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
In another well attended IAWM event on 22nd November 2018, speakers Andrew Pestana (Interim Head of Innovation, HS2) and Haydn Brown (Head of Procurement Strategy Development, Birmingham City Council) gave an engaging talk on how their organisations are using procurement to stimulate innovation, which invited a lively discussion on the topic. (Andrew Pestana and HS2) To … Continue reading Public and Private Sector Procurement Driving Innovation
Ben Kirsch, West Midlands Policy Advisor and representative for the UK Intellectual Property Office, tells us how Intellectual Property fits within the developing themes for the Local Industrial Strategy.
Since establishing over four years ago, the Venturefest brand has become synonymous with driving growth, supporting talent, stimulating investment, and celebrating innovation across the science and technology sector. The 2018 instalment for the West Midlands continued the delivery of innovative products and services to the marketplace, addressing topical and contemporary developments with an audience of … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 6 – That’s a Wrap!
The third and final panel session of VenturefestWM saw leaders of very different, fast-growing West Midlands businesses giving frank, first-hand accounts of what it took to successfully grow their businesses.
This keynote address from Sherry Coutu, Chairman of the ScaleUp institute and Founders4Schools, discussed top-tips for overcoming the difficulties of business scale-up, and emphasised the importance of looking to the future.
Charlotte Horobin, Membership Director, Midlands & East of England at EEF, led the second panel session of VenturefestWM 2018, which explored the many different ways that product and process innovation happen in a business to business (B2B) environment.
Dave Maclean, Chair of the Digital Board at West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), led the first panel session of VenturefestWM 2018 to discuss ‘Growth Opportunities in an Evolving Regional Economy’.
Marcus Burton, Director at Yamazaki Mazak, opened Venturefest with a keynote address, underpinning the success of this 100 year old business, and outlining the future for manufacturing under the current digital revolution.
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