Live news and events from UoWSP and the surrounding business community:

West Coast Partnership and WMGC

West Coast Partnership and WMGC are hosting a virtual event on growth and connectivity in the West Midlands on 19 November.
The event (14:00-15:00) will bring together industry and West Midlands leaders to discuss the transport industry’s role in delivering the Government’s ambition to “build back better, build back greener and build back faster, and to unite and level up the regions”.
Find out more and register here
Read the latest newsletter from WMGC here…

ECMS Round Up

The Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills is a flagship training facility for the Black Country. In response to gaps in skills and provision highlighted by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills will deliver specialist training and short courses as part of a collaboration between six major organisations

West Midlands Health Technologies Cluster

West Midlands Health Technologies Cluster is in the early stages of setting up a Cluster Group for our region, the aim of which is to make its existing companies more successful and attract investment and new businesses to the region.Over the next few weeks a series of short, virtual events will be held to raise awareness of the plans for the Cluster and test its thinking about the offer and the business model.

Research Matters – success and opportunities

The latest edition of Research Matters, the publication celebrating research success and opportunities from the University of Wolverhampton, is now available to read online. Find out more…

Wolverhampton Literature Festival

Wolverhampton Literature Festival will return for its fifth year in February 2021 – and the dates have today been announced.

Hosted by City of Wolverhampton Council, the festival aims to amplify the voice of authors, poets, writers, storytellers, puppeteers, podcasters, vloggers and publishers across the UK, as well as celebrate creative communities in the Black Country. Find out more here……

Latest measures to guard against Covid-19 in the workplace

The City Council is urging Wolverhampton employers and businesses to make themselves familiar with the latest measures to guard against Covid-19 in their workplace. The latest information takes account of changes to national guidance and learning from recent outbreaks of Covid-19 in settings across the country.
Find out more HERE

New strategy to kickstart data revolution across the UK

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden, has launched a National Data Strategy and set out the action the government will take to support the use of data in the UK.

The new strategy will put data at the heart of the country’s recovery from the pandemic, so companies and organisations can use it to drive digital transformation, innovate and boost growth across the economy.
Find out more about the strategy, which lays out five priority ‘missions’ the government must take to capitalise on the opportunities data offers HERE

Applications encouraged for climate friendly business ideas

The University of Wolverhampton’s Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) project has launched a new Innovation Incubator programme – supporting 12 climate friendly business ideas over six months. 

Applications are welcome from people who have a strong connection with the Black Country &/or Shropshire (including Telford & Wrekin)Find out more……..

Second round of Discretionary Grant Scheme launched

City of Wolverhampton Council has today launched the second round of its Discretionary Grant Scheme to help small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Full details of the eligibility criteria, evidence required and a link to the application form is available HERE

West Midlands Combine Authority

Information and guidance from the West Midlands Combine Authority can be found HERE


Black Country Growth Hub opportunities in the agricultural and agri-tech sectors

The Black Country LEP Growth Hub has become a member of the Agri-Epi Centre (Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre) in order to signpost Black Country engineering and manufacturing firms to supply chain opportunities in the agricultural and agri-tech sectors.

Find out more here

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

University of Wolverhampton tenant company, BCRS, is now an accredited lender on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) –see for more details.

Transport services update

Following announcement of the 3 tier Covid alert levels please be aware of the latest travel advice from West Midlands Network
Find out latest information HERE