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Worcestershire LEP December 2018 Newsletter
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December 2018 Newsletter

In this edition:

Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: December 2018

Welcome to our December newsletter, filled with lots of great news stories to inspire you for the final weeks of 2018 and the new year ahead. We should start with our LEP Conference which was attended by over 400 businesses. As well as providing a summary on the latest innovative business projects taking place in...


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Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year


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Over 400 companies attend Worcestershire LEP’s 2018 Annual Conference for the latest business news

Over 400 businesses from across the country attended Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Eighth Annual Conference. The Conference, which has grown its reputation as one of Worcestershire’s biggest business events, took place on Friday 30 November at the Chateau Impney in Droitwich. BBC Reporter and Radio Expert, Kate Russell, hosted the Conference while keynote speaker, Tiffany...


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New campaign ‘Creating our Future Workforce’ launched for businesses in Worcestershire

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Worcestershire County Council have launched a new campaign for ‘Creating our Future Workforce’. The campaign aims to tackle the county’s skills gap and support businesses to get involved with developing Worcestershire’s skilled workforce of the future, by working together with educational establishments. Businesses of all sizes in Worcestershire can...


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New ‘Worcestershire’ Brand to promote the county as a place to live, work, visit and invest 

A new ‘Worcestershire’ brand has been launched following a consultation of over 20 of the highest profile businesses and organisations in Worcestershire. The brand has been designed to give an identity to businesses inside the county and attract investment from outside the county. The brand has been made to appeal to people of all ages...


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Dualling of Southern Link Road progressing well

The scheme to fully dual the Southern Link Road (SLR) between J7 of the M5 and the Powick roundabout has recently taken a giant step forward. Following the successful extension of the rail bridge over the SLR in May, work has been underway to complete the dualling between Norton and Whittington roundabouts. Two lanes in...


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Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2018 event celebrates latest apprenticeships success

A total of 340 people saw the winners announced at this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2018 ceremony, on Thursday 15 November 2018. 25 of the county’s best apprentices, apprenticeship employers, schools and training providers were celebrated in a total of 12 categories at the Treetops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park. The winners of the awards...


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Newly published video highlights latest updates from Worcestershire 5G Consortium

On Friday 30 November, Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld, gave the latest update on the Worcestershire 5G Consortium at the Worcestershire LEP Annual Conference. As part of the update on 5G connectivity, Mark showed a new video with the latest updates from consortium partners. The consortium has worked with local partners Yamazaki Mazak and Worcester...


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Nearly 96% of Worcestershire premises have access to Superfast Broadband

Businesses and residents are being encouraged to check their status with the Superfast Worcestershire team in case their status has changed. There can be many reasons to check your status, whether you’re unable to connect a record to a particular structure, or are in an area with an FTTP (fibre to the premise) intervention. The...


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Midlands Connect reveals 20-year improvement plan for the A46

Midlands Connect have revealed a 20 year improvement plan with a potential £7.1billion boost to the economy by taking a corridor-wide approach to improving “one of the country’s most important trade routes”. Midlands Connect are reporting that a “corridor approach” to improving the whole A46 through the Midlands could boost the economy by £7.1 billion. The...


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60 businesses attend ‘Future of Cyber in the Midlands’ event

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Midlands Cyber hosted a French cyber delegation and the Midlands Cyber network at Malvern Hills Science Park for their ‘Future of Cyber in the Midlands ‘ event on Tuesday 13 November. The event focused on the importance of cyber technology for the region along with the many benefits that...


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Worcestershire businesses look to future growth with Inspiring Growth: Business Development Roundtables

Over 60 local business delegates attended Inspiring Growth: Business Development Roundtables at venues across Worcestershire to discuss various aspects of marketing used in lead generation and best practice in converting leads into sales. The Business Development Roundtable events – organised following the success of the Worcestershire Business Central Inspiring Growth conference in September 2018 –...


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Entrepreneurs and Innovators encouraged to enter Worcester University business idea competition

Entrepreneurs and Innovators are being encouraged to enter the “Got a great business idea competition” ran by University of Worcester and Worcester Enterprise. The University of Worcester is running their “Got a great business idea competition” again for 2019. The competition gives budding Entrepreneurs and Start-ups in Worcestershire a platform to show case their ideas. Entrants,...


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Worcestershire LEP’s 2018 Annual Report revealed at LEP Conference

Attendees at this year’s #WLEP18 Conference were among the first to receive Worcestershire LEP’s 2018 Annual Report. Within the past 12 months, Worcestershire LEP has featured in the national news for a number of highly innovative projects including the development of a 5G testbed, the creation of a new Careers Hub and the county’s first...


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Dates for your Diary – December Newsletter

7 January 2019 – Applications deadline for University of Worcester business idea competition 26 February 2019 – University of Worcester business idea competition final February 2019 – Rural Business Awards 2018 Grand Final February 2019 – Worcestershire Business Central Roundtable event 7 March 2019 – HW Chamber Spring Expo 13 March 2019 – Worcestershire Skills Show 2019 March 2019...


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