Innovators & Entrepreneurs
Coventry and Warwickshire has been described as a place that's making things happen. Through collaborations between private, public sector and education and closely supported by our GrowthHub, we're making it a strategic priority to support those with innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.
This is evidenced by the phenomenal level of R & D expenditure within the area which is almost twice the national average and reflected in the level of patent applications, one of the highest in the UK.
We are home to 35,000 businessess including over 400 Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering companies employing 15,000 people and investing over £100 million. We're at the forefront of developing intelligent transport systems and low carbon technologies.
Innovators and entrepreneurs choosing to grow their businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire benefit from world leading and pioneering education and research facilities with close ties to the SME sector. Those with great ideas can access a wealth of knowledge and cutting edge facilities to bring their ideas to fruition and to market, fuelling their business success and the Coventry and Warwickshire economy.
CWLEP GrowthHub offers one-to-one advice and ongoing support to businesses with ambitions to grow. It is open to businesses of any size or sector and cuts through the confusion surrounding regional and national growth programmes, and quickly identifies the best initiatives aligned to their goals.Visit GrowthHub
The University has a range of services to support businesses of all sizes developing ideas, strategy and workforce. Coventry University Technology park encourages and supports the start up and development of innovation-led, high-growth, knowledge-based businesses and includes the Serious Games Institute, The Design Hub, The Institute for Creative Enterprise, The Innovation Village and the Health Design and Technology Institute (HDTI).Find out more
Warwick Manufacturing Group aim to improve competitiveness through innovation, collaborative R&D and knowledge transfer partnerships. Working directly with SMEs as well as large organisations to accelerate productivity, exploit new market opportunities and gain competitive advantage through technology and innovationVisit WMG
MIRA occupy a unique position in the automotive and transportation supply chain, bridging the gap between the emerging technology providers, manufacturers and suppliers and we translate technologies from the proof of principle stage to commercial products.Visit MIRA
Advanced Propulsion Centre
The role of the Advanced Propulsion Centre is to position the UK as a centre of excellence for low carbon propulsion development and production. The APC team brings together and supports those who have good ideas in the form of innovative technologies with those who can bring them to market as products.Visit the APC