Business and Enterprise Committee

7 May 2008 (PN 36)

Committee to visit West Midlands for inquiry into Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy

The Business & Enterprise Committee will hold an oral evidence session as part of a visit to the West Midlands for its inquiry into Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy on Monday 12 May 2008.

Press are welcome to attend.  For further details contact Laura Humble, media officer on 020 7219 2003/

Details are as follows:

Time and Date:   1.30 pm, Monday 12 May 2008.

Location:   The TechnoCentre Conference Centre, Coventry University Technology Park


Panel one: Professor Michael Clarke, Vice Principal, Birmingham University
                     Dr James Wilkie, Director of Research & Commercial Services, Birmingham University
                     Professor Madeleine Atkins, Vice Chancellor, Coventry University
                     Professor Ian Marshall, pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Coventry University;
                     Professor Keith Popplewell, Director, Future Manufacturing Applied Research Centre,
                     Coventry University

Panel two: Mick Laverty, Chief Executive, Advantage West Midlands
                     Dr Richard Hutchins, Corporate Director for Economic Development, Advantage West
                     Phil Extance, Director of Innovation, Advantage West Midlands

 Subjects which may be covered include:
     • The move towards a knowledge economy;
     • The role of government/ public, including regional development agencies/ private/ academic
        sectors in this process;
     • The commercialisation of an idea from its basis in research and development to a marketable
     • As part of this process, access to funding, especially in the early stages of concept development;             access to skilled workers;  and issues around industry clusters.

Further Information:

Committee membership is as follows:

Chairman: Peter Luff MP (Con) (Mid Worcestershire)
Mr Adrian Bailey (Lab) (West Bromwich West)
Roger Berry (Lab) (Kingswood)
Mr Brian Binley (Con) (Northampton South)
Mr Michael Clapham (Lab) (Barnsley West and Pen.)
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Lab) (Chorley)
Miss Julie Kirkbride (Con) (Bromsgrove)
Anne Moffat (Lab) (East Lothian)
Mark Oaten (Lib Dem) (Winchester)
Mr Mike Weir (SNP) (Angus)
Mr Anthony Wright (Lab) (Great Yarmouth)

Media Enquiries: Laura Humble, Tel 0207 219 2003/ 07917 488 489, email:
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