West Midlands Health Technologies Cluster is open for business
05 Apr 2021
The health technologies sector has been under the spotlight since the start of the pandemic with many firms across the West Midlands rising to the challenge of providing products and solutions to the challenges of Covid-19.
Now a new body is calling for individuals and organisations to come together and collaborate. The West Midlands Health Technologies Cluster (WHMTC) has been set up by innovative individuals and organisations with a view to growing the industry in the region and creating a collective voice to attract further funding.
The ambition is to build collaborative relationships with the region’s Businesses, Universities and health providers to help promote businesses in health technologies and the life sciences sectors at a local, national and international level.
The setup phase of the West Midlands Health Technologies Cluster was funded by Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) and Bruntwood SciTech.
Tim Pile, Chair of Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP said,
“The West Midlands Health Technologies Cluster (WHMTC) will enable businesses of all sizes to come together to share best practise and collaborate. We have 400 life sciences businesses across the West Midlands region, employing 11,000 people and together they generate a GVA of £4 billion. This is a great opportunity to create a collective voice for the sector”.
“GBSLEP works with our partners in the public, private and academic sectors to create inclusive economic growth and we see life sciences, and in particular health and medical technologies, as high growth areas which can contribute to economic recovery”.
Executive Chair for WHMTC, David Kidney says,
"We want businesses who are working in health technologies to become cluster members and in return our aim is to help them succeed.
This is a great opportunity to network, meet buyers and commissioners of services. The WHMTC will provide a forum for members to share their experiences and to create solutions to some of the challenges you may experience as a business owner”.
As a cluster we will share our news, bring more coherence to support systems and we will be a powerful advocate for our sector. The task is to make this a success and for us this means helping to grow businesses and create jobs”.
The cluster is open for business from 1st April 2021.
A formal launch will follow later in the year once Covid-19 pandemic restrictions have been lifted. In the meantime, the cluster will be offering members and supporters a full programme of events, virtual for the first few months.