The second edition of our quarterly innovation report lays out all the latest news of how UK cities are harnessing innovation to improve citizen experiences, drive service efficiencies and unlock new productivity gains and prosperity in their local economies.
With insights gathered across political, economic, environmental and social domains, as well as information on key appointments and a deep dive into innovation in environmental services and the public realm, this new issue of City Innovation Brief is a go to guide for busy city managers looking to keep pace and know what others are doing, and a window onto customer demand for businesses in the advanced urban services sector.
Nicola Yates, Chief Executive Officer at Future Cities Catapult said:
“As the Government’s Industrial Strategy white paper rightly acknowledges, ‘place’ is a foundation of economic productivity. Places with the right characteristics, assets and resources allow innovation to proliferate and businesses to grow, yielding prosperous communities.
“Circumstances are challenging for city administrations in the UK, with significant pressures on public spending and rising demand for certain services. But today, as in the past, the answer to solving the complex and expensive challenges facing our cities and urban areas lies in embracing innovation. Just as gaslights tackled Victorian public safety issues and high-tension elevator cables unlocked new heights in which people could live and work, so too today’s urban innovations promise not only to improve the lives of citizens and deliver efficiencies in public administration, but also to create new opportunities for business to exploit and more productive places where everyone can prosper.”
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