The plans, policies, strategies and cultures which enable or inhibit innovation in a given location are shaped by place leaders. We seek to empower place leaders to be confident customers of innovation and effective stewards of the UK's innovation economy.
Sam Markey
Ecosystem director

Initiatives for 2024

Innovation Places

Innovation places are engines of economic growth and renewal. Visit our Innovation Places hub to learn what works in sparking inclusive regional innovation economies and to connect with our networks of pioneers and practitioners.
Initiatives for 2024

Smarter Spending

An innovation-friendly approach to public sector buying has the power to deliver better user experiences and spark economic growth. Discover insights, advice and practical support in the Smarter Spending hub.

The art of
connected places

Business champions in the West Midlands spoke about how changing the culture of procurement can benefit innovators and public sector buyers during a showcase of the DIATOMIC Accelerator programme, convened by Connected Places Catapult.
‘Changing lives through research delivery’ is the winner’s aim from the Inclusive Innovation category at the Northern Power Women Awards, supported by Connected Places Catapult. Here, Sarah Fallon and Joanne Henry from the National Institute for Health and Care Research, Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester explain what they do, and reflect on what they have achieved.