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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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Place-based innovation: the story so far
In 2013, Sir Andrew Witty published his Review of Universities and Growth, ‘Encouraging a British Invention Revolution’. He put forth the view that whilst the kind of impactful university-business collaborations he wanted to see were happening in the UK, they were not happening consistently or strategically in a placed-based manner. Almost three years on, this...
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In case you’ve missed any news, here is a roundup of this month’s blog posts.
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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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In case you’ve missed any news, here is a roundup of this month’s blog posts.
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Our final “Meet The Team” update comes from Dr Steve Welch, Hub Director. Dr Welch took the time to outline what he’s looking forward to doing with the Smart Specialisation project, as well as telling us a bit more about himself.
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This week on “Meet The Team”, Viola Hay speaks to us about her role as Project Manager for the Smart Specialisation Hub.
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This week on “Meet the Team”, we meet the Policy Manager for the Hub, Andrew Basu-McGowan. Andrew took the time to outline his duties with the Hub, as well as telling us a bit more about himself.
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Next on “Meet the Team” is our Research Analyst, Dr Etienne Bailey. Dr Bailey took the time to explain his role within the Hub, and how he’s formulating the framework for Smart Specialisation in England.
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July on the Hub is “Meet the Team” month. We’ll be introducing you to each team member who makes up the Smart Specialisation Team. We’ll be giving you a bit of information about their background, outlining what it is they do and what they have planned. First up, the Digital Communications Officer, Kim MacLean (comms@smartspecialisationhub.org).
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In case you’ve missed any news, here is a roundup of this month’s blog posts.
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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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In case you’ve missed any news, here is a roundup of this month’s blog posts.
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Higher Education for Smart Specialisation (HESS) is a project of the S3 Platform in Seville. It was launched by DG Education and Culture in the European Commission in March 2016 and builds on previous work that the S3 Platform has done on universities.
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Earlier this month, we looked at the contribution of universities to Smart Specialisation strategies. This included the skills, connectivity, and research outputs at the heart of regional innovation activities. In this blog post, we outline the benefits for HEIs of participating.
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Over the 12th and 13th of April, the European Commission played host to a series of presentations and debates on the role of Smart Specialisation, business and universities. Discussion centred on what universities can do, and in many cases are already doing, to help develop Smart Specialisation strategies, including any challenges they may face. Dr...
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Last month, we introduced you to the concept of Smart Spec in England and explained how it works, and who’s involved. In case you missed it, you can click here and have a read. This month, we’ll look at Smart Spec and universities. Andrew Basu-McGowan, Policy Manager for the Smart Specialisation Hub, took the time to...
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In case you’ve missed any news, here is a roundup of this month’s blog posts.
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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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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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In case you’ve missed any news, here is a roundup of this month’s blog posts.
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Last week, the Annual LEP Network Conference was held at Central Westminster Hall. It brought together 300 attendees from LEPs, Government, and other organisations. The event focus was on “The impact of LEPs to date”, with speakers from multiple industries giving their stories on how various LEPs have impacted the way they do business. There...
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On Tuesday two government departments released announcements on regional funding opportunities, focussing on the prospect of innovation within LEPs and wider regions, and also providing the opportunity to begin the process smart specialisation.
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The North East LEP has announced a major new funding plan that will see up to £30 million invested in new development projects as part of the LEP’s 2014 Growth Deal with the Government.
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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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