Another booked out Innovation Policy and Practice event on 30th January, kindly hosted by Trowers & Hamlins Birmingham office, focused on the delivery of innovation in the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy (WMLIS). Julia Goldsworthy, Director of Strategy at West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), and chair of the event, began by emphasising the importance of … Continue reading Blog: Innovation and the Local Industrial Strategy – time for delivery!
On 12th November, Innovate UK hosted ‘Innovate West Midlands’ - an event filled to the brim with innovative entrepreneurs and businesses, all to discuss the exciting collaborative and funding opportunities to help to develop and scale businesses. It was the West Midlands innovative ecosystem at its absolute finest. Collaborate to Innovate Amongst a trio of workshops … Continue reading Blog: Collaborate to Innovate
In the first podcast by Trowers & Hamlins, Amardeep Gill and IAWM's own Iain Mansell, a founding member of the Black Country Smart City network, discuss the basic principles of a smart city, the ingredients and barriers that exist, and how we can go about approaching the Smart City agenda. Listen to the full podcast here. … Continue reading Podcast: What is a Smart City?
"We are strong as a region with a lot to offer in the Tech scene" Birmingham Tech Week may be over, but there is plenty more to talk about. To continue the buzz, we caught up with one of the Birmingham Tech Ambassadors Pam Sheemar to hear her thoughts on the fantastic week... Why did … Continue reading Birmingham Tech Week: In conversation with Pam Sheemar
From that very proud and exciting day on 8th June when it was announced I would be receiving an OBE ‘for Services to Innovation in the West Midlands’, to 25th October when I was honoured and thrilled to be presented with the award, I was asked several questions many times. The simple questions (who, where, … Continue reading Blog: Reflections on the Award of an OBE for ‘Services to Innovation in the West Midlands’
An important part of the innovation ecosystem is how larger companies can draw upon the innovative potential of SMEs, and how SMEs can best use larger companies as early adopters and routes to market to mutual benefit. Our recent Policy and Practice Breakfast on the 19th of September discussed such collaboration, whereby instead of competing … Continue reading Blog: Innovation Policy and Practice Breakfast – Collaborate to Innovate
It’s been over a year now since the West Midlands Combined Authority successfully won the Urban Connected Communities’ national competition to be the major test bed for 5G. The decision invited excitement as well as scepticism, along with the questions: What is 5G? Who will benefit? How will we benefit? Why do we want it? When … Continue reading Blog: WM5G Demos – A glimpse into the future
‘Just 16% of female respondents surveyed by PwC report they’ve had a career in technology suggested to them.’ To wrap up Venturefest, Hillary Leevers, Chief Executive of Engineering UK presented on the importance of developing a more productive, competent and diverse technology workforce. The UK tech sector is worth £180bn (up by £10bn since 2017) … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 13 – Building a Skilled and Diverse Technology Workforce
The WM Science and Innovation Audit, published in 2017, conclusively showed that future mobility is one of the West Midlands’ key market strengths. We are a centre of transport innovation, as evidenced by the development and presence of the National Automotive Innovation Centre, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Advanced Propulsion Centreand HORIBA MIRA,to name but a few. … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 12 – The Future of Mobility
This workshop was run by Torquil Goodwin, the Principle Business Adviser for CUE Business Solutions. “CUE aims to make people aware of the business support that is available, but more importantly, simplifying it to make it easy to access and to let them get the maximum benefit from it.” Torquil started the workshop by explaining that … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 11 – How to Develop a Growth Strategy – Support for Ambitious Entrepreneurs