"I find the ILCWG one of the most useful and enjoyable networks that I belong to!" Mike Woollacott from Greenwatt Technology tells us his experiences with our Innovative Low Carbon Working Group, and why it's a valuable resource for SMEs... … Continue reading Testimonial: Mike Woollacott, Greenwatt Technology
Today, Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands (IAWM) is celebrating its first birthday since its transformation from Birmingham Science City one year ago! IAWM was formally launched on 30th January 2018. In this blog we look at our key achievements and the findings of an online survey of stakeholder at the end of our first … Continue reading Celebrating the 1st year of IAWM
I'm going to start this blog with some questions: Can anyone remember the days before combined authorities? Local Industrial Strategies? Grand Challenges? Can you remember when BEIS was DECC and when Innovate UK was the Technology Strategy Board? Believe it or not, this was the landscape as little as five years ago when I first started … Continue reading Alan Carr: 5 Years with IAWM
Here at Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands we have been having fun with our new campaign - using engaging strap-lines to encourage involvement in our three Working Groups (see below). Now it's YOUR turn. Get involved in our campaign by sending us your innovative strap-line, either related to our specific Working Groups, or to … Continue reading Send us your strap-line!
Transport for West Midlands invite attendees from local authorities to join transport providers, industry partners and experts in the field in a dialogue on the future of mobility. The event will include guest speakers Graham Hanson from the Department for Transport, Chris Perry from MaaS Global, the world leader in Mobility as a Service operations, … Continue reading
For the fourth year, Venturefest West Midlands will be providing an arena for the region’s brightest entrepreneurs, innovators and investors to grow and collaborate whilst exploring new products and services. And with just over a week to go this year Venturefest event is a sell out with 450 registered to attend! Tailored for growth-focused businesses … Continue reading Venturefest WM opens reserve list as tickets sell out ahead of this Thursdays annual conference and exhibition!
Date 18 September 2018 Time Tour of EBRI: 13:15 – 13:50 ILCWG meeting commences 14:00 Location The European Bioenergy Research Institute, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7ET Organisers SWM in partnership with the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands and hosted by SWM members EBRI. Audience This workshop is for members of the Innovation Alliance … Continue reading Innovative Low Carbon Working Group meeting – 18/9/18
Two great presentations from two very different companies addressed this theme and excellently demonstrated demand-led innovation in practice, at the latest of the Innovation Alliance WM's series of Innovation and Policy and Practice events on 3 May. First up was Philip Salt, Chief Executive of Salts Healthcare, who charted the company’s history from 1701 as a … Continue reading Continuous innovation to keep long-term business thriving
This is an update on one of Birmingham Science City's most popular blog posts, first published in late 2016. This blog summarises the current picture of access to external finance (not grants) for SMEs and micro businwsses, from public /private sector regional interventions, in the difficult range below £2m, at Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and … Continue reading West Midlands Finance for Small Business (Spring 2018 update)
Addressing the large number of innovation inactive businesses was identified in the West Midlands Science and Innovation Audit as a key opportunity to increase regional productivity and growth. As one of the two objectives of the Innovation Alliance WM is to build and maintain a thriving innovation ecosystem, the Innovation Alliance WM tasked partners to … Continue reading Supporting SME Innovation in the West Midlands