On the 11th and 12th of December 2012 the CCIC partners visited the UK city Birmingham for a Study Visit. During this Study Visit Birmingham gave us a good picture of how they work on innovation in the public sector, by giving presentations concerning different programmes and projects which they employ in order to stimulate innovation in their public sector.
The objective of this Study Visit is for the participating partners to learn about how the local authority of Birmingham works on innovation, and to bring back to the own cities and regions the ideas that could possibly fit in their organizations. During roundtable discussions and workshops the CCIC partners got the chance to make comments and give feedback on the presented cases and to ask for more detailed information.
The presentations during the Study Visit were mainly focused on programmes and projects related to improving services provided by Birmingham City Council, through a business transformation, which facilitates the authority to meet the needs of citizens and businesses within the city. There was also a strong focus on innovative financial instruments which Birmingham City Council provides to businesses, in order to give SMEs the chance to grow in times of crisis.
Finally, the consortium visited Birmingham Science Park Aston (BSPA) and got the chance to get an interesting insight into this modern and proactive science park. The presentation looked at how BSPA was moving the park to create a science park fit for 2020 and a 21st Century environment for Birmingham’s future entrepreneurs.