Manufacturing, innovation and technology

The Midlands region has long been recognised as a national and international hub for manufacturing, innovation and technology and here at the Business Solutions Centres (BSCs), we are passionate about nurturing the sector to conserve the region’s heritage. Looking to the future, we also recognise that encouraging local businesses to innovate and invest in new technology today is central to securing local jobs for tomorrow.

From advice on Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM) and export via the West Midlands Manufacturing Club (WMMC) through to drones and business support workshops on tackling cybercrime, the BSCs act as a gateway to access a full spectrum of local support; whether you’re a manufacturing firm or simply looking to innovate and adopt the latest technology.

West Midlands Manufacturing Club

The West Midlands Manufacturing Club (WMMC) offers your business the opportunity to access a comprehensive programme of support through the University of Wolverhampton’s Business Solutions Centres (BSCs) in Wolverhampton, Telford & Wrekin, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Wyre Forest.  It is a unique collaboration between industry, academia and local government partners who have come together to nurture manufacturing innovation and accelerate regional growth.

The free to join club can assist your business with Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM), knowledge clusters, best practice and specialist consultancy, manufacturing diagnostics, access to finance, export and supply chain development.


Visualisation Centres

The University of Wolverhampton is home to two Visualisation Centres; one at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park with a sister facility at the University of Wolverhampton Telford Innovation Campus.

They act as a practical showcase for exciting technologies; creating a hub for technological innovation to benefit your business as well as future generations to come.


Drone training and hire

The Business Solutions Centres (BSCs), brought to you by the University of Wolverhampton, have formed a partnering arrangement with the CAA approved Rheinmetall Unmanned Systems Training Academy (RUSTA).

Collectively, we offer a RUSTA Approved: Remote Pilot Certification SUAS course via our Visualisation Centres leading to Permission for Aerial Work; providing you with the skills and qualifications to operate drones safely and legally in UK airspace. Don’t fancy flying a drone yourself? Our qualified in-house pilots can be hired for filming and image/video editing purposes too.


Cyber security

During the past 12 months, one in three companies have been affected by cybercrime. The total cost to small businesses is estimated to range from £75,000 – £310,000.

If you are a sole trader or SME, the University of Wolverhampton and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are offering your business the opportunity to access grass roots cyber security training to meet your specific needs. The aim is to offer businesses greater awareness of vulnerability and implications while providing controls to mitigate the risks of cybercrime.


University of Wolverhampton Science Park

With over 10,000m2 of accommodation across three buildings, the University of Wolverhampton Science Park (UoWSP) is home to 80 plus businesses and over 500 staff.  The UoWSP is located on a prime site approximately one mile north of Wolverhampton city centre and a few minutes away from the i54 Enterprise Zone. It benefits from easy access to the UK motorway network, intercity rail services and several regional airports.

On-site, you will find a wide range of high quality facilities for your business offering fully serviced business accommodation, start-up / incubation facilities, a variety of meeting rooms, conference facilities and a fully equipped photo studio for hire.


Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI)

The BECCI Project benefits Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the West Midlands by providing free support in the development of products and services that reduce carbon usage.

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund to promote sustainable economic growth.


Innovative Product Support Service – iPSS

The iPSS programme supports businesses through the early stages of developing a new product or process. iPSS aims to lessen the risks to businesses looking to take forward new ideas, by making use of experience and skills which exist within West Midlands Universities.


Smart Concept Fund

The Smart Concept Fund offers a Proof of Concept (PoC) grant designed to support the commercialisation of new technologies.

Smart Concept Fund


EnTRESS supports Black Country SMEs on the adoption of environmental technologies and resource efficiency processes.