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Liberal Democrats Party Conference: Innovate or fail – UK’s only route to recovery, growth and prosperity

Monday, 19 September 2011
18:15 - 19:30
Room 103, Jurys Inn Birmingham Hotel

Innovation has been heralded as the golden ticket for economic growth and prosperity in the UK, providing a radical set of solutions after a period of intense financial crisis. But what do we mean by innovation? And what are the practical solutions that it can afford? 

This debate brought together leading figures to explore the nature of the UK’s "innovation eco-system", looking at finance, higher education, skills and growth sectors and particularly highlighting low carbon industries. What the government can do to create the set of intermediary institutions the UK needs for a true Age of Innovation.




  • Will Hutton (chair), Chair of the Big Innovation Centre
  • Professor Birgette Andersen, Director of the Big Innovation Centre
  • Lorely Burt MP, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills 
  • Paul Spence, Strategy and Regulation Director at EDF Energy

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