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Amazon is looking for Midlands businesses to enrol on its Innovation Accelerator programme. Successful companies will get tailored, practical workshops to help them innovate, adopt new technologies and implement more sustainable practices.

During the Amazon Innovation Accelerator programme, one senior representative from each participating business will attend two all-day workshops. These will take place on Tuesday 17 October and Wednesday 15 November at Amazon’s fulfilment centre, just outside Sutton Coldfield. Attendees will also get three hours of free mentoring with a member of Amazon UK’s senior leadership team.

The programme combines the expertise of Amazon, Amazon Web Services, the Growth Company and Made Smarter. The latter is a government-backed initiative that helps local manufacturers overcome operational challenges through digital technology.

A catalyst for growth

Neil Travis, regional operations director at Amazon said: “Amazon has been serving customers in the UK for 25 years and we know how important it is to maintain a start-up mentality and find new ways to innovate. The success of small businesses is vital to Amazon, and we want to use the expertise of our teams to be a catalyst for growth and productivity for more local businesses and have a positive impact on jobs and the community.”

For more information, including an agenda for the first workshop day, visit the Amazon Innovation Accelerator page of the Innovation Alliance website.

To apply, email madesmarter@cwgrowthhub.co.uk. The programme can only take 20 people, so sign up quickly to avoid disappointment.

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