East of England Science & Innovation Audit
ICT Theme 

Introduction

When it comes to technology, just how innovative are we in the East of England?

Businesses in the region now have their chance to have their say via the East of England Science and Innovation Audit.

A consortium of universities, local enterprise partnerships and businesses in the East of England is in the process of completing a Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) on behalf of the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The region – which includes Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Essex, Southend, Thurrock, Rutland and two Lincolnshire Districts (South Kesteven and South Holland) – is one of eight that have been invited by Government to prepare a “second wave” SIA.

The SIA will identify the region’s science and innovation strengths and potentials in relation to four key Themes: life sciences; agritech; advanced engineering and materials, and high value manufacturing; and ICT.

The Audit will draw on a wide range of data and intelligence. Within the context of the ICT Theme, we will particularly welcome input relating to:
  • strengths and assets in science in the East of England
  • strengths and assets in innovation in the East of England
  • collaborations (between firms and/or universities and/or research institutions), both within the region and          nationally/internationally
  • skills and labour market characteristics and their relationship to innovation and entrepreneurship
  • broader ecosystem characteristics, and their links to the process of innovation across the East of England (e.g. availability of growth finance)
  • national and international market and technology trends
  • existing public support and funding environment.
We would also welcome any case study examples, focusing especially on individual businesses and the process of innovation.

How we will use the evidence

Evidence provided through this survey will be used to inform the Science and Innovation Audit. Information provided may be published or disclosed in accordance with access to information regimes (primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000). Under the Freedom of Information Act, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and we cannot give an assurance of confidentiality.

More information…?

More information about Science and Innovation Audits (including previously published Audit reports) is available at

www.gov.uk/government/publications/science-and-innovation-audits-first-wave-reports.

For more information about the East of England Science and Innovation Audit, please contact Jonathan Legh-Smith jonathan.legh-smith@bt.com

If you would like to provide more comprehensive input then please complete the full survey at http://survey.sqw.co.uk/s/EastofEnglandSIAICT/

We would be grateful for responses by Friday 21st April 2017.