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SIA Wave 3 Announcement
The Smart Specialisation Hub has been involved in a number of the successful Wave 3 Science and Innovation Audits (SIAs), announced last week by the Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson. The next wave rolls in The twelve consortia that will be part of the 3rd wave of the Science and Innovation Audits are: Cyber...
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Science, Innovation, and the Industrial Strategy
Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, gave a ministerial address launching the Science and Innovation Audits Wave 2 reports at Venturefest East on the 22nd September. Industrial Revolution 4.0 In the sporting surrounds of Newmarket Racecourse, Lord Prior talked about the challenges and...
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On the 13th of September, the Smart Specialisation Hub in collaboration with DCLG’s Interreg Team in Cambridge, GCGP LEP and New Anglia LEP convened an Innovation Funding event to explore project ideas and potential funding routes.
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August is traditionally a quiet month in innovation and associated policy activity. Universities take a partial pause, Parliament is in recess and we all draw a collective breath before plunging into the fast-flowing stream of September. Give us your feedback At the Hub, we’re using this brief quiet spell to seek feedback on our recent...
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The Smart Specialisation Hub is seeking feedback on its recently published analysis, Mapping England’s Innovation Activity, from key stakeholders and our wider audience via a short online survey. We invite you to comment freely on the analysis and encourage feedback, even beyond this current survey phase. You can fill in the survey here until 14th...
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The Smart Specialisation Hub is pleased to announce the release of Mapping England's Innovation Activity, our latest data tool to map innovation activity across England's LEPs.
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The Smart Specialisation Hub is pleased to announce the release of Mapping England's Innovation Activity, our latest data tool to map innovation activity across England's LEPs.
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The Smart Specialisation Hub is pleased to announce the release of Mapping England's Innovation Activity, our latest data tool to map innovation activity across England's LEPs.
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The Hub website relaunch
The last three months have been particularly important – and busy –for the Smart Specialisation Hub. Here's what we've been up to.
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Last month, team members from the Hub attended Public Sector 2017 in London. While there were many different topics being discussed, the team were there to hear from representatives talking about devolution and local growth and governance.
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Sometimes all we need is a common purpose, a reason to come together. For us, in Oxfordshire, the Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) provided such a purpose.
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The Smart Specialisation Hub is pleased to announce the release of Mapping England's Innovation Activity, our latest data tool to map innovation activity across England's LEPs.
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On Friday 22nd April, BEIS organised workshop reviewing progress of the Wave 2 Science and Innovation Audits (SIA). Ross Burton, SEM for the Hub, attended.
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The issue of inclusive growth has become an important element of the policy agenda, according to Laura Heery, Economist at the University of Ulster.
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The consultation period for Industrial Strategy Green Paper closed at the start of this week (Monday 17th April 2017). The Smart Specialisation Hub welcomes the opportunity to respond to the UK Government's invitation to consult on its recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper.
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The Hub was delighted to accept an invitation to join and present at a meeting of the HIGHER Project, a collaboration of nine European organisations under the Interreg Europe Programme, which aims to improve the innovation framework and the smart specialisation strategies of different EU regions.
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The Government’s recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper leaves a large area of freedom for universities to get more involved with responsible innovation.
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The Government’s recent Industrial Strategy Green Paper leaves a large area of freedom for universities to get more involved with responsible innovation.
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GCGP LEP is working in close partnership with NALEP, Herts LEP and the Essex part of SELEP to develop and conduct a Science and Innovation Audit (SIA).
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This week, the Hub sent representatives to two very informative economic strategy events at Nesta at the RSA that discussed the social impact of the economy and investments.
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Last week, members of the Smart Spec Hub team attended Innovate East, a chance for the members of the team to find out what’s happening “on the ground”.
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The Aerohub Business Park at Cornwall Airport Newquay has announced its first occupier in an investment deal that is expected to create more than 20 jobs.
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The Aerohub Business Park at Cornwall Airport Newquay has announced its first occupier in an investment deal that is expected to create more than 20 jobs.
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SELEP area is to receive a further £102m of government funding to help create jobs, support businesses and create new growth opportunities.
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The Smart Spec Hub is pleased to announce the launch of two more LEPs as part of its ongoing project compiling a working comparative framework.
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Prime Minister Theresa May has included Lancashire in the latest round of Northern Powerhouse funding, as part of the Government's wider Industrial Strategy.
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Prime Minister Theresa May will use her first regional Cabinet meeting this morning (23 January) to launch proposals for a modern Industrial Strategy to build on Britain’s strengths and tackle its underlying weaknesses to secure a future as a competitive, global nation.
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Falmouth Launchpad has announced, as a result of a successful ERDF application (as mentioned in our inaugural Annual Report), that it is now recruiting to fill various open roles.
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The Smart Specialisation Hub, with our structures in place and remit enhanced, is ready to ramp up our offer in the new year.
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The Smart Specialisation Hub is focused on the experience of our end users. We’re pleased to be able to present a new way of visualising our data framework.
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The University of Salford is a strategic partner in ‘Pendleton Together’, a £650 million regeneration project designed to completely transform the Pendleton area of Salford. The project is being delivered by the University of Salford, Pendleton Together consortium, led by housing organisation Together Housing Group, and building and regeneration specialists Keepmoat.
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The Smart Specialisation Team is proud to present its first Annual Report, detailing the story and progress of Smart Specialisation across England. It provides living examples of Smart Specialisation at every stage, from a range of LEP areas and from our Hub partners and collaborators.
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This month we're concentrating on our Annual Report, including activities from England's LEPs, and the UK Government, that support the Smart Specialisation vision of place-based innovation and growth. The Autumn Statement – the first fiscal event of our post-referendum world – landed on Wednesday. The accompanying Industrial Strategy document, published yesterday, set out in more...
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As part of our run-up to our Annual Report at the end of this month, we are looking at existing examples of Smart Specialisation across the country, with next steps theory and practices from the Smart Specialisation Platform in Europe. Last month our Project Manager, Viola Hay, attended one of the sessions during the European...
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This month, leading up to the publication of our inaugural Annual Report, we are outlining case studies from across the 38 LEPs in England that demonstrate best practice and good examples of Smart Specialisation. Of course this cannot be considered in isolation; the Government’s forthcoming Industrial Strategy should, when published, be taken into account by...
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October on the Hub website has been a series of blogs leading up to the launch of our pilot analytical framework. We’re now pleased to announce the release of a progress report, and pilot framework, setting out work done to date and the underpinning analytical methodology.
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As you know, this month’s theme concentrates on the upcoming pilot framework launch for the Smart Specialisation Hub Observatory. This week we’re focusing on Heart of the South West LEP (HotSW). HotSW has adopted an evidence-led approach to identifying their priority sectors which aligns closely with the tenets of Smart Specialisation.
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During October, we will be providing more in-depth information on our upcoming pilot framework. The framework itself will be made public at the end of the month. The pilot focuses on two LEPs (the Heat of the South West and Greater Manchester), with a gradual roll-out of the other LEPs as more data is finalized. So...
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The North East LEP (NELEP) can be considered one of the more advanced facets of the Smart Specialisation story in England. It was among the first to release its Strategic Economic Plan in March 2014, and is planning to release an updated version to demonstrate its current focuses.
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As we kick off our month of local innovation and Smart Specialisation case studies, we’re beginning to build a stock of best practice across the country, to promote prioritisation and evidence-led innovation investment. First, we’re revisiting some of the examples cited in Sir Andrew Witty’s Review of Universities and Growth, ‘Encouraging a British Invention Revolution’.  One...
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