Place has an undeniable impact on our ability to innovate, whether as individuals, organisations and companies.
Places bring different types of access to infrastructure, funding and networks. They result in different opportunities to attract talented workers or draw on unique local attributes or leadership. But what factors make some places more innovative than others?
What makes places more 'absorptive' of innovation and better at anchoring critical institutions? And how can policymakers help stimulate the innovative capacity of places to drive growth, competitiveness and wellbeing?
From Manchester to Bangalore, our work on innovation and place draws no only on international and local best practice, but on our own practical programmes and pilot efforts to stimulate local innovation. Our experiences with projects such as the Manchester Innovation Fund, Starter for 6, Insight Out and Creative Credits provide us with a rich basis for not only understanding the relationship between innovation and place, but for figuring out how best to influence it.