Along with other mature economies, the UK has seen productivity stalling in recent years, putting pressure on public services, individual finances and on quality of life. What part can innovation play in addressing this productivity puzzle, and what are the steps for towns, cities, universities, developers and investors to unlock its potential?

As well as several real-life case studies, this issue looks at the key components of innovation districts, suggests the ‘quadruple helix’ of partners required for success, and presents five key considerations for placemaking that attracts talent, fosters collaboration and cultivates creativity.

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UK Cities Intelligence: issue 2