Innovation and the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy

Our latest Policy and Practice breakfast event focussed on developing the thinking of the West Midlands Combined Authority on the trailblazing West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy, and the importance of innovation as a driver for productivity and growth. In particular, this blog considers the input gained from our wide range of stakeholders with Patrick White … Continue reading Innovation and the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy

The UK Government injects £7.5 million into council digital agenda with launch of new sector pledge

A new “digital pledge” backed by £7.5 million of government funding has been launched to help councils transform their online services. This aims to change the way councils invest in technology, share expertise and ensure members of the public and businesses are receiving the best quality digital services. Over 50 local authorities, government departments and … Continue reading The UK Government injects £7.5 million into council digital agenda with launch of new sector pledge

Skills for STEM promoted by the Social Mobility Foundation

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds. The SMF was founded in 2005 in order to provide opportunities and networks of support for 16-17 year olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families. Thirteen … Continue reading Skills for STEM promoted by the Social Mobility Foundation

West Midlands Council Win Digital Council of the Year

In June Birmingham City Council were announced joint ‘Digital Council of the Year’ along with Salford City Council as part of the Digital Leaders 100 awards. Each year, the Digital Leaders’ community, together with the wider digital sector, nominates their favourites across each of 10 categories with 10 available places to create a final list … Continue reading West Midlands Council Win Digital Council of the Year

Venturefest West Midlands is a free, one-day event aimed at supporting business growth through innovation. It brings together entrepreneurs, innovators and investors with specific innovation expertise. This year Venturefest West Midlands will be held at iCentum, Innovation Birmingham Campus on Thursday 27th September 2018. Providing entrepreneurs, investors and innovators a chance to meet, engage and exchange ideas … Continue reading

Continuous innovation to keep long-term business thriving

Two great presentations from two very different companies addressed this theme and excellently demonstrated demand-led innovation in practice, at the latest of the Innovation Alliance WM's series of Innovation and Policy and Practice events on 3 May. First up was Philip Salt, Chief Executive of Salts Healthcare, who charted the company’s history from 1701 as a … Continue reading Continuous innovation to keep long-term business thriving

INNOVATION AND INSIGHT: THE LIVE DEBATE

A stellar line-up from Birmingham’s healthcare and life sciences community mulled over the sector’s challenges and opportunities for the BQ2 Live Debate. Caroline Theobald kept the conversations flowing, Jolly Media captured the event in pictures, and Ian Halstead distilled the discussions. The national debate about public healthcare has become exhausting. All sides hurl insults and … Continue reading INNOVATION AND INSIGHT: THE LIVE DEBATE

EBRI Master Class Course: ‘Value from Waste’

Is your business seeking new market opportunities? Redundant material such as food waste, cardboard boxes, plastic waste, textile residues, sawdust, waste oils, manure, hay straw, sugar beet residue, spent grain waste from breweries are only a few examples of waste that could potentially open up fresh possibilities for your business. EBRI’s Master Class Course provides … Continue reading EBRI Master Class Course: ‘Value from Waste’