Manufacturing Technology Centre

Manufacturing Technology Centre

Advantage West Midlands...Winner of the Midlands Excellence Awards 2011...Twice rated top performing by National Audit Office... £8.14 generated for every £1 invested in the region’s economy


Electric car

Find out more about our performance over our time as the RDA for the West Midlands.

Case studies

New street

Learn more about the many projects we have supported in the West Midlands.

European funding

European programmes

Read more on the ERDF and RDPE European funding programmes.

Help for business


More information about finance for business and the London 2012 games.

Regular updates to this website ceased in April 2011, as part of the programme to close the Agency by March 2012


With the leadership of Advantage West Midlands, the economy of our region has undergone huge transformation and diversification. We have led the development of and enabled the growth of our region's businesses, by creating the conditions in which businesses could thrive and by helping to generate high-quality, high-paid jobs in the regional economy.


Improving the region's physical assets, including transport, communications, and energy infrastructure, is vital to ensure the West Midlands is a region fit for the 21st century. Advantage West Midlands has enabled growth by investing in the economic infrastructure required to create more attractive, vibrant and prosperous places.


Like other economies in the UK, over the past 10 years the West Midlands' workforce has continually changed - in age and diversification presenting challenges to the region. Advantage West Midlands has enabled growth by helping people to develop the skills and capabilities they need to find work and contribute to building the businesses and industries of the future.

Powerful voice

For the West Midlands to compete on the world stage and for it to achieve its potential as a region where businesses and individuals choose to connect, a strong and positive image with a powerful voice is essential for the long term economic prosperity of the region. Advantage West Midlands has sought to harness the voices of business and individuals across the region into a single powerful force capable of sharing this knowledge with the wider world.

Case studies

KTP at Wolverhampton University

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

In 2009 the University of Wolverhampton was chosen to lead a £24.3 million regional investment programme in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) involving all 12 of the regional Higher Education Institutes (HEIs).

Sue Acton of Bubble and Balm

Innovation Networks bring small businesses together

Innovation Networks has been running since 2002, helping raise innovation levels in the region's small and middle-sized businesses (SMEs).


Innovation vouchers make small businesses hi-tech

In 2007 Advantage West Midlands and Aston University in Birmingham pioneered a project to encourage small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to work with universities and higher education to develop innovative ways of working, thus making them more competitive.