Official Launch of West Midlands Health Technologies Sector
24 Sep 2021
The West Midlands Health Technologies Cluster (WMHTC) was officially launched on Friday 24th September at the Oculus Building, University of Warwick.
GBSLEP has been a long-term supporter of the creation of the cluster which will focus on developing a specialism in health technologies.
Life Sciences and Health Technologies account for significant and growing opportunities for the UK and the West Midlands. There are 400 life sciences businesses across the West Midlands region, employing 11,000 people and together they generate a GVA of £4 billion.
Speaking at the event, Director of Economic Strategy for GBSLEP Henriette Breukelaar said, "Whilst that is important to nurture and protect in its own right, it is the potential of the sector that is of most interest. Data-driven, technology-enabled healthcare will enable us to lever value from our existing asset base which is mainly public sector owned. The pandemic has brought the importance of this type of healthcare to the very forefront of our collective awareness."
She added, "Local Enterprise Partnerships are business-led partnerships that bring together business, local government, and higher and further education to articulate strategic priorities and galvanise resources to realise delivery on the ground. As part of our strategic plan for the sector, we recognise how important it is to have a collective voice and to have the ability to articulate what you need, as well as what you offer. Our support for the establishment of the West Midlands Health Technologies Cluster is a very key part of our strategy".
The cluster will also focus on building back better after COVID-19 as well as growing the financial value and jobs contributed by the health technologies sector. Priorities for the cluster will include stronger, more resilient, local supply chains, more local procurement of goods and services, relevant skills training, advocacy for the sector and our region, and helping businesses to have the practical help they may need.
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