Return on experience with the SEHTA inception: South East of England Context and objectives at set-up
Date of creation: 2005 Scope: health industry in south
Context. The regional development agency needed to engage with one of its key sectors responsible for economic growth, the health sector. It attempted to do this by creating an arms-length not for profit company to provide an interface with the industry. The company SEHTA offered free membership of a network and provided intelligence on industry needs back to SEEDA who then responded by providing political and financial support for programmes dedicated to creating sustainable businesses.
east England, especially SMEs Founders: regional development agency, SEEDA Objectives understand and meet the needs of the health industry in South East England What went well ?
Objectives : create large ecclectic network membership, What could have beenuniderstand improved needs of SMEs, source resources and political support to meet those needs
Creation of network Support programmes Sourcing other funding in support of aims e.g. EU Flexibility in Team structure; small, agile core Team supported by domain experts
Planning for future sustainability More freedom to collaborate with other regional networks
Expanded remit to include care Focus on assisted living in line with policy Created ICE-T Feb 2010 Helped bring 4 products to market. 1
Innovage training sessions: Effective public policies to stimulate innovation (Sofia, Bulgaria, 20th November 2013)