We have moved!
The LEP office has now moved. Our new address is 5 The Triangle, Wildwood Drive, Worcester WR5 2QX. All other details remain the same.
We are grateful to obsolescence management experts, CMCA, who have, since the LEP’s inception and until now, provided us with space at their Brindley Court offices. We very much appreciate their help and support - and we thank all those companies who have provided in-kind support to the LEP team.
Report from SEP breakfast briefing
A capacity audience attended our recent breakfast briefing to hear more about the outcome of Worcestershire’s Strategic Economic Planning process and what the resultant ‘Growth Deal’ with Government means for the county and for its businesses.
As previously reported, the Government has confirmed an indicative sum of £47million over the next five years from the Growth Deal, with £13 million available for 2015/6. However, the total sum coming Worcestershire’s way will be over £150 million during the first five years, when other funding sources are taken into account.
For more information, click here
Invest in Worcestershire
We used the occasion of the recent breakfast briefing to launch our new ‘World Class Worcestershire’ inward investment brochure and film.
The new marketing materials are aimed at foreign and UK-based businesses who are investigating opportunities to locate in the UK. We’re also hoping to attract businesses that are currently based elsewhere in Britain but are planning to expand or relocate.
Worcestershire recorded a total of 11 successful Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in 2013/14, resulting in 677 new or safeguarded jobs in the county. This was a significant improvement in comparison with 2012/13 both in terms of the number of projects attracted and the number of jobs either created or safeguarded - but there’s plenty of room for improvement.
The LEP is working with UKTI to develop its inward investment proposition. These two new tools are only part of that strategy.
A pdf copy of the new brochure is available here
. To view the film click here
or for further information, please contact the LEP Office.
WLEP Annual Conference
Registration now open!
Registration is now open for this year’s Worcestershire LEP Annual Conference, to be held at Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa on the morning of Friday 10 October.
This year our theme is ‘World Class Worcestershire’. The aim is to raise the profile of the county as an inward investment destination and to encourage local businesses to think big in terms of their export potential.
Featuring presentations from businesses and commentators who understand international markets, the conference will be relevant to all Worcestershire based businesses who are interested in growing Worcestershire’s place in the world.
The conference will be hosted by BBC Midlands Today's main presenter, Mary Rhodes.
To register, click here
Tour of Britain on its way!
There’s less than five weeks to go before the Tour of Britain comes to Worcestershire.
The start point will be below the Hive in Worcester on Wednesday 10 September at 10.30 am. There will be lots going on at the site and in the city centre before and after the riders head off – so do come down to join in the fun and take in the atmosphere.
The riders will be passing through St John’s, Upton, Malvern, Pershore, Evesham and Broadway before heading over the border to Gloucestershire and the final Stage finish point in Bristol.
Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils, and a number of other community groups are busily organising many events in their towns, so please support them. Particular focal points are the ‘King of the Mountain’ climbs at Wyche Cutting, Malvern and Snowshill near Broadway. There are also two ‘Sprint’ points - one in Evesham High Street and the other in Leamington Road, Broadway.
For full route information, click here
Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards
Tickets are now available to attend Worcestershire’s inaugural Apprenticeship Awards, being held on Thursday 27 November at Tree Tops Pavilion in the West Midlands Safari Park.
Twelve Awards are up for grabs, including Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year, Worcestershire Apprentice Employer of the Year, School of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement gong.
The proceedings will be hosted by Nick Hewer, of BBC TV series The Apprentice
to book your individual tickets at £85 each or a table of ten for £750. The price includes cocktails and canapes on arrival, a three course meal with wine and after dinner coffee.
New cyber apprenticeship launched
The National Cyber Skills Centre in Malvern has advised us that a new cyber apprenticeship, to be delivered from the Centre, has been awarded Tech Industry Gold accreditation by cyber security employers through e-skills UK.
The programme covers technical, business and interpersonal areas, designed to ensure apprentices have an appropriate set of skills to operate in today’s Information Security job roles.
For more information, click here
or call 0333 10 100 68.
Essential Cyber Forum
The National Cyber Skills Centre, in association with the Federation of Small Businesses, has announced its inaugural cyber event, ‘Phish and Chips’, to be held on 17 September at Morgan Motor Company’s visitor centre in Malvern.
To register, or for further information, click here