The innovation ecosystem in a place consists of the local assets and institutions and the way they interact at the level of the LEP. A strong ecosystem will support an idea through a network of regional organisations, allowing it to develop into a new technology or new service and bring economic growth to the region. Studying the innovation ecosystem of a place can help us understand how well innovation activity is backed by local institutions and linkages.

This report has been designed to help the reader:

1. Get a sense of which regions have similar characteristics that support innovation

2. Identify the distribution of more and less favourable innovation ecosystems

3. Investigate the individual factors contributing to any innovation ecosystem