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 context of Brexit, the advent of UK Research and Innovation and the Industrial Strategy.
The Report is built around case studies which reflect on the impact and potential of the Science and Innovation Audits – and the Hub’s activity in support of those Audits; our publication ‘Mapping England’s Innovation Activity’, a high-level visual representation of local areas’ innovation strengths, brought up to date with the most recent available data; and forward-looking thinkpieces reflecting on the future of the research, innovation and funding architecture in the UK.
We also include a summary of other Hub activity and a call to action – whether you are a Local Enterprise Partnership, university, local or combined authority – to engage with the Hub and explore how we can support strategy development in your area.
We hope you enjoy the Report. For more information, please get in touch.
Andrew Basu-McGowan is the Policy Manager for the Smart Specialisation Hub, a role he assumed in April 2016.
Andrew’s chief focus is on forging the collaborations and policy links that drive connected localities and regions, and promoting the role of universities in building diverse and resilient economies.