Smart Specialisation Hub

Smart Specialisation Hub

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Between 2016 and March 2019, NCUB co-delivered the Smart Specialisation Hub alongside the Knowledge Transfer Network.

Smart logo 266x100A platform for place-based innovation intelligence and analysis, the Hub was established to develop an observatory of innovation assets across England’s 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships; advise on bids for European Regional Development Funding; and offer objective insight to local actors as they triangulated their work with national policy drivers (notably, the Science and Innovation Audits and Local Industrial Strategies). Bringing together innovation expertise in places – found in our vital research and business bases – the Hub was a natural fit for NCUB.

Originally tied to ERDF funding and with its activity confined to England as a result, in August 2018 the Hub was extended by its remaining funders, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK, as part of UKRI, to end March 2019. This extension provided the Hub with a UK-wide remit and a breadth of competence to create a series of reports with a range of sectoral and geographical slants.

At the end of March, the Hub’s funding concluded and the project was closed. The findings, reports and insights it produced can be found on its archived website.

NCUB retains elements of the project’s institutional memory and will be deploying them to deliver work tailored to the needs of our membership.


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