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Worcestershire LEP January 2019 Newsletter
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January 2019 Newsletter

In this edition:

Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: January 2019

We start 2019 with some exciting events designed for the most creative and innovative minds in business. BetaDen’s newly-launched ‘Tech Talk’ series are designed to stimulate the sharing of information, knowledge transfer and topical discussion with a focus on supporting ideas, growth and productivity within the key sectors of Advanced Manufacturing, Agritech and Cyber Security....


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Businesses invited to ‘Worcestershire 1000’ events

Businesses are being invited to the ‘Worcestershire 1000’ events to gain more information on how to use the new Worcestershire brand and toolkit, as well as the upcoming plans for the new profile throughout 2019. The Worcestershire 1000 events will take place at the following two venues during February: Friday 1st February 2019 at Worcester...


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New Tech Talks set to drive Innovation and Technology

BetaDen, Worcestershire’s first ever commercial tech accelerator, have launched a new ‘Tech Talk’ series designed to bring together the manufacturing footprint of the county and its innovation leaders with the aim to support technologists across the county. This brand-new series for 2019 will focus on the key sectors that thrive within Worcestershire: Advanced Manufacturing, AgriTech...


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Large audience set to attend the Worcestershire Skills Show 2019

Businesses from across the county are being invited to get involved with the 2019 Worcestershire Skills Show. Worcestershire Skills Show is open to school leavers and sixth formers across the county, and over 4,000 students are expected to attend this year’s event. The event will be taking place from 9am at the Regent Centre, Chateau...


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‘Creating our Future Workforce’ campaign attracting 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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Innovation required in digital security to ensure UK’s future 5G network is safe

Connected and autonomous vehicles, virtual reality gaming on the go, and mobile download speeds of a gigabyte a second could all be within reach in the next five years – but a new technical report has highlighted the need for innovation and for the UK to rethink its mobile security strategy for the country to...


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7 new cabinets have already gone live with Superfast Worcestershire in 2019

Superfast Worcestershire are encouraging businesses and residents to check their broadband status in 2019 as 7 structures have already received new broadband so far, with updates received in Upton Snodsbury, Tenbury Wells, Stourport, Kidderminster and Bewdley. The best way to check the live service is to use BT’s speed checker here. To use the checker, either enter...


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Brexit Survey and Toolkit support available for Businesses

With the United Kingdom leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019, Worcestershire Business Central have compiled a range of resources and information provided by Government and partners which will help businesses understand and plan for the various scenarios of Brexit. The resources they have put together feature a Brexit toolkit and also survey. The Government...


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Enterprising Worcestershire grant enables Worcestershire firm to accelerate their business

Worcestershire-based Architects Herlig Marles have been able to accelerate their business with funding support from Enterprising Worcestershire. Anita and Vanessa decided to form their own architects in Worcester called Herlig Marles. Anita specialised in using 2D CAD software, whilst Vanessa mainly worked with 3D. They were keen to bring the two together, but found it...


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Market-Leading Worcestershire business expands into new dedicated headquarters

Market-leading reusable bag supplier, Jutexpo, has expanded into its new headquarters to help meet demand for its environmentally friendly and ethically-made products. The company has moved to much larger premises at Lauriston Business and Technology Park, Salford Priors, Worcestershire. Sam Turner, compliance director at Jutexpo, said that the expansion offered a wide range of benefits, increasing the...


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Companies invited to attend Business Energy and Innovation Conference

Businesses are being invited to attend the Business Energy and Innovation Conference, the first joint event run by the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) and the Low Carbon Opportunity Programme (LOCOP). The free event will enable Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford businesses to hear from expert speakers, see some of the latest innovations and energy-efficient projects...


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Worcester High Street Bucks National Trends with Footfall Increase

Worcester’s high street has bucked national trends, boasting increased footfall when most cities have faced a significant decline. Worcester enjoyed a rise of 0.3% compared to last year, while cities across the country saw visitor numbers drop by -3.2% on average. Visitor numbers peaked at nearly 2.4million during December, thanks to Worcester BID’s popular ‘Christmas...


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Worcestershire Food and Drink launch first newsletter

Businesses are being encouraged to sign up to the new Worcestershire Food and Drink newsletter for the latest information on the county’s food and drink. This newsletter has been launched alongside the redesign of the their new website (www.worcestershirefoodanddrink.co.uk). Worcestershire Food and Drink Association strives to put independent businesses on the national food map, establish links...


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Worcestershire companies encouraged to enter the Rural Business Awards 2019

Local Businesses are being invited to enter the 2019 Rural Business Awards. The Rural Business Awards 2019 entries will be open until 7 June with the regional awards ceremonies taking place during October 2019, with the National Final for the 2019/20 entry round held in early 2020. 2019 will mark the Awards’ Fifth year of showcasing the...


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Bishop Perowne CE College seeking to appoint Chair of Governors

Bishop Perowne CE College are seeking to appoint a Governor, to act as Chair of Governors in a voluntary capacity, and be part of the team that continues to drive the success of the school. The current Chair of Governors is retiring at Easter. The rapid improvement at Bishop Perowne over recent years was recognised...


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Worcestershire organisations invited to launch of the Natural Networks programme

Businesses and organisations from across Worcestershire are being invited to attend the launch event of the Natural Networks programme on 31 January. The event will introduce businesses to the programme so they can find out more about what the programme entails and how this can help support businesses or organisations with a Biodiversity Project. The...


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Dates for your Diary – January Newsletter

22 January 2019 – Find it in Worcestershire Meet the buyer technology event 31 January 2019 – BetaDen Tech Talk: Advanced Manufacturing and Production Technologies 31 January 2019 – Launch of the Rural Networks Programme 1 February 2019 – Worcestershire 1000 event 13 February 2019 – Worcestershire 1000 event 13 February 2019 – Innovation through time WINN...


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