A new business programme has been launched aimed at helping 30 emerging tech firms tap into the West Midlands’ £27.8 billion professional services sector.
Senior executives from five large corporates in the region will meet with tech firms to discuss ideas and potentially work together on new partnerships and projects.
The six-month initiative has been organised with the aim of helping new and upcoming firms to access the business, professional and financial services sector which estimates suggest generates £27.8 billion GVA annually and employs more than 360,000 people in the West Midlands.
The executives are Andrea Tittel, director of innovation, customer and propositions at BNP Paribas Personal Finance; Anthony Pryke, Barclays’ Eagle Labs ecosystem manager; David Stewart, Wesleyan’s chief operating officer; Cliff Dennett, head of business development at Bruntwood SciTech; and Shoosmiths partner Tony Randle.
The programme is being run by SuperTech which was launched earlier this year to bring together professional services firms with digital companies across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands to see how technology can be integrated into everyday business activities.
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Executive lead Hilary Smyth-Allen said: “Relationships between established businesses and innovative companies are critical to economic development.
“However, gaining that access as a new entrant can be virtually impossible.
“We believe the key to unlocking the true potential of the West Midlands’ professional and financial services cluster is by nurturing and accelerating an ecosystem that is based on collaboration between all firms, no matter their size.
“Our new Connector Series has been launched to facilitate this collaboration by providing unique access to major firms from across the West Midlands for SMEs, startups and founders.”
Stephen Hunt, chief executive of BNP Paribas Personal Finance, added: “I am a big supporter of what SuperTech is trying to achieve.
“I think that connecting the growing tech community with an established business like ours is a great initiative.
“Like many businesses in our sector, we are focussed on finding better ways to manage our business and support our customers and I look forward to seeing if there are organisations in the West Midlands that can help with this task.”