Powering the Superpower: Upgrading the UK’s industrial infrastructure to unlock technological transformation for growth


The government has an ambition to make Britain a science and technology superpower by 2030. Unfortunately, there is no plan to turn this from rhetoric to reality.

The UK’s technological potential is currently being crushed under a lack of appropriate industrial infrastructure – our findings show over 350,000 businesses lack access to the facilities and buildings they need to succeed.

Our new report, in partnership with SEGRO, looks at the sectors that hold significant potential for growing the UK economy (e.g. digital, advanced manufacturing, life sciences) as well as those with a large footprint (e.g. logistics) where new technology can have a large positive impact. We examine how to upgrade our industrial infrastructure – the physical and digital – to ensure these sectors reach their full potential, and fast track Britain’s transformation to a technological superpower.