Archives for January 2015

Sandwell Council launches West Midlands Virtual Hospital to put region’s businesses on the healthcare map

Sandwell Council, an award winning local authority, today announces the official launch of the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH), a digital procurement tool which will showcase the skills, knowledge and expertise of West Midlands’ companies in the UK and abroad.

The state-of-the-art WMVH has already generated significant interest from local businesses, with over 400 companies expressing an interest in the initiative and/or creating profiles to showcase their expertise, experience and capabilities in supplying critical products and services for the design, manufacture and operation of a 21st-century healthcare facility.

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West Midlands Virtual Hospital gives region’s businesses an international platform

A local authority has come up with an innovative way to give West Midlands firms a global advantage, and help them access new international markets.

Sandwell Council is pioneering the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH) to show the world that our region’s businesses are capable of supplying everything needed to design, manufacture and run a 21st-century healthcare facility.

The online digital 3D ‘walkthrough’ hospital is easily navigated by users, who can click on any part of the building, room or piece of technology to access details of a local firm who can supply the required components.

Meanwhile, the WMVH platform is helping West Midlands firms to adopt Building Information Technology. This is crucial. BIM is a universal means for sharing digital designs that will become compulsory for all capital build projects by 2016. To be able to compete in the global marketplace, every construction, manufacturing and engineering firm will need to get to grips with BIM in the coming months.

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New hospital means big business opportunities

West Midlands SMEs are being urged to attend a free networking event this autumn and hear about business opportunities being generated by the Midland Metropolitan hospital development.

On Thursday 9 October leading contractors and hundreds of representatives from West Midlands businesses will converge on the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich for ‘Meet the hospital bidders’.

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What can you supply to the West Midlands Virtual Hospital?

The West Midlands Virtual Hospital is a pioneering 3D walkthrough building, showing the world how our region’s suppliers are capable of providing everything needed to design, build and run a 21st-century healthcare facility. Over 300 businesses have already signed up, collectively able to supply more than 8000 components. Can your business contribute?

On Thursday 9 October leading contractors, healthcare professionals and hundreds of delegates from West Midlands businesses will converge on West Bromwich for ‘Meet the hospital bidders’.

The all-day networking event at the Bethel Convention Centre is being organised by Sandwell Council and Birmingham City Council. One of the main features of the day will be the launch of the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH).

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