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All the latest news and current activities for Drive Midlands.

  • Birmingham law firm Mills & Reeve unveils inaugural Midlands ‘Innovation 50’ index

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    By: Amisha Mistry

    • Innovation 50 report recognises the region’s most forward-thinking businesses • Engineering firm Lontra named ‘Innovative Company of the Year’ while software firm Sales-i named ‘Innovative Exporter of the Year’ • The in-depth index aims to celebrate regional business activity A new report ranking the most forward-thinking companies in the Midlands has been published by […]

  • Niche Vehicle Feasibility Competition: NOW OPEN

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    By: Amisha Mistry

    Sponsored by Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) the annual Niche Vehicle Feasibility Competition is providing SMEs and micro companies active in the low carbon vehicle technology sector with grant funding of up £25,000 to undertake desk-top research activities aimed at catalysing innovative vehicle technologies applicable to non-human powered road-going and […]

  • British Business Bank launches first £120million tranche of Midlands Engine Investment Fund

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    By: Amisha Mistry

    • £120m of debt finance and small business loans launched as part of wider £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund • Fund launched alongside new report on state of Midlands economy • Report highlights potential of Midlands’ smaller businesses to drive regional growth The British Business Bank has today announced the first wave of its £250m […]

  • Made in the Midlands launches the Manufacturing Advisory Service

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    By: Amisha Mistry

    Manufacturing and engineering membership body, Made in the Midlands has launched the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) as a dedicated online help desk and signposting service to support Britain’s manufacturing industry and help businesses access information they need in order to grow. The launch event, attended by over 150 leading Midlands manufactures, was held at Hotel […]

  • Business Growth Programme

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    By: Amisha Mistry

    The new £33 million Business Growth Programme (BGP) has now been launched. The package of support is designed to strengthen supply chains, stimulate innovation and grow existing Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and The Marches Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). Please see the funding round schedule for […]

  • Automotive sector in the Midlands drives economic growth and thousands of jobs following 58 foreign investments in 2016/17

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    By: Amisha Mistry

    Region secured 58 FDI projects in 2016/17 Investments supported the creation of 2,900 jobs Announcement comes ahead of the Midlands’ presence at international trade show Automechanika on 6-8 June Figures released today by automotive inward investment body Drive Midlands show that the region’s automotive sector secured 58 new foreign direct investments during 2016/17, a 10% […]

  • Project INSIGHT: State-of-the-art autonomous low-speed vehicle designed for city environment

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    By: Amisha Mistry

    State-of-the-art driverless low speed vehicles known as autonomous Pods, which are being developed to make travel easier particularly for blind and visually impaired people, are on display to the public this week (Monday May 29 – Friday June 2). The innovative INSIGHT project, will see an all-British consortium transform Heathrow Ultra-Pods into hi-tech autonomous vehicles. […]

  • Mills & Reeve ‘Innovation 50’ open for applications

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    By: Amisha Mistry

    Innovation 50 aims to encourage global recognition for the region’s innovative businesses Firm is calling for companies from across the region to put themselves forward Campaign supported by city leaders from the private, public and education sector Mills & Reeve has today opened entries for its first ever ‘Innovation 50’, an in-depth ranking of the […]

  • The Industrial Strategy Green Paper Opportunity for Automotive Supply Chain Businesses – Have Your Say

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    By: Amisha Mistry

    Here’s your chance to have your say on what more the government can do for your business. Drive Midlands, in conjunction with BEIS, is coordinating a series of round table events, in order to collate responses relating to the newly released Green Paper, from businesses within the automotive supply chain. Feedback and questions will then […]

  • UK companies win robotics ‘golden ticket’ to work with MTC

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    By: Amisha Mistry

    A selection of British companies are poised to reap the benefits of a European-wide initiative on robotic technology after securing one of 25 ‘golden tickets’. Automata Technologies, Hexagon Metrology, Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) and Russell Finex are the latest UK beneficiaries from the second and final round of the ROBOTT-NET Voucher Programme, which saw the […]