A new Leading to Grow Programme being delivered by business schools across England has been launched to help support small businesses grow, innovate and increase productivity through adoption of digital and other relevant new technologies. Aston Business School and University of Birmingham Business School are each part of a consortium of Small Business Charter accredited … Continue reading News: Leading To Grow Programme – Managing Digital & New Technology Adoption
Innovate UK is organising a Global Business Innovation Programme with India for the Future Cities Sector to introduce some of the most innovative British businesses to this growing market. This is a fully-funded programme, consisting of a preparation phase in the UK, a 5-day visit to India and subsequent follow- up support, that will help your … Continue reading News: Global Innovation Programme
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
Four students from the University of Warwick were chosen to work closely with Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands to explore the world of innovation. We were allowed to do this in-depth by being a part of Venturefest West Midlands 2019. Venturefest WM is a platform for entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to meet, exchange … Continue reading The Venturefest Effect!
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!
How will 5G impact your business? Trials in Worcestershire have already shown how 5G can increase productivity for manufacturers using simple but effective technologies such as preventative maintenance and AR machine diagnostics. Building on this, we are looking to speak with other manufacturers in the West Midlands who could benefit from these and similar 5G … Continue reading Opportunity: Request for Expressions of Interest from West Midlands 5G Testbed and Trials Programme Trialists
Hundreds of small businesses in Birmingham are set to receive free digital support worth £1,000 as part of a new Government-funded pilot scheme called HeadsUp! The initiative, delivered by small business support group Enterprise Nation in collaboration with partners including Innovation Birmingham, will see small city firms line up to get access to help with … Continue reading News: Free Digital Support Worth £1,000
Join MD-TEC on 5th June for their SME Engagement Event - 'Taking a great idea forward - how to collaborate for success'. This event aims to explore ways for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the right expertise and successfully collaborate to move novel ideas and technologies forward. The programme includes talks from … Continue reading Event: MDTEC SME Engagement Event
As many of our stakeholders may have noticed, there have been some visitors in town! Last week, following a successful trade visit to South Korea last year, Enlighten, based at Tamworth Enterprise Centre, welcomed a delegation of South Korean regional government leaders. The delegation is investigating how augmented reality mental health resources developed by Enlighten could … Continue reading News: South Korea delegation visits augmented reality firm
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