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BCIMO Hosts Demonstration of CVLR Vehicle on Novel Track

BCIMO Hosts Demonstration of CVLR Vehicle on Novel Track

The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) has hosted a successful demonstration of the pioneering Coventry Very Light Rail (CVLR) technology at its unique Rail Development and Test Site in Dudley in the West Midlands. The CVLR project has...

BCIMO Event Bridges Gap Between Network Rail & UKRRIN

BCIMO Event Bridges Gap Between Network Rail & UKRRIN

The first ever large-scale event to take place at the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO)’s brand new state-of-the-art facility in the West Midlands has strengthened the bonds between major rail organisations and academic institutions,...

College’s Second Rail Training Centre Gets on Track

College’s Second Rail Training Centre Gets on Track

Courses offered by City of Wolverhampton College to give people the skills needed to build a career in the rail and infrastructure sectors are set to be expanded with the opening of an additional training site in Dudley. The college and its infrastructure training...

BCIMO Hosts Clean Futures Accelerator Workshops

BCIMO Hosts Clean Futures Accelerator Workshops

Applicants for the Clean Futures Accelerator, a West Midlands-based transport transformation programme, have attended two days of Challenge Support Workshops at the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC) in Dudley to gain insights and understanding of the...

Nicola Richards MP Explores Innovations at BCIMO

Nicola Richards MP Explores Innovations at BCIMO

Nicola Richards, Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East, recently embarked on a visit to the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) located in Dudley, as part of the Railway Industry Association's (RIA) Rail Fellowship Programme, which links...

£50k Funding Grants Available for West Midlands Rail SMEs

£50k Funding Grants Available for West Midlands Rail SMEs

The rail industry in the West Midlands is poised to lead the way in transforming transport towards a greener future following Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and place leadership, announcing the opening of applications...

Funding Available for Businesses with Clean Transport Ideas

Funding Available for Businesses with Clean Transport Ideas

The first round of the Clean Futures Accelerator will provide grants of up to £50K, plus expert support, to companies in the West Midlands with ideas to make transport greener. The Accelerator is designed to leverage the region’s rich transport manufacturing heritage,...

Test Driving Future Transport Technologies at the VLRNIC

Test Driving Future Transport Technologies at the VLRNIC

The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) has launched a new Mobility Hub and state-of-the-art Transport Systems Simulator at its centre for rail innovation. Head of Engineering and Programmes, Tony Joy, explains how these assets will be used to...

BCIMO Hosts Light Rail Summit as Part of Better Transport Week

BCIMO Hosts Light Rail Summit as Part of Better Transport Week

The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO)’s Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC) played host to an exclusive light rail summit, ‘Light Years Ahead’, as part of Better Transport Week. Organised by advocacy group Campaign for Better...

Clean Futures Accelerator Workshop Sets Out Challenges

Clean Futures Accelerator Workshop Sets Out Challenges

A workshop setting out the challenges for the pioneering Clean Futures Accelerator initiative took place last week, with a host of influential organisations spanning the industry in attendance. The Clean Futures Accelerator is a transformation programme led by...

BCIMO’s Blueprint for Innovation in The Black Country

BCIMO’s Blueprint for Innovation in The Black Country

In this guest writer feature, Naomi Arblaster, Head of SME Development at the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO), explains how she and her team are helping to shape future industries and support Black Country businesses. My team and I have a...

New Funding Coming Soon For SMEs To Innovate In UK Rail

New Funding Coming Soon For SMEs To Innovate In UK Rail

New funding and commercial support are on the way for SMEs in the West Midlands to help them to develop innovative products and services that help meet UK rail’s most pressing carbon reduction and sustainable manufacturing challenges. The Clean Futures (CF)...

FT4RI Programme Proves ‘Invaluable’ for West Mids SMEs

FT4RI Programme Proves ‘Invaluable’ for West Mids SMEs

SMEs in the West Midlands have gained valuable insights into new opportunities available for developing products and services into the railway supply chain. Business owners and leaders in the region have hailed the first Fast Track 4 Rail Innovation (FT4RI) programme...

BCIMO Receives a Royal Seal of Approval

BCIMO Receives a Royal Seal of Approval

The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) welcomed His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester to the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC) on 19 April. His visit cemented the centre’s status as an important new transport innovation...

BCIMO Welcomes Chamber Patrons to The VLRNIC

BCIMO Welcomes Chamber Patrons to The VLRNIC

The sun shone this week, (22nd March) as Chamber Patron members from across the West Midlands joined hosts, Black Country Chamber of Commerce, for a tour around two of the region’s major attractions. Hi viz jackets and hard hats donned, twenty-five of the region’s...

Innovation Boost for West Mids Will Drive Place Leadership

Innovation Boost for West Mids Will Drive Place Leadership

Funding announced in the Chancellor’s budget will kick-start projects aimed at making the region a leader in clean tech, health tech and med tech. Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and place leadership, will lead two...

VLRNIC Leading the Way to Future Rail Technologies

VLRNIC Leading the Way to Future Rail Technologies

The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) is a not-for-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO), founded to oversee the delivery, launch and operation of the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC). In this guest writer...

BCIMO Supports Ultra Light Rail Partners to Progress Their Vision

BCIMO Supports Ultra Light Rail Partners to Progress Their Vision

On track to deliver the world’s most cost-effective and eco-friendly public transport system. Company Director, Mr Phil Evans from Pre Metro Operations Ltd, in collaboration with Beverley Nielsen representing UltraLight Rail Partners Ltd, accessed support under the...

Major Investment to Kick-Start Very Light Rail Revolution

Major Investment to Kick-Start Very Light Rail Revolution

The ground-breaking Coventry Very Light Rail (CVLR) transport system is to be showcased on the streets of Coventry as part of a real world testing programme following the approval of funding by regional transport bosses. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)...

VLR National Innovation Centre – Open for Business

VLR National Innovation Centre – Open for Business

The Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC) has been declared ‘open for business’ by Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) CEO Neil Fulton, with several major clients now making use of the £32 million facility. The VLRNIC, which is...

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