The Northern Ireland Innovation Survey is a subset of the UK-wide Innovation Survey and provides a regular snapshot of innovation inputs and outputs. 45% of Northern Ireland’s firms are now actively engaged in innovation. That’s an improvement of over 12%, but we have the second lowest rate of the 12 UK regions.
The NI Innovation Survey is a subset of the UK-wide Innovation Survey and provides a regular snapshot of innovation inputs and outputs. Northern Ireland has consistently had a smaller proportion of firms engaged in wider innovation than the UK.
Companies are defined as wider innovators if they have engaged in new and significantly improved forms of organisation, business structures or practices and marketing concepts or strategies. Values represent the proportion of companies that are defined as wider innovators. Years correspond to the time period when results were gathered, not the publication date of survey results. NI results published within NISRA’s NI publication differ to those published by the UK Community Innovation Survey.
The NI Innovation Survey is a subset of the UK-wide Innovation Survey and provides a regular snapshot of innovation inputs and outputs. Overall, the proportion of innovative firms reporting collaboration has significantly increased, over a third higher than the previous reporting period.
Values represent the proportion of innovative companies that report collaborative activity. Currently 50% of NI innovative companies collaborate. This figure has increased from 37% and NI is now up to 10th in the UK from last place.
Next release: November 2018
Innovative Collaboration in Northern Ireland 2002-2014
Innovation drives growth and a key indicator of this is the increase of turnover as a result of innovation. Private sector turnover from innovation activities increased by almost one-fifth between 2010 and 2012.
This figure is calculated by applying the innovation turnover shares (from the UK Community Innovation Survey) to business turnover data (from the Annual Business Inquiry). Values represent the value of turnover that comes from innovative products.
Patents reflect a country’s inventive activity. Patents also show the country’s capacity to exploit knowledge and translate it into potential economic gains. In this context, indicators based on patent statistics are widely used to assess the inventive performance of countries. Northern Ireland ranks 8th out of the UK regions – well below the UK average.
Companies who invest in innovation are more productive than those who do not. Total spending by Northern Irish companies has risen by almost 7% since 2012 3 years. However, 2015 saw a slight dip in companies spend on innovation.
NI R&D Survey (not published)
This information is collected from a question within NI’s R&D survey but is not published
R&D companies’ spend on innovation activities 2012-2015