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Worcestershire LEP June 2020 Newsletter
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June 2020 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

Video Transcript “Hello and welcome to June’s Worcestershire LEP newsletter. We’ve been doing loads of work in terms of restarts here in the office, I’m sure many other businesses now who are gradually coming back to work with the new safer guidelines. Obviously if any business do need any advice, information or guidance, I encourage...


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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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Risk Assessment Checklists for Worcestershire Businesses

A series of business risk assessment checklists have been produced by Worcestershire insurance firm Sutcliffe Insurance. The checklists help businesses identify the steps they need to take to safely return back to operation with COVID-19 safety measures. All the checklists have been produced using the latest Government risk assessment advice and guidance which is listed...


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Worcestershire chosen to have another Careers Hub supporting Middle Schools to create our future workforce

Worcestershire has been selected as part of a new wave of Careers Hubs launched across the UK. The Careers and Enterprise Company announced on Tuesday 23 June that Worcestershire has been chosen in the new wave 3 Careers hubs. Currently the county secured a Wave 1 Careers Hub working with secondary schools including Special Educational...


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County Major Infrastructure Schemes are back in business

Work on Worcestershire County Council’s major infrastructure schemes is now back underway, following the suspension of works earlier this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. Work on a majority of the schemes was suspended in late March, but is now returning in a phased manner, following the Highway Sector’s Site Operating Procedures which provide...


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Tech Tuesday returns with Drone technology virtual event

Worcestershire’s Technology Accelerator, BetaDen are encouraging registrations for the next entry in their Tech Tuesday series. On Tuesday 7 July, BetaDen will be hosting their next Tech Tuesday event, this time covering Drone Technology. Featuring special guest speakers Gareth Whatmore and Nigel Pugh who are highly experienced technologists and drone pilots who will cover what...


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Apprenticeships go from strength to strength during COVID Lockdown

In the new COVID-world there are some inspiring stories of organisations who have successfully adapted their business models to the current challenges for Apprenticeships under COVID-19. ‘Keeping learners learning’ has been the mantra of the entire team at Worcestershire Group Training Association (WGTA) where they have had to adapt the delivery of their programmes for...


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BlockMark Technologies awarded Innovate UK funding to develop COVID-19 Immunity Passports

BlockMark Technologies, a blockchain start-up headquartered at the Wyche Innovation Centre in Malvern, has today announced that it has been awarded grant funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to develop enhanced personal healthcare certificates. The current COVID-19 pandemic has shown that a modern, efficient and cost-effective way to demonstrate immunisation and/or immunity to...


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Apprentices helped during Covid-19 by Malvern tech firm Payara

A county tech firm has taken on three college students, developing local talent. Payara Services, based at Malvern Science Park, has welcomed three new junior interns to the team via its internship programme. The three Worcester Sixth Form College students have been taken on with the support of Worcestershire County Council and the Local Enterprise...


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Bank of England to support UK economy by providing £100bn support

Days after Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said they would be ready to take action after the biggest economy contraction on record, The Bank Of England will boost the economy by providing £100bn, an unprecedented level of quantitative easing. Policymakers commented that the job market would still take time to recover and will likely...


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Digital Health Technologies and the West Midlands Health Tech Cluster

The outbreak of coronavirus has hastened the use of technology to diagnose and treat healthcare issues remotely. Patients across the country are now becoming accustomed to relying on remote healthcare services such as NHS 111, virtual GP appointments, and online deliveries. 5G technology will be key in providing the infrastructure required to deliver remote health...


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Businesses encouraged to pledge their support to local community projects

Businesses across Malvern Hills and Wychavon now have the opportunity to pledge their support to community projects in a new and easy way. 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 by local community groups...


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Knocking Science out of the Park

COVID-19 and social distancing is not going to put a damper on Malvern’s annual alfresco celebration of hands-on science experiments that usually takes place in Priory Park, Great Malvern. Instead, Innovate Malvern CIC has announced that it has organised a free virtual event to take place 10am to 4:30pm on Saturday 27 June 2020 with...


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OLPRO sees record sales as the UK gets ready for camping staycations

OLPRO, one of the UK’s leading retailer in tents and camping equipment, has seen a 39% increase in orders as holiday-goers get ready for campsites to open on 4th July. The camping industry has seen a huge demand for tents in recent weeks with people trading hopes of a foreign holiday for the more reliable option of...


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Renewable Energy Advisors are ready to help

The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme (LOCOP) have contracted Briar Associates to support Worcestershire businesses to consider and install Renewable Energy such as Solar PV, Geothermal Heat Systems, Biomass boilers, Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps. The aim is to save carbon emissions and reduce energy usage and costs. For over 25 years Briar Associates have...


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Dates for Diary – June Newsletter

Wednesday 1 July – H&W Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Forum Webinar Wednesday 1 July – Careers Worcestershire Next Steps Webinar Thursday 2 July – H&W Chamber of Commerce HR Focus Webinar Tuesday 7 July – BetaDen Tech Tuesday: Drone Technologies Tuesday 7 July – WBC Webinar: Stick to proven ways of getting more business...


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