European Funding Support
The WMES was established in May 2010 to help West Midlands organisations bid for and secure European funding; the service was supported by ERDF money with match provided by WM local authorities. In June 2012 the focus of the service switched to the new European Structural & Investment Funds Programme (ESIF) and ensuring that the West Midlands was ready to take advantage of European Structural funding. WMES works closely with a range of WM organisations including Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local authorities, universities, businesses, chambers of commerce and the 3rd Sector provide advice, support and guidance on the ESIF programme. From June 2013 to May 2015 WMES concentrated on identifying common priorities and needs that exist across WM LEP boundaries that could be met by developing a shared approach using the ESIF.