GOOD THINGS:NOT SO GOOD THINGS: 1Belfast GDP per capita €48kNorthern Ireland GDP per capita €21k 2FDI location – NI most attractive outside London Lowest Business Births, Highest Business deaths 3Recent strong BERD GrowthHistorically low BERD base 4A Young Population – 21%High Youth Unemployment – 23% - Smallest UK nation - 1.8m population (3% of the UK) - 2014-20 Transition Region - 2% of UK GVA - Weekly Earnings €550- Unemployment Rate 7.7% - Economic Inactivity 28%- Highly Skilled Workforce
INITIAL APPROACH A focus on what we want to do - Lots of activity, thinly spread Not on what we want to achieve - Thinly spread, questionable impact Rethink required
BACK TO BASICS What are Northern Ireland’s needs? - Underpinned by detailed analysis Where should we concentrate? - Prioritisation What will be the result?
TOUGH DECISIONS Activities dropped Political Buy-In Stakeholder Buy-In
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? 3 Thematic Objectives & 3 Investment Priorities Strengthening Research, Technical Development and Innovation Enhancing the Competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprise Supporting the Shift Towards a Low Carbon Economy in all Sectors
BENEFITS Greatly assisted OP drafting Clear Thematic Concentration Contribute to EU2020 Targets Measurable Indicators & Results Capacity to deliver change
R&D&I EU 2020 TargetObjectiveNI Target Raise combined public and private investment levels in R&D&I to 3% of GDP To increase Business Expenditure on Research and Development (BERD) Increase Northern Ireland’s total business expenditure on R&D as a percentage of GVA from 1.6% in 2012 to between 1.8% and 2.2% in 2020.
R&D&I Concentration on BERD - BERD 74% of total expenditure Horizontal & Vertical Specialisation - Smart Specialisation & Growth Potential Increase Uptake - Only 430 businesses R&D active
SME COMPETITIVENESS EU 2020 TargetObjectiveNI Target 75% of the 20- 64 year-olds to be employed To increase the number of high growth SMEs Increase the number of high growth SMEs in Northern Ireland from 695 in 2013 to between 1,300 and 1,500 in 2020 To increase the number of employees in Micro & Small Enterprises Increase employment in Northern Ireland micro and small enterprises from 297,000 in 2013 to between 323,000 and 329,000 in 2020 Small Enterprises are those employing 0 – 49 people.
SME COMPETITIVENESS Focus on SME High Growth Firms - Disproportionate +ve economic impact - Reduction in numbers - Access to Finance Focus on SME job creation - Reduction in micro & small employees
LOW CARBON ECONOMY EU 2020 TargetObjectiveNI Target Increasing the share of renewables in final energy consumption to 20% To increase consumption of electricity from renewable energy sources Increase use of renewable energy in electricity consumption from 14.3% in 2011/12 to 40% in 2020