In this Briefing Note, we present new evidence on the UKs innovative
performance and provide a summary of government business support
programmes aimed at fostering innovative activity and technology transfer.
Following recent reviews of policy in this area, there remain a number of
such schemes in operation. We discuss the rationales for each, including the
extent to which they overlap, and suggest some ways in which evidence on
take-up and on effectiveness might be used to guide any future policy
changes in this area.