The process of innovation is characterised by turning ideas into value. It is useful to understand if an area has the right conditions for ideas to appear, develop and grow. Some of the characteristics of place, its people, and business base are not easy to change in the short-term, but have an impact on actions to support any key sectors identified in the smart specialisation process.

This report has been designed to help the reader:

1. Get a sense of which regions have similar characteristics

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

3. Investigate the individual factors contributing to any innovation environment