West Midlands Finance for Small Business (Spring 2018 update)

This is an update on one of Birmingham Science City's most popular blog posts, first published in late 2016. This blog summarises the current picture of access to external finance (not grants) for SMEs and micro businwsses, from public /private sector regional interventions, in the difficult range below £2m, at Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and … Continue reading West Midlands Finance for Small Business (Spring 2018 update)

Engaging SME Tech Innovators with Local Government change agents

Date & Venue: 11th May at University of Birmingham Edgbaston Campus. This is a chance for SMEs to work collaboratively with people from local government, government procurement and seasoned facilitators to break down barriers and frustrations and engage more successfully. For Local Government IT leaders this is a chance to have an open dialogue with … Continue reading Engaging SME Tech Innovators with Local Government change agents

Supporting SME Innovation in the West Midlands

Addressing the large number of innovation inactive businesses was identified in the West Midlands Science and Innovation Audit as a key opportunity to increase regional productivity and growth. As one of the two objectives of the Innovation Alliance WM is to build and maintain a thriving innovation ecosystem, the Innovation Alliance WM tasked partners to … Continue reading Supporting SME Innovation in the West Midlands

CDIS Project Manager

We are looking for an Interim Project Manager for the Consortium for the Development of Intelligent Systems (CDIS) - See https://www.the-blackcountry.com/vacancies/interim-project-manager/81 For more on CDIS, see the CDIS page under 'Get Involved'  

Ninos Nerd Night

You will be sharply aware of the precarious nature of the local economy in and around Cannock Chase, the shortage of local digital skills and the need to encourage new innovation and entrepreneurs within the district. We believe Cannock has far more to offer than is visible on the surface and have taken action to … Continue reading Ninos Nerd Night

Innovating in the sustainable construction sector

While most other industries have undergone tremendous changes over the past few decades and have reaped the benefits of process, product and service innovations, the construction sector has been hesitant to fully embrace the latest innovation opportunities open to it. This can be attributed to various internal and external challenges: the persistent fragmentation of the … Continue reading Innovating in the sustainable construction sector

Accelerating product innovation with local funds and partnership – a West Midlands case study

Last week saw the formal launch of the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC) within the Institute of Translational Medicine in Birmingham.  MD-TEC's goal is to accelerate the translation of novel medical innovations from the laboratory through to the clinic and commercial exploitation.  It is an excellent example of how local innovation funding and partnerships can support, … Continue reading Accelerating product innovation with local funds and partnership – a West Midlands case study