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Open Work Spaces in London

I came across two things of interest today relating o the creative industries in London today. Firstly this mini report and ongoing survey of open work spaces in London being undertaken by IPPR supported by the GLA. Secondly this report on Creative Factories – focused on the creative community in Hackney Wick and Fish Island […]

Innovation Birmingham – An increasingly important asset for Birmingham’s Digital Sector

Innovation Birmingham – An increasingly important asset for Birmingham’s Digital Sector Birmingham launched its Smart City Road Map in 2014 and a key component in delivering its vision around growing the digital economy, is Innovation Birmingham. I talked to the CEO David Hardman recently to find out more. Innovation Birmingham is located in the emerging […]

Smart Specialisation in England; is this really LEPland?

As many of you may be aware ‘England’ is drawing up a smart specialisation strategy (S3) to fulfill the ex ante conditionality required for an England ERDF Operational programme. i.e. it is developing a national strategy to focus innovation investment under the ERDF programme as it has to under ERDF regulations. This is a tall […]

Smart Smart Smart Cities

I had the pleasure last week of attending the EU Open Days event in Brussels; four days where cities and regions present the latest on how they are investing EU monies to deliver on the EU 2020 objectives of Smart Sustainable and Inclusive Growth. It may be me but I felt that there was really […]

Smart Specialisation Event

Just a short post. This event being held in Belfast looks like a very interesting one day conference on smart specialisation. It might be a good place for LEPs aspiring to major on innovation to attend https://uksmartspecialisationconferenceni.eventbrite.co.uk/

What is Smart Specialisation when it is at home?

Many LEPs across the country are waking up to this new European term as with the responsibility being given them to spend EU structural funds from 2014-2020 comes a new approach to targetting resources to be spent on innovation. The term Smart Specialisation is an approach to developing Regional Innovation Strategies which whilst not compulsory […]

Digital Shoreditch – An Interesting Festival

If you are a techie/a social media junkie or someone like me who is interested in the link between digital, innovation and place there is a really interesting week coming up in Shoreditch – titled Digital Shoreditch. A week focussing on Tech City Tomorrow’s World – what’s coming up round the corner Future Brands – […]

University of Birmingham’s Economic Impact: A Review

Professor David Eastwood Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham presents a summary of this report in this video The University of Birmingham has just published a report detailing the economic impact of the University. The report undertaken by Oxford Economics attempts to be a comprehensive analysis of all the economic levers the University pulls. In summary […]

Cross Innovation:11 Cities working together

I have just returned from Amsterdam where partners, hosted by Amsterdam Innovation Motor got together to discuss progress on the Cross Innovation Project. A fascinating two days. Cities represented include Berlin,Birmingham, Amsterdam, Rome, Lisbon and Warsaw. So what is Cross Innovation. I touched on this in my earlier blog post – so won’t repeat it here […]

Cross Innovation

 Now this is blog post is not about when an Innovator gets angry and how it stimulates innovation; it is rather how working across sectors in the economy can lead to innovation. The concept of Cross Innovation is a major talking point now in Europe.  Europe has deep rooted economic problems and is looking to […]



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