Blog: Engineering Skills for Innovation

It’s more than five years since Professor John Perkins published his review of engineering skills in the UK, calling for action to tackle the ‘leaky pipeline’ and redress persistent skills shortages. Perkins has now published a second report outlining progress since 2013 – and it’s not all that encouraging. Granted, some valuable progress has been … Continue reading Blog: Engineering Skills for Innovation

Blog: FREE Augmented Reality Mental Health Support Posters – Enlighten

The Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands is proud to support Alliance members, Enlighten, to raise awareness of mental health using the emerging technology of Augmented Reality. We knew as soon as we met Steve and Suzanne that their health and wellbeing use case was a winner. Read more about it for yourselves below... At … Continue reading Blog: FREE Augmented Reality Mental Health Support Posters – Enlighten

Blog: Innovation and Place: National Policy and Funding a Year into the UK Industrial Strategy

With presentations from those close to the national and regional innovation agenda, this event on 31 January 2018 - hosted by Energy Systems Catapult - gave an interesting insight into national and regional strategies, and the support available to deliver these. The event was the latest in the Innovation Alliance WM's series of Policy and … Continue reading Blog: Innovation and Place: National Policy and Funding a Year into the UK Industrial Strategy

Blog: Public and Private Sector Procurement Driving Innovation

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 Blog: Public and Private Sector Procurement Driving Innovation

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 6 – That’s a Wrap!

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!