3.15-4.45pm, Thursday 18th February


Join our expert panel for a discussion on how we make the West Midlands the most attractive place to start a new business in the UK.


At a time when redundancies and unemployment are at record levels, the role of start-ups (and SMEs) has never been more important in supporting regeneration; driving innovation and creating new employment opportunities.

Data recently published by the Centre for Entrepreneurs suggest that the West Midlands has been a hub of new business activity, with Birmingham alone accounting for 18,394 new enterprises in 2020 -the highest volume of start-ups outside London.


But does this tell the true story? Is the West Midlands the place to start your new business? What more could be done to make the region more attractive? Are the right grant schemes in place to support entrepreneurs with the next ‘big’ idea? Are there too many grant schemes – are we creating a generation of successful bid writers than serial entrepreneurs? What support is there for those wishing to potentially sustain themselves or create only a handful of jobs? Does the start up eco-system only favour rapid growth and/or tech companies?

There are some big questions that our panel will explore and that our guests will have the opportunity to discuss in our breakout rooms at the end of the session.

This event is for ANYONE who has an interest in business start-ups – whether you are an entrepreneur, a policy maker, work within a Local Enterprise Partnership or maybe interested in how this significant area of the economy could operate with greater effect – we’d love you to join the session and share your thoughts.