Innovate UK’s Innovate Local comes to The Black Country

Posted on: 26/03/2024

“I recently attended the Innovate Local event at BCIMO, where I was introduced to various government funding and support options specifically tailored to assist the growth of startups like mine. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the wide range of support available! The event provided me with numerous connections to follow up on. I’m eagerly anticipating attending more events like these in the future.” – Lawrence Orgu,

Thanks to all the businesses and regional stakeholders that joined us last week for the inaugural Innovate Local for the region hosted at the BCIMO in Dudley.

The agenda on the day was specifically tailored for businesses in the region, covering everything from how to navigate the innovation landscape, using talent and inclusion to drive your bottom line, through to innovation loans for those looking to scale and grow.

There was also valuable insight from the business panel with learnings from those in the region who have already embarked on their own innovation journey. The work Innovate UK are doing in the region is co-created with the West Midlands Combined Authority and underpinned by the West Midlands Local Action Plan.

We hope that the day ignited a spark of curiosity to find out more about the support that Innovate UK can offer you, and your business.

Useful links and programmes that were mentioned on the day

Click here to download the slides from the event.

For those who were not able to join us, we have signposted some useful links and content below:

Business Growth West Midlands – The West Midlands Innovation Accelerator Innovation Accelerator

Innovate UK Innovation Hub – All public funding and support for innovation in one place, summarised and easy to find, to save you time and effort

Innovate UK Business Growth – for innovation-driven businesses from all sectors who want to grow at pace
Tel: 0300 123 3144

Innovate UK Innovation Loans

Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

About Innovate Local

Hosted and co-created with the West Midlands Combined Authority, Innovate Local is an annual event in the region aimed specifically at SME’s offering targeted support.

The Innovate Local programme is now in its sixth year and provides an unprecedented opportunity for businesses to find out more about the products and services offered through Innovate UK and our partners, that can really help guide and transform businesses.

About Innovate UK Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is the UK’s innovation agency. It works to create a better future by inspiring, involving and investing in businesses developing life-changing innovations. Its mission is to help companies to grow through their development and commercialisation of new products, processes, and services, supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem that is agile, inclusive and easy to navigate.

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