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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 is the 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.

This seminar will explore:

  • How the West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC) can support Australian tech companies seeking to scale up and accelerate growth in the UK.
  • Learn about the fully funded package of soft-landing support for companies investing in the West Midlands.
  • Why the West Midlands is the fastest growing tech cluster in the UK and how the region’s tech capabilities are fostering innovation across established and emerging industries.
  • Why global 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.

Why Attend?

This event will showcase why global tech companies have chosen to establish their UK or European headquarters in the West Midlands. Participants will also learn about the WMGC’s Global Growth Programme (GGP), a fully funded package of soft-landing support for companies investing in the West Midlands including commercial space, professional service offerings, market-entry and innovation services for international companies to invest, establish and scale rapidly at the heart of the UK’s fastest growing technology cluster.

Our Presenters

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 the 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.

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