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Creating strong local economies and recognising the importance of place in achieving economic growth is at the core of the Local Industrial Strategies featured in the Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper. The Local Industrial Strategies aim to identify local strength and challenges as well as unlocking opportunities to boost productivity. Using clear evidence to identify...
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The Centre for Cities has recently published a number of articles on UK productivity that I have read with great interest. One offering – that forms part of the Centre’s excellent series on the Industrial Strategy – provides productivity data for UK cities against a number of sectors. It is a useful and interesting resource....
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The Smart Specialisation Hub is pleased to present its second Annual Report, showcasing a cross-section of Hub activity over the past year. We have continued to support place-based innovation, build on the matrix of data that constitutes our analysis of local areas’ assets, strengths and activities, and engage in the debates around the future of innovation in the...
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The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy today unveiled the Industrial Strategy White Paper – and it is built around the principles of retooling the national economy for a productive, growth-oriented future, addressing the structural obstacles we face as a country and presenting a series of Grand Challenges which industry, research leaders,...
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Third Wave SIAs new consortia
In early November, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) convened representatives of each of the newly-minted third wave of Science and Innovation Audits. The gathering was an opportunity for the new consortia to meet their contemporaries, learn from their predecessors and explore the possibilities opened up by the Audit process. The Hub...
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As we’ve often referenced, the Hub has been closely engaged in the Science and Innovation Audit process and had the pleasure of sharing insightful data with the Leeds City Region SIA. Our component delivery bodies also seek to deploy resource in pursuit of place-based and sectoral advancement, and in this article – reproduced from the...
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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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