- the metropolitan county of the West Midlands with its metropolitan boroughs of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton,
- the shire counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire and
- the unitary authorities of Hereforshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Stoke-on-Trent.
The regional development agency for the West Midlands is Advantage West Midlands. This will be abolished with all the other RDA by March 2012. However, proposals for local enterprise partnerships have been accepted for:
There are at least two local business angel networks:
Local patent attorneys offer free consultations at Birmingham Central Library in conjunction. NIPC Clinics will also introduce inventors and their investors, lenders and professional advisors to local patent and trade mark attorneys, business advisors, product design consultants, lawyers and others.
There are at least 6 community development finance institutions in the West Midlands:
Members of NIPC West Midlands offer specialist advice and advocacy on intellectual property, information technology, telecommunications, media, entertainment and competition law. We can be reached on 0121 286 1551 or through our national contact form.
Further information on inventors resources in the West Midlands will be published on the Inventors Club website.