Venturefest Mobile Hub

15 November 2023

Date: 15 November

Time: 14:00 – 17:00


Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO)
Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre
Zoological Drive

For Sat Navs use: DY1 4AL

About the Event

The Venturefest Mobile Hub is a new format brought to you by Venturefest West Midlands.

Focused on supply chains, the first Venturefest Mobile Hub will be hosted by the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) at the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre in Dudley on Wednesday 15 November at 2pm.

What to expect from the day:

During the event, you will have the opportunity to connect with fellow businesses and support organisations.

Panellists will discuss their businesses’ supply chain journeys and offer advice on how Dudley manufacturers can get into the supply chain and access new markets.

Session 1: Are you supply chain ready?

A panel of business leaders and support organisations will talk about how businesses can discover opportunities, understand capabilities, and access business support.

Session 2: Supporting your supply chain journey

Hear from the Business Growth West Midlands and manufacturing and supply chain specialists about opportunities and support for your business.


14:00 Registration & Networking

14:30 Welcome & Introductions – Pam Waddell (Innovation Alliance WM)

14:35 Keynote/ Session 1 – Are you supply chain ready?

Chair: Martin Dudley (Thomas Dudley, Ltd)

  • Vikki Wilkes (Darvick)
  • Deepak Pathak (Innovate UK EDGE)

15:15 Networking & Refreshments

16:00 Session 2 – Supporting your supply chain journey

Facilitator: Simon Spink (Innovation Alliance WM)

  • Catherine Bray (Business Growth West Midlands in Dudley)
  • Rachel Eade (Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education)
  • Liz Griffiths (Midlands Aerospace Alliance and Midlands Space Cluster)

16:40 Clean Futures/ wrap-up

  • Naomi Arblaster (BCIMO)
  • Neil Fulton (BCIMO)

17:00 Drinks, networking & tour

Please note that the drink reception will be open until 19:00

Partners and Sponsors


The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) is delighted to be sponsoring the very first Venturefest Mobile Hub

Click here to view our Meeting and Event spaces which have been meticulously designed and are equipped with the latest technology and modern aesthetics which provide the perfect backdrop for a small corporate meeting or large-scale event.

Dudley Council

Dudley Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority are supporting the conference, which is being delivered in partnership with the Department for Science, Technology and Industry (DSIT) and Innovate UK.

For more updates on events, funding and opportunities for businesses in Dudley borough, sign up to the Dudley Business First e-bulletin.