Business investment in Coventry

Supply chains and networks


Businesses are encouraged to join one or more of the area's networks to look at issues such as funding, new product development, skills and training, procurement and joint commercial ventures.

Coventry and Warwickshire Aerospace Forum (CWAF)

CWAF is a group of world-class manufacturing businesses working together and collaborating with leading UK Universities and Associations that brings together over 500-years of combined engineering knowledge and manufacturing expertise.

Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Set up as a business too, so has the knowledge of what it takes to be successful. The Chamber understands that you need access to a range of money-saving services, effective business support and, critically, superb networking opportunities to raise your profile and start bringing in the business.

Coventry and Warwickshire Champions

The Coventry and Warwickshire Champions scheme unites businesses, organisations and individuals across the area in a powerful network to help develop and promote Coventry and Warwickshire and raise its profile. Champions are proactive advocates for the area who want to help influence how the area is perceived and portrayed, and make sure the area is talked about in the right places and by the right people.

Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Network

The Green Business Network allows businesses to come together, share ideas and promote energy efficiency. The network is free to join and open to any business. By becoming a member not only will you improve your green credentials, you will be able to access a range of additional benefits including:

  • Expert technical assistance.
  • Free workshops on subjects such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) software, Revit, AutoCAD, Passivhaus and Low Carbon Building Design.
  • Networking and supply chain opportunities.
  • Access to grants and funding up to £50,000.
  • Quarterly newsletter.

Contact us now if you would like to join the network.

Coventry and Warwickshire First

Coventry and Warwickshire First is a forum for bringing together professional and financial service providers, to raise the profile and address the needs of the sector.

Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub

The CWLEP Growth Hub is a single gateway to navigating the best private and public sector business support available. Whether you want to raise capital, increase your workforce, ramp up production or identify export or supply chain opportunities, you can access tailored, commercially focused and joined-up advice that’s free, impartial and delivered with one goal in mind: growing your bottom line.

Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership

The CWLEP Board plays a pivotal role at both policy and programme level. Valuing a business-led approach to driving growth, its 20 members include 11 from the private sector (3 of which represent the SME community), 7 are appointed by the public sector and 2 are from universities. It’s supported by the Joint Committee, the Growth Deal Sub-Committee and the Executive and Secretariat Group, and benefits from business intelligence and progress reports from CW Growth Hub. As the Accountable Body, Coventry City Council is legally accountable for receiving funding, making payments, and for overseeing compliance to the Assurance Framework (PDF).

Drive Midlands

Drive Midlands provides a central hub for businesses; coordinating local support services for the automotive sector and collaborating more closely with higher and further education to support skills development. The aim will be to support the development of SMEs to safeguard the future of the automotive industry. To accelerate success, partners are being brought on board with sector expertise that support the Midlands automotive industry.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

As experts in business, the FSB offer its members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. We are a not-for-profit organisation, led by a team of our members, which exists to serve the small business community across the UK.

Midlands Aerospace Alliance

The MAA is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee, governed by its own Board of directors and representing all segments of the Midlands aerospace industry. There are currently more than 300 companies who subscribe to MAA membership, making us the second largest aerospace regional membership organisation in the world after Aerospace Valley (Toulouse – Bordeaux in France).

Motorsport Industry Association

The Motorsport Industry Association is the world's leading trade association for the motorsport, high performance engineering, services and tuning sectors. As an industry that is constantly having to deal with rapid development, it’s our role to globally represent the specialised needs of our members.

Power Academy

The Power Academy is a unique partnership between industry and academia, established to address the looming skills shortage in power engineering through a combination of financial support and workplace mentoring for students.

Rail Alliance

the Rail Alliance is all about bringing customers, suppliers and supply chain opportunities together. It is a membership organisation that sits at the very heart of the rail supply chain.

West Midlands Green Business Clubs Networks

Research by SWM on competitive low carbon places indicates that a key factor for success is the ability of local businesses to rapidly share ideas, good practice, and resources in order to deliver action. Local green business clubs are vital for this, and have a role distinct to that of national or regional business networks. In addition, national investors (such as the Carbon Trust, Innovate UK, the Environment Agency, and Climate UK) are more likely to engage with a locally focussed network and the businesses they represent.

Workplace Health Champion Network Forum

Workplace Wellbeing Health Champion Network meetings are organised on a quarterly basis, aimed at coordinators delivering workplace health activities and Health Champions working towards the Workplace Wellbeing Award. These forums offer training, support and an opportunity to meet others who are also working towards the Thrive Workplace Wellbeing Standards within their organisation.

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