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About the Big Innovation Centre

What is the Big Innovation Centre?

The Big Innovation Centre is an initiative from The Work Foundation and Lancaster University that launched in September 2011.

The Big Innovation Centre exists to make the UK a global open innovation hub, to build a world-class innovation ecosystem, and re-balance and grow the UK economy. It brings together some of the world’s leading companies with key institutions from across the policy landscape, all united by a commitment to innovation. It will carry out business-oriented research, taking emerging ideas and backing them with evidence. With support from all political parties, the Big Innovation Centre will make recommendations on how the UK can become a global innovation hub and transform the UK economy.

“We aim to change Britain – to deliver a step-change in its capacity to innovate and generate wealth. Nothing more; nothing less.”

Will Hutton (Chair of the Big Innovation Centre)

Read Will Hutton's vision of the Big Innovation Centre >

“We want to become the hub for knowledge sharing, investment and growth so Britain can become an international leader in innovation and transform our economy.”

Birgitte Andersen (Director of the Big Innovation Centre)

Read Birgitte Andersen's full interview >

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