£27 million awarded to Mercia to support North East firms

A total of £27m has been awarded to Mercia Fund Managers to support businesses across the North East.  A subsidiary of Mercia Fund Management based in Henley in Arden, the Venture Fund will be investing in rounds up to £1m, with additional money potentially coming from Mercia’s other funds, and will be targeted at businesses […]

Innovation Birmingham to be sold to property group Bruntwood

Innovation Birmingham, the publicly-owned science park which supports start-up and growing tech and digital companies, is to be bought by private property group Bruntwood. The campus, which sits next to Aston University on the edge of the city centre, comprises three office buildings – Faraday Wharf, iCentrum and the Universities Centre – and is owned by […]

Birmingham software firm named among UK’s top exporters

A Birmingham software firm has been named as one the UK’s fastest-growing small companies for its exporting activities. It is one of seven West Midlands companies to feature in the 2018 Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100. Jewellery Quarter-based Mercato develops sales software for clients such as  IBM and Lenovo and growth in the […]

Nottingham University’s robotics research centre is complete

Work on the University of Nottingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Building has been completed after a year-long construction project.  The £30mn (US$42.7mn) facility will focus high-tech and innovative 3D printing and robotics research, as it targets manufacturing of the future. The site will become a global hub for the leading minds working on advanced technology, as it hosts meetings, […]

PwC and BizzInn host showcase for Midlands technology scale-ups

Following its introduction in 2017, PwC and BizzInn, the University of Birmingham Enterprise Acceleration Team,  will host their first Scale Midlands executive evening on the 8 February 2018. Nine Midlands-based technology scale-ups, ranging from online booking specialists to the developers of a payments lifestyle app, will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services to […]

Innovation Birmingham Campus companies raise over £10 million

Innovation Birmingham Campus companies raised over £10m, driving growth and innovative product development in 2017. Amongst the tech talent based on the Innovation Birmingham Campus, three companies closed successful investment rounds towards the end of 2017, including optometry business Aston EyeTech securing £5m in November to launch its latest product range. The company builds hardware […]

Mayor backs govt proposal for West Mids tech innovation

West Midlands’ Mayor Andy Street has backed a series of proposals that the Government that will boost innovation and technology industries across the region, including creating a new tech hub in Birmingham and digital technology investment. The proposal will see the number of tech visas being offered to UK businesses double, while a £2m pilot scheme will be […]

Birmingham Airport service for real-time flight news via Twitter

Birmingham Airport sees more than 13 million people fly through it every year and, at this busy time of the year, passengers and those expecting them will be pleased to know that they can access and keep track of flight departures, and arrivals, in real-time thanks to a new service called FlightSmart. Using the @FlyBHX handle, […]

£20,000 competition to solve West Midlands urban challenges

The mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)  launched a contest encouraging firms to create solutions for four key public-service areas as part of it’s ‘Urban Challenge’: Wellbeing Homelessness Youth unemployment Digital citizenship. The competition, which is being run in conjunction with Public.io, which runs an incubator programme for government technology firms will provide winners with […]

Aston EyeTech secures £5 million investment for eye technology

Aston EyeTech, an Aston University spin-out has secured £5m funding, with specialist tech investor Mercia Technologies contributing £1.8m to the investment round. Mercia’s investment gives the group a direct equity stake of 19.4 per cent in Aston EyeTech. It awarded the funding alongside an Asian-based investment syndicate. The cash will be used to accelerate product […]

Government launches £68 million AI and robotics fund

The Government has announced more than £68 million of investment from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) for a programme of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) projects aimed at improving safety in extreme environments. The programme will develop robots and artificial intelligence to take on jobs in the freezing depths of the North Sea, dealing […]

School of Code to pitch at global investment competition

School of Code, a young Birmingham company, which teaches people how to write software coding has won a trip to New York to pitch for new investment and the chance to work in the US. Launched just over two years ago, the company has created an online multi-player platform which uses teamwork and collaboration to teach […]

Tech entrepreneur crowned Future Face of Greater Birmingham

A technology entrepreneur who founded an app aimed at helping tourists get to know cities better has been crowned the Future Face of Greater Birmingham. Tom Charman took home the technology and innovation category before being crowned overall Future Face winner at the third annual awards run by Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Mr Charman, […]

Major expansion at Leamington gaming company

Playground Games, a Leamington company behind successful video game – Forza Horizon – has announced a major expansion at its headquarters. The company is growing its workforce from 150 to 300 before the end of the year after winning a new project. It has taken on an extra 3,000 sq ft in Leamington town centre and […]

Mercia joins games industry Investment Summit for indie developers

Henley-in-Arden based Mercia Technologies has joined the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit, which provides a chance for independent developers to get their games funded and signed, and will take place on Thursday, September 21st at the NEC during the EGX consumer show. All participants will receive a four-day pass to the consumer event, a lunch, plus access to […]