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As we’ve seen, Smart Specialisation as a concept aims to support bottom-up discovery of local strengths and assets. At European level, much as in England, the performance and participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is vital in realising the potential of a region. The following is adapted from material originally posted on the website...
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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, through the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3 Platform) provides support to EU regions and member states in the design and implementation of their research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation. The S3P is also making an open call to cooperate on fields related to sustainable energy –...
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As part of our “S3P” theme, this week’s blog post comes from Jens Sörvik, Researcher at the Joint Research Centre at the European Commission. Jens kindly outlined for us the aims and scope of the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P) in Seville, in particular with regard to its structure and background.
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August’s theme on the Smart Specialisation Hub will focus on the European view of Smart Specialisation, including pieces from the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P) in Seville.
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Following the outcome of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU on 23rd June, the delivery partners would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the Smart Specialisation Hub project and the prominent role it will play in place-based innovation investment.
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This week’s blog was guest written by Hans Möller, Innovation Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP). Mr Möller took the time to tell us why NELEP considers Smart Specialisation to be an important part of the region’s innovation plans.
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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is the lead partner for the Smart Specialisation Hub. The KTN is the UK’s Innovation Network, connecting people to speed up innovation, solve problems and find markets for new ideas. Sue Dunkerton, KTN Director and Chair of the Hub Programme Board, gave some insight into how the organisation is involved...
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Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has consistently framed its economic development priorities as part of its Strategic Economic Plan. Now, it aims to achieve a more local view on Smart Specialisation opportunities for the sub-region. Currently, LEP has three such projects in progress, which will set out a clear basis to promote and develop the innovation eco-system...
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June on the Smart Spec blog will focus on why regions across England should put Smart Specialisation at the heart of their business strategy. This week, we take a look at why the Department of Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) think Smart Specialisation is so important to the way businesses encourage innovation.
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The final part of our “Smart Spec 101” programme focuses on the research analysis side of the project. Etienne Bailey, the Hub’s research analyst, took some time to speak to us about what’s being done to bring together the mapping framework.
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Innovate UK is one of the funding partners for the Smart Specialisation Hub. They work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. Howard Partridge, ERDF Programme Manager, gave the Hub some insight into how the organisation is involved with Smart Specialisation, and...
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The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is one of our funding partners for the Smart Specialisation Hub.  HEFCE funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. It aims to help create and sustain a world-leading system of higher education.
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This month on the Smart Specialisation Hub is all about “Smart Spec Hub: 101”. Throughout this month, we’ll be providing some background information on Smart Specialisation, some insight into current events, and hinting at plans for the future. We’ll also include some information on the partners involved in the project. Our first post for this month...
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Innovate UK is one of the funding partners for the Smart Specialisation Hub. Howard Partridge, EDRF Programme Manager, has given some insight into how the organisation is involved with Smart Specialisation, and the Smart Specialisation Hub.
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Helping regions compete globally To attract talent, jobs, and investment, regions need to define and communicate their competitive advantages. The Smart Specialisation Hub announced today will help them do that by strengthening the evidence of what they do really well and then helping them use that to succeed in highly competitive global markets.
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