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Innovation birmingham firenze

  1. 1. The influence of transnational projects on a Draft Funding Strategy under the new English EU funding system - 2014-2020 Mainstreaming Lessons Learnt Patrick Willcocks Independent Consultant
  2. 2. EU Funds in England My talk to day will be about • The new approach to delivering EU funds in England for 2014-2020 • The learning lessons we have taken from the Cross Innovation project plus others (inc District Plus) • Steve’s and my role in developing the EU funding strategy for Greater Birmingham
  3. 3. EU Funds in England • New Government in 2010 • We have gone from 9 Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) in England to • 39 Local Enterprise Partnership • RDA’s were business influenced but were part of Government and had a wider partnership • LEPs are lead by Business with Local Authority and University involvement • Distrust of regionalism – favour a bottom up approach
  4. 4. EU Funds in England • UK Government propose – 1 English national ERDF (FEDER) programme and 1 ESF (FSE) programme • Propose devolution down to the 39 LEPs but not final decision making • 95% of funds passed down to LEPs • UK Government doesn’t like the concept on Integrated Territorial Investments so doesn’t want full devolution
  5. 5. EU Funds in England
  6. 6. EU Funds in England • West Midlands 2007-2014 – ERDF programme • Now there are 6 LEPs in the West Midlands • We have written the Draft Plan for Greater Birmingham and Solihull • €255m ERDF and ESF • Part Transition area and Part More Developed
  7. 7. EU Funds in Greater Birmingham 6 priorities • Innovation • SME Competitiveness • Low Carbon Communities • Unemployment • Social Inclusion/Poverty • Skills/Life Long Learning • Drafted by a team of thematic experts
  8. 8. Cross Innovation - the Project • Lead by Birmingham City University • Interreg IVC project • Role of the digital, and creative sectors in driving innovation • 11 cities...Stockholm, Birmingham, Amsterdam and Berlin ......... • Looked at it through four windows; • • • • Spaces Finance Culture Brokerage
  9. 9. My role - linking in • Contracted to write the Local Implementation Plan • All 11 cities need to do one • Put into the project as a way of trying to ensure policy and project transfer • Supported by Local Implementation Groups • Responding to the need to ensure relevance and tie in of transnational projects to local actions
  10. 10. Local Implementation Plan (LIP) • Workshop to test ideas in June 2013 • Draft produced July 2013 • Contents • What is best practice from the partner cities drawn from across Europe • What are the gaps in Birmingham in cross innovation policy and ....implementation • What are the opportunities to influence programmes and policies to further cross innovation
  11. 11. Reflections on the Role of the LIPs • Birmingham's one is seeking to influence policy makers – as BCU doesn’t deliver. • Others such as Berlin's undertaken by the Berlin Senate assume they have the power and resource and look at what they need to do. • Interestingly so far ours is the only one that is explicitly trying to influence the new EU funding programmes.
  12. 12. Birmingham's LIP Findings • There is no overall Innovation Strategy and so without that a focus on cross innovation will not necessarily succeed. • Due to closure of the Regional Development Agency and Birmingham City Council not addressed it before. • Issue of coherence and leadership • Found that there were many good ideas but not co-ordinated • Suggested a number of particular project ideas to pursue ...but the role of serendipity
  13. 13. The Big Opportunity • BCU was successful in winning a tender to write the European Funding Strategy for the Greater Birmingham Local Enterprise Partnership • Therefore included some of the ideas coming out of the project into the first draft. • There were other projects and programmes that influenced our work – • Making Knowledge Work Interreg IVC • District Plus (through Henriette’s work) • Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC)
  14. 14. Some of the Ideas • The role of the creative industries in stimulating innovation across the economy • Collaborative Innovation – getting out of silos • The widening of the definition of knowledge transfer partnerships • Similarly wider Innovation vouchers • Challenge based approaches to innovation • Pioneers in to Practice the role of mentoring • Co-working and an eco system approach to innovation
  15. 15. Where we are at now • The LEP was starting to address the innovation gap • With our recommendations we have got them to commit to producing an over arching strategic innovation framework • Based on an Smart Specialisation approach • Need to combine this with the eco system approach • So our strategy directly influenced by Cross Innovation others
  16. 16. How come this has worked (so far) • The drafting group had real experience of both transnational projects and local delivery • Henriette Lyttle Breukellaar – ex RDA and District Plus • Steve Harding Ex Birmingham City Council (BCC) Economic Devt and ECCE/Cross Innovation transnational projects • Jon Bloomfield – Ex BCC and ex RDA plus Climate KIC • Patrick Willcocks – Ex BCC / numerous transnational projects/ ERDF and ESF locally
  17. 17. How come this has worked (so far) • Previous RDA led regional programme – highly competent but not open to ideas outside of UK • So perhaps the more localised EU funding has helped the transfer of ideas • In consultations broad support for the activities • Challenges – – to ensure through Smart Specialisation work that the open approach to innovation is maintained – And to ensure projects come forward with the ideas contained within the draft Strategy. • In Cross Innovate – want to do ‘peer review’ of LIPs to see if we can push them further
  18. 18. Thank you ANY QUESTIONS Patrick Willcocks @globalbirminghm