SEP summary delivered to MPs in Westminster
Our Executive Chair, Peter Pawsey and Board Members Simon Geraghty and Dean Attwell, took the opportunity of the LEP Network Annual Conference on 26 March to deliver copies of our SEP summary document to Westminster.
The conference featured presentations from several Ministers and other senior figures and we were delighted that Worcestershire LEP got a special mention from the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, for its cross boundary working with Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and also from Lord Heseltine, who praised our innovative Connecting Schools and Business initiative.
The full SEP covers 210 pages (including appendices), but we’ve developed a summary version that contains the main points in an accessible format and clearly outlines our vision to be ‘World Class Worcestershire’.
for an on-line copy of the summary document, or please contact us for a printed version.
Businesses wish SEP good bye and good luck
Worcestershire LEP's Strategic Economic Plan was sent off in style on 31 March as representatives from the County Council, District Councils and county wide businesses joined the LEP for a special event held at Worcester University's Arena.
The 'send off’culminated in the SEP being ceremonially driven off towards Westminster in a Morgan sports car.
Attendees at the event were urged to use their spheres of influence to encourage widespread support of the SEP and its aspirations to be ‘World Class Worcestershire’.
Tour of Britain returns to Worcestershire
The LEP is delighted to confirm the return of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race, The Tour of Britain, to the county this September as we host Stage Four of the race.
Stage Four, taking place on Wednesday 10 September, will start in the heart of Worcester City before travelling through Worcestershire via Great Malvern, Upton upon Severn, Pershore, Evesham and Broadway. The riders will then continue over the county boundary into Gloucestershire before finishing the day in Bristol after 182 kilometres of racing.
Worcestershire LEP is grateful for the support of Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council, Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council in bringing the event to Worcestershire.
As well as the obvious benefits that the Tour will bring to our tourism industry, this is a fantastic opportunity for us to raise awareness of the county and its businesses. If you are interested in the sponsorship opportunities available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Major investment at Pershore College
We were delighted to hear the announcement from Pershore College that it has been awarded funding from the Skills Funding Agency.
A £5.8m scheme will see the College transformed. Plans include the addition of a contemporary new glass building that will house a new science and technology centre, a new collections house, new teaching rooms and project spaces and extensive research and development facilities. Work is expected to start immediately with a projected completion date of September 2015.
Country's only e-skills accredited cyber centre launches in Malvern
The UK’s first and only cyber centre accredited to e-skills UK, has opened.
Based in Malvern, the National Cyber Skills Centre (NCSC) has been set up to deliver high-quality, assured training provision to businesses and organisations in order to protect themselves against cyber-attacks. Debbie Tunstall (pictured) has been appointed as the Centre Manager.
The Centre has been co-funded by Worcestershire County Council and its extensive range of programmes, written and delivered by industry experts, is expected to meet regional and national needs in cyber security.
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or call 01684 585111.
#WorcestershireHour stages first Festival of Business
#WorcestershireHour and Stanbrook Abbey have announced a new Festival of Business, taking place at Stanbrook Abbey from 10 am to 4 pm on 31 May.
The Festival will provide an opportunity for businesses across Worcestershire to showcase and sell their products and services and to make new connections. It will comprise both a business exhibition and retail market selling locally made produce and arts and crafts.
In order to attract small and micro businesses, the cost to exhibit at the Festival has been kept at a minimum. Admission to the general public is free. Further details are available by email
or by telephoning Stuart Allen: 01905 384314.
Worcestershire LEP is delighted to learn and congratulates Bromsgrove MP, Sajid Javid, on his promotion to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. This is great news for a county where the City of Worcester is planning to bid to be the UK's City of Culture in 2021.