Next Generation Services – an opportunity to shape a new programme of funding and activities

Innovate UK’s Next Generation Services (NGS) programme supports R&D and innovation with data and AI in the accountancy, legal and insurance sectors. There is now an opportunity to have your say and shape a potential new programme of activities.  

By way of background, the NGS programme is part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and aims to help the professional services sector take advantage of new data and AI technologies. It has funded a range of research projects and R&D activities, including the data access initiative Engine B, and the current programme is due to finish in 2021. 

Following the success of the programme, though, Innovate UK/UKRI is looking to advance their understanding of the challenges faced by accountancy sector firms in order to feed into a potential future programme proposal. 

As a result, we are delighted that the AI for Services network is partnering with ICAEW to host an exclusive virtual interactive workshop that will offer senior representatives from a broad range of accountancy firms the opportunity to inform and influence the development of the programme. It will take place Thursday 9 July, 10.00 – 11.35, followed by an opportunity for networking with other attendees or Innovate UK/UKRI. 

Delegates will be invited to share their views on: 

  • the key challenges they are currently facing that can be solved by or relate to R&D / innovation. These can include pre-existing challenges and those emerging as a result of COVID-19 (medium to long term) 
  • the key barriers to innovation, investment in, and adoption of AI/Data analytics technology 

The session will also offer an opportunity for delegates to: 

  • hear about the current Next Generation Services programme and wider innovation support opportunities 
  • virtually meet with the UKRI/Innovate UK and KTN teams and other senior representatives from leading accountancy firms working in R&D/ Innovation projects. 

The event will be held online using a digital workspace designed to guide delegates through a series of short workshop exercises that encourages virtual collaboration in small groups.  

For further information and to register an interest to attend, please click here.