Yasmin Knight & Tim Strickland

ESIF Priority Areas and Detailed Design Workshop
Tuesday 2 December 2014
Sheffield Hallam University
The Sheffield City Region and
Yasmin Knight, University of Sheffield
Tim Strickland, Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield City Region (SCR) Geography
ESIF 14 - 20 allocation £177m
across 2 regions' programmes; more developed and transition (previously South
Yorks(SY) 1, 6, 8 and 9 on map)
Innovation allocation £22m (£19m of which is in SY)
SME competiveness £55m
SCR Sectors and HE engagement
The Sheffield City Region has a broad and mixed economic base. The following
sectors are important in driving future growth, jobs and success:
•Advanced manufacturing
•Low carbon
•Creative and digital
•Financial and business services
•Healthcare technologies
•Sport, leisure and tourism
The two Universities have strong links with the majority of these sectors and
representation on the LEP Board and sector groups in addition to experience
of project delivery and collaborative R&D with Companies.
A staff member from UoS is on secondment one day per week to the LEP.
SCR: The scale of the challenge
Source: SCR draft Implementation plan Dec 13
SCR: The focus of interventions
Source: SCR draft Implementation plan Dec 13
Innovation: What the Universities did
Between July and October 2014, the two Universities in Sheffield carried out
a programme of consultation with stakeholders including Chambers of
Commerce, local authorities, companies and agencies.
Discussions included
identifying and engaging innovative SMEs,
the innovation offer
fit with the wider Growth Hub offer and links to national programmes,
the interface with skills, inward investment and business support, critical
success factors, and impact.
This document will inform a final round of consultation and will be taken forward
by the Innovation Centre of Expertise (ICE) group, as part of the plans for
the launch of the Growth Hub in April 2015.
Innovation: What we found
a broad definition of innovation that extended beyond technology intensive,
science based companies.
innovation was not a concept that was immediately recognised by or viewed as
relevant to many companies in the SCR.
'innovative' companies were relatively easy to recognise, as they demonstrated
a number of distinctive qualities and behaviours.
Sectors have a role in providing a focus for innovative interventions, in particular
Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Health Care Technologies and CDI.
However, support for SMEs in priority sectors alone will not generate the
economic impact and outcomes required by the SEP.
critical success factors for an effective Growth Hub - quality of business support,
client trust, knowledgeable business advisors, effective decision making and
confident supportive referral
There is more work to be done!
Possible products and fit with national programmes
Growth Accelerator and other
national programmes
Innovation Advisors based in universities and other agencies
ICE Short
ICE Voucher
ICE Academic
ICE enhanced
ICE Intern
ICE enhanced
R&D award
World class research and expertise transfer programme from the research base to SCR SMEs including
technologies from the AMRC, Advanced Wellness Research Centre, HiPims, Food Engineering, Big Data and Smart
cities opportunities.
Innovation: Fit with the Growth Hub
e.g. Innovate UK
portfolio or Growth
Science and Innovation Board
(national and international
connectivity and strategic lead)
Business Growth Board
MDs Club
(SCR industry and academic
collaboration network and innovation
Skills Bank
Innovation Centre
of Expertise Board
New Business
Business support
Access to Finance
Company pipeline
Next steps
The set up agenda for the Innovation Centre of Expertise Board includes:
• Effective routes to identifying and engaging innovative companies
• Criteria and definitions to guide interventions that are high impact,
deliverable and client
• Develop the portfolio of innovation services and fit with national
• Develop roles and communications between stakeholders and with
other Growth Hub spokes and services
• Develop the model for employer contributions
• Explore the relevance to the SCR of the Smart specialisation
programmes proposed by UK Government.
ESIF Priority Areas and Detailed Design Workshop
Tuesday 2 December 2014
Sheffield Hallam University
Thanks and any questions....

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