Testimonials

Ashok Vaswani

Barclays sincerely believes that a digital revolution is upon us and that it is much bigger than the industrial revolution. We do recognize that any such revolution has huge social cost, and this time around we’re committed to leaving no one behind. Technology for the sake of technology is interesting; technology that truly helps and makes people’s lives easier is a big deal and we want to go down that path. I’m really excited about the work that we’re doing together with the Big Innovation Centre.
More power to you.

Mr. Ashok Vaswani
CEO, Personal & Corporate Banking, Barclays
Andy Haldane

We need a financial system that is capable of delivering patient capital – capital that isn’t seeking short-term returns, the sort of thing that the Centre’s Entrepreneurial Finance Hub is seeking to create. (March 2015)

Mr. Andy Haldane
Chief Economist, Bank of England
The Right Honourable Dr Vince Cable

Will Hutton [Chair, Big Innovation Centre] and his team have made a really important contribution to our thinking so I want to thank him for that. I look forward to working with him and his team and congratulate them on managing to launch the Big Innovation Centre in the way that they have. (March 2015)

The Right Honourable Dr Vince Cable
British MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Dr Jackie Parkin

GSK is eager to take the opportunity to help UK break through innovation barriers as a part of the Big Innovation Centre’s vibrant research and evidence-driven approach. The inclusion of business as integral collaborators is novel, the experience from industry of innovation has largely been missing in research to date and it brings an important additional perspective that we hope will contribute to innovative solutions. (September 2011)

Dr Jackie Parkin
VP Medicine Development Leader, Type 1 Diabetes
Andy Wright

BAE Systems has found membership of the Big Innovation Centre stimulating and useful, offering important insights about how to approach open innovation […] while giving opportunities to strengthen our own network. (December 2013)

Mr. Andy Wright
Director Technology Acquisition, BAE Systems
Chuka Umunna

There is a huge amount of political consensus around the importance of innovation. If we want the UK to be able to pay its way in the world it is through innovating – creating those products and services that no one else is providing that the world wants. This is absolutely fundamental to raising people’s living standards which is why we absolutely support what the Big Innovation Centre is doing. We can all agree on the importance of the Centre and I look forward to you scaling up and becoming even bigger. (March 2015)

Mr. Chuka Umunna
Shadow Business Secretary, Labour Party
Alan Rusbridger

The Innovator’ column, established with the Big Innovation Centre to reveal what good innovators look like, will raise the profile of innovation to where it needs to be. (December 2013)

Mr. Alan Rusbridger
Editor-in-Chief, The Guardian
Theo Bertram

Google values the Big Innovation Centre network enormously and the opportunities it creates to meet other businesses and innovators. “It’s a great space to learn about new ideas and to collaborate on some of the biggest challenges we face together. (December 2013)

Mr. Theo Bertram
Public Policy Manager, Google
Jo Johnson

We are in 100% agreement with Will [Chair, Big Innovation Centre] and with Birgitte [CEO Big Innovation Centre] on the need to put science and innovation at the heart of our plans for the economy. We want to make Britain the best place in Europe to innovate, to patent new ideas and to start a new business. (April 2016)

Mr. Jo Johnson
Minister of State for Universities and Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Vincent Wong

We were very impressed with Professor Birgitte [CEO Big Innovation Centre]. She has the vision of the global innovation hub. (April 2016)

Mr. Vincent Wong
CEO of Malaysia Innovation Hub
Paul Spence

Today the UK energy sector is facing huge changes in customer expectations. We’re also facing changes in how that energy is generated, transported, stored and managed. That makes it an exciting time and one that means that we need innovation. EDF Energy has been really pleased to work with Will [Chair, Big Innovation Centre], Birgitte [CEO, Big Innovation Centre] and their team to explore some of these issues our society is facing. We believe that as a big company we can contribute, but we can also learn a lot. (March 2015)

Mr. Paul Spence
Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, EDF Energy
John Coombs

The Big Innovation Centre is composed of fast, enthusiastic and creative learners. This business is going to scale up very rapidly. (March 2015)

Mr. John Coombs
Managing Director, Unilever Ventures
The Right Honourable Willetts MP

Big Innovation Centre has gone on to do invaluable research on how universities and businesses can become co-creators for growth. I was also pleased to address their global Triple Helix Conference in 2013, where it was gratifying to see such a large international audience with the shared mission to bring businesses, universities and governments together to co-innovate and solve economic, social and technological challenges. (December 2013)

The Right Honourable Willetts MP
British MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Vincent de Rivaz

We at EDF Energy significantly value our association with The Big Innovation Centre. Membership has demonstrated the value of open innovation in the energy sector. (December 2013)

Mr. Vincent de Rivaz
CEO, EDF Energy
Tony Raven

Through my Visiting Fellowship of the Big Innovation Centre I have experienced first hand their valuable influence in bringing together Government, Business and Higher Education Institutions on Open Innovation policy and practice development. (December 2013)

Mr. Tony Raven
Chief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise
Jon Hague

The work of the Centre has clearly influenced government thinking on innovation and several of the member partners have formed innovation partnerships that otherwise would not have occurred... (December 2013)

Mr. Jon Hague
VP Open Innovation, Unilever Research and Development, Unilever
Professor Ian Walmsley

Participating in the Big Innovation Centre has given the University of Oxford direct access to a range of business leaders and the opportunity to help shape the research agenda on university-business interactions. (December 2013)

Mr. Professor Ian Walmsley
Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Oxford
Dr Vince Cable

I chose to launch the Government’s IP strategy at the Big Innovation Centre as the business friendly, innovation committed network it represents is what will help make UK into a global innovation hub. (December 2013)

The Right Honourable Dr Vince Cable
British MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Andrew Witty

“GSK welcomes the open innovation approach developed by the Big Innovation Centre, which has opened doors and released enormous energy and potential. (December 2013)

Mr. Andrew Witty
Chief Executive Officer, GlaxoSmithKline
Iain Gray

Innovate UK has seen the Big Innovation Centre establish itself as a valuable part of the UK’s innovation landscape. Exploiting its unique combination of research, business networks and policy expertise, the Big Innovation Centre has carved out a strong position to convene and influence the national debate on the importance of innovation, especially open innovation, in economic growth and policy. Its pivotal position in the innovation ecosystem is extremely useful for everyone involved. We share the Big Innovation Centre’s vision to make the UK a global innovation hub by 2025. (December 2013)

Mr. Iain Gray
CEO, Technology Strategy Board
Xavier Mamo

At EDF Energy and EDF Group more generally we have a long and enduring commitment to research and innovation .. I am convinced that the work of Big Innovation Centre will provide a great boost to innovation in the UK. (April 2016)

Mr. Xavier Mamo
Director for EDF Energy R&D UK Centre
Ruth McKernan

So I am delighted to be here at the Big Innovation Celebration and to take the chance to acknowledge the contribution that Birgitte [CEO, Big Innovation Centre] and her colleagues have made in developing and celebrating the culture of innovation. Our job in Innovate UK is to fund and connect businesses, to help to create economic growth and to underpin improved productivity ..We are now working on our long term strategy, so I have been asking my colleagues – how do we adopt some of the thinking from Big Innovation Centre into our own long term plans. (2016)

Mrs. Ruth McKernan
CEO of Innovate UK
Antony Jenkins

As I said when Barclays first joined the Big Innovation Centre, I want to put innovation right back at the heart of our business for the benefit of our customers.” “Our own co-creation days and our renewed emphasis on supporting innovation and entrepreneurs have been catalysed by our Big Innovation Centre membership. We look forward to working with the team in 2014 and beyond.(December, 2013)

Mr. Antony Jenkins
CEO Barclays
Rt Hon David Willetts MP

There could not have been a better place for me to launch the Government’s Innovation and Growth Strategy than the Big Innovation Centre. (December 2011)

Rt Hon David Willetts MP
British MP, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills