The New Gold! What are Britain’s real treasures? – Big Innovation Centre at the UK Political Party Conferences 2015

1st September 2015

Big Innovation Centre is excited to host fringe events at the UK political party conferences. This year, 2015, our events are at the two major political parties: The Conservative Political party which is in Government and the opposition, the Labour Party.

Our fringe event title this year is: “The New Gold! What are Britain’s real treasures?”

Download our provocation for the event- LINK to download

Our event provocation to be considered by the panels:

The gold of our time is intangibles, everything from computer-driven products and business processes to intellectual property, from brands to data. It is these assets that drive financial performance, market dominance, technological advantage, and innovative capabilities.

Companies invest more in such assets than in buildings, machinery and raw materials. Intellectual capital is now also the biggest contributor to gross domestic product. High growth companies have 74% intangibles relative to other SMEs. But getting to grips with our new sources for growth has become a challenge.

Unless we become a great deal more agile and effective at unleashing the value from our intangible assets, both the British economy and society will suffer.

Issues and questions to consider:

Politicians, corporate executives, university leaders, entrepreneurs, and leaders of local government must now think and act in wholly new terms:

  • How can the intangible revolution best be embraced?
  • How do intangibles translate into productivity, and how are they best valued and backed with finance?
  • How do companies unlock strategic value in the marketplace from their intangibles, for example in relation to innovation, finance, market positioning, and strategic networks?
  • What is the strategic value companies seek from IP and how well do our markets for IP work?
  • What is the role of digital platforms and big data?
  • Are we achieving our objectives from the regulation of patents, copyright, trademarks, open source and protection of the public domain?
  • How will the world of intellectual capitalism unfold?

Labour Party Conference 2015 fringe event

Tuesday, 29 September, 17:30 – 19:00

Consort Room, King’s Rd, Grand Brighton Hotel, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2FW


  • Panel Chair Will Hutton, Chair, Big Innovation Centre
  • Professor Birgitte Andersen, CEO and CoCreator, Big Innovation Centre
  • Labour MP
  • Alexei Levene, Co-Founder, Desolenator
  • Professor Peter Childs, Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London

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Conservative Party Conference 2015 fringe event

Sunday, 4th October, 19:30 – 21:00

Exchange 2-3 combined, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester, M2 3GX


  • Panel Chair Will Hutton, Big Innovation Centre
  • Professor Birgitte Andersen, CEO and CoCreator, Big Innovation Centre
  • Nicola Blackwood, MP, Chair, Science and Technology select committee
  • Sir Howard Bernstein, CEO, Manchester City Council
  • Jonathan Hague, VP Innovation, Unilever
  • The Rt. Hon Lord David Willetts, Chair, Resolution Foundation

LINK to Photos