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Worcestershire LEP August 2020 Newsletter
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August 2020 Newsletter

In this edition:

Video Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: August 2020

Video Transcript ” Welcome to the Worcestershire LEP’s August 2020 Newsletter. This month has been rather busy, despite it being seen as the staycation season that we are seeing now. Our Getting Building Fund of £12 Million was announced with 12 projects, on our website for people to look at it, that we are supporting....


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Coronavirus COVID-19 Support for businesses

Local businesses and residents are being made aware of the variety support out there during lockdown period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Worcestershire has a lot of support on offer and below is a breakdown of where you can go to get the information and advice you are after in your unique situation. All of...


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Worcestershire Economic Recovery Projects confirmed with £12M funding support

Numerous projects across Worcestershire have been given the green light after £12m of Government funding has been announced today (Tuesday 4th August). As part of the Government’s Getting Building Fund, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership confirmed in July that it had been awarded £12m to fund capital projects and programmes, which will help support jobs, skills...


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Worcestershire LEP launches new Annual Report and Delivery Plan documents

The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP) has today launched its new Annual Report and Delivery Plan documents. Both documents form part of the requirements from Government to outline what the WLEP has achieved in the past financial year and the aims for the coming year. Both documents follow the 5 principles outlined in the WLEP’s...


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Churchfields highway improvements set to take a huge step forward

Works to make improvements to transport links in the Churchfields area of Kidderminster are set to take a huge step forward next week. One of the key elements of the Churchfields Highway improvement Scheme is the creation of a new link access from the A456 Ringway roundabout through to Churchfields. Works are almost complete on...


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Campaign launched to support and promote Worcestershire’s Food and Drink Sector

The Worcestershire Food and Drink Industry is getting new support through the new ‘Make it Worcestershire’ campaign launched today. (14 August 2020) The Make It Worcestershire campaign has been developed by One Worcestershire and Worcestershire Food and Drink to promote local produce and outlets. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused heavy disruption to many industries; however,...


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BetaDen confirms Tech Tuesday schedule and welcomes new cohort member

Malvern-based technology accelerator has confirmed the schedule for its popular TechTuesday events through to the end of the year. The free, bi-monthly series is open to anyone interested in the evolving technology landscape, with the most recent online event attracting attendees from as far away as Australia. The next event takes place on Tuesday 8...


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Chamber of Commerce release latest QES report in partnership with WLEP

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, have released the results of the latest quarterly economic report, outlining key economic indicators for Quarter 2 (Q2) 2020. The report looks at the impact of COVID-19 on business, with a focus on the changes that will take place in employment...


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Worcestershire family-run engineering company named as dealer for world’s first fully-electric skid steer loader

A family-run Broadway-based company has been named as a dealer for the world’s first fully electric skid steer loader. Heming Engineering Ltd, which has been in business for 52 years and is based in Willersey, has become become the sole dealer in five counties for the state-of-the-art Elise 900 loader made by Kovaco Electric Company,...


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Worcestershire Community Foundation gives out £400,000 in COVID-Response Campaign

Worcestershire Community Foundation has been running a successful campaign supporting community groups and charities in Worcestershire in response to the COVID pandemic. Since March 2020, a total of £400,000 has been distributed to 125 projects supporting all aspects of COVID-related community needs across the county. Organisations and projects supported include foodbanks, hospices, community and homeless...


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Businesses encouraged to support local community projects

Businesses across Worcestershire now have the opportunity to pledge their support to community projects in a new and easy way though Crowdfund Worcestershire. As part of this, The People Make Places fund and Crowdfund WYCHAVON has recently been launched by Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils to support the community through projects and services provided...


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Worcester coworking space celebrates first birthday

Coworking space and community, The Kiln, is celebrating its first birthday on 5 August 2020. Situated in the heart of Worcester, the coworking space opened its doors in August last year to provide tech and creative entrepreneurs and small businesses with a place to collaborate and grow. The Kiln management team will be inviting past...


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Worcestershire firm Sigma bolsters leadership team with senior appointments

Worcestershire outsourcing specialist, the Sigma Financial Group, has announced the appointments of two new executive directors who will support the Redditch firm’s growth plans both in the UK and abroad. Jo Regan-Iles has joined in the newly-created role of Group People Officer. The HR specialist, who previously held senior HR roles at Sitel Group, Ttec...


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Evesham College Launches new degree course for Worcestershire

A new engineering degree is being launched at Evesham College and will be the only course of its type in Worcestershire. The BEng (Hons) Engineering degree will start in September 2020 and provides the only Level 6 study option in the region. It is hoped the course will benefit employers regionally who are looking to...


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Using Innovation and Growth to advance your business with WINN

The Worcestershire Innovation Network (WINN) has a series of new platforms which have been designed to help businesses grow. The WINN Innovation Platform has now launched allowing businesses to ask questions to specialist advisors, create and manage their own ideas and challenges and browse a library of online support content. The Platform will continue to...


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Dates for Diary – August Newsletter

Wednesday 2 September – H&W Chamber Social Value Webinar Friday 4 September – H&W Chamber Champions Awards event Tuesday 8 September – BetaDen Tech Tuesday – Security by Design Tuesday 8 September – H&W Chamber Global Trade Webinar Tuesday 15 September – H&W Chamber Technology Forum Wednesday 16 September – Low Carbon Opportunities for SMEs Webinar Thursday...


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