Creating the conditions for growth

Supporting a thriving industrial sector in which science and technology can be translated into sustainable economic growth is a major preoccupation for governments around the world.


We have a number of approaches which can help governments and their agencies understand:

  • the global, national and regional industrial manufacturing landscapes
  • how they relate to their own priorities and industrial strengths
  • the opportunities for growth that they present.

We can then help them understand which capabilities and competences are needed to make the most of those opportunities and to put in place plans that will bolster existing capabilities and, where appropriate, develop new ones.


Landscaping is used to understand national and regional opportunities for growth and the industrial capabilities needed to achieve competitive advantage.

Roadmapping can then be used to bring key stakeholders together to develop a shared vision and action plan for key industry sectors or technologies

Smart specialisation helps regions participate to take advantage of their distinctive industrial and innovation strengths in order to compete in a global marketplace. The IfM has been working with the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills to support smart specialisation in the UK's regions.


We also work with the UK government to improve supply chain performance in two ways:

  • Researchers from the IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing work with policymakers and leading firms to map and reconfigure sector supply chains.
  • We participate in funded programmes to develop the capabilities of smaller and mid-size manufacturers within a supply chain.


Recent projects


  • The UK's high value manufacturing landscape for Innovate UK
  • The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
  • Swindon and Wiltshire LEP
  • The Alconbury Enterprise Campus in Cambridgeshire


  • More than 15 key UK sectors, such as automotive, rail, marine and oil and gas and technologies such as synthetic biology and robotics and autonomous systems
  • The Australian Government to define the future for its automotive and rail industries.
  • Chile’s Antofagasta region to develop strategic roadmaps for its mining and food production industries.
  • The European Union to develop a roadmap for IT architectures that will support innovation in manufacturing.

Smart specialisation

  • Agritech in the East of England

Supply chain development

  • Sharing in Growth: a UK government-funded programme aimed at developing the capabilities of small and medium-sized suppliers to the aerospace and civil nuclear sectors.

Reconfiguring sector supply chains

  • REMEDIES is a £22million project to redesign the UK's pharmaceutical supply chain involving key players in the end-to-end supply chain, including major contract manufacturing organisations, equipment manufacturers along with regulators, knowledge transfer networks and healthcare providers. The project is led by GSK and the IfM.


Creating the conditions for growth

How we can work with policymakers who are supporting national and regional growth in key industry sectors. Read the brochure online here.


For further information please contact:

Dr David Lott

T: +44 (0) 1223 765074


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