United Kingdom

UK Trade & Investment

The UK Trade & Investment's Research and Development website provides easy access to UK R&D in eleven key sectors. It is fully searchable and aims to make the connection to Britain’s knowledge-driven economy faster and even more effective for high tech and research-led companies. UK Trade & Investment is the only investment agency covering the whole of the UK. It helps the world’s companies to set up or expand business in the UK. Attracting R&D and high tech investment is key to UK Trade & Investment’s strategy in bringing knowledge driven projects to the UK.

Contact details:
E-mail: invest.uk@dti.gsi.gov.uk

Department for Transport

The Department for Transport's objective is to oversee the delivery of a reliable, safe and secure transport system that responds efficiently to the needs of individuals and business whilst safeguarding our environment.

Contact details:
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
Marsham Street
Phone: 020 7944 8300


The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK, with over 22,000 members, is the professional body for those individuals and organisations that are involved in, working in, or that have an interest in, the logistics and transport sectors.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK - CILT(UK) - is the professional body for transport, logistics and integrated supply-chain management. As the focus for professional excellence and the development of the most modern techniques in logistics and transport, the Institute aims to encourage the adoption of policies that are both efficient and sustainable.

Birmingham Business Park

Birmingham Business Park is located south east of Birmingham city center, next to junction 4 of the M6 motorway and junction 6 of the M42 motorway and adjacent to the National Exhibition Center complex and Birmingham International Airport. It is also only 1 mile from Birmingham International rail station.

Birmingham Business Park is an Arlington development and is a 60 ha/148 acre greenfield
site offering top quality accommodation for high technology manufacturing, research & development and office use. The site incorporates the Waterside Centre, a 54,000 square foot central service complex including a wine bar, shops and bank together with small office units and high quality serviced office accommodation operated by Regis UK.

The site is home to nearly 70 companies which include; Fujitsu Telecommunications, Hewlett Packard, Isuzu Motors, Sema Group, PartCo, Ingersoll Rand, Severn Trent Systems and Panalpina, Alcatel, Bank of Wales, Compaq, Honeywell Control Systems, Orange, Beneficial Bank, Softlab, Spring IT Personnel, Transtec, OCE Copiers Ltd, and UGS Solutions.


Sectors: Automotive, Business Services and Consultancy, Customer Contact Centres, E-Business, Electronics, Financial Services, R & D, Shared Service Centres, Software, Telecommunications


Contact details:
Business Park

Solihull Parkway


B37 7YN

United Kingdom
Phone: +44 121 717 7000


Blythe Valley Business Park

Valley Park
is being developed as a joint venture between Prologis Kingspark and the British Land Company PLC, with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. It is a prestigious development on a grand scale with consent for 111,484 sq.m (1.2 million sq.ft) of development in a parkland setting of 68.80 hecatres (170 acres).

Considerable new road infrastructure has been invested at the site to create free-flowing access directly to junction 4 of the M42 motorway. The M42 links directly into the M40 (for the South), M5 (for the south west), M6 North (for the
north west), M6 South (for the M1 South/A14M south east) and the M1 North (for the north east). 8 miles to Birmingham International Airport
. Within the park itself formal avenues are linked by footpaths and cycleways, which in turn provide access to the countryside park.

Companies which are located on the site include: Oracle (developed own campus for 2000 staff), Ove Arup, Lloyds TSB, Regus, Vasishta Technologies, Exceptis Technologies and Kane Magnetics International.


Sectors: Business Services and Consultancy, Customer Contact Centres, Digital Broadcasting, E-Business, Electronics, R & D, Software, Telecommunications


Contact details:
Blythe Valley Business Park
Central Boulevard

West Midlands
B90 8AG
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 121 633 3733


Warwick Technology Park

Technology Park
is a 70 acres site located in the south east of the West Midlands approximately 1 mile from Warwick town centre and 2 miles from Leamington Spa. The park is within easy reach of the major Midlands
conurbation’s as it is a prime site along the M40 corridor approximately 3 miles from junction 13, 14 and 15.

The Park houses a 30,000 sq. ft Innovation Centre for start up and early stage technology based businesses and is run by the University of Warwick Science Park. Companies that are already located on the site include: Conoco Ltd, ICL, Severn Trent Water, Britax International, Crown Castle International, Lantek Software Solutions Ltd, The Message Pad Ltd, 1st Software, and MSX International.


Sectors: Business Services and Consultancy, E-Business, Electronics, R & D, Software, Telecommunications


Contact details:
Warwick Technology Park

Heathcote Road

CV34 6DA
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 24 7663 6888


University of Cardiff

's status as one of Britain’s leading research universities was recognised in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, an independent government assessment of the quality of university research. No fewer than 24 research areas were awarded the top Grade 5 rating. Seven of these were further distinguished by the award of a * rating. Eighty-seven per cent of the University’s assessed research staff now work in Grade 5 or 5* departments, acknowledged as undertaking work of national and international significance. This places Cardiff
7th in a ranking of 106 universities.

In recognition of its excellence in this area,
is, by invitation, a member of the Russell Group of leading British research universities.

The University aims to develop mutually beneficial links with business, public and voluntary sectors and is committed to offering organisations and individuals the most professional and appropriate solution to enquiries. The Cardiff University Innovation Network organises regular, free, evening meetings on topics of interest to all sectors of industry and an annual Innovation Marketplace to identify needs and opportunities. The Network also provides free advisory, problem solving and sign-posting services.

Links with business are often based on consultancy and services (use of expertise, equipment and facilities), through Teaching Company Schemes (TCS) and sponsored research. Research collaboration includes funded postgraduate student projects or larger programmes that may be eligible to receive co-financing from government or EC schemes.
protects valuable intellectual property and makes patented technology available for licensing to companies.

A range of funding schemes is also available to establish new businesses to commercialise the products of research. For further information, please visit the web site at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/racd/; or contact us by telephoning Freephone 0800 801750 or emailing innovation@cardiff.ac.uk.


Sectors: Automotive, Bio-technology, Chemicals, Electronics, E-Business, ICT, Pharmaceuticals


Contact details:
Mr Michael Wright
Research and Consultancy Division
Park Place

CF10 3AT
Phone: +44 29 2087 5513
Fax: +44 29 2087 4189

Cranfield University is one of Western Europe’s largest academic centres for strategic and applied research, development and design.


The (eCIC) at Cardiff University has built a reputation over 15 years as a leading authority on the successful implementation and exploitation of eCommerce. eCIC is renowned for its work with the business.


British International Freight Association (BIFA)

The role of British International Freight Association is to provide a focus for the international freight distribution industry. BIFA's mission is: "To provide effective representation and support for Britain's freight services industry in the UK and overseas; to promote Best Practice and Total Quality in the provision of freight services by all members, and to encourage and regulate the membership to observe the highest standards of professional competence".

Contact details:
Redfern House
Browells Lane
TW13 7EP
Tel: +44 20 8844 2266
Fax: +44 20 8890 5546
e-mail: bifa@bifa.org 

Providing Secure Solutions for International Trade. Allagraf's focus is on providing secure solutions for international trade, enabling those involved in this arena to move their business processes safely from a paper-based environment to an electronic environment.

Contact details:
Allagraf Limited
7 Holyrood Street 
London SE1 2EL 
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7367 4000 
Fax: +44 20 7367 4001
Email: info@allagraf.com


The objective of the UK Partners for electronic business - UKP.eb are:

To define areas where transparent, open standards allied to best business, technical and administrative processes and practices are needed to support electronic business, recognising where matters are best left to the market. In this way to encourage the cost effective application of electronic business for the UK in an international context.

To recognise where current best practice and standards work is being done, and to encourage standards development and maintenance via the best qualified bodies.

To encourage the key bodies to work effectively with each other on the development of best practices and standards to the benefit of UK plc. To support particular work programmes by member bodies which are of wide relevance to the UK.

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