The Role of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)

Stimulating Innovation through Public Procurement: The Role of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) offers a connection between the challenges faced by the public sector and innovative thinking within industry. The important role of the SBRI in addressing the unmet needs of the public sector and supporting the growth of innovative small firms has been stressed in both policy and academic circles, but existing evidence suggests that its full potential has yet to be realised and the SBRI scheme is currently under review by the UK Government to identify ways to scale it up and amplify its impact.

As part of the Work Foundation’s Autumn Event Series in partnership with the Centre for Productivity and Efficiency at Lancaster University Management School, David Connell, Richard Kirk and Dr Kostas Selviaridis will critically examine the role and effectiveness of the SBRI. Providing insights into the current state of SBRI implementation across the UK public sector, key achievements, and related challenges facing SMEs and public organisations the speakers will identify improvements to unleash the full potential of the SBRI.

Following presentations, we will open up the debate, providing the opportunity for you to interact with speakers and other delegates via a Q&A session. 

Tuesday 5th December - Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD

11:45 Arrival and networking - lunch served

12:20 Presentations begin

13:10 Q&A and open debate

14:00 Close