making sense of place economics

Universities, innovation & skills

Promoting access to knowledge and learning

Lab Equipment

Universities are central to national and local economic development policy. Their role as centres for innovation, research and commercialisation of intellectual property, including spin-out business activity is widely acknowledged. Universities can also drive cultural change in place economies through links into all levels of learning and skills development.

GENECON understands the drivers of successful innovation strategies and systems, having advised on initiatives such as Innovation Advisory Services and Collaborative R&D programmes.

We have analysed university enterprise, entrepreneurship, innovation and SME development support provision and other specialised business advisory services. We have prepared business plans for science parks and R&D facilities, including the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus, NETPark Science Park in County Durham, an Advanced Manufacturing Centre in Yorkshire and a university led R&D facility in East Sussex.

More widely, our work has supported technology and knowledge transfer and 'university to business' collaboration, linking 'blue skies' research and company R&D, as well skills programmes such as the South East Enterprise & Skills Boards and learning networks.

Click here to view our Service Paper on 'Technology Innovation Centres'