Worcestershire Growth Deal
Projects included in the Growth Deal for 2015/16 are:
- Development of the Worcester Tech Park
- On-going improvement plans to the Southern Link Road
- Further phases of development at the Malvern Hills Science Park
- Improvements to the Hoobrook Link Road, Kidderminster
- A new Centre for Vocational Education
- Worcestershire Parkway Station
- Flood alleviation highway works
- Extension of the superfast broadband roll out programm
The Growth Deal will bring to Worcestershire up to 3,000 jobs, 1,000 new homes and up to £70m into the local economy from public and private sector investment.
For full details of the Worcestershire Growth Deal, click here
Worcestershire Social Economic Inclusion Consortium
Our Strategic Economic Plan makes an important commitment to an innovative approach to Social Economic Inclusion.
A third sector-led Consortium comprising the Worcestershire voluntary and community sector (VCS), businesses and pubic sector interests is pioneering a new way forwards which will meet business and individual needs. The Consortium and WLEP are working collaboratively with Cabinet Office, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Big Lottery Fund (BLF) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) who are united behind Worcestershire's innovative approach.
The Consortium will provide coordinated and personalised packages of support to help working age people who are ‘trapped’ in a cycle of unemployment or low paid temporary jobs or generally excluded from economic opportunity. The aim is to ensure all people both contribute to and benefit from the growth in the Worcestershire Economy and follow consistent steps on a journey from economic and social isolation into skills training, employment or enterprise.
All third sector, business and local-to-national public organisations will be able to collaborate and align their front-line delivery to meet individual needs more effectively. At the same time, this unified vehicle will help Worcestershire LEP to manage future social economic inclusion programme and project bids from organisations and ensure that funding opportunities are maximised.
A Shadow Board has now been established under the leadership of Simon Murphy, Interim Chief Executive Officer for Worcester Community Trust.
Over the next few months, the Shadow Board will be shaping plans for investment of the European Social Funds and will be holding workshops during the autumn 2014 with its wider community of interests. More details about the Consortium and its work can be found here
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Rural Development and LEADER programme
The LEP has made a strong strategic commitment to its rural development programme and has been allocated Defra funding of £2.2m to progress major initiatives over the next few years. In parallel, Government has announced that the existing LEADER Programme will continue for the next seven years with a new focus on economic growth and job creation to accommodate smaller scale economic schemes.
LEADER is a European funded programme which allows local people to identify and implement solutions to problems facing their rural community. We want to know what you think we should deliver in Worcestershire to have the most significant positive impact for our rural communities.
Please complete our short questionnaire
to help to inform our delivery strategy for the new Programme.
Although the new programme will not start until January 2015 we are interested to hear your project ideas, so if you've got a great idea for a project please tell us about it!
Before submitting your idea, please refer to the six priorities for the programme, which can be found on the LEADER webpage.
Worcestershire LEP has recently announced details of its new county-wide Apprenticeship Awards.
There are 12 categories up for grabs, including Employer of the Year (sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group), Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by The Community Housing Group) and School of the Year (sponsored by Worcestershire Training Providers’ Association).
Awards will be presented at a special dinner at the Tree Tops Pavilion inside West Midlands Safari Park on 27 November. Nick Hewer, one of Lord Sugar’s advisers on the hit BBC TV programme, ‘The Apprentice’, will be hosting on the LEP’s behalf.
For full details of all the awards, please click here.
Closing date for entries is 8 August.
The Tour of Britain needs you!
No doubt you saw the coverage of The Tour de France when the first two Stages were held in Britain earlier this month.
At Worcestershire LEP, we’re looking forward to the Tour of Britain coming to the county on 10 September which will help raise awareness of the natural beauty and cultural richness of our county to the wider world.
At the launch event held at the Hive in Worcester last month, we announced details of the route that Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain will take when it comes through Worcestershire. Starting at 10.30 am from the Hive in Worcester, you can find full details here
Volunteers are a vital part of the Tour’s success and race organisers, Sweetspot, have announced that their portal is now open for people to register to help along the route of all Stages of the Tour – including Worcestershire’s. Here, Volunteers are needed at the Worcester start point and at Sprint and King of the Mountain points in Wychavon and Malvern.
If you are interested in getting involved, please register via the Tour website
Chinese Trade Mission
An SME trade Mission to Tianjin and Beijing is being organised for 1-6 December. The mission is for West Midlands SMEs with a focus on food processing, food technology, food packaging and cleanteach.
A breakfast meeting to find out more is being held near Stafford on 28 July.
To find out more and/or to register, click here