Decision details

Decision Maker: Executive Director of Strategy, Economy & Net Zero

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


WM5G will be leading the West Midlands’ bid to become a 5G Innovation Region. The bid will focus on 2 key clusters which comprise of sectors where the West Midlands has key strengths, and which represent the highest potential areas for 5G/IoT (Internet and other things) /data adoption, as evidenced by WM5G and others but are facing key adoption challenges.




To agree to distribute £3.8m funds as follows, if successful in DSIT’s 5G Innovation Region competition:


         Birmingham City Council: £289,857

         City of Wolverhampton Council: £289,857

         Coventry City Council: £136,617

         Remaining 4 Constituent LA’s (x4): £30,857 each

         WM5G: £3,160,241 (includes remainder of smart communities work as well as all of the advanced manufacturing to be distributed to third parties through procurement exercises being run by WM5G)


2.2      Delegated authority for the Director for Commercial Activities and Investment to:


         Enter into the relevant documentation with DLUHC; and

         To negotiate and complete the relevant contract documentation for the onward funding to the bodies detailed in the recommendation 2.1

Publication date: 20/02/2024

Date of decision: 20/02/2024

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