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UK Industrial Strategy

The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy sets out the long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people in Scotland and throughout the UK. It is a partnership with businesses, local government and educational institutions to find the innovative solutions that will shape our future.

The Industrial Strategy sets out how the UK Government is building a Britain fit for the future.  We will work with industry, academia and civil society over the years ahead to build on the UK’s strengths.  We will make more of our untapped potential and create a more productive economy that works for everyone.  On this page you can find:

We will also work closely with the Scottish Government to ensure our activities are aligned and deliver the greatest possible impact for Scotland.

Watch the video below for an overview of how the UK Industrial Strategy will put Scotland and the UK at the forefront of the global technological revolution.

Grand Challenges

The Industrial Strategy identifies four Grand Challenges to put Scotland and the UK at the forefront of the global technological revolution.  To shape our future for the better, we need to respond to these four huge global trends:

  1. Growing the AI and data-driven economy – where can the use of AI and Data transform our lives?
  2. Clean Growth – how can we maximise the advantages of a cleaner, greener UK?
  3. Future of Mobility – how will technology improve our journeys?
  4. Ageing Society – how do we ensure happier, healthier lives as we live for longer?

Five Foundations

The five foundations of the Industrial Strategy align to our vision for a transformed economy:

  1. Ideas: the world’s most innovative economy
  2. People: good jobs and greater earning power for all
  3. Infrastructure: a major upgrade to the UK’s infrastructure
  4. Business environment: the best place to start and grow a business
  5. Places: prosperous communities across the UK

Example projects

Examples of projects supported as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund are set out below:

Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre:

£13m from Innovate UK , £15m from Scottish Enterprise, and industry partners including AstraZeneca and GSK who each committed £7m.
The project aims to increase the adoption of emerging medicine manufacturing technologies.  The facility will provide much-needed opportunities for small and medium businesses without their own manufacturing capacity to access the necessary resources, technology, and expertise to develop efficient processes and compete globally.

UK Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Hub for Offshore Energy Asset Integrity Management:

£7.3m to Heriot-Watt and £1.9m to Edinburgh University.
The EPSRC funded centre aims to develop more cost effective, safe methods and business models for the inspection, repair and maintenance of topside and marine offshore infrastructure.  This will support both the UK supply chain and be exported internationally.

Glasgow Geothermal Research:

A world class geothermal research observatory in the east end of Glasgow is one of two sites proposed as part of £31 million of UK geo-energy investment.  The research aims to improve understanding of how warm water in disused coal mines could be used as valuable low carbon sources of energy.


£1m to MyWay Digital Health and partners from Innovate UK.
A project to develop an artificial intelligence system to support decision making for clinicians and people with diabetes.  The partnership incorporates industry, academia, and the NHS.  It aims to produce a world-leading machine-learning engine that could incorporate big data to drive efficiencies and improved outcomes across large populations.

Capacity Expansion & Simplification of Supply chains for Viral Vector manufacture in the UK:

£1m to Symbiosis Pharmaceutical Services Limited from Innovate UK.
The project aims to give the UK world-leading capabilities for the clinical and commercial production of gene therapy viral vectors.  These are important for clinical trials and supply of gene therapy products, and to rapidly treat patients.

Friction Stir Welding Crawler for Internal Repair and Refurbishment of Pipelines – FSWBot 9:

£250,000 to Proserv UK Limited from Innovate UK.
The project aims to develop a welding robot to repair cracks to pipelines from the inside without the need for expensive shutdowns, purging, or diver and surface vehicles, which will lead to improved access and mission planning.


£148,000 to Alexander Dennis from Innovate UK.
The project will accelerate integration of modular, scalable, flexible battery architecture into vehicle platforms.   It will also develop high-power charging and discharge systems, location-based Battery Management System (BMS) control, new battery cell formats, fully developed demonstrator vehicles, a pilot production facility, and a production ready BMS.

More Information

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