This event was to launch a new report, supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and in partnership with the University of Sheffield looking at where innovation happens, where its benefits are felt and what we can learn from successful initiatives, concentrating on the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) based in the Sheffield City Region.
We were delighted to be joined by speakers Lord David Sainsbury, former innovation minister, Professor Keith Ridgway from the University of Sheffield and Alex Marsh from UKRI.
The AMRC based in the Sheffield City Region offers nationally significant, as well as locally important, economic benefits. It is built on strong connections between the university and global and local firms, enabling access to leading-edge technology and expertise, and a commitment to a networked, open-source approach to sharing and using new ideas.
The event considered what elements of the AMRC could be taken as a model for further public and private investment in innovation. It explored what is unique about the AMRC and what elements have the potential to be replicated in other places. It also looked at what we know about the nature of the benefits that accrue to the Sheffield City Region and the implications this has for local and national policy-makers.