4 November 2021 | Innovation | Our Work

View from the top: A big week for innovation

As you often hear me say, innovation and collaboration sit at the heart of everything that LCRIG does.

This week has been a particularly successful week in the area of innovation, with the first companies to receive funding as part of the LCRIG / Steve Berry Think Exceptional Innovation Fund revealed.

A big well done to Connor Specialist Paving (Tac-Grid), Community Models, Fitzpatrick Advisory (DASHA) and NY Highways who have all received a share of the £150,000 Innovation fund.

The funding has been made available through the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) in partnership with leading highway marking and safety business, WJ Group, who have sponsored the fund.

The Infrastructure Innovation Board, which included representation from WJ and was led by Ian Large, faced a tough task in assessing the entries with phase 1 and 2 evaluations now completed. You can read more about the winners and what they had to say here.

Although this fund won’t provide all the answers, one thing it will do is speed up and encourage innovation in the roads surface treatment space.

Anything that can be done to help speed up innovation should be welcomed and as Martin often says, it is important that councils continue to work in partnership with the private sector. Making innovation “business as usual” is a tough challenge and something which is addressed as part of LCRIG’s report ‘Innovation in Highways‘ which has been published this week.  The report highlights some interesting findings on the differing approaches between local authorities and the challenges around implementing innovation in highways. You can read the full report, here.

Finally, it was good to catch up with so many of you at Highways UK this week with innovation and collaboration once again coming to the fore at an in-person event.