UK Innovation Survey – GOV.UK

The UK Innovation Survey (UKIS) is the main data source for business innovation in the UK. The survey is conducted every 2 years, and is widely used across government to help improve policy, and by the research community for understanding the innovation landscape.

The survey focuses on firm adoption of innovation through new and improved products and services, investments in different types of innovation, and changes in business structures, management, design and marketing innovations. It also asks businesses about the drivers which motivate and barriers to innovation.

UKIS 2021 is the UK’s twelfth survey of this type. For this report we have presented the information in a single document, rather than as separate Headline and Main Reports as in previous years. The 2021 report structure is consistent with previous Main Reports. By not creating a headline report we have been able to publish the detailed information more rapidly.

The statistical annexes for 2021, 2019 and 2017 are available in the main reports; these were published as separate documents in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

More historic information prior to 2009 is available from the National Archives website.

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