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Worcestershire LEP July 2020 Newsletter
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July 2020 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

Video Transcript ” Welcome to the Worcestershire LEP’s July Newsletter, We are heading from moving out of lockdown, even some of the BetaDen Cohort have started to come back. So we are gradually following the guidelines and putting those steps in place. Plenty of hand gel and perspex screens in the office to make sure...


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Worcestershire secures £12M of funding to support Economic bounce back

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership(LEP) has been allocated £12 million by Central Government to support the recovery of the Worcestershire economy through delivery of capital projects. On 30 June 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new package of measures designed to drive the UK’s economic recovery. These packages included support for the regeneration and usage of...


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UK Summer Economic Update Summary with WLEP

On Thursday 8 July, the Government presented the Summer Economic update. The Chancellor made the update to identify the route to recovering the UK economy with various new support packages and schemes for businesses. The focus of the update was around getting young people in work and minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on...


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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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Local Growth Hub has a new look

Worcestershire Business Central has a new look. The local Growth Hub has now aligned with the One Worcestershire brand, further harnessing its place in the Worcestershire business community. The Growth Hub will still be offering the same FREE services; leading the way in business support knowledge for Worcestershire businesses and being the first point of...


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Brand new Chamber Champions Awards to recognise outstanding community contributions

The Chamber Champions Award Ceremony is a new virtual event that has been designed to celebrate the incredible support shown by the two counties’ businesses and their individuals over the past number of months, which could include businesses providing PPE, shifting operations to making hand sanitiser, volunteering or any other further support by businesses and...


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M42 Junction 1 improvements set to get underway

Works to make improvements to Junction 1 of the M42 in Bromsgrove are set to get underway next week. The works which are being carried out by Worcestershire County Council will start week beginning 20th July and include widening of both the A38 northbound exit and southbound approach to the roundabout and a new service...


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Tenbury Wells set to receive additional funding to support flood defences

The Government has announced today (14 July 2020) that Tenbury Wells is to receive £4.9m of investment to improve flood defences. This new funding is part of the Government’s £5.2 billon investment to create around 2,000 new flood and coastal defences to better protect 336,000 properties across England by 2027. Alongside the £4.9M for Tenbury...


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Have your say on future training available to Worcestershire businesses and employers

The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP), working with Serco, is seeking the views of Worcestershire employers to understand how they can be supported to develop the skills needed to adopt digital technologies. Your contribution is valuable – this is your chance to tell the WLEP about your organisation’s challenges around digital skills and to influence...


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Worcestershire modular retail unit supplier secures coronavirus funding boost

A Worcestershire-based supplier of modular retail units has secured a funding boost to fulfil orders and safeguard 15 jobs during the period of interruption caused by the coronavirus. Rapid Retail secured a £98,000 investment from BCRS Business Loans through the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) backed by the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). Although...


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Worcestershire-based builders merchants lay foundations for expansion with significant investment

Norgrove Building Supplies, based in Kidderminster, has secured a significant investment from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Equity Finance Fund, managed by Midlands-based venture capital firm Midven. The well-established business specialises in supplying a wide range of building materials to the construction sector. In 2017, the company was acquired by entrepreneur Jack Norgrove and...


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Worcestershire company scoops top award for digital innovation

The team at RotaHub, the UK’s first total workforce management company, are delighted to have won a prestigious national award. The Worcester-based company has won the SME News UK Enterprise Awards ‘Most Innovative Digital Workforce Management Solutions’ award for 2020. RotaHub specialises in digital solutions which enable companies to use their own equipment and resources...


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Chamber partners with Worcester News to show support for local businesses

Supported by Worcester MP Robin Walker and Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, the Worcester News’ Love Local Business campaign encourages readers to back local traders and organisations by spending their money with them as opposed to large national chain retailers. Many of these businesses re-opened on Monday June 15, after more than two months...


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Record year sees Sigma accelerating growth and jobs plans

A Worcestershire-based outsourcing specialist has announced plans to double in size over the next five years following a record period of growth in the UK and abroad. The Redditch-based Sigma Financial Group, which offers ‘white label’ customer contact centre services across the utilities, retail, financial services and telecommunications sectors, plans to double its 1,500 workforce...


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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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Local company donates SHIFT fund to Bike Worcester

Worcester based company Aquabio Ltd, specialising in industrial water re-use and anaerobic digestion, have donated the proceeds of their SHIFT scheme to Bike Worcester, a local volunteer group with the aim of supporting more people to choose bikes as a regular mode of transport. Aquabio set-up the SHIFT scheme (Sustainable Health in Future Transport) in...


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Chamber launches ‘Shop In The Shires’ campaign to support Members

Back in March all over the world, people were suddenly asked to stay indoors to protect themselves and others. Now lockdowns are being relaxed businesses are beginning to restart and rebuild. However, with social distancing in some form expected to be with the country for the long run, it’s a worrying time for the businesses...


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Worcestershire law firm appoints new head of growing corporate team

A county law firm has appointed a new head of its Corporate department following a period of sustained growth. mfg Solicitors, which has its Worcestershire offices in Kidderminster, Worcester and Bromsgrove, has appointed partner and corporate law specialist Clare Lang as head of department. Ms Lang, who joined the 31-partner law firm in 2018, will...


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Dates for Diary – July Newsletter

Wednesday 22 July – WBC Webinar: Working safely during coronavirus: Cyber Security Wednesday 22 July – WBC Webinar: Creating a Stand Out Business Post Lockdown Thursday 23 July – WBC Webinar: Good to Go – Opening your Businesses Safely Tuesday 28 July – H&W Chamber Webinar: How the NatWest Business Builder can support local businesses...


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