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Dave Tansley, UK vice chair at Deloitte, looks at innovation and reports back on the breakout session he facilitated on scaling innovation at Western Gateway’s Green Growth conference in March 2022.
Being involved in the drive to innovate across the South West and Wales thrives is a passion of mine. Between being a governor of UWE, collaborating with SetSquared on their iKEEP programme, and my role at Deloitte, there are many opportunities to look at the future of innovation in the region. Just earlier this month I was involved in the launch of the South West Tech Analysis Report which explored the scale and size of the technology sector across the whole of the South West.
The following week, I was delighted spend a day at the ICC Wales and participate in a conference on green growth organised by the Western Gateway– not just as a delegate, but to facilitate a breakout session on scaling innovation, as well as give the sponsor’s address, as Deloitte was the headline sponsor of the conference.
One of the aims of the conference was to shape how the Western Gateway can boost and scale innovation, at the same time as delivering green growth, opening doors to international trade and connecting communities on both sides of the Severn to make sure no one is left behind.
An agenda very much aligned to our own commitments as a firm.
The breakout sessions in the afternoon provided a platform for a deeper dive into various topics. Two of my colleagues and I facilitated three of the five breakout sessions that took place clean transport, innovation clusters and scaling innovation - where we invited the assembled panel of experts to present key points before taking questions from the audience.
In the scaling innovation session I facilitated, the panel, which included experts from Innovate UK, FinTech Wales, SetSquared, and the British Business Bank, together with the audience discussed how this could be supported and scaled across the Western Gateway area.
The passion of the audience shone through in the questions and there were a number of areas where there was a healthy debate and even ended up agreeing to disagree at times, for example when exploring the blockers and barriers to scaling innovation across the Western Gateway geography. For me, it demonstrated the importance of keeping the conversation going, and the conference was really the start of a longer journey that needs to continue.
To synthesise the highlights of the discussion, I would say key points were:
As you can see, in one hour we managed to fit in a lot of healthy discussion, touching on points that impact many businesses looking to scale, identifying gaps in the landscape as well as cross-cutting many themes and challenges.
All in all, this conference has, I hope, provided an important opportunity to either start or progress the engagement and discussions needed to deliver real change in the region.
Dave is a Vice Chair and Consulting Technology partner. He leads our firm wide Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Government Sector (IT&RG) within Government & Public Sector (G&PS). Dave is also a member of the Deloitte NSE Board where he chairs a number of committees. As a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years of experience, Dave has a proven track record of delivering complex, large scale digital and technology-enabled business transformations across the Public and Private sectors. In his multiple LCSP roles, Dave helps public sector organisations transform their businesses and user experience through the exploitation of digital technology, new ways of working and innovative business practices. Dave is currently the Chair of the Deloitte UK & Swiss Partnership Council and is a member of the Board of Governors for the University of the West of England (UWE) and the Governance Board of the Institute of Coding (IoC).