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We need to increase innovation to improve productivity. That's the message laid out by the UK's innovation strategy. If innovation is key, and organisations are striving to maximise innovation in the workplace, then the space needs to suit the requirements of people and technology.

ISG's latest report, ‘Space to innovate’, reveals a link between built space and innovation, with our research showing that more appropriate space to innovate drives bet365 online casinogreater levels of innovation. Innovation which leads to more productivity, growth and nationwide prosperity. This is an area where construction and the built environment, in collaboration with forward-thinking partners, have a significant role to play – delivering innovative builds to support performance goals.

How space to innovate can drive GDP growth in the UK

There is a well-known correlation between innovation, turnover, and productivity. A correlation recognised by numerous reports and the UK innovation strategy. However, there is a gap in our thinking. Space – the importance of suitable facilities and location – is the missing link in our formula for prosperity. Suitable space can unlock the UK’s economic potential, delivering industries with more sustainable, more productive, more competitive outcomes; more prosperity.

Not only can appropriate bet365 online gamesspace drive resource efficiency, but it can also improve labour productivity for an organisation. Furthermore, if all organisations commit to refining or constructing appropriate spaces, ISG’s research shows a nationwide benefit, with UK GDP growth and wider prosperity for all.

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Watch ISG’s CMO Richard Hubbard and our panellists, James Woolfrey, Charlotte Meeks and Geeta Linekar, discuss the findings of the report:

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We’re excited to share the findings with you and believe these insights will help foster a culture of innovation.

Let’s explore the five key takeaways from the report. 

1. What is appropriate space worth?

If all UK organisations invested in appropriate space, the financial impact could be greater than the £32.4bn spent on goods and services by the UK government in January 2024. In fact, when comparing against OECD data, if UK organisations possessed very appropriate space to innovate, the UK could rank second in the global productivity league table, just one place behind Ireland. 

* Respondents selected their three most important areas from a list of innovation aspects.

2. Organisations sufficiently invest in innovation, but not in appropriate space.      

Our research reveals that nine in ten (90%) of surveyed organisations actively invest in innovation, allocating an average 7% of turnover to these efforts. However, investment in physical space needed to support and facilitate innovation lags significantly; only 22% of surveyed organisations prioritised investment in the provision of physical space necessary for innovation.

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Note: Of innovative respondents, 2% did not know how appropriate their space is for innovation activities.

3. Most organisations do not have appropriate space for innovation.    

Appropriateness: What organisations need from their ‘space to innovate’ lies at the core of this report. We understand that innovation space should be unique to support individual organisational goals and values; essentially, what performance means to an organisation.

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* Respondents selected the level of challenge for each of the provided spatial changes. The absent percentages represent respondents that do not consider this a challenge.

4. Flexibility could be king.

With a majority of organisations encountering limited space as their greatest spatial challenge, closely followed by lack of flexibility and insufficient design and facilities there’s a key opportunity to create more flexible and adaptable spaces to maximise the potential of existing physical assets. With finite resources, flexible spaces could enable the 79% of organisations that find limited physical space a limiting factor, to enhance their innovation activity, by focusing on high quality, adaptable spaces.

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* Pertaining to if, where and when organisations undertake innovation activity.

5. Identifying your equation for innovation.

A formula for prosperity does not only concern space. We sought to identify the key factors involved in innovation activities. If organisations can bring the necessary components for innovation together, they may be able to drive bet365 online casinogreater levels of innovation and productivity.
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Labour productivity formula and a formula for prosperity – what’s the difference? 

The labour productivity formula is a way for organisations to calculate their existing levels of productivity. It utilises measurements such as number of hours worked, volume of workers and job numbers to define the output per person in an organisation. Using the formula and understanding current labour productivity could be a useful exercise when evaluating space.

A formula for prosperity is a way for organisations to achieve their goals. The missing component: appropriate space to innovate, is at the core of this report. Improve production, be efficient, optimise resources, and make space more appropriate.


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