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

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 2 – An SME perspective on the UK Innovation Landscape

Caroline Bishop, Chair of InnovationXchange, was given a warm welcome to Venturefest West Midlands to give an SME perspective on the UK Innovation Landscape. ​In 2006 the InnovationXchange was one of the first companies set up to support Open Innovation (OI) in both large and small businesses. To ensure the InnovationXchange continues to offer best … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 2 – An SME perspective on the UK Innovation Landscape

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 1 – Why this event mattered and why we’ll be back next year!

Dr David Hardman, Chair of Venturefest West Midlands and CEx of Innovation Birmingham, opened the fifth VenturefestWM in a room full of likeminded innovators by posing his first question “why do we innovate?” As the audience pondered, he went on to highlight the need for focus to be on innovation, in 2019 more than ever, … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 1 – Why this event mattered and why we’ll be back next year!

Blog: Women in STEM-based Business – barriers and enablers to progression

Of the core STEM workforce about 25% are women but only 13% of managers are women – and the numbers are much lower in engineering and technology-based business – according to WISE. So, as part of DIDFEST 2019, our latest IP&P event on 4th April explored how to overcome barriers and to enable the progression … Continue reading Blog: Women in STEM-based Business – barriers and enablers to progression

Blog: Celebrating our Regional Aerospace Excellence

Hundreds of delegates gathered at the ICC in Birmingham on 19th March for the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) annual conference. An introductory speech from Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands celebrated the success of the region in attracting not just overseas investment, but more graduates from London than any other part of the UK.  … Continue reading Blog: Celebrating our Regional Aerospace Excellence

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