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How Well Do Barriers and Enablers Predict Regional Innovation? Evidence from the Innovation State of the Nation 2023

March 8, 2024

IRC Report 004


Ms Ully-Yunita Nafizah

Professor Stephen Roper


This report provides an overview of innovation activity across regions in the UK. We explore the regional contrasts in the link between innovation outcomes and the enablers of and barriers to open innovation. Based on the evidence base, we identify a “two-speed” innovation economy – a group of four ‘baseline’ regions where the propensity for innovation is consistent with the enablers/barriers, and a group of ‘over-performing’ regions in which firms seem more capable in translating the enablers into higher innovation propensity. We also suggest regionally differentiated innovation supports.


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