the Observer, today launches the search for Britain’s 50 New Radicals, a celebration of the people and organisations behind radical new solutions to society’s major challenges.
Beyond the Banks: How credit easing could change the lending landscape for British business
25/11/11 - A new report published today argues that a new British Industry and Enterprise Bond can get credit flowing to small businesses and unlock future economic growth.
Innovation in Giving Fund makes further awards to boost social action
The Cabinet Office and NESTA today announce a further 16 awards to be funded from the £10million Innovation in Giving Fund which aims to find and back innovative ideas for increasing volunteering and charitable giving.
Nesta becomes a charitable foundation
Nesta announces its move today out of the public sector to become an independent charitable foundation.
Innovation in Giving Fund to back established charities
The Cabinet Office and Nesta today announce the second round of the £10m Innovation in Giving Fund, which aims to find and back innovative ideas for increasing levels of volunteering and charitable giving.
Nesta launches Centre for Challenge Prizes
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Nesta today announces the launch of the UK’s first ‘Centre for Challenge Prizes’ – a hub for bringing together expertise in designing and running challenge prizes to tackle social and technological challenges in the public interest.
Alliance for Useful Evidence team announced by Nesta and the ESRC
Nesta and the ESRC are delighted to announce Jonathan Breckon as Manager of the Alliance for Useful Evidence. He will be supported by Eloise Stott as Alliance Co-ordinator. Jonathan will take forward the Alliance’s programme of work from the end of April 2012.
Innovation in Giving Fund searches for more great ideas to increase giving
The Cabinet Office and Nesta today announce a second open call for game-changing ideas to increase giving.
Six ‘Creative Councils’ recognised for pioneering innovations
Six councils have been recognised for their pioneering work in trialling radical new ways to deliver public services and have been selected to move into the second phase of the ‘Creative Councils’ programme run by Nesta and the Local Government Association.