Birmingham City University aims to bridge the skills gap with MEU

A group of universities in the Midlands is urging SMEs to work together to overcome digital challenges as the region lags behind the rest of the UK in digital skills.


Midlands Enterprise Universities (MEU), a consortium of universities across the Midlands, is making the call to action after research published last week by Lloyds Bank Business and Charity Index showed that less than half of SMEs in the region have the basic digital skills that could drive growth.

Jenny Kenning, Director of MEU, commented: “This is bad news for the region’s future economic prosperity as digital technology has been identified by the Government as one of the key drivers of economic growth.

“We already know that SMEs with a strong web presence on average grow more than twice as quickly as those with minimal or no presence, export twice as much, and create twice as many jobs.

“However, this outlook is not irreversible. The key to improvement for our region is working together and forming deep partnerships with other businesses, stakeholders, LEPs and universities to tackle common problems together. If we do that as a region, SMEs in the Midlands will unleash their true growth potential.”

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The MEU, made up of six universities including Birmingham City, Coventry, Derby, Lincoln, Nottingham Trent and Wolverhampton, is actively working to support the Midlands Engine’s growth plans to increase the region’s economy by £34bn by 2030.

Birmingham City University and the other MEU have a wide range of digital and technological expertise.  They often work in partnership and across departments to solve key challenges. MEUalready work closely with businesses to further innovations in: Applied computing, Health and social care, Transport, engineering and the built environment, Agriculture and manufacturing, Business, skills, and digital culture.

We invite you to collaborate with Birmingham City University and MEU to develop your company’s strength in digital innovation

This brochure gives an overview of our partnership’s digital expertise and related services. To find out more, download the MEU Digital Capabilities MEU Digital Capabilities Brochure .

Interested in creating your own case study in digital innovation?

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