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Grants, Support, Events

  • Innovation Funding and Support Conference– this is the one-day event for manufacturing, engineering and technology companies.  Find all the funding and support available to your business from 8:30 am – 4 pm on Tuesday 5th March at STEAMhouse.  Book your place here and grab your complimentary ticket.
  • SME Spark: The Weekly Manufacturer’s Meet Up- WMG’s weekly on-line meetup for manufacturers.  You can book on here.
  • Make UK National Manufacturing Conference- Taking place on Tuesday 27th February in London, you can book your place here.
  • National Manufacturing Day 26th September 2024– a national celebration of UK manufacturing.  Find out more here or below.

Innovation Funding and Support Conference

The one-day event for manufacturing, engineering and technology companies/

You are invited to join us on Tuesday 5th March, at STEAMhouse for our Innovation Funding and Support Conference organised in partnership with Innovate UK Edge.  You can join us for the whole day (8:30-4 pm) or just the morning for manufacturers or the afternoon for technology, digital and services companies.

During the day, you will discover a wide range of grants, fully funded support, and plenty of new and exciting opportunities for your business.

Manufacturing Morning 8:30 am- 12:30 pm

There are plenty of grants and fully funded support to help West Midlands manufacturers with:

  • Buying new machinery and equipment- everything from solar panels through machines to robotics 
  • Energy Efficiency and Net Zero Grants– discover regional grants for up to £100,000 and national grants for over £100,000  
  • Automation- there is support available to help you increase productivity through automation
  • Pivot into new markets- discover support to help you supply into other markets
  • Developing new products, services, and processes
  • Innovation Accelerators- find out how the new Clean Tech, Clean Futures and Biochar Clean Tech Accelerators can help you to develop innovative solutions through grants and expert support 

Speakers and panellists include:

  • Rowan Crozier MBE, the CEO of Birmingham manufacturer, Brandauer and Chair of the National Advisory Board for Make UK
  • Chris Greenough, Chief Commercial Officer of SDE Technology supporting innovation in the manufacturing sector for over 29 years
  • Paul Milne, Deputy Director SME Programmes at WMG
  • Grants, growth and innovation experts from Innovate UK
  • Melissa Snover from Birmingham-based, Nourished, a high-growth business innovating in the 3D printing of personalised vitamins
  • Johnathan Dudley from Crowe UK has supported the rapid growth of various manufacturers in the West Midlands
  • Mike Owens, MD of Schumacher Packaging and Vice President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
  • Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, MD of Professional Polishing Services in the Black Country and Founder of Women in Metal

Technology and Digital 1pm – 4 pm

There are grants, large and small, and plenty of free support for technology and digital businesses.

Join us to hear about:

  • The West Midlands Health Tech Innovation Accelerator– this major programme is supporting companies in or want to supply into the Health Tech and Med Tech sectors including funded support from a raft of established organisations including UoB, UHB, BCU, WMG, the MTC, Aston University, Medilink and others as well as grants for up to £150,000
  • Grants, funded support, and new opportunities– there are plenty of local, regional, and national grants available to technology, digital, and service companies for up to £100,000.  There is also a ton of support.  Join us to find out more.
  • DIATOMIC (Digital InnovAtion TransfOrMatIve Change) Accelerator- offering support and funding to digital innovators
  • Large grants- for those with game-changing ideas, there is a range of large grants, including Smart Grants for up to £2m.  Find out how to apply. 

Speakers and Panellists include:

  • Keynote: Charlie Blakemore– MD at Intercity Technology Ltd, Non-Executive Director at the Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation.
  • Prof. Liam Grover, Director of Healthcare Technologies Institute and Lead for the West Midlands Health Tech Innovation Accelerator
  • Daniel Evans- CEO of Birmingham Enterprise Community and Director of the FORWARD Accelerator, a global support programme for high-growth start-ups and scaleups.
  • Naomi Nash- Head of Community and Collaboration at TechWM
  • Sian Dunning- Manager of the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre at University Hospitals Birmingham
  • Dr Pam Waddell OBE- Director of the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands
  • Grants, growth and innovation experts from Innovate UK

The attendance fee is £75 for the day or £50 for the morning or afternoon, but TSC members are exempt.  You can reserve your place using this link and secure your complimentary ticket.

SME Spark: The Weekly Manufacturer’s Meet Up

Navigating the challenges of the manufacturing world is tough. Whether it’s operational, strategic or sustainable profit – knowing what to do in an everchanging landscape can seem overwhelming, which is why WMG is here to help.

SMEs are the backbone of the manufacturing community, and we believe in collective success, which is why WMG want to help spark conversations to help manufacturers thrive.

Join WMG’s weekly meet-ups to:​

  • Discuss your key business challenges​
  • Connect with other SME manufacturers
  • Receive practical advice to boost your profitability​
  • Stay updated on the latest industry knowledge and trends​
  • Gain early access to funded WMG programs e.g. the Manufacturing Energy Toolkit ​
  • Tailored innovation projects to meet your business needs ​
  • Discover new funding streams and grant information​

The aim is to make your company more productive and profitable— come and find out how we can ignite your business potential.

You can book on here.

Make UK National Manufacturing Conference

Taking place on Tuesday 27th February the Make UK National Manufacturing Conference is an event for your 2024 calendar, providing an opportunity to be able to:

  • Connect with your peers in the manufacturing sector, build your network and create new business leads.
  • Challenge political decision-makers to create a business environment that helps manufacturers reach their ambitions and make a better future.
  • Join interactive breakout sessions focusing on technology, talent and ESG
  • After the conference, continue networking and celebrating manufacturing at the Manufacturing dinner.

Book your tickets here.

National Manufacturing Day 26th September 2024

National Manufacturing Day will this year take place on Thursday the 26th September – a chance Britain’s manufacturers to open their doors and showcase the amazing job opportunities available in our sector. Last year, the second National Manufacturing Day, saw hundreds of companies around the whole of the UK celebrate the things Britain makes and gave people of all ages the chance to experience the sector firsthand. We need your help to make this third NMD even better!


National Manufacturing Day is a chance for UK manufacturers to give their local community, schools and colleges behind the scenes access to a sector of global importance that plays a pivotal role in the economic life of local communities across the UK.

The day itself will be a national celebration of UK manufacturing and a chance to raise the profile of the sector.

National Manufacturing Day will demonstrate the value of jobs and in particular apprenticeships in our sector so the next generation see manufacturing as a future career.  But we are not limited to the next generation (school leavers and graduates), but to those looking to reskill and move into a new sector or industry.

Take your first step to becoming part of the day by finding out more here.