Advantage West Midland’s ICT Cluster’s ICT resource will raise profile of technology firms
Advantage West Midlands’ ICT Cluster is inviting regional technology companies to provide information to populate its fully searchable online directory of technology businesses and support organisations in the West Midlands. AWMist (A Web Map-based Information Search Tool), the first regional resource of its kind, aims to facilitate business collaboration, innovation and partnerships. The new online resource will include: businesses, research groups; business support projects; funding agencies; and other organisations that can assist the private sector.
Companies should register via AWMist’s registration page https://www.awmist.org/registration to ensure that their information will be included.
When registering please state the business’ name in the comments section.Advantage West Midlands’ ICT Cluster is inviting regional technology companies to provide information to populate its fully searchable online directory of technology businesses and support organisations in the West Midlands.
ICT Cluster research shows that, despite high-profile publicity, many businesses are still not aware of the full range of support and services that are available within the region. For example, whilst the government stresses the importance of innovation and R&D for business by engaging with local universities, less than 2% of ICT SMEs have actually engaged.
Mike Musson, ICT Cluster Manager explains: “One of the factors behind this low level of engagement is that 74% of SMEs in the region have less than 11 employees and are therefore invisible to universities and support agencies. AWMist addresses this by making all companies visible, through a personalised profile on the online directory, and by providing access to organisations that are active in the commercial and innovation/R&D world.”
Company profiles are being created using data derived from the ICT Cluster’s mapping and research project, undertaken over the last four years. The ICT Cluster is inviting all technology SMEs to register for this free service to raise their profile.
About ICT Cluster
The ICT Cluster is one of thirteen clusters established by Advantage West Midlands as part of its economic development strategy. These clusters have been chosen on the basis of their current strength in the region and their potential to create jobs and economic growth.
Advantage West Midlands is one of nine Regional Development Agencies in England whose role is to provide leadership and action to create more, better jobs and in improve the standard of living for all in the West Midlands.
The ICT Cluster will be hosting the Annual West Midlands ICT Conference and ICT Excellence Awards on 10 November 2009.
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