Innovation

The North has strength in cutting-edge industries and world leading research institutions, and greater cross-sector collaboration will help close the productivity gap.

Scientist working in laboratory
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Rotherham

Driving Investment

By removing boundaries between our industries, strengthening innovation eco-systems and establishing networks and places for people to interact and encourage investment, the North will be able to move closer to achieving our ambitions.

In order to unlock our innovation potential, the NP11 intends to bring together innovation leaders from LEPs, businesses, networks and hubs, academia, and Government to work collaboratively, creating a clear framework for partnership between the North and the organisation UK Research and Innovation, along with other national R&D agencies. This will support local and regional innovation strategies, drive investment in the North, spur joint innovation activity to support the North’s prime capabilities and drive the achievement of the target of 2.4% R&D investment in the North.

Our Ambition

By 2030, our ambition is for the North to be recognised internationally for the effectiveness of its innovation eco-systems. The NP11 will help build a multi-level partnership between the 11 local areas, key Northern innovation champions and Government.

Alderley Park, Cheshire
On behalf of the NP11, this activity is spearheaded by Steve Fogg, Chair of the Lancashire LEP and the NP11 Innovation lead.
Meet the NP11 Chairs
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Rotherham