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19 Oct, 2017

Innovation R&D loans to be piloted by Innovate UK

By | October 19th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Innovate UK is rolling out a pilot of innovation loans from the government. These loans provide low interest (3.7 per cent), flexible funding to SMEs in the later stages of R&D, which have clear plans to commercial success. Loans offered between £100,000 - £1 million. To introduce these exciting new innovation loans, the Knowledge Transfer [...]

2 Oct, 2017

Watch – Reinventing Plastics: Closing the Circle conference

By | October 2nd, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The European Commission last week (26 September) held the Reinventing Plastics: Closing the Circle conference to explore issues and potential solutions to be proposed in the Commission's upcoming plastics strategy. This strategy intends to support and complement the existing acquis and tackle the interrelated problems of fossil feedstock dependence, recycling and reuse and plastics leakage into the [...]

29 Sep, 2017

Vegware launches Scotland-wide collections to boost food and compostable packaging recycling

By | September 29th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member Vegware, the Edinburgh compostable packaging manufacturer, has launched ‘Close the Loop’, a new composting collection service for its catering disposables. This new service now means that composting collections are available to businesses across Scotland, taking used Vegware and food waste for industrial composting into high-grade horticultural compost. Launched to mark Recycle Week and [...]

28 Sep, 2017

New parliamentary committee membership announced

By | September 28th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Membership of Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) and Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has been confirmed following the summer recess. The MPs named on the EAC, which has reopened its inquiry into disposable packaging, are as follows: Mary Creagh (Chair), Labour Dr Thérèse Coffey, Conservative Geraint Davies, Labour Zac Goldsmith, Conservative Caroline Lucas, [...]

15 Sep, 2017

‘Reinventing plastics – Closing the circle’ conference to inform Commission strategy

By | September 15th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The European Commission has organised a conference, 'Reinventing plastics - Closing the circle' (26 September) to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the new strategy for plastics that is under development. The Commission announced that it would be creating a strategy to create a more circular plastics industry at the beginning of the year and published a [...]

12 Sep, 2017

BIOCATNET announces opening of two IB funding calls

By | September 12th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Industrial biotechnology network BIOCATNET is opening two funding calls this week (11 September). 5th Proof-of-Concept Call The organisation has announced the launch of the fifth call for BIOCATNET Proof-of-Concept funding, which will fund projects with a total combined value of £200,000, supporting projects in the Network subthemes of Biocatalyst Discovery, Development, and Scale Up. Projects funded under [...]

12 Sep, 2017

Defra publishes draft legislation for microbead ban

By | September 12th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Draft legislation for the UK ban on microbeads in rinse off personal care products has been published, alongside separate legislation for the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) committed to banning the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads last year [...]

30 Aug, 2017

IBioIC to host promotion and networking event for members – October 2017

By | August 30th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

IBioIC is inviting members to an exclusive, members-only promotion and networking event to celebrate four years of sustained development and innovation, as well as looking forward to the next stage of this journey. 'Building the Network: IBioIC Member Promotion and Networking Event' Wednesday, 25 October, 12:00-18:00 (starting with lunch and ending with networking/drinks) Edinburgh Centre for [...]

25 Aug, 2017

FUCHS working to promote biolubricants

By | August 25th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member FUCHS is working to promote a step-change in the use of environmentally-friendly bio-lubricants. FUCHS is the world’s largest independent lubricants manufacturer, supplying innovative lubricating products and bespoke support packages – providing a complete service to its customers. In recent years this bio-lubricant strategy has come to the fore of the company's work, with volumes sold [...]

28 Jul, 2017

Call for Abstracts – IBioIC’s 4th Annual Conference

By | July 28th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Building a reputation as one of the most important UK based industrial biotechnology meetings in the calendar and attracting key players and influencers in the UK and global bioeconomy, IBioIC’s Annual Conference (25-26 January 2018) is bringing together a unique mix of academia, industry and supporting organisations under one roof, to hear about and explore [...]