TESTIMONIALS
TESTIMONIALS

Click on the links below to read testimonials from our partners and open innovators

Rt Hon David Willetts MP, British MP, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, Former Secretary of State, Innovation and Skills

Iain Gray, Former CEO, Innovate UK

Antony Jenkins, Former Group Chief Executive, Barclays

Theo Bertram, Public Policy Manager, Google

Andrew Witty, Chief Executive Officer, GlaxoSmithKline

Vincent de Rivaz, CEO, EDF Energy

Andy Haldane, Chief Economist, Bank of England

Chuka Umunna, Shadow Business Secretary, Labour Party

Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Personal & Corporate Banking, Barclays

John Coombs, Managing Director, Unilever Ventures

Paul Spence, Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, EDF Energy

“There could not have been a better place for me to launch the Government's Innovation and Growth Strategy in 2011 than the Big Innovation Centre. Since then the Big Innovation Centre has gone on to do invaluable research on how universities and businesses can become co-creators for growth. I was also pleased to address their global Triple Helix Conference in 2013, where it was gratifying to see such a large international audience with the shared mission to bring businesses, universities and governments together to co-innovate and solve economic, social and technological challenges.”
(December 2013)
“Will Hutton and his team have made a really important contribution to our thinking so I want to thank him for that. I look forward to working with him and his team and congratulate them on managing to launch the Big Innovation Centre in the way that they have.”
(March 2015)
“Innovate UK has seen the Big Innovation Centre establish itself as a valuable part of the UK's innovation landscape. Exploiting its unique combination of research, business networks and policy expertise, the BIC has carved out a strong position to convene and influence the national debate on the importance of innovation, especially open innovation, in economic growth and policy. Its pivotal position in the innovation ecosystem is extremely useful for everyone involved. We share the BIC's vision to make the UK a global innovation hub by 2025.”
(December 2013)
“As I said when Barclays first joined the Big Innovation Centre, I want to put innovation right back at the heart of our business for the benefit of our customers. Our own co-creation days and our renewed emphasis on supporting innovation and entrepreneurs have been catalysed by our Big Innovation Centre membership. We look forward to working with the team in 2014 and beyond.”
(December 2013)
“Google values the Big Innovation Centre network enormously and the opportunities it creates to meet other businesses and innovators. It's a great space to learn about new ideas and to collaborate on some of the biggest challenges we face together.”
(December 2013)
“GSK welcomes the open innovation approach developed by the Big Innovation Centre, which has opened doors and released enormous energy and potential. We have high hopes for the Health+ Action Group that we are helping to establish within the Big Innovation Centre, and of how we and other companies can work together to strengthen the UK?s innovation ecosystem and culture .”
(December 2013)
“We at EDF Energy significantly value our association with The Big Innovation Centre. Membership has demonstrated the value of open innovation in the energy sector. We have experimented with various initiatives and jointly created a video to encapsulate our shared vision for 2025. It's a vision which has been well received at international conferences including last year's innovation showcase for the G8 delegation.”
(December 2013)
“On behalf of the Bank of England, let me congratulate the Big Innovation Centre on the progress so far and wish you all the best for the future. … We need a financial system that is capable of delivering patient capital – capital that isn’t seeking short-term returns, the sort of thing that the Centre’s Entrepreneurial Finance Hub is seeking to create.”
(March 2015)
“There is a huge amount of political consensus around the importance of innovation. If we want the UK to be able to pay its way in the world it is through innovating – creating those products and services that no one else is providing that the world wants. This is absolutely fundamental to raising people’s living standards which is why we absolutely support what the Big Innovation Centre is doing. We can all agree on the importance of the Centre and I look forward to you scaling up and becoming even bigger.”
(March 2015)
“Barclays sincerely believes that a digital revolution is upon us and that it is much bigger than the industrial revolution. We do recognize that any such revolution has huge social cost, and this time around we’re committed to leaving no one behind. Technology for the sake of technology is interesting; technology that truly helps and makes people’s lives easier is a big deal and we want to go down that path. I’m really excited about the work that we’re doing together with the Big Innovation Centre. More power to you.”
(March 2015)
“The Big Innovation Centre is composed of fast, enthusiastic and creative learners. This business is going to scale up very rapidly.”
(March 2015)
“Today the UK energy sector is facing huge changes in customer expectations. We’re also facing changes in how that energy is generated, transported, stored and managed. That makes it an exciting time and one that means that we need innovation. EDF Energy has been really pleased to work with Will, Birgitte and their team to explore some of these issues our society is facing. We believe that as a big company we can contribute, but we can also learn a lot.”
(March 2015)