GREATER BIRMINGHAM & SOLIHULL LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019
Wednesday 27th November
CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham B1 2LF
27th November 2019
This roundtable will discuss Greater Birmingham and the West Midlands’ potential as a centre for data-driven health and life science innovation building on our regional strengths in medical technologies, clinical trials, health informatics, digital technologies and data. Regard will be had to how we maximise the potential of our region’s fast-growing asset and infrastructure base including our NHS Global Digital Exemplars, the Health Data Research UK (HDR-UK) Midlands Substantive Site, the West Midlands’ 5G testbed, and the plans Birmingham Life Sciences Park to be an accelerator site for data-enabled innovations in early diagnosis and precision-medicine.
What does a “modern services" sector look like in the West Midlands in 2030? How can the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area maintain and grow competitive advantage in this transition? And what role is there for support for professional services firms in realising this ambition? This session will explore the key themes in the Local Industrial Strategy that build on the current regional strengths in BPFS sector, the UK grand challenges - particularly AI - and asks how the West Midlands can grow capacity, build resilience and take a leading role as a globally relevant centre of excellence for modern services.
This roundtable explores the actions needed to deliver on the major market opportunity ‘Creative Content, Techniques and Technologies’, part of West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy. Creative Businesses provide a wide range of services, from design thinking and communication to virtual reality tools, that are an enabler of growth for all businesses sectors. But how do we maximise the potential of creative thinking across our region’s businesses? Getting them to hire creative sta, engage specialist expertise or build cross cross-sectoral collaborations that unlock new markets and growth? This session will explore the issues and opportunities, and ideas for specific actions to affect change.
In response to the escalating concern about climate change and the urgent need to decarbonise our economy, the Low Carbon & Environmental Technology (LCET) sector is a rapidly emerging part of the economy and is expected to grow by 11% per year between 2015-2030 across the UK. The Low Carbon and Environmental Technology sector can contribute to all major market opportunities identified in the Local Industrial Strategy for the West Midlands, including future mobility. This roundtable will explore the challenges and opportunities for the growth of the sector and discuss the actions and interventions that can boost demand for LCET services and support clean growth.