We believe that to drive the economy forward, investment in innovation must take place nationally, building on the heritage and knowledge bases of cities all over the UK. By adding capital solely to existing innovation hubs, we limit the breadth of knowledge and reduce collaboration. But by using the full UK knowledge pool we can boost productivity and see innovation thrive, all the while giving the economy a much-needed boost.
It’s for this reason that two years ago, in a joint venture with Bruntwood, we created Bruntwood SciTech – the UK’s leading property provider dedicated to growing the science and technology sector, and commissioner of a recent report into the importance of place in innovation . “We believe that rather than having a nationwide network of innovation assets and infrastructure, which all try to do the same thing, we should be leveraging the unique sectoral focus areas of universities and cities,” explains Phil Kemp, Bruntwood SciTech CEO.
Here is a snapshot of the cities and regions at the heart of Bruntwood SciTech’s efforts.