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Innovation South Science and Innovation Audit

Call for Evidence – by 28th February 2017

“Innovation South” is a consortium of businesses, universities, and local enterprise partnerships in the South of England, established to carry out a Government-endorsed Science and Innovation Audit. This will identify the region’s innovation strengths in Digital Enabling Technologies, and examine their potential influence on business innovation and growth in four of the region’s key sectors:

  • Connected digital systems, services & products
  • Advanced engineering
  • Marine and maritime
  • Bioscience

It is an opportunity both to champion the region’s current significant contribution to the digital economy, and pursue opportunities for new growth and digitally driven innovation as well.

To inform the Audit, we are seeking evidence from businesses, universities, research institutes and other expert stakeholders. We want to make sure we take account of the existing evidence on the innovation landscape – and we want to capture your intelligence and insight into the impact digital enabling technologies are making to the industries, markets and networks that you know best.

If you have evidence that you feel would be useful – whether this is data, reports, case studies or insights from your knowledge and experience – we would very much like to hear from you. Please contact us by 17.00 on Tuesday 28th February 2017 (more details on how to respond below)

In light of the Government’s recent proposals for a new national industrial strategy, the Science and Innovation Audit is a timely opportunity to showcase the innovation assets and entrepreneurialism of the South of England; and to make a powerful case for investment in our region and businesses.

 

Background

As part of its approach to supporting the growth of industries in which the UK has world-leading strengths, the Government is supporting a series of regional Science and Innovation Audits. These are identifying areas of global competitive advantage, examining regional science and innovation strengths and providing evidence of the potential of each region to build and develop world-leading products, services and technologies.

Each Science and Innovation Audit focuses on areas in which the region believes it has its own strengths. It then maps its assets, opportunities and challenges through a robust, evidence-led process, and develops recommendations to maximise their potential. 

In the South of England, the Science and Innovation Audit is being developed by “Innovation South”, a consortium of universities, businesses and local enterprise partnerships. It covers the area from Dorset to Kent, and as far north as Berkshire and Surrey (see map below). It is an area which is home to many world-class universities, companies and business clusters and which has a GVA of £225 billion.

 

Figure 1:  The “Innovation South” area

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The Audit focuses on how regional strengths in digital enabling technologies (5G, cyber security, big data analytics, photonics & quantum) are driving innovation and economic growth in the connected digital (systems and software development of services and products, including, for example, creative digital media, Smart Cities), bioscience, marine and maritime and advanced engineering sectors. 

Work began on the Audit in January 2017. The Innovation South consortium will submit a final Audit report to Government in May 2017.

 

Call for evidence

The Audit will draw on a wide range of intelligence. Within the context of the relationship between new advances in digital enabling technologies and product and market developments in the connected digital, bioscience, marine and maritime, and advanced engineering sectors, we particularly welcome evidence relating to:

  • science and innovation strengths and assets in the South of England, and their commercial impact
  • how the exploitation of digital enabling technologies is leading to innovation within firms
  • existing and emerging business and research clusters
  • specific collaborations or networks between firms, or between firms and universities/research institutions within the region
  • collaborations with partners elsewhere in the UK or internationally
  • barriers to innovation, or to realising commercial benefits from science and technology
  • skills and labour market characteristics and their relationship to innovation and entrepreneurship
  • broader ecosystem characteristics, and their links to the process of innovation across the South of England (e.g. availability of growth finance)
  • market opportunities (existing and emerging) in the UK, in Europe and beyond
  • market competition and challenges (existing and emerging) in the UK, in Europe and beyond
  • the funding landscape insofar as it relates to digital enabling technologies and their application across the four sectors

We would also welcome any case study examples, focusing especially on individual businesses and the process of innovation.

 

How to respond

Evidence should be provided in electronic copy to innovationsouthaudit@gmail.com. A response form is attached below, but responses are welcome in other formats. Please ensure that you provide contact details.   The final deadline for evidence is 17.00 Tuesday 28th February 2017.  Earlier submissions would be very helpful.

 

How we will use the evidence

Evidence provided through this call will be used to inform the Science and Innovation Audit.  Information provided may be published or disclosed in accordance with access to information regimes (primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000). Under the Freedom of Information Act, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and we cannot give an assurance of confidentiality.

 

The Innovation South consortium would like to acknowledge the help and support of those organisations and/or individuals which contribute evidence to this report. Please let us know if you would prefer your details to be withheld.

 

More information

More information about Science and Innovation Audits (including previously published Audit reports) is available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/science-and-innovation-audits-first-wave-reports.

For more information about the Innovation South Science and Innovation Audit, please contact Sue Littlemore (sue.littlemore@enterprisem3.org.uk).

 

 

Annex 1: Innovation South Science and Innovation Audit Call for Evidence response proforma

A: Your details

Organisation

 

Contact name

 

Position

 

Postal address

 

Email

 

Tel.

 

Is your organisation…

[delete as applicable]

 

a)    a business

b)    a business association

c)    a university

d)    a non-university research establishment

e)    a local authority

f)     a local enterprise partnership

g)    other (please state)

 

We would like to acknowledge that you have provided evidence for this Audit by including you (you’re your name and organisation) in a “list of organisations/individuals that have contributed to the evidence gathering process”. 

Please put an “X” in the box if you would prefer not to be included in the list of acknowledgements

 

B: Your evidence

 

You are welcome to provide information in any form, but the following questions may be helpful:

 

What evidence do you have of…

  • science and innovation strengths and assets in the South of England, and their commercial impact
  • how the exploitation of digital enabling technologies is leading to innovation within firms
  • existing and emerging business and research clusters
  • specific collaborations or networks between firms, or between firms and universities/research institutions within the region
  • collaborations with partners elsewhere in the UK or internationally
  • barriers to innovation, or to realising commercial benefits from science and technology
  • skills and labour market characteristics and their relationship to innovation and entrepreneurship
  • broader ecosystem characteristics, and their links to the process of innovation across the South of England (e.g. availability of growth finance)
  • market opportunities (existing and emerging) in the UK, in Europe and beyond
  • market competition and challenges (existing and emerging) in the UK, in Europe and beyond
  • the funding landscape insofar as it relates to digital enabling technologies and their application across the four sectors

 

 

Do you have any case study examples you would like to share?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     


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