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Title: Innovative Actions in the South West of England Inspire South West

Innovative Actions in the South West of England
Inspire South West
  • Presenter Janet Brellisford
  • South West of England Regional Development Agency
  • Date 15/16 June 2005

SW Headlines
  • Region contributes 8 National GDP
  • Marked by economic diversity north/south and
  • 210,000 businesses in SW, majority employing less
    than 10 people. It is home to only 7 of the top
    companies in the UK.
  • Environment one of richest in UK 60 of UKs
    heritage coast, 57 UKs flower rich meadows, 2
    National Parks)
  • Population of 5 million, but 15 million visitors
  • spending around 3,725 million
  • Objective 1 The whole of Cornwall
  • Objective 2 Plymouth, North Devon, areas
  • of South Devon, West Devon and
  • inner city Bristol.

Whats Inspire SW all about?
  • Action 1 Look Forward
  • Designed to assist businesses to anticipate
    change as a result of new and emerging
  • Action 2 Changing Culture
  • To promote a wider understanding of innovation
    and technology
  • Action 3 Innovative Business
  • Designed to generate increased demand for
    innovation support services

Action 1 Look Forward
  • Three Technology Panels
  • Regional Technology Panel (led by the University
    of Bristol)
  • Food and Drink Innovation Network (led by the
    University of Plymouth)
  • Aeronautics and Space Innovation Technology Panel
    (led by the University of Bath

Action 2 Changing Culture
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of
    innovation and new technology
  • Young Foresight
  • Young Innovation
  • CAD/CAM in the Community
  • Explore on Tour
  • Wild Ideas
  • VIDEO South West

Action 3 Innovative Business
  • Provide direct, practical innovation support to
  • Business Innovation for Growth (Alliances for
    Innovation and Quickmark)
  • Gloucestershire Year of Innovation
  • PROFIT (Promoting Future Innovation and
  • Leading by Design
  • (see newsletter for more information)

Links with other RegionalInitiatives
  • Objective 1
  • Objective 2
  • Objective 3
  • Innovation Relay Centre
  • Regional Science and Industry Council
  • Other EU ad-hoc funded initiatives
  • Other RDA initiatives/projects

What is working really well
  • Participation of SMEs who would not previously
    have engaged with business support services, or
    with higher education
  • Young people demonstrating enthusiasm for design,
    technology and innovation
  • Business support and university links to deliver
    innovative projects

Problems along the way
  • Lack of understanding amongst business support
    organisations around innovation and innovative
  • Taking longer than expected to fund truly
    innovative or novel projects
  • Some new partnerships finding relationships
    difficult in the initial planning project
    planning phase
  • Finding projects to deliver what was outlined in
    the application

Learning and best practice
  • Too early to say?
  • Evaluation only just started both at project
    level and programme level
  • Involvement in strategy development for
    Structural Funds post 2007
  • Influencing review of Regional Economic Strategy

Taking results forward
  • Development of Sector based approaches
  • Taking forward new approaches into the learning
  • Communication methods to ensure SMEs understand
    the need to innovative
  • Ways to communicate the impact of new technologies

Programme legacy taking blue sky thinking
forward and making it real??