Paper 3: Regional Innovation Policy (Gill)

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  • 1. Public sector support for innovation in a regional context: The Kent experience Ross Gill 3 July 2010
  • 2. Overview
    • The Kent economy and the innovation imperative
    • Current innovation policy...
    • ... And actions under way
    • The changing policy landscape
    • Future challenges for Kent
  • 3. Kent in context
  • 4. The regional advantage
  • 5. Kent’s economic gap: GVA per head
  • 6. New business: VAT registrations
  • 7. Why innovation?
    • “ The successful exploitation of new ideas”
    • SEEDA, Leadership for Innovation , 2009
    • “ In the future, regional innovation policy will be potentially more important: and certainly more difficult”
    • - Dr Paul Nightingale, University of Sussex
  • 8. Current regional policy
    • Current national goal:
    • “ A global leader in innovation and a magnet for innovative businesses”
    • Targets to increase expenditure on R&D
    • Increasing turnover attributable to new products
    • Increased emphasis on university-business collaboration
  • 9. But...
  • 10. Key pillars of a strategic approach
    • Support: The Innovation and Growth Team
    • Space: Premises for growing business
    • Sectors: Low carbon and creativity
    • Skills: Bridging the skills gap; releasing potential
  • 11. Support
    • Focusing on high growth firms, from start-ups to large corporations
    • Locally based: understanding the area, local networks and the market
    • Linked with wider support infrastructure
  • 12. Space
  • 13. Sectors
  • 14. Skills % of workforce qualified to NVQ4+
  • 15. The changing political economy
  • 16. Some questions...
    • From your perspective, where do you think
    • our efforts should be?...
    • Does innovation policy work at local level –
    • or should we look bigger?...
    • How can we best work with expert
    • knowledge to get the upstream evidence
    • downstream into delivery?
  • 17. Thank you!
    • Ross Gill
    • Economic Strategy & Policy Manager
    • Kent County Council
    • [email_address]
    • +44 (0)1622 221312
    • +44 (0)7837 872705