Research Report

Benchmarking local innovation – the innovation geography of England: 2019

ERC Research Report


Roper, Stephen, Bonner, Karen

Associated Themes
  • Innovation

Firms’ ability to innovate successfully plays an important role in their ability to sustain growth and competitiveness. This report provides innovation benchmarks for local areas in England, updating our previous analysis published in 2017.
The benchmarks are based on a new analysis of data from the 14,000 firms which responded to the UK Innovation Survey 2017. The analysis is designed to provide representative results for each local economic area. Information is provided on ten benchmarks including new indicators for organisational innovation.
Three benchmarks focus on forms of organisational and marketing innovation. Three further metrics relate to the inputs and structure of firms’ innovation activity with a focus on R&D, design investment and collaboration. Arguably the most important, the remaining four metrics relate to the outcomes from firms’ innovation reflecting both the extent of innovation across the population of firms as well as the success of innovation.