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Spring Budget 2021 | What tax measures can we expect to see?

An extension of tax support measures for business is possible but it is questionable whether now is the right time for tax rises to pay for the costs of the Covid-19 pandemic

The Budget will take place on 3 March 2021, having been postponed from last November. With the country still firmly in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, the chancellor will have to balance the need for further spending to help businesses survive against the mounting deficit caused by the crisis.

We highlight some of the key tax issues we expect to be announced in the Spring Budget, along with measures that we expect to be included in the Finance Bill 2021.

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Capital taxes

There has been much speculation that the rates of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) could be increased. Our prediction, as we discuss in this insight, is that a CGT rate increase is likely but it is questionable whether this budget is the time to be raising the rate.

Aside from the possible rate change, the chancellor has other options available to him should he wish to increase CGT revenues. These include scrapping or limiting some of the CGT exemptions and reliefs (such as Business Asset Disposal Relief – formerly Entrepreneurs’ Relief). However, the chancellor will be mindful that encouraging investment in business and supporting entrepreneurial activity will be crucial for the recovery of the economy and to ensure the UK’s competitiveness on the international stage.

Although there are suggestions that the chancellor has rejected the idea of a wealth tax, it is possible that he may look at changes to inheritance tax. Private client lawyers are excited to see whether the inheritance tax nil rate band will finally see an increase for inflation (having been frozen since 2009, while RPI has increased by 40% and house prices by 60%). The latest freeze, announced in 2017, promised a return to normal service from April 2021.

Business Property Relief has been little mentioned in recent times but remains very generous and was raised by the Office of Tax Simplification in its second report (in 2019) on inheritance tax. We still await a government response and it is possible that the chancellor might choose this as his opportunity to cut the relief down.

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Corporation tax

The UK’s corporation tax rate of 19% is the lowest in the G7 countries, leading many to call for an increase in the rate. Even a single point rate rise would raise around £3.4bn for the Treasury, so with the current UK deficit we can expect the chancellor to at least be considering a rate increase. However, he will have to weigh this against the need to support businesses through the pandemic so that the economy can grow when the country comes out the other side.

We expect the government to take forward its proposal to introduce a limit to prevent the abuse of Research and Development (R&D) tax relief for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The changes will limit the amount of payable R&D tax credit which a SME can claim to £20,000 plus 300% of its total PAYE and NICs liability for the period. This change has been widely trailed (its implementation already having been delayed). Draft legislation was published last November and we expect the cap will have effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 April 2021.

The Finance Bill is also expected to include some technical changes to the corporate interest restriction and the hybrid rules, draft legislation for these changes having been published in July and November last year.

Green agenda

Last November, the government set out a ten point plan for a “green industrial revolution” covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies. The blueprint will help the UK meet its commitment to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. The government has already made some tax announcements – such as the extension until 2025 of the 100% first-year capital allowances for electric vehicles (which would have ended on 31 March 2021). With the COP26 climate change summit taking place in Glasgow in November this year, it would be no surprise if the chancellor announced new or improved tax reliefs for R&D or otherwise in relation to technologies which promote the government’s green agenda.

We can also expect the Finance Bill to include legislation to introduce the new plastic packaging tax (which will take effect from the following year, 1 April 2022). This follows a consultation on the policy design which closed last August. The rate of tax will be £200 per tonne of plastic packaging which does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. The levy is intended to encourage the use of recycled rather than new plastic within  packaging and will apply to plastic packaging which has been manufactured in, or imported into, the UK.

Employment taxes

Over the past year, the government has tried to protect jobs during the pandemic with the introduction of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the CJRS). It is possible that due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the CJRS – which was expected to end on 30 April 2021 – will be further extended into the summer.

For tax-advantaged enterprise management incentive (EMI) schemes, changes have already been made to ensure that an EMI option holder being placed on furlough under the CJRS will not trigger a ‘disqualifying event’ such as to change the tax status of their options. Further amendments are to be made (in the Finance Bill 2021) to formally confirm that new EMI options may be granted to employees who are on furlough or working reduced hours due to the coronavirus emergency. These changes will apply for a limited period (from 19 March 2020 until 5 April 2021), although we anticipate that this period will be extended (particularly if the CJRS is extended).

The chancellor commented at the beginning of the pandemic that it was harder to justify the “inconsistent contributions” between employment status. Aligning the NICs rate between the employed and self-employed would break the Conservative Party’s manifesto promise of the triple tax lock (not to increase income tax, VAT or National Insurance). However, the chancellor could announce further reviews or consultations to examine the mismatches between employment and self-employment status.

Real estate taxes

We expect the Finance Bill will include the legislation (published in draft last July) to introduce a 2% Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge on purchases of residential property by non-residents. The increase will apply to transactions with an effective date on or after 1 April 2021. This measure, which has been widely trailed, is designed to curb inflated prices and to increase housing supply.

We also expect the Finance Bill to include some changes to the Construction Industry Scheme to tackle abuse of the rules (some draft legislation having been published in November). These changes are expected to take effect from 6 April 2021 although the detailed rules, which will be contained in regulations, have not yet been published. There has been some lobbying that the change should be pushed back by a year to give businesses more time to prepare.

The SDLT holiday for residential property which was put in place last July to stimulate momentum in the property market due to the pandemic is due to end on 31 March 2021. Recent data has shown that since the temporary relief was introduced, transactions have increased. Whilst the government stated on 10 December that it does not plan to extend this relief, recent press coverage of delays in the conveyancing process for buyers may result in a change of heart and a short extension.

It is possible that the business rates holiday for those sectors particularly affected by the pandemic (retail, hospitality and leisure properties), which was due to end at the end of March 2021, may be extended.

We might also see the outcome of the call for evidence launched last July on the business rates system. One of the alternatives to business rates raised in that call for evidence was the introduction of an online sales tax on companies (which would run alongside the current digital sales tax). Whilst this may need further consideration, the chancellor may make some announcement as the government had originally proposed to set out preliminary conclusions to the call for evidence last autumn.

Tax administration

Although HMRC has deferred proposals for requiring large businesses to notify HMRC of uncertain tax positions until April 2022 (they were meant to take effect from April 2021), we expect the Finance Bill to include other anti-avoidance type measures. Draft legislation published last July provided for two such measures. One of these requires financial institutions to provide information to HMRC when requested about a specific taxpayer, without the need for approval from the independent tribunal. The other targets the promoters and enablers of tax avoidance schemes.

We also expect the Finance Bill to include legislation (which will have an effect on applications made from the following year, April 2022) to introduce a tax registration check linked to licence renewal processes for some public sector licences (such as taxi and mini cabs). This would make it more difficult to operate in the ‘hidden economy’, helping to level the playing field for compliant businesses.

We may also see some announcement regarding the direction of travel for the UK’s Mandatory Disclosure Rules. Following the reduced scope of DAC6 in the UK from 1 January 2021 (as we discuss in this Insight), HMRC said it will ‘in the coming year’ consult on and implement the OECD’s Mandatory Disclosure Rules as soon as practicable, to replace DAC6.

VAT

In line with the possible extension of other coronavirus support measures, we could see the extension of the temporary reduced rate of 5% VAT for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions, which was introduced last July and was due to end on 31 March 2021.

Osborne Clarke comment

Given the massive deficit the Treasury faces due to the Covid-19 crisis (around £400bn in 2020/21) it is difficult to predict whether the chancellor will press ahead with tax rises to reduce that deficit or will instead seek to steady the ship, support jobs and extend the government’s help for struggling businesses. As we expect the government to continue with its policy of having an Autumn Budget (which is then, in normal years, following by a Spring Statement) it is possible that tax rises and substantive tax measures will be postponed until a point when the end of the pandemic is more clearly in sight.

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E-Gistics wins government grant for online booking platform

Road and air freight distribution specialist E-Gistics Ltd has earned a £131,000 government tax credit for research and development into a new online booking platform for smaller logistics companies.

The new E-Gistics digital platform seamlessly networks smaller, independent distribution companies together to lower their costs and improve efficiencies for themselves and customers. Hauliers, pallet members and forwarders can now digitise the way deliveries are carried out, working together to fix a price for end-to-end deliveries instead of doing so by email or phone.

This effort qualified for the UK Government’s R&D tax credit scheme, that either pays a lump sum or reduces an annual corporation tax bill.

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Fraser Harper, CEO of E-Gistics Ltd, said: “The freight forwarding sector has a digitisation requirement but some companies have been unsure how to go about it.

“In the end, it was probably inevitable that a third party software specialist would bring them all together and that’s what we’ve done.

“Digital freight is destined to become more like other areas of the transport sector where automation and digitisation have turned things on their head. Uber in the personal transport space is a prime example.

“We knew we were investing heavily in technology and tax incentives like these make it so much easier to continue to do that. The Government was clever to introduce this scheme. It encourages businesses to invest in technology and if companies don’t embrace digital, they don’t have a great future ahead of them.”

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Richard Armstrong commented:“Fraser and the team are a great example of a SME that is using the R&D tax credit regime to support the future growth of their business.

“Technology is at the heart of what they do and their innovations promise to revolutionise the way the parcel delivery sector functions, not just in the UK but across Europe.

“It’s important to remember that R&D tax credits still apply to projects that don’t succeed. There really is no good reason not to innovate with such valuable incentives on the table.”

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£40m released by UK government to help clean up polluting businesses

A £40m government investment has been announced to help polluting industries – including steel, pharmaceuticals and food and drink manufacturers – to find new ways to reduce their carbon emissions.

Proposed solutions include using heat-recovery technology to generate electricity, and replacing gas with hydrogen fuel, potentially helping businesses to cut energy costs, protect jobs, and improve air quality across the UK.

The funding, announced today, supports the government’s mission to build back greener and eliminate the UK’s contribution to carbon emissions by 2050.

Businesses in energy-intensive sectors, including pharmaceuticals, steel, paper and food and drink, will be able to apply for grants worth up to £14m through the government’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, totalling £289m in funding up until 2024.

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In this second competition window, the minimum grant has been lowered to £100,000 for deployment projects, offering more flexibility for small businesses to receive funding so they can speed up getting their ideas to market.

With potential projects taking place across the East and West Midlands, North East, North West, and Yorkshire and the Humber, as well as in Wales and Northern Ireland, the government grants will enable businesses to use new technology to improve the efficiency of industrial processes and reduce energy demand.

The grants are intended to drive businesses towards a cleaner, more sustainable future as part of the government’s green industrial revolution by 2030 and the mission to eliminate the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050.

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This includes factories installing electric motors and heat pumps to replace their natural gas-fired boilers and steam turbines; manufacturers using heat-recovery technology to recycle waste heat and generate renewable electricity, and industries such as the food and drink sector carrying out studies to replace natural gas with hydrogen as their primary fuel.

The plans could create and support thousands of British jobs, cut carbon emissions and ultimately lead to cleaner air for the UK’s population.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, energy minister, said, “We can only achieve our ambitious plans to tackle climate change if everyone plays their part, including businesses large and small.

“That’s why our £40m investment will not only help some of the highest-polluting industries like steel, paper and pharmaceuticals build back greener by finding innovative ways to reduce their carbon emissions, but will also create more opportunities for growth and jobs by levelling up and making industry fit for the future.”

The fund supports the UK government’s mission to build back greener and level up the country’s industrial heartlands by allowing them to lay the path for economic growth.

The government’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) is worth £289 million, with funding available across England, Wales and Northern Ireland up until 2024. The fund supports heavy industry as the UK transitions to a low-carbon economy.

An initial launch of the scheme in June 2020 saw 39 applications approved for funding in the first window, totalling £31m in grant money.

It is calculated that as a result of these projects carbon emissions will be reduced by 2.6 million tonnes over their lifespan, which is equivalent to taking 38,000 fossil-fuelled cars off the road over a 30-year period.

The IETF window opens for applications on Monday 8 March and closes on Wednesday 14 July.

In November 2020, the government unveiled its 10-point plan for the UK’s ‘green industrial revolution’.

Since that time, it has loosened the purse strings to fund a variety of future-facing projects, ranging from a drive to establish the first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040 to the planting of 800,000 trees across the UK as part of the Green Recovery Challenge.

E&T recently examined Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution in more detail to see how achievable the individual aims are and what more might be needed to kickstart the new green economy.

Despite the government’s largesse in funding new green projects, experts have warned that, post-Brexit, the UK is at risk of falling behind in key areas of technology, including the space industry and R&D.

Source: E&T

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UK government failing to maximize value of technology R&D projects

The UK Government’s plan to have the public sector spend more on research and development (R&D) is on course for failure, and “strategic decisions” are needed if to right the ship.

This is the conclusion of a new report published by the Science and Technology Select Committee with the House of Lords, entitled “Catapults: bridging the gap between research and industry”.

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According to the report, the Government’s plan was to have the UK public sector spend 2.4 percent of GDP on research and development by 2027, by increasing spending to approximately $31 billion per year by 2024/25. However, to hit the 2.4 percent target, private sector organizations will need to invest “substantially greater” sums.

As per a write-up from Computer Weekly, not-for-profit organizations known as “catapults” are tasked with attracting private sector R&D investment, but they face multiple roadblocks that are limiting their potential contribution, the report claims.

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To tackle these roadblocks, the government needs to make “strategic decisions”, such as strengthening their relationships with universities, establishing clear KPIs and providing long-term certainty for the catapults.

Rules that govern innovation funding also need reforms, to allow more flexibility for both the catapults and their partners.

“These rules currently act as barriers to collaboration between Catapults and universities, and often place too much risk on industry in transformative R&D projects,” the report suggests.

As it stands, the report concludes, the Government does not have a strategic plan to deliver on its R&D ambitions, which should include clear criteria for how it selects technologies and sectors to receive further support.

By Sead Fadilpašić

Source: ITProPortal

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UK R&D strategy lacks detail and funding, report says

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has published a report on the impact of UK innovation centres (Catapults) which concludes that additional support for the centres is vital to reach R&D spending targets.

Catapults are not-for-profit independent centres, which connect businesses with the UK’s academic community in order to translate research into commercial products. The report acknowledged that the Catapults provide valuable contributions to UK innovation and could have the potential to contribute to regional development (the ‘levelling up’ agenda).

However, the committee found that the government’s R&D strategy is failing to make the most of the Catapults, lacking a detailed plan and sufficient funding for reaching R&D ambitions. The government aims to reach 2.4 per cent of GDP spending on R&D by 2027.

The report called for a “detailed strategic plan for delivering [the government’s] R&D ambitions” with clear criteria for how technologies and sectors will be selected to receive further support.

Rules governing innovation funding need reform, the committee found: “These rules currently act as barriers to collaboration between Catapults and universities, and often place too much risk on industry to transform R&D projects.”

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The Catapults’ innovation activities are funded with a thirds model: equal parts from a government grant via Innovate UK, industry partners, and collaborative funds bid for by consortia involving Catapults. In 2019-20, total funding for these activities was £774m; in 2019 Germany’s Fraunhofer Institutes had approximately £2bn in contract research revenue.

The collaborative R&D component was raised as a concern, as Innovate UK caps the amount of this funding that can be allocated to public sector partners in a consortium, limiting the Catapult’s ability to engage in some projects. This is aggravated when another Catapult, university, or other public research organisation wants to be involved. Other barriers include the need for industrial partners to provide a certain amount of leveraged funding, disincentivising high-risk projects, and lack of access to Research Council funding – which is available to universities – for Catapults.

“The funding available for innovation in the UK does not appear to be commensurate with the government’s ambitions […] rules governing funding for innovation create barriers to collaboration between Catapults and universities, and can deter industrial partners,” the report said.

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It recommended that the government set out a clear plan for how public and private funding can be made to match the scale of the UK’s R&D target. This could include allowing Catapults to apply for Research Council funding and loosening caps for collaborative R&D funds.

The inquiry also found that Catapults have the potential to contribute to regional development, aligned with the government’s “levelling up” agenda, but coordination must improve in order to unlock this potential.

“The UK’s innovation system has all the necessary components to be successful, but it lacks the necessary scale and collaboration to fully realise economic benefits for the UK,” said Lord Patel, chair of the committee. “The Catapult Network is an important national asset, which has the potential to drive further innovation. The Catapults could have a much larger impact if their performance was not held back.

“To maximise the impact and potential of Catapults, collaboration should be strengthened with academics and industry. The government should broaden access to funds and prioritise scaling up the network Catapults. Without urgent action to attract more private investment, the government is unlikely to meet its R&D spending targets.”

Source: E&T

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Six-figure investment will support technology to help retailers recover

Leeds-based digital marketing provider, Modo25, has won a six-figure Government investment to support its new retail AdTech platform – BOSCO™.

Modo25 was successful in securing The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 3 (temporary framework) grant for a single research and development project.

The Innovate UK competition was held to support projects which will help all sectors in the UK rebuild after COVID-19 by winning a share of a £10m fund.

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BOSCO™ has been devised to give retailers the power of predictive marketing analytics, combining trusted data and machine learning for maximum budget efficiency.

Using a scoring system, it tells business owners which paid media channels are best for their business and how much should be spent on each for maximum ROI.

Modo25 CEO, John Readman, said he was thrilled to have won the grant.

He added: “This grant has been huge for Modo25 and BOSCO™. This past year has been incredibly tough for businesses, especially those who don’t know much about digital marketing and paid media.

“The new platform is designed to help businesses understand, plan and forecast where to spend their marketing budget online. We hope businesses of all sizes will make the most of this platform to rebuild and succeed in the wake of COVID-19.”

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Innovate UK executive chairman, Dr Ian Campbell, said: “In these difficult times we have seen the best of British business innovation. The pandemic is not just a health emergency but one that impacts society and the economy.

“BOSCO™, along with every initiative Innovate UK has supported through this fund, is an important step forward in driving sustainable economic development. Each one is also helping to realise the ambitions of hard-working people.”

Thanks to the grant, Modo25 has been able to rapidly expand the team working on the platform.

So far, the agency has welcomed a new associate director of product and two junior marketing data analysts.

By Miran Rahman

Source: The Business Desk

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Shaping the future of Research and Development in the UK

A new report explores the untapped opportunities for the UK to make the most of our world-leading research base and capitalise on the record increase in public investment in UK research and development (R&D).

In the closing months of 2020, PA Consulting embarked on a project to identify how government, academia and industry can become ‘match fit’.  PA’s team spoke to more than 30 stakeholders from across the UK’s R&D community, exploring five core themes:

  •     customer needs
  •     skills and capabilities
  •     taking risks
  •     public funding for scale-ups
  •     what success looks like and how can it be measured and shared.

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PA says: “We are grateful for all the support and collaboration we have had from the UK’s Research and Development community and look forward to continuing this as we further explore and test how the key interventions we believe will make a difference: namely for academia to increase research agility; for government to unblock UK R&D; and for industry to bridge the ‘Valley of Death’. To get involved with, or be kept up to date with, our ongoing work in support of the research and develop sector in the UK please register here.

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“As stated in the UK’s R&D Roadmap published in July 2020, ‘we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen our global position in research, unleash a new wave of innovation, enhance our national security and revitalise our international ties’ and as PA we believe in the power of ingenuity and how it can create a positive human future. We’re excited about R&D and working closer with the ecosystem to unlock even more of its potential.”

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Innovate UK invests £900k into cloud-based pharmacy dispensary software

Innovate UK has invested a further £900k of funding into Titan, a cloud-based medicine dispensary software for pharmacies

Innovate UK has announced £900k of funding to help Invatech Health develop new features for Titan, their cloud-based system that makes dispensing medicines less-time consuming and safer.

It brings the total investment in the company to £2.1 million.

The cutting-edge dispensary software uses fully digitised workflow and barcode technology to give pharmacies greater control and improve the experience for both customers and practice owners.

Since the coronavirus pandemic, the system has enabled independent pharmacists to work remotely and freed up more of their time to support GPS and the wider NHS.

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It was first accredited by the NHS in 2019 and has since processed over 1.5 million prescriptions per month.

Nigel Walker, Deputy Director, Lending & Investor Partnerships at Innovate UK, said:
“As a part of UKRI, Innovate UK provided innovation loans in a pilot programme to businesses to stimulate innovation where there is a clear route to commercial success and has also supported businesses with continuity of their innovation despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Innovate UK is pleased to support Invatech Health in its important and highly innovative development of Titan PMR for the pharmacy sector. The business has met all the objectives established during the first phase of the loan arrangement and we are delighted to provide further funding to support the company’s ongoing innovations.”

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Tariq Muhammad, CEO of Invatech Health, said:
“This crisis has highlighted the incapacity of legacy systems to scale up and adapt to dynamic situations in many business sectors.

“With this additional support from Innovate UK we plan to develop a wide range of new game-changing apps, delivered as extensions on the Titan platform.

“These will help address the new and immediate challenges that pharmacies are facing as a result of COVID-19 and provide innovative solutions to support their businesses and their patients in the long term.”

Source: Open Access Government

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£84m boost for tech to power a green aviation revolution

Three R&D projects in the UK aerospace industry have won funding from the government, securing nearly 5,000 jobs.

The winning projects represent a total investment of £84.6 million – half from the government, delivered through the ATI Programme, and matched by industry.

Each of the 3 projects will use British innovation and expertise in green technology to power zero-emissions flights, using alternative energy sources of hydrogen or electricity to reduce the industry’s reliance on polluting fossil fuels.

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From Bristol to Coventry and Cranfield to Orkney, these projects could help secure up to 4,750 design, engineering and manufacturing jobs.

Not only could this technology enable passengers to travel abroad in a greener fashion, in future it could enable the skies to be used for travelling much shorter journeys, similar to a local taxi service, reducing congestion on road networks, and allowing passengers to travel more quickly and locally.

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Innovative aerospace technology is rapidly developing, meaning that there is the potential for zero-emissions flights to be a reality as early as the end of 2023.

The following three projects are receiving funding:

  • GKN Aerospace-led project H2GEAR will receive a £27.2 million government grant to develop an innovative liquid hydrogen propulsion system (a component that propels the aircraft forward) for regional air travel, which could be scaled up for larger aircraft and longer journeys
  • ZeroAvia’s HyFlyer II will receive a £12.3 million government grant to scale up its zero-emissions engines for demonstration on a 19-seater aircraft, showcasing its significant technological advances, meaning that customers can expect to fly on zero-emissions aircraft as early as the end of 2023
  • InCEPTion, led by Blue Bear Systems Research, is receiving a £2.8 million government grant to develop a fully-electrified zero-emissions propulsion system for aircraft, that is powerful, quiet and efficient and could be used for smaller aircraft travelling short distances – even within the same city

By Michael Tyrrell

Source: Aero Mag

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New grants scheme for Bradford’s creative sector

A NEW grants scheme to help support Bradford’s creative sector, and develop activities for people in lockdown, has been launched.

Response2 will be the second of Bradford Council’s grant making programmes to support the sector, with this grant focusing on supporting those struggling with home schooling.

It is is aimed at finding innovative ways to engage families both online and offline as the district builds on preparations and activity linked to bidding for UK City of Culture 2025.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “We were one of the first Local Authorities in the country to launch a grant programme to support our creatives and we know how important this was to them and the people they created projects with and for. This is why we believe it’s essential to continue to support our cultural sector and trust them to create amazing activity that reaches the families in our district.”

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Councillor Imran Khan, Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills added: “We are delighted to create this unique opportunity to support the families in our district that are struggling with the pressure of home schooling and navigating the digital world. This grant programme will hopefully help ease some of the pressure and bring some fun into our households over this current lockdown.”

In March 2020 Bradford Council acted swiftly to respond to the first lockdown.

The #Response initiative supported 55 artists, creatives, and cultural groups across the district with a series of grants as the Coronavirus pandemic took hold.

This pilot project was quick to recognise the contribution that the arts and culture sector makes to the Bradford district, but also the enormous challenges faced by a widespread hiatus on the usual creative calendar.

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The result has been a clear display of Bradford’s trademark grit and resilience, with great creative flair to match. Individuals and groups supported through #Response served Bradford’s communities by inspiring and entertaining the district, and wider world, during 2020.

Response2 is a small grant programme of up to £1,500 to support the creative and community sector in developing ideas and tools to support families that are home schooling. As many families lack access to digital infrastructure, suggestions for activities both offline and online would be welcomed.

Applications which assist families affected by recent lockdown measures and have benefit to the local community will be considered. The criteria for applications are:

• Create new ideas and activities to develop alternative ways to support and engage young people through various platforms, online & offline

• Create activities that encourage families to interact with each other without leaving their homes and create a sense of community

• Provide R&D time for artists and freelancers to generate new ideas and approaches to their work with young people

• Applications welcome from artists/organisations/groups

• Applications from artists/organisations/groups outside the boundaries of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District council will not be considered for this one-off initiative

• The maximum allocation would not normally exceed £1,500 for any individual project and the minimum amount to be support is £500.

• Projects should not contravene Council policy guidelines in areas of equal rights (eg; policies regarding gender, equality, ethnic minorities, special needs)

• All awards are one-off

Source: T&A

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