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The story so far
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As 2018 progresses with alarming speed, it seems opportune to talk about the Hub’s goals for this year. The importance of place Place has taken on a renewed significance, and is now firmly ensconced as a foundation of national policy with the publication of the Industrial Strategy White Paper.  Already there are new initiatives, new...
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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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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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