Research Report

Innovation Readiness in UK Foundation Industries

An ERC report for UKRI



Associated Themes
  • Innovation
  • Productivity and performance

How innovative are businesses in the UK foundation industries?

What factors shape innovation in these sectors?

What are the barriers businesses face in developing new and improved products and services?

How can policy makers support foundation industries to build long-term success in the UK?

These are some of the questions a new project, undertaken by the Enterprise Research Centre on behalf of UKRI, set out to answer. The six foundation industry sectors under investigation – ceramics, cement, chemicals, glass, metals and paper – are important in underpinning activity in many sectors of the UK economy. The research, which comprised a detailed literature review, a CATI survey of businesses in foundation industries as well as qualitative interviews with businesses and industry stakeholders, provides an evidence-based understanding of the factors that shape innovation across six UK foundation industry sectors, and in doing so, provides a basis for new policy thinking.