The Curve

04 October 2021 - 08 October 2021


The Curve is an event series put together by Birmingham Enterprise Community and delivered in partnership with GBSLEP to help businesses in the West Midlands understand the macro sectoral changes that have happened in the business environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and identify ways to adjust to it.

The event series will draw on insights from panels of subject-matter experts, and will focus on six distinct industries namely; Professional Services, Manufacturing , Low-Carbon, Food & Drink, Health & Life Science, and the Creative Sector. Each industry specific event will explore the industry-related changes over the past year, while also discussing the opportunities they present and how businesses in that industry can leverage such opportunities.

Below you will see the full schedule for The Curve which takes place the week commencing 4th October. Whilst registering for the event you will be able to select which sessions you would like to take part in.

Monday 4th October 2021 (14:00 – 15:00) – Launch Event:

➔Welcome address

➔The past year for the region

➔New opportunities for the region from a business perspective

➔Programming layout for the week

Tuesday 5th October (10:00 – 12:00) Professional Services Industry Panel – Capitalizing on New Opportunities 2021

➔Tech Advances (Threats & Opportunities)

➔Talent (Retention & New Opportunities/Models for People Management)

➔Finance & Funding

Tuesday 5th October (14:00 – 16:00) Manufacturing Industry Panel – Recovery & Opportunities 2021

➔UK Manufacturing PMI

➔Import/Export barriers & Opportunities

➔People Issues

➔Government Support & Tax Incentives

Wednesday 6th October (10:00-12:00) Health and Life Sciences Panel – Opportunities & Growth 2021

➔Finance and Funding

➔Tech in Health and Life Science



Wednesday 6th October (14:00-16:00) Low Carbon Industry Panel – Spotting & Leveraging New Opportunities 2021

➔Low Carbon in Construction



Thursday 7th October (10:00 – 12:00) Food & Drinks Industry Panel – Food & Drink Recovery & Opportunities 2021

➔UK Food & Drink PMI

➔Import/Export Barriers & Opportunities


➔Government Support & Tax Incentives

Thursday 7th October 2021 (14:00 – 16:00) Creative Industry Panel – Creative Recovery & Opportunities 2021

➔Barriers & opportunities

➔New Operating Models/Pivoting

➔Tech enablers

➔Talent Development & Skills Retention in the WM

Friday 8th October (10:00 – 11:30) Recovery Week – The Round Up

➔Major Learnings

➔Key Opportunities Identified

➔Further Support



For any questions around this event please email the team at Birmingham Enterprise Community at or call us on 0800 002 5801 for more information.