Book now for 'World Class Worcestershire'
Over 200 delegates are already registered to attend this year's WLEP Annual Conference.
Themed 'World Class Worcestershire' (#WorldClassWorcs) and featuring many expert speakers and commentators on international trade and investment, including Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport - and MP for Bromsgrove - Sajid Javid, don’t forget to register for your FREE place.
Mary Rhodes (BBC Midlands Today) will host the conference and facilitate two topical 'on the couch' discussions.
The first will feature guests from industry, including Jaguar Land Rover, UKTI, Joy Global and Postcode Anywhere.
The second will include guests from world-class cultural and sporting organisations: British Wheelchair Basketball Association, West Midlands Safari Park, Worcestershire Repertory Company, Destination Worcestershire and Worcestershire County Cricket Club.
For a full programme and details on how to register, click here
New Board and Business Board members announced
We were delighted to receive over 40 high quality responses to our call for new Board and Business Board members. Following an extensive recruitment exercise, we can now announce details of our newly configured Boards.
New appointees to the WLEP Board are:
- Nick Baldwin (Chairman, Sanctuary Housing Group, Chairman, Office of Nuclear Regulation)
- Chris Walklett FCA (Partner, Bishop Fleming), and
- Dr Simon Murphy (Interim CEO, Worcester Community Trust, Chair, Sandwell Property Partnership and former MEP).
We also welcome back Professor David Green (Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University of Worcester) who fills the newly allocated higher education position. Stuart Laverick (Principal of the newly amalgamated Heart of Worcestershire College) occupies a similar role on behalf of the further education sector.
Councillor Margaret Sherrey, Leader of Bromsgrove District Council, takes over the local authority representative role on behalf of Worcestershire’s three northern district councils.
For full details of all 11 WLEP Board members, click here
The LEP’s Business Board membership has also been reviewed and refreshed. Further information can be found here
We are confident that the changes made will bring energy, skills and expertise as we enter a new phase of the LEP’s role and responsibilities. We would like to thank those who applied and express our gratitude for the contributions made by all who have now stepped down or retired from Board or Business Board responsibilities.
Tour of Britain comes to town
Stage 4 of this year’s Tour of Britain came to Worcestershire on 10 September and what a fantastic occasion it was!
Huge crowds turned out in Worcester City and along the route to witness 117 riders from 20 world-class teams compete in the gruelling 184 Km Stage that took in some of the best countryside the county has to offer, before crossing into Gloucestershire and ending in Bristol four and a half hours later.
Tour organisers reported that the Start Point in Worcester was the best attended of this year’s Tour. The number of spectators en-route, particularly at the sprint and climb points in Malvern and Wychavon, was said to rival those seen at the Tour de France.
I am so pleased and proud that Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership had the vision to bring the Race to the county and would like to thank our partners and sponsors - Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council, Malvern Hills District Council, Wychavon District Council, Destination Worcestershire, the Sanctuary Group and Heart of Worcestershire College.
Of course there is always a cost in staging a major Tour, in this case covered by the LEP and its partners and sponsors - but the county will easily recoup the money through increased tourism – both on the day of the Race and in the future. Conservative estimates reckon that we will generate at least seven times the amount we’ve collectively invested – bringing a minimum of £500,000 to the local economy, and probably a lot more.
Long after the dust has settled and our team here at the LEP has recovered from the excitement of shaking Bradley Wiggins’ and Mark Cavendish's hands, we will continue to reap the benefits.
Well done Worcestershire!
Worcester based Insurance Brokers, Sutcliffe & Co, told us the good news that they are the first UK insurance business to achieve the Government’s Cyber Essentials certification.
The Cyber Essentials scheme was launched by Government in June 2014 with the objective of ensuring businesses take steps towards reducing their risk of data loss and cyber crime.
The firm completed an online application form via IASME. As we reported in a previous edition of this bulletin, the IASME Consortium, based in Malvern, is one of only two companies that can so far deliver this accreditation.
Further good news came from HP Enterprise Services, who announced that they were putting in place new measures to help SMEs gain security accreditation more easily. More than 600 SMEs in the public sector supply chain will be eligible for a new, more affordable IASME (Information Assurance for SMEs) security standard, which will ultimately help them to protect their IT systems from cyber threats. The IASME standard will include certification against the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme and automatic cyber liability insurance for those with a turnover of less than £20 million.
For more information on Cyber Essentials or to find out how to apply for certification, click here
Festival of Innovation
This year’s festival will take place in Malvern from 1-4 October and each day will focus on a different theme.
– advanced engineering and manufacturing. Contributions from Prof John Perkins CBE, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Government’s Department for Business Innovation & Skills and from JEMI UK, Malvern Instruments, Mazak, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Santander.
– cyber security innovation showcase. Hear from Lockheed Martin and the Civil Aviation Authority, and learn about cyber security issues with medical devices, big data, and the impact on the citizen plus updates on the cutting edge InnovateUK Severn Valley Cyber Launchpad projects.
- the business of innovating. A day of business assist, inspiring talks, and elevator pitches to help you grow your own enterprise. Hear the Plusnet story from founder Lee Strafford, the latest on the Innovation Landscape from Prof Fiona Lettice, and insights into Open Innovation
– family day. A family show featuring Mark Champkins, Inventor in Residence at the Science Museum and Quentin Cooper, as heard on BBC Radio's Material World.
For further information click here
Free IPO workshop
The Intellectual Property Office is running a free half day workshop in Birmingham central library on 25 September. Open to all those giving business advice, or to businesses themselves, you can find out more and book a place here