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Worcestershire LEP March 2019 Newsletter
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March 2019 Newsletter

In this edition:

Video Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: March 2019

Video Transcript: What were the key updates from February? Gary – In Worcestershire it was a great month – we’ve seen great projects cracking on like Worcestershire Parkway Station, the new train station, you can have a look online and on the LEP’s twitter feed for the latest on the build. Heart of Worcestershire College...


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Worcestershire Skills Show set to welcome 5,000 young people, employers and education providers, for county’s largest ever skills event

5,000 young people will be brought together with employers and education providers from across the Midlands at next week’s Worcestershire Skills Show 2019. The largest skills event to ever take place in Worcestershire will be welcoming thousands of students to the Regent Centre, Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa on Wednesday 13 March. The event will then...


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Innovative Tech Accelerator BetaDen is now recruiting for Cohort 2

BetaDen, Worcestershire’s first dynamic and ground-breaking commercial tech accelerator is now recruiting for Cohort 2.0, a unique programme dedicated to entrepreneurs and technology businesses in developing new concepts and product solutions co-located with the region’s 5G Testbed project team. This will be the second cohort to be launched by BetaDen. Cohort 1.0 went live as...


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Entries now open for Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2019

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council have announced that entries are now open for the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2019. All apprentices, apprenticeship employers, schools and training providers in Worcestershire are being encouraged to submit their nominations via the new online nomination process, before the 12 July deadline. Tables are now on sale and...


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Worcestershire’s business community is getting involved with National Apprenticeship Week

As part of this week’s National Apprenticeship Week, Worcestershire Apprenticeships are highlighting the importance of Apprenticeships for the future of the county’s workforce. Worcestershire Apprenticeships are running a week-long campaign to ‘Create your Future’ with apprenticeships in line with the national campaign ‘Fire It Up’, taking place from 4 – 8 March 2019. Over this...


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WLEP Apprentices take part in #AskAnApprentice day

As part of the National Apprenticeship Week’s #AskAnApprentice day, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership has taken the time to ask their digital marketing apprentices, Alex and Russell, what they value so much about their apprenticeship. Video Transcript What is the aspect you enjoy the most about your Apprenticeship? Alex – What I enjoy the most about...


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2 weeks remaining until workshop on flexible working and launch of ‘Flexible Jobs Index’

Businesses are being invited to a workshop to learn more about the latest developments in flexible working in Worcestershire. The event will take place from 1:30pm on Friday 22 March at the View Room, Worcestershire County Cricket Club, WR2 4QQ. The workshop will include the launch of Worcestershire’s first ever ‘Flexible Jobs Index’, which examines the...


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‘One-size-fits-all’ doesn’t fit the mobile network of the future, experts insist

The coming 5G revolution is an opportunity to move beyond the United Kingdom’s one-size-fits-all spectrum approach that has left many residents, rural areas, transport corridors, factories and businesses left behind, claim experts in a newly published discussion paper. The report, produced by the University of Surrey along with the Worcestershire 5G Consortium and partners from...


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Funding available through Business Basics Fund

Businesses are being invited to apply for funding through the Business Basics Fund. The Business Basics Fund, a series of open competitions, is the main element of the Business Basics Programme. The fund aims to build evidence on how to encourage SMEs to adopt productivity boosting technology and/or management practices. It is administered by Innovate UK on...


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Survey: How digital marketing research is supporting small tourism businesses

Visit Worcestershire and Bournemouth University are encouraging tourism businesses to take part in a voluntary survey. People are increasingly using mobile and digital technology to plan their holidays, trips and accommodation. The investment of time and effort into digital technology is not always repaid and many small tourism businesses would like more information about what...


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Opportunity to meet with business delegation from Israel

Worcestershire LEP is hosting an event to allow local companies and organisations to meet with a small business delegation from Israel The LEP’s Midlands Cyber team has exhibited at several sector conference including Cyber Tech Tel Aviv for the past few years, building excellent relationships with Israel’s world-renowned tech ecosystem, particularly in the R&D space....


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Get involved with the HW Chamber of Commerce Food and Drink Conference

Businesses are being invited to the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce’s Food and Drink Conference. Following the huge success of the 2018 event, The HW Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Santander and mfg Solicitors to deliver its second Food and Drink Conference. The event is set to take place from 8:45am to 12pm...


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Midlands UK brings its largest ever delegation to MIPIM

Some 100 partners across the Midlands region – comprising senior leaders from business, the public sector and academia – have joined the Midlands UK delegation attending MIPIM 2019 (Cannes, 12-15 March). It is the largest ever delegation from the Midlands to take part in the global property show. Public sector representatives including a team from...


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Businesses are invited to TEDxMalvern 2019

Businesses are being invited to attend the TEDxMalvern 2019 event. TEDxMalvern builds on Great Malvern’s unique heritage as a visitor destination in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a centre for technology development and creative thinking. The evening event will feature a lineup of fantastic live speakers, the screening of some thought provoking TEDTalks,...


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Success for Worcestershire businesses at FSB West Midlands Awards

Worcestershire LEP would like to congratulate all finalists and winners at the FSB West Midlands Awards. Worcestershire businesses achieved a great amount of success, receiving 5 of the 11 awards. Pharma Packaging Systems Ltd won Employer of the Year and Business & Product Innovation Award. Gloverspiece Minifarm Ltd won Family Business of the Year and...


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HW Chamber Expo continues to draw in business interest

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Business Expo will take place tomorrow (7 March), in association with Hewett Recruitment. Taking place at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, the Expo is the two counties’ biggest business exhibition. Businesses will be in attendance from across Herefordshire & Worcestershire, with the fantastic opportunity to network and...


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Worcestershire Business Central are providing business advice at upcoming local events

Inspiring Growth is a new dynamic business support campaign created by Worcestershire Business Central to discover the unique businesses in Worcestershire with strong growth ambitions, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the desire to maximise their opportunities in Worcestershire. Worcestershire Business Central, the government-supported Growth Hub for the county, has been in contact and helped support over...


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FinditinWorcestershire Breakfast Meeting: Alun Griffiths Special

Businesses have the chance to meet with local suppliers and subcontractors for a range of infrastructure projects, at the upcoming FindItInWorcestershire event. The event will take place from 6:45am to 9:30am on Tuesday 19 March at the Duckworth Suite, Sixways Stadium, Worcester, WR3 8ZE. Attendees will be able to hear from speakers and buyers from...


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WFDC hold Brinton Park Groups and Businesses Consultation

Wyre Forest District Council is developing a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for Brinton Park and a survey consultation has been created to determine business views. One element of project is the extension and refurbishment of the Sons of Rest Pavilion in the park (Brinton Park, Sutton Rd, Kidderminster DY11 6QP). It is proposed that this...


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Businesses invited to Practical Cyber Protection event

Businesses in Worcestershire are invited to a free, interactive event to help them identify and protect against the latest cyber security threats. The morning event, held at Chateau Impney in Droitwich on 29 March, will offer practical tips and advice from technology and security experts, on preventing and dealing with cyber-crime. The morning starts with...


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The Business Of Skills breakfast event 

Leaders in the field of business and skills will be sharing their expert advice on professional leadership, recruitment, talent retention and more to help ensure businesses are fit for purpose. On Tuesday 26 March from 7:30 to 9:30am, ICAEW is holding The Business Of Skills breakfast event at the Hive, Worcester. The event aims to...


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Accountants warn businesses “unprepared” for major digital tax change

Businesses across Worcestershire are being warned of a looming change that brings in sweeping reforms to how they submit their tax returns. Alistair Hayward-Wright, from leading firm Hayward Wright Accountancy Group, said many county businesses were still unaware of Making Tax Digital (MTD) – which comes into effect from 1 April – and risk facing...


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Worcestershire’s business leaders invited to free breakfast seminar

Business leaders from across Worcestershire are being invited to a free breakfast seminar where experts discuss a range of corporate, legal, financial and tax matters. The seminar is being hosted by county law firm mfg Solicitors, alongside Prosperity Wealth, CK Chartered Accountants and Blue Sky Corporate Finance. The business growth event, which is being held...


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Donations top £2m as Worcestershire Community Foundation marks 15th year

A Worcestershire charitable foundation has marked its 15th anniversary by announcing a string of growth plans which will help support dozens more good causes across the county. The Worcestershire Community Foundation, which has given out over £2m to hundreds of community causes since 2003, ensures that donations from individuals, trusts and the government find their...


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Dates for your Diary – March Newsletter

7 March 2019 – HW Chamber Spring Expo 13 March 2019 – Worcestershire Skills Show 2019 19 March 2019 – Find it in Worcestershire: Griffiths Civil Engineering Breakfast 19 March 2019 – HW Chamber Food and Drink Conference 19 March 2019 – MFG Solicitors Breakfast Seminar 20 March 2019 – Business Energy and Innovation Conference 22 March 2019 – Timewise Flexible...


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