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Foundation Industries

Foundation industries produce 75% of all the material in our economy and are vital for the UK’s manufacturing and construction sectors.

Situated in our industrial heartland, these sectors include metals, ceramics, glass, chemicals, paper and cement, and are worth £52Bn annually to the UK economy. These sectors produce 28 million tonnes of materials per year in the UK, but in doing so are by far the UK’s biggest industrial polluters: around 50 million tonnes of CO2 per year, or 10% of the total CO2 emitted by UK homes and businesses. If we are to meet our Paris Climate Change Agreement to reduce our CO2 emissions by 80%, a transformational change is needed by these industries in how materials are sourced and processed, and the types of products manufactured. Developing a resource and energy efficient foundation industry will also help anchor production in the UK through increased competitiveness.

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Ajay Kapadia

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Funding Opportunities

Transforming Foundation industries: Investor partner selection

Investors can apply to align their investments with up to £7 million grant funding from Innovate UK to make foundation industries globally competitive. We are seeking investor partners that want to invest in high growth potential SMEs concerned with one or more of the themes of reducing resource and energy consumption.

Opens: 19/10/2020 Closes: 09/12/2020

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Transforming Foundation Industries: Investor Partnership Programme Event

The Transforming Foundation Industries Investor Partnership Programme aims to provide simultaneous grant funding and venture capital investment in UK-registered SMEs to support R&D projects and business growth. We are looking for a mix of investors with an interest in foundation industry markets including venture capital, angel network, or corporate venture investors.

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