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
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
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
"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 Blog: 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 Blog: 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 Blog: 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.