Ideas can come from anyone in any way of life.
Design discontent generates inventions and innovation and potential wealth creation.
NESTA was originally set up by government to "help inventors", now their ethos is no help what-so-ever, even though it was set up by the Act of Parliament in July 1998.
What happened to NESTA???
Why is this type of body badly required:
All governments past and present just shift money or lack of money about.
Real money and wealth are from selling real "goods", not virtual services.
Example: Denmark's Oil Wealth money generated are kept in Denmark, wheras the Thatcher government sold off the country to the extent that all traditional jobs were gone and benefitted the fat cats and shareholders with no liability to the public.
Also, governments in Denmark and Sweden encouraged the wind turbines developers by allocating land etc. and through incremental design and development, "they" are the market leaders in wind turbine technology. (real ideas and products that are traded globally – increasing "their" country's GDP)
Are we the UK, becoming the shop-front for the global economy: "Nation of shopkeeprs"? brought with borrowed money?