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The IOP is committed to working with businesses that depend on physics and physicists, and to represent their interests at the highest levels of government. Find out how we can support you and your physics-based business. View our business brochure.

How we support physics in business

Interior of IOP Accelerator office spacePhysics-based businesses, and physicists working in business, are a valued and vital part of our community.

IOP Accelerator, our affordable, fully-serviced workspace in King's Cross, is available to entrepreneurs, micro and small businesses bringing physics-based innovation to market in any sector. Find out more about IOP Accelerator

We can also support you through our Business Innovation and Growth Group.

IOP Business Innovation and Growth Group

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The Business Innovation and Growth Group is a member-led special interest group which supports individuals and businesses of all sizes, as well as entrepreneurs taking ideas to market.

Being a member of the group will help you and your organisation to be more innovative, knowledgeable and effective by providing you with:

  • Networking, profiling and B2B development opportunities.
  • Knowledge exchange activities to support industry/ academia collaborations.
  • Business support, finance and affordable workspace.

Business Awards

Our Business Awards recognise the significant contribution that physicists and physics make in industry across all sectors and at all stages – from start-ups to multi-national corporations. The awards are a celebration of entrepreneurship, excellence in innovation and the successful implementation of physics into a product or service.

Take a look at our previous winners, and be a part of the future Business Awards.



We organise regular business-focussed events and Business Accelerator breakfast briefings

The inaugural Business Innovation and Growth conference attracted more than 100 attendees and showcased the contributions of physics-based businesses to the economy. Read more about the Business and Innovation Growth Group conference.



Physics is central to the UK and Ireland economies, whether through the application of cutting edge research and technologies, or through the skills and abilities of physics-trained professionals.

We are committed to representing physics-based businesses and physicists at the highest levels of government and have produced influential reports highlighting the critical contribution that physics-based businesses make to our economy.

Read about the recent science and technology investment roundtable.


Professional development

Professional development is an excellent way to maintain and update your skills and knowledge. We offer a wide range of professional development activities for physicists in business to engage in: gaining professional registration, attending or presenting at conferences, outreach activities, committee and panel work and gaining fellowship. The career development hub is central to your CPD and maintaining your professional registration.


Looking for help to take your physics-based ideas to market?

Contact us to find out we can support you and your organisation.