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17/03/2016
Black Country launches High Value Manufacturing City  interactive platform at MIPIM 2016

• Innovative interactive platform designed to support the advancement of leading design, manufacturing and engineering opportunities in the Black Country.

• High Value Manufacturing City will add over £1 billion to the economy, bring forward 150 hectares of land and create over 25,000 jobs.

• Launched Thursday 17 March at MIPIM 2016.

The Black Country LEP will launch an interactive platform, HVM City, designed to support the advancement of leading design, manufacturing and engineering opportunities in the Black Country at MIPIM 2016 today, Thursday 17 March.

The innovative and interactive inward investment tool is aimed at supporting the Black Country’s High Value Manufacturing City in its aim to add over £1 billion to the economy, bring forward 150 hectares of land and created over 25,000 jobs. It is the first time a platform of this kind has been created and builds on the Black Country’s reputation as a centre for High Value Manufacturing.

Use of the platform will articulate the inward investment opportunities, drive supply chain development and integration and support major contract delivery through the development of virtual models. It will be the ‘go to’ resource for details on all investment and supply chain opportunities in the Black Country.

For housing the platform sets out where each opportunity is located and brings up specific details for each site, currently covering 100 of the most competitive residential sites in the area. The platform also showcases employment sites and the investment opportunities available in the Black Country.

The platform enables users to integrate the supply chain capturing the products manufactured in the Black Country, up and coming opportunities, illustrate the supply chain in place for each product and support business to business collaboration on new product requirements.

Through the HVM platform the Black Country can support suppliers and any main contractor in their bid for major works packages and securing large scale contracts. The innovative West Midlands Virtual Hospital, the first of its kind and created specifically for this platform, enables any main contractor to work alongside the team to build a virtual model of any project, pulling in suppliers of as many facets of the programme as possible in order to showcase to the client which products can be utilised in each of the work packages required by the commissioning body.

Tom Westley, Black Country LEP lead for the Enterprise Zone said: "The Black Country has the potential to generate massive opportunities in investment, in supply chain development and in procurement. We have decided to embrace the use of technical innovation creating a unique interactive platform which captures our total investment opportunity to ensure that the Black Country squeezes every available drop of value for its businesses, its investors, its people and importantly for the Black Country as a place.”

MIPIM 2016, the real estate exhibition, conference and networking event takes place from March 15 to 18 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. The Black Country is working in collaboration with Birmingham and Solihull to showcase the array of opportunities for investors to be part of Greater Birmingham’s growing prominence as a leading destination to live, work and invest in.

The HVM City interactive platform is an initiative led by the Black Country LEP and funded through the Black Country Growth Hub. The platform will be launched in full on 31 March however some content will be live from 17 March, visit hvmcity.com for more information.

Find out more about the Black Country LEP at MIPIM 2016 at www.investblackcountry.com or www.blackcountrylep.co.uk or follow @blackcountrylep and @invest_bc


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