Home to the highest number of emerging tech companies in the UK and leading in 10 disciplines within the tech & creative sector – including digital transformation, gaming, immersive tech, process automation & software development – the West Midlands offers a superb destination for tech companies seeking to scale-up and accelerate business growth.
With the UK’s fastest-growing tech cluster and globally recognised R&D network of universities, accelerators, and incubators, companies can pioneer next-generation technologies in the region. Opportunities are available in high-growth industries to trial, develop, test and prototype game-changing technologies across energy, mobility, manufacturing and housing to deliver holistic and impactful green solutions.
In this seminar, we will explore:
- Why the West Midlands is the fastest growing tech cluster in the UK, and how the region’s tech capabilities are fostering innovation across multiple industries.
- Why global tech companies (such as Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover, CarbonTRACK and EnergyOne) have chosen to establish their UK or European headquarters in the West Midlands.
- How the West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC) can support Queensland tech companies seeking to scale-up and accelerate growth in the UK.
- What soft landing support is available for companies looking to expand their business.
About Jon Baty, Head of Inward Investment, West Midlands Growth Company
Jon oversees the Growth Company’s Inward Investment division, leading a team of sector-focused experts who promote the region and facilitate corporate investment, aligned to the West Midlands’ key priority sectors. He also leads the delivery of the Inward Investment workstream of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Business & Tourism Programme – tasked with leveraging the profile of Commonwealth Games to build global connections and drive job creating FDI into the West Midlands region.
Jon joined the Growth Company in 2018, initially as Sector Lead for Business, Professional and Financial Services. In his time with WMGC, Jon has facilitated major investments into the region from major multinationals (including Goldman Sachs, BT Plc) and overseen the region’s engagement with the UK Government’s Places for Growth programme, resulting in the relocation of significant Government operations to the region, including a number of Departments and Agencies responsible for national Housing, Communities and Transport policy and delivery.
Prior to joining WMGC, Jon held a number of business development and consultancy roles at Gateley Plc, Grant Thornton and Barclays Bank.
Jon graduated top of his MBA class from Birmingham Business School and holds a BA from Durham University.