The West Midlands Combined Authority Innovation Working Group was initially set up to support the development of the innovation strand of the WMCA Devolution Deal, under the leadership of Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council, and now CEO of the WMCA.
The Science and Innovation Audit for the West Midlands has been produced under the steer of the WM Innovation Working Group on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority and the three partner LEPs (Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire and Greater Birmingham & Solihull). The report Full Report and Summary and Next Steps are available here:
West Midlands SIA Final for Publication 21 6 17
West Midlands SIA Final Summary for publication 21 6 17
The West Midlands Combined Authority Innovation Working Group (WMCA IWG) was initially set up to support the development of the innovation strand of the WMCA Devolution Deal, under the leadership of Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council, and now CEO of the WMCA.
The group has continued to meet to ensure innovation continues to be high profile as the Devolution Deal is implemented, with the Birmingham Science City Executive supporting the group.
The Innovation Working Group (IWG) includes representatives from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, the Black Country LEP, Marketing Birmingham, Innovate UK (with links to the Catapult centres) and the six research active WMCA Universities (Aston, Birmingham, BCU, Coventry, Warwick, and Wolverhampton).
With the support of the BSC Executive, the IWG is continuing to raise the profile of, and facilitate the innovation aspects of, the Devolution Deal.
It is also supporting the development and delivery of the innovation actions in the WMCA Strategic Economic Plan, including supporting the development of WMCA innovation project proposals, while facilitating and supporting collaboration for funding including ESIF.