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

Blog: IAWM Supports Mental Health Awareness Day 2018

The Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands is proud to support Smart City Alliance members, Enlighten, to promote awareness of mental health support through the use of emerging technology: One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. With World Mental Health Day … Continue reading Blog: IAWM Supports Mental Health Awareness Day 2018

Blog: City Leader Views on Urban Manufacturing for Growth

The Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands is supporting an international EU Interreg project called Urban M to share best practices on innovation with European city partners. The Urban M team recently interviewed Lloyd Broad, Interim Head of Employment and Skills at Birmingham City Council to understand his perspective and why the topic of Urban … Continue reading Blog: City Leader Views on Urban Manufacturing for Growth

Blog: Makerspaces and the Economy – an Expert Viewpoint

Iain Mansell, Executive Officer for Innovation at GBSLEP (Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership) and Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands, recently participated in the STEAM policy clinic, hosted by STEAMhouse in Birmingham, and has shared his thoughts on why Urban M will benefit local economies. Why is the Urban M project interesting to … Continue reading Blog: Makerspaces and the Economy – an Expert Viewpoint