Innovation Policy and Practice Events

We run several breakfast events each year to stimulate discussion and networking across those actively involved in innovation in the West Midlands from any sector or type of organisation

Upcoming Events:

2019 Innovation Policy and Practice Events (all 7.45am-9.30am venues tbc)
• Thursday 4th April
• Thursday 19th September
• Thursday 28th November

Typical themes may include:
• How small companies can engage with large companies
• Skills for Innovation
• Circular Economy
• 5G
• Cross sector innovation

Past Events:

Event 5: Innovation and Place: National policy and funding a year into the UK Industrial Strategy – 31/01/19

Our first Policy and Practice Breakfast of 2019 took place at Energy Systems Catapult, a great turnout with a range of attendees from various sectors. Speakers included Ewa Block (West Midlands Regional Manager, Innovate UK), and Paul Drabwell (Head of Innovation and Place, BEIS).

Event 4: Public and Private Sector Procurement Driving Innovation – 22/11/18

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.


You can read a summary of the event in our blog here.

Event 3: Innovation an the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy – 05/07/18

Our third 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 stakeholders with Patrick White (WMCA Director of Industrial Strategy) on 5th July, 2018.

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You can read a summary of the event in our blog here. 

Event 2: Continuous innovation to keep long-term business thriving – 03.05.18

Our second policy and practice event was held on 3rd May, 2018 and kindly hosted by EEF at their Technology Hub , Nobel Way, Birmingham. Speakers included  Philip Salt, Chief Executive of Salts Healthcare and Melvin Wingfield, Financial Director at A&M EDM.

event 2

You can read a summary of the event in our blog here.

Event 1: Innovation, Place and the Industrial Strategy – 30/01/18

Our first event ‘Innovation, Place and the Industrial Strategy’ was held on 30th January, 2018 at iCentrum, Innovation Birmingham.

IAWM launch 2

The event was attended by over 100 partners from across private, public, academic and third sectors, science parks and translational organisations. The video of the presentations and interactive Q&A session can be viewed here:

You can read a summary of the event in our blog here.


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