Innovation Survey

The UK Innovation Survey is part of a wider European Community Innovation Survey providing a range of information related to innovation activity among enterprises, and including information on the extent of innovation activity and the impact of innovation on businesses.

Business Innovation Activity in Northern Ireland - NI statistics from the UK Innovation Survey (2019)

The most recent report presents results from the Northern Ireland element of the UK Innovation Survey (UKIS) 2019. This is the eleventh such survey, and covers the three-year period from 2016 to 2018.

Headline Results 

  • The percentage of innovation active businesses in NI has continued to decline, with around a third of businesses (32%) engaging in innovation in 2016-2018.  The rate of innovation activity was lower in NI than In the UK overall, where 38% of UK businesses were innovation active in 2016-2018.
  • Across the UK, the percentage of innovation active businesses ranged from 32% in NI and Scotland to 40% in both the South East and South West of England. There has been a reported decrease in innovation activity across all regions of the UK between 2014-2016 and 2016-2018.
  • As is the case across the UK, a higher proportion of large companies (with more than 250 employees) in NI were innovation active (51%) than small and medium companies (10-249 employees, 32%).
  • In 2016-18, 42% of NI broader innovator businesses reported having co-operation arrangements for their innovation activities, compared with 49% of broader innovator businesses in the UK overall.

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Archive data

Northern Ireland Innovation Survey 2006 

This NI-only Innovation Survey covered the period 2003-2005, and among other things, collected information on the extent of business innovation, factors perceived to be limiting innovation, and co-operation arrangements on innovation activities.

By adopting similar methodologies as those used in the fourth Community Innovation Survey (UKIS 2005), the survey offers a time-series for 2002-2004 and 2003-2005 regional innovation activity.