Venturefest Blog Series: Part 13 – Building a Skilled and Diverse Technology Workforce

‘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

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 12 – The Future of Mobility

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

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 11 – How to Develop a Growth Strategy – Support for Ambitious Entrepreneurs

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

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 9 – Mind the Gap

It doesn’t matter what your business does, what sector it’s in or how many people it employs, computers and devices will be crucial to its operation. Technology has grown to be the leading tool for businesses to advertise themselves, organise and process data, communicate with other businesses and to facilitate intra-business communication. With our reliance … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 9 – Mind the Gap

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 8 – Articulation of Challenges

 “In order to innovate, you need to collaborate. In order to collaborate, you need trust.” James Elliot from Innovation Xchange UK Limited (VenturefestWM 2019 headline sponsor) began his workshop by introducing this core principle, and that to build trust, we must all have a shared understanding.  He also outlined that equally fundamental to innovation is … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 8 – Articulation of Challenges

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 7 – Big West Midlands opportunities as Innovation Test-beds (Panel 2)

This panel gave us the pleasure of hearing from four professionals, each involved in hugely important projects currently underway in the West Midlands that have potential to act as test-beds for innovative technologies and approaches. Panellists were: Andy Welch, Technical Director of West Midlands 5G; Andrew Pestana, Head of Innovation for HS2; Martin Sutherland, Chief Exec … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 7 – Big West Midlands opportunities as Innovation Test-beds (Panel 2)

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 6 – Sustainable Business Support Hub: Opportunities for your organisation

The British Government recently announced its plans to become entirely carbon neutral by the year 2050, as many of you will know. It seems clear that reaching this milestone will require systematic change on many levels. On an individual basis we can (and should) recycle our household waste, use reusable cups and bottles and turn … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 6 – Sustainable Business Support Hub: Opportunities for your organisation

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 5 – Made Smarter

Graham Malley, Principal Director at Accenture opened the workshop by highlighting how important manufacturing still is to the UK.  A recent public survey suggested that the UK ranked 56th in the world for manufacturing, when in fact we are placed 9th or 10th. In Europe, we currently vie for third place with France, after Germany … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 5 – Made Smarter

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 4 – Diversity in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The first panel of VenturefestWM 2019 centred on ‘Diversity in Innovation and Entrepreneurship’, a topic that is becoming increasingly pertinent for the West Midlands as a region with a growing richness of diversity. The region is home to one of the youngest populations in the UK, with over 108 languages spoken and more than 12% … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 4 – Diversity in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 3 – Stimulating Business Innovation in the West Midlands

Mike Wright, Chair of West Midlands Innovation Board and the 1st Keynote speaker started by saying what an important annual event VenturefestWM is for the region. He then drove right into the main theme of his presentation by stating that economic balance can only be achieved if innovation is at the forefront.  His extensive business … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 3 – Stimulating Business Innovation in the West Midlands