Local businesses must rise to the innovation challenge to make Northern Ireland more competitive.

That was the clear message emerging from today’s meeting of the Economic Development Forum (EDF) which considered the DETI’s Regional Innovation Strategy and discussed proposals to take the Strategy forward, over the next two years. Economy Minister, Barry Gardiner, Chairman of the Forum, said: “Innovation in Northern Ireland is a key priority for the Forum. We must develop a more dynamic approach to innovation.”We must create and commercialise new knowledge, foster enterprise and improve our R&D and skills base to guarantee a more competitive Northern Ireland. Innovation must be embedded into the culture of every organisation through immediate action, supported by long-term planning.”

From : 4ni