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Worcestershire LEP December 2019 Newsletter
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December 2019 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

Video Transcript What have been the key updates from November? ” Merry Christmas to all the Worcestershire LEP Newsletter readers and a Happy New Year as we look forward to 2020 where an exciting year is planned here at the Local Enterprise Partnership. We’ve finished off the year with a real highlight the Worcestershire Apprenticeships...


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Save the date for Worcestershire LEP’s 2020 Annual Conference

Businesses are being encouraged to save the date for Worcestershire LEP’s Annual Conference 2020. The #WLEP20 Conference will take place on Tuesday 31 March 2020 at the University Arena, Worcester. Over 400 businesses attended Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s 2018 Annual Conference. Due to a number of major exciting changes to Worcestershire LEP’s usual conference format and...


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Happy Christmas and New Year from the Worcestershire LEP

The Worcestershire LEP would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. This year as part of our E-Christmas card we have supported Worcestershire start-up and National Young Enterprise Finalist, ‘my aMEgo’. To find out more about their business and how you can support them, visit their crowdfunding page here.


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Worcester Sixth Form College’s Young Enterprise National Finalists launch company

Further to the tremendous success of reaching the Young Enterprise National Finals in June 2019, five female members of the team have officially registered their company. Building on their Young Enterprise success, the girls’ are determined to continue myaMEgo beyond Young Enterprise as they are confident that their toys can change lives for the better....


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County’s First New Station in 100 Years Will Open Early Next Year

Construction is complete at the brand-new, landmark Worcestershire Parkway station – the first station to be opened in the county for over 100 years. Rail Industry partners and Worcestershire County Council have confirmed that the standard rigorous rail industry “Entry into Service” process is also nearing completion. This is the process where all the new...


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Rural businesses invited to learn more about grant funding at ‘Pie and Pint’ workshops

Rural businesses are being invited to learn more about the funding currently available by registering their attendance at a new workshop. The £35m Rural Development Growth Programme has recently been launched for applications and is an opportunity for businesses to develop and create new jobs, boost tourism and unlock their potential for growth. There is...


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New project to catalyse innovation in Worcestershire agri-tech launches

An innovative project aimed at promoting entrepreneurship to support Worcestershire’s agri-tech sector will launch its free programme of business support in 2020 at Pershore College. GrowAgri Worcestershire, a £2m joint initiative between the college and the European Regional Development Fund, is tasked with supporting the development of technologies that increase efficiency in the horticultural and...


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320 people attend Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2019 final

A total of 320 people saw the winners announced at this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2019 ceremony. 28 of the county’s best apprentices, apprenticeship employers, careers leads, schools and training providers were celebrated in a total of 12 categories at the Treetops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park on Thursday 14 November 2019. The winners of...


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Global mobility solutions business, Sofico, set to rapidly expand UK headquarters in Worcestershire

The global market leader in mobility solutions, Sofico, is rapidly expanding its UK headquarters in Malvern, Worcestershire. Established as a start-up in Belgium in 1988, Sofico now turns over €39m per year by developing mobility solutions for companies and leasing fleet management in 24 different countries. Sofico employs 310 staff in 8 offices worldwide, in...


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Aspenify hold launch event at Silicon Valley Capital Club

Aspenify held their event on Wednesday 20 November with attendees from all over the world either attending in person or online. The audience included existing advisors, investors and early adopters, as well as potential investors. Mike Smith, COO of Aspenify Inc started things off by introducing the team and providing a company overview. Then Steve...


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Hundreds of local business have their say in the new Salary & Benefits Report 2019-20

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce‘s 2019-20 Salary & Benefits Report, in association with Hewett Recruitment, gives an insight into the issues facing businesses in recruiting and retaining the right staff, barriers to growth and a comprehensive breakdown of salaries and benefits from 350 businesses around the local region. The report will prove an invaluable...


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Speed Networking event promotes internship opportunities to local students

Over 30 students from Worcester Sixth Form College and Heart of Worcestershire College attended the Junior Internship Programme Speed Interview session held at Worcester Bosch. The Speed Interviewing event took place on 5 December with over 100 interviews thought to have taken place during the course of the evening. Each student got to pick up...


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Worcestershire’s fastest-growing firms record impressive labour growth

Worcestershire’s fastest growing companies have expanded their workforce by more than 10% per year over the past three years, according to a major new survey. Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP’s latest Worcestershire Growth report has revealed that the region’s top 50 fastest-growing firms with turnover of over £10 million, now employ more than...


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ScaleUp Institute announces Adam Hale as new Chair

The ScaleUp Institute has announced the appointment of successful scaleup entrepreneur Adam Hale as its new Chair. He takes over from Sherry Coutu, co-founder of the ScaleUp Institute, who has served her planned five-year term since the publication of the original Scaleup Report in 2014 and the subsequent formation of the ScaleUp Institute in 2015....


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Local accounting firm named Business of the Year at National Chamber of Commerce Awards

Businesses around the country gathered at the British Chambers of Commerce’s (BCC) annual Chamber Awards on Thursday 28 November for the announcement of this year’s national winners. Now in their 16th year, the awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local firms play in driving the UK economy. The winners...


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Local ‘Foodie Card’ hailed as best Food and Drink Business Supporter 2019 in annual UK-wide awards.

With so many changes taking place in the way that people eat and drink, the food and drink sector is in a state of evolution. To celebrate this, LUXlife Magazine created the annual Food and Drink Awards, where they pay homage to the people and brands that are leading the ongoing transformations within the industry....


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Business invited to FREE Training Events on preparing for EU Exit

Worcestershire Business Central are offering a series of FREE training events to help businesses prepare for the changes they will need to make before and after the UK leaves the European Union. With the withdrawal from the European Union continuing to be a foremost topic for businesses, the Worcestershire Growth Hub, in association with Strong...


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New Festivals launched for Worcester

Local businesses and residents are being made aware of new festivals bring launched in Worcester in the New Year. The Arches Worcester Festivals are bringing four brand new festivals to Worcester, showcasing national and international creative talent and supporting local emerging work. The first of the four festivals is “Light Night Worcester”, a free event...


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Businesses attend Community Carol Service for Mark’s Mental Health

Mark successfully completed his Cambodia trek and has succeeded in beating his £25K fundraising target for Mental Health UK. As the year draws to a close, local businesses were welcomed to the 2019 Worcestershire Business Community Carol Service at All Saints, in the heart of Worcester city centre. The service was held on Tuesday, 10th...


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Chair of WLEP awarded Fellowship at University Ceremony

As part of this year’s graduation ceremonies, Mark Stansfeld, Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), was named a Fellow of the University of Worcester following his outstanding work and over 30 years’ experience in his field. As well as chairing Airband, giffgaff and previously working closely with the likes of 02 UK, Mark...


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Businesses gather for Worcestershire Works Well celebration event

Employers from across Worcestershire gathered at The Bank House Hotel for the Worcestershire Works Well bi-annual event. The event took place on 20 November, and was attended by businesses who are signed up to the Worcestershire Works Well scheme. The focus was on celebrating the businesses who have reached accreditation and featured guest talks on...


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Dates for your Diary – December Newsletter

22 December 2019 – My aMEgo crowdfunder set to close 24 December to 2 January – Worcestershire LEP office closed 7 January 2020 – Rural business funding ‘Pie and Pint’ workshop 24 January 2020 – Applications open for HW Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2020 16 January 2020 – Worcestershire Business Central EU exit workshop 16...


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