A Comprehensive Action Plan - Northern Ireland Executive

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The Economic Strategy identifies our priorities to rebalance and

    Introduction rebuild the NI economy (outlined in Sections 5 & 6 of the

    Strategy). We also identified the key actions we will take over the The Executive is committed to working in partnership to build a current budget period, and into the medium term, in order to safe, peaceful, fair and prosperous society where everyone can deliver our vision. enjoy a better quality of life now and in the years to come. We

     need a strong economy to deliver this goal and the Economic

    It is important that this Action Plan is considered in conjunction Strategy identifies the following vision for the Northern Ireland (NI) with the Economic Strategy. It provides more detail on our economy by 2030:

    identified actions and it reinforces the emphasis we are placing

    on implementation. It also recognises that the delivery of our An economy characterised by a sustainable and growing

    vision will require co-ordinated action from all sectors and across private sector, where a greater number of firms compete in

    Government. global markets and there is growing employment and

     prosperity for all

    The Strategy will be underpinned by relevant Action Plans and

    related strategies to progress each of the Executive‟s economic The ultimate aim of this Strategy is to improve the economic

    priorities. We are currently engaging with key stakeholders to competitiveness of the NI economy. The vision is long term in produce supporting strategies or action plans for the areas of nature, reflecting the reality that it will take some time to

    Innovation / R&D, enterprise / business growth and skills. rebalance our economy and build a stronger private sector.

Our commitments are built on an extensive assessment of global

    best practice in economic development. This illustrates that in

    order to strengthen economic competitiveness we need to This means that the Strategy will be kept under review. As we increase employment and wealth by building a larger and more move closer to the end of the current budget period, an updated export-driven private sector. We also believe that this approach version of the Strategy, including a detailed list of actions and will help reduce poverty, promote equality and tackle existing targets, will be launched for the period beyond 2014/15. patterns of disadvantage and division.

     Effective Implementation

    The actions are structured around the rebalancing and rebuilding The NI Economic Strategy recognises the importance of themes of the Framework for Economic Growth and Prosperity implementing the actions we have committed to deliver. In (outlined in Section 4 of the Strategy). addition, we recognise the need to report transparently on



    A Stimulating Innovation, R&D and Creativity The Executive Sub-committee on the Economy, chaired by the

    Improving Employability and the level, Relevance and use of B Enterprise, Trade & Investment Minister, Arlene Foster, MLA, will Skills

    C Encouraging Business Growth continue to play a key role in overseeing implementation. The D Competing in the Global Economy sub-committee will receive annual updates detailing progress E Developing Economic Infrastructure against delivery of each commitment and this will ensure the

     necessary accountability of the responsible Department / Rebuilding

    organisation. We will also publish an annual assessment of the Promoting Employment and improving Employability and F wider health of the NI economy. Employment Opportunities

In setting out the actions for growth and prosperity, we are aware

    that significant volatility remains throughout the global economy.


    No. Objective Action Responsible Timescale

    Organisation A1 Increase Levels of Maximise returns from the grant for R&D programme by securing ?300m DETI/Invest NI March 2015

    Business Expenditure on investment in R&D (with at least 20% from SMEs).

    Research & Development

    (BERD) by incentivising

    A2 Support 500 businesses to undertake R&D for the first time. March 2015 businesses to increase

    their capability and

    capacity to undertake


    A3 Secure 120 Collaborative Projects in R&D. March 2015 A4 Secure up to ?5.6m additional investment in agri-food R&D (50% from DARD March 2015

    SMEs/industry organisations and 50% from DARD) by implementing further

    tranches of the DARD Agri-food Research Challenge Fund.

    A5 Increase innovation in Expand the Innovation Voucher Scheme by delivering 800 Innovation Voucher DETI/Invest NI March 2015

    SMEs through joint projects to stimulate increased levels of innovation within small enterprises (with

    projects with the Higher less than 50 employees).

    and Further Education sectors

     A6 Support the HE and FE sectors to undertake 120 Knowledge Transfer Partnership DETI/Invest NI March 2015

    (KTP) projects on behalf of local businesses.

    No. Objective Action Responsible Timescale

    Organisation A7 Support our universities and FE colleges to undertake 155 knowledge transfer DEL By 2014

    projects on behalf of local businesses

    A8 Introduce an enhanced Proof of Concept (PoC) scheme to support 40 PoC projects DETI/Invest NI March 2015

    (University or Health and Social Care (HSC) based).

    A9 Support business to Support SMEs to increase productivity through improved efficiencies by identifying DETI/Invest NI March 2015

    develop their capabilities, ?60m of resource and waste prevention savings.

    improve business

    competitiveness and A10 Support 600 E-business projects to assist SMEs to increase innovation and March 2015 maximise efficiencies productivity.

    A11 Improve awareness and understanding of Intellectual Property and the March 2015

    commercialisation of products and services and deliver 440 Technical Projects to

    assist commercialisation.

    A12 Maximise participation with Invest NI‟s Design Service to encourage 1,200 March 2015

    companies to utilise design as a key driver and enabler of innovation.

    A13 Incentivise business-led Increase the commercialisation of knowledge by establishing 4 Competence DETI/Invest NI March 2015

    local and international Centres.

    collaboration in pursuit of

    more open innovation A14 Expand the Collaborative Network Programme, targeting the future market March 2015

    opportunities identified by MATRIX, to support establishment of 25 networks.

    A15 Promote awareness of Increase engagement between NI companies and researchers to: DETI/Invest NI March 2015

    and support businesses ; Encourage NI based companies/researchers to engage with INI Collaborative and academia to apply Support Service leading to 100 applications for transnational R&D funding; and for national and EU

    funding / programmes ; Secure 36 Transnational Technology Transfer Agreements through the

    Enterprise Europe Network.

    No. Objective Action Responsible Timescale

    Organisation A16 Establish a structured Develop a mechanism to facilitate NI businesses to exploit the market opportunities DETI/Invest NI December 2011

    programme to facilitate identified by MATRIX.

    NI businesses to exploit

    the market opportunities

    identified by MATRIX

    A17 Support research and Maintain the core funding of the Universities‟ knowledge transfer activities through DEL July 2013

    commercialisation NI Higher Education Innovation Funding (?3m per annum) with targets for the activities in HE/FE Universities to:

    institutions to ensure they ; Undertake 1,140 business engagements; continue to fulfil their

    central role in developing ; Secure ?863k income from Intellectual Property; and and sustaining a world-; Establish 8 spin out businesses. class research base in


     A18 Provide ?50m funding for University research based on quality-assessed outcomes. July 2012

    A19 Maintain strategic investment (?1m per annum) in collaborative Higher Education / March 2014

    Further Education engagement with business through the Connected programme

    with a target for the Universities and FE Colleges to establish 14 major sectoral

    projects with local businesses involving at least one University and one regional


    A20 Promote a culture of Develop a framework to grow the creative industries and a broader culture of DCAL March 2015

    creativity and innovation creativity and design-thinking. and grow the Creative and Cultural Industries

    sector A21 Invest ?4m via the Creative Industries Innovation Fund and wider sectoral initiatives March 2015

    to stimulate innovation, R&D and creativity.

    No. Objective Action Responsible Timescale

    Organisation A22 Support 200 innovation projects through the Creative Industries Innovation Fund. March 2015 A23 To deliver a Knowledge Develop, demonstrate and encourage adoption of the latest technologies to the DARD March 2015

    and Technology Transfer agri-food sector with a target of at least 1500 technologies adopted on an annual (KTT) Programme to the basis.

    agri-food sector

    A24 Ensure that publicly Provide funding for up to ?3m per annum for new R&D projects through the Agri-DARD/AFBI March 2015

    funded research food and Biosciences Institute Research Work Programme. promoted by DARD is

    aligned with the policy

    priorities set out in the

    DARD Evidence and

    Innovation Strategy

    A25 Significantly increase Increase the number of businesses involved in cross-border innovation and trade DETI/IntertradeIreland March 2013

    cross-border innovation activity by 10,000, through access to, and exploitation of, IntertradeIreland

    and trade activity information, advice services and business support programmes.

    A26 Complete a study on the innovation ecosystem that will identify opportunities and March 2013

    remove barriers.

    A27 Develop a pilot programme to deliver enhanced innovation capability leading to March 2013

    transformational change the Innovation Challenge Programme.

    A28 Increase North/South participation in EU Research & Development programmes. March 2013 A29 Provide support for wider North/South research connections. March 2013 A30 Facilitate the expansion of the US Ireland R&D Partnership. March 2013

    No. Objective Action Responsible Timescale

    Organisation A31 Stimulating Innovation, Explore how the NI Science Park can further evolve into an Open Innovation Centre DETI Dec 2012

    R&D & Creativity to create the environment where partnerships and collaboration can flourish across


    A32 Based upon the views of MATRIX and the Foresight process, progress the DETI/Invest NI/DEL Ongoing

    alignment of publically funded research with our economic priorities in order to increase the potential for greater knowledge transfer between business and

    academia to maximise the economic return.

    A33 Examine ways to increase the rate of commercialisation of publically funded DETI Ongoing

    research and public sector Intellectual Property.

    A34 Foster the degree of innovation through increased use of innovative forms of public DFP and all Ongoing

    procurement. Departments A35 Within the context of the Connected Health and Prosperity Memorandum of DHSSPS/DETI/ Invest 30 June 2012

    Understanding develop an agreed Strategic Action Plan identifying areas for NI

    greater collaboration between the health sector and business in order to improve

    patient care and develop economic development opportunities

    A36 Examine the need for the establishment of an Innovation Council to ensure that, at DETI/Invest NI/DEL Ongoing

    the highest level, the Executive, Academia and Business work together to further

    embed innovation across the NI economy.

    A37 Maximise the returns from Health and Social Care R&D funding and examine and DHSSPS/Public Annually

    exploit opportunities to increase R&D funding through UK-wide or international Health Agency

    funding partnerships or investment.

    A38 Support Health and Social Care (HSC) innovations to manage the DHSSPS/Public Ongoing

    commercialisation of intellectual property arising from HSC Trusts. Health Agency A39 Develop and launch a new strategy for Health and Social Care R&D for 2012 - DHSSPS/Public Spring 2012

    2017 Health Agency


    No. Objective Action Responsible Timescale

    Organisation B1 Improve productivity by Deliver 210,000 qualifications at Levels 2, 3 4 and above (through Higher DEL, working with March 2015

    increasing the skill Education, Further Education, Essential Skills and Training) to encourage people employers

    levels of the workforce to move up the skills ladder.

    B2 Increase skills in subject areas important to the NI economy and implement the March 2015

    actions within the STEM Strategy contributing towards achievement of the

    strategic goals set out in the NI Skills Strategy „Success through Skills

    Transforming Futures‟

    B3 Develop a collaborative action plan to address the specific skill needs of the ICT June 2012


    B4 Develop an integrated framework that will assist companies and individuals to DEL/DETI/Invest NI Summer 2012

    identify their key management and leadership development needs and provide

    effective signposting to relevant support.

    B5 Work with the relevant professional bodies to identify the key skill issues in relation 2012/13

    to sales and marketing, with a focus on developing Northern Ireland's capacity for

    export led growth and to develop appropriate actions.

    B6 Introduce a „Skills Solutions‟ Service which will act as a single point of contact for DEL March 2015

    employers so that they can more easily identify and access the support they need.

    No. Objective Action Responsible Timescale


    B7 Maintain Higher Education tuition fees for local students studying here at current 2012-2015

    levels subject only to inflationary uplifts, while providing additional student places

    in areas of economic relevance.

    B8 Expansion of Foundation Degrees - undertake a publicity and promotion campaign By 2015

    for Foundation Degrees to increase enrolments to 2,500 by 2015 from a baseline

    of 1,132 in 2010

    B9 Re-launch the BITP programme securing ?110m investment in skills from DETI/Invest NI 2012-15


    B10 Invest ?18m per annum in education and training provision in the land based food DARD 2012-16

    and rural sectors:

    ; College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) to deliver at least

    1,600 people entering employment or working within the agri-food sector

    achieving a new qualification at Level 2 or above each year; and

    ; CAFRE Development Service to continue delivering industry training

    programmes to 10,000 participants on an annual basis.

    B11 Under the Skills Training Element of the NI Rural Development Programme 2007- 2007-13

    2013, improve the competitiveness of farm and horticulture businesses in NI

    through the provision of a range of innovative and focused training and information

    actions to 3,120 people.

    B12 Understand the Simplify the current skills advisory infrastructure so that employers are able to DEL 2015

    demand for skills in NI more effectively articulate their current and future demand for skills. This will

    include close integration with the MATRIX and wider Foresight programme.

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