The UK Innovation Survey provides information on product/service and process innovation as well as the barriers to innovation activity for a relatively large number of UK firms. In this paper we present the first local economic area analysis of this data derived from four surveys covering the 2002-04, 2004-06, 2006-08 and 2008-10 periods.

The analysis is possible as locational codes (postcodes) have been matched with innovation data for the first time enabling the innovation profile of individual Local Economic Areas (LEAs) to be captured. The current analysis relates to the 2002-2010 period.

New data relating to the more recent 2010-2012 period is due to be released towards the end of 2014. We welcome suggestions for other indicators or analysis which would be useful. Analysis has been undertaken by Stephen Roper, Karen Bonner and Jim Love at ERC.

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