Action E3: Growing Smart Businesses

Tools and technologies such as the cloud, electronic invoicing, mobile working and data storage are rapidly changing both the marketplace and operating environment, and can transform businesses to embrace more efficient and effective business processes. For many though, adopting these tools is proving a challenge. While many businesses recognise the benefits of technology, take-up is not as it should be and is inhibiting businesses’ capacity to grow. Through a demand stimulation programme, our aim is to: build cross-sector digital capability and capacity for global competitive advantage in areas such as open data / big data, technology and innovation; explore new business models and revenue streams; and drive uptake of ultrafast digital connectivity – a recognised driver of economic growth.  One example to build on is the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses scheme that Aston University runs and includes a cohort of digital companies.

Stakeholders identified

  • BCC
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Digital Media Cluster
  • MAS
  • Birmingham Future / Forward
  • Aston University

Potential stakeholders

  • Other business networks
  • Training providers
  • Innovators / supply chain leads

What makes this approach smart?

Embedding digital skills and enabling city transformation through business driven innovation

Short-term actions

Scope programme; identify delivery partners

Future actions

In development

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