Innovation 50

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Innovation 50 was a three-year research project focusing on innovation in high-growth Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Essex (UK). Launched in 2015, and funded by Essex County Council, its aims were to establish the key determinants of high growth for local SMEs, assess their innovation performance and identify their innovation support requirements.

The project’s findings have informed innovation policy in Essex and additional innovation support measures for local SMEs have been implemented as a result. Combined with a comprehensive literature review and a qualitative appraisal of the most impactful public innovation support measures participating SMEs had received, the project also provided a framework for the design of future innovation support programmes and related initiatives in Essex.

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