Place

From our Innovate Local event programme to our Net Zero Places Innovation Network, we are committed to delivering place-based activities that make a difference to innovators across the UK.

What is ‘Place’?

Places are both an enabler and a driver for innovation. The Levelling Up White Paper makes clear the importance of place and place-based initiatives in delivering economic, environmental, and societal benefits across the UK and we are committed to connecting national and regional innovation to enable these benefits.

Our objectives for Place at Innovate UK Business Connect:

  • We inspire by showcasing innovation excellence from across the UK
  • We involve by convening and connecting places together to meet UK aspirations such as Net Zero and Levelling Up
  • We invest by informing government levers for place and support national decision making in areas like funding and procurement

This means looking at innovation from a place-first rather than sector-first perspective, working between national policies and local priorities. On a practical level, it means we’re doing things in places, for the benefit of those places. From our Innovate Local event programme to our Net Zero Places Innovation Network, we are committed to delivering activities that make a difference to innovators across the UK.

Place and levelling up

Reimagining your place in UK innovation
Strengthening UK capability in places

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Strengthening UK capability in places

We must support existing excellent local innovation strengths that are critical to overall UK capability, for example through investments in strategic infrastructure or building clusters of excellence.

Connecting national to local

FOCUS AREA

Connecting national to local

We need local and national business support to work together with better signposting and awareness of national and specialist support. We must make it easier for businesses to find the best support, whether local or national.

Driving local impact

FOCUS AREA

Driving local impact

We must tailor our support to innovative business clusters to build capacity, stimulate greater connectivity between local businesses and the research base and deliver greater productivity and economic impact.


Launchpad programme

Innovate UK Launchpad is a programme aimed at supporting emerging clusters of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. Launched in 2020, it provides funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities to help SMEs grow and scale their businesses.

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2023

Overview of the UK’s Net Zero Strategy for Public Sector

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2023

Procurement Net Zero: Meet the Advisor

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