Monday, 13 June 2022

North East LEP's Evidence Hub

Newcastle's Theatre Royal
Author Christopher Down Licence CC BY 4.0 Source Wikimedia Commons


A resource that other local enterprise partnerships would do well to copy is the North East Evidence Hub. According to its homepage, it brings together key data about North East England and provides tools to help residents, businesses, education establishments and policymakers to make use of those data in a simple and accessible way. It appears to have been collated to support and inform the government's levelling up agenda in the region.

Data is clustered by theme:
Some of the topics are subdivided.  For instance, "innovation" has data on Business engagement in innovation, Business expenditure on R&DR&D expenditure by sector and Intellectual property, The intellectual property section contains information on patents, trade marks and designs registered by businesses and individuals in the North East region. It gives details of applications, publications and grants. Sadly, for each of those IP rights, the ratio of applications per population was the lowest of the 9 English regions.

Happily, steps are being taken to improve that ratio.  Rise and Design, part of RTC North, holds monthly seminars on a different science or technology-related topic. On Friday 17 June 2022 it plans a hybrid seminar on the electric revolution. Participants can come to the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead or attend online. I attended several; of Rise and Design's webinars during lockdown and wrote about some of them in this publication.  I learned a lot and made some good contacts.

Anyone wishing to discuss this topic further may call me on 020 7404 5252 during office hours or send me a message through my contact form.

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