Innovation, Place and the Industrial Strategy

Since its publication last November the UK Industrial Strategy and the five foundations of productivity from which it is built has been a hot topic of conversation for policy makers and business leaders alike. Industrial Strategy – 5 foundations of productivity The 30th January 2018 saw the launch of the Innovation Alliance for the West … Continue reading Innovation, Place and the Industrial Strategy

Universities as Place Makers – HEFCE Chief challenges West Midlands

The speaker at the Birmingham Science City’s Chief Technology Officers Group on 11 December 2014 was Professor Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Those that braved the wet, wild morning were treated to a concise, comprehensive and current overview of ways that Universities engage with the place that … Continue reading Universities as Place Makers – HEFCE Chief challenges West Midlands

Measuring Innovation in Europe – How the UK and West Midlands fare

Recently the EU published two major documents on Innovation within the EU. Firstly the 2013 Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS) (download here)  which looks at EU and national performance on Innovation and secondly the 2012 Regional Innovation Scoreboard (download here) which attempts albeit with fewer datasets to look at innovation performance within regions across the EU. So … Continue reading Measuring Innovation in Europe – How the UK and West Midlands fare