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Worcestershire LEP June 2020 Newsletter
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June 2020 Newsletter

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

Video Transcript ” Welcome to May’s Worcestershire LEP newsletter. We are still working through the lockdown pieces although with the safer working guidance launched, we know several businesses working through that and a number of businesses who have already implemented a number of things. Certainly us at the WLEP are thinking about how we can...


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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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New guidance launched to help get Businesses safely back to work

New ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines are available to UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating as safely as possible. This follows the Prime Minister setting out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy, so we can protect jobs, restore people’s livelihoods and fund the country’s vital...


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Local job matching service launched to help businesses find workers

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone nationally. Leaving many people not able to work from home and jobs disappearing leaving households without a stable income. On the other side, some employers are struggling to find people to fill vacancies. ‘Worcestershire Jobs Match’ is a new service to support all businesses across Worcestershire who are having...


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Technology Accelerator hosts successful Virtual Pitch event

Worcestershire’s Technology Accelerator, BetaDen has successfully delivered a virtual pitch event to seventy invited guests for their second cohort of technology founders on Thursday 30 April. Currently working with Cohort 2.0, BetaDen has produced a virtual solution to the challenges presented by COVID-19 to allow the cohort to remain on track with their acceleration programme....


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Chance to hear from Robin Walker MP

The Worcestershire LEP (WLEP) are hosting a special edition of their Making Connections featuring MP for Worcester City and Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Robin Walker. Robin will be joining the WLEP for an extended episode talking about a variety of relevant business and community topics, some of which will be determined by the...


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Three new Businesses pledge their support to improving Careers Education

Three new Cornerstone Employers have pledged their support to developing the county’s future workforce. The three companies, DRP Group, Platform Housing Group and QinetiQ are the latest organisations from across the county to join the growing list of businesses supporting the Worcestershire Careers Hub in improving careers support and guidance in schools. Cornerstone employers work...


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New Training opportunities for individuals during COVID-19

A new series of training support programmes and courses available in Worcestershire have been compiled together to support in upskilling individuals during the Covid 19 outbreak. These have been summarised below by the provider. Serco: Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) Covid-19 Delivery Offer SSW is a programme developed to upskill employees in Worcestershire. SSW...


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Organisations encouraged to take part in QES survey

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Bishop Fleming, have released the results of the latest quarterly economic report, outlining key economic indicators for Quarter 1 (Q1) 2020. The results of the Q1 report paint a mixed picture that only a nuanced approach can unpick. At the start of Q1 business investment and...


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Kidderminster company wins Prestigious Queen’s Award and 2021 applications now open

Worcestershire firm, Titan Steel Wheels has been announced as a winner in The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2020. Titan Steel Wheels, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of steel wheels for the off-highway and mobile crane industry, have received the royal seal of approval with a Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short-Term Growth...


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Grants available to show cost & Carbon savings for Worcestershire companies

Latest figures released by Worcestershire County Council highlighted over 2,155 tonnes of carbon savings through their Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) since April 2019. The scheme provides a grant of up to 40% to cover the capital cost of measures such as LED lighting, motor controls and process improvements, and in the past year 62...


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Worcestershire Food & Drink members face COVID challenges to County Food Businesses

Members of Worcestershire Food & Drink(WF&D) are tackling the Covid 19 outbreak head on, by diversifying services to customers and working in partnership with other members to feed the county. The community interest company, which currently has around 100 members, champions the region’s excellent independent food and drink businesses locally, nationally and internationally, and offers...


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Latest issue of Business Direction launched ‘Managing Business Through Uncertain Times’

The latest edition of the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce’s Business Direction is now live. The bi-monthly magazine, which is usually delivered to over 4,000 businesses has been moved to exclusively online for this month’s edition. With many offices closed due to the current pandemic, this paperless copy will allow for the reach of...


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Take part in a Survey to help advise health and care services

Healthwatch Worcestershire are asking people to take part in a survey to help advise health and care services. The Healthwatch team would like as many people as possible to share their feedback of accessing information and health and care services during the Coronavirus outbreak. This will enable them to help these essential services at this...


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New FREE Lockdown Design Service for Essential Keyworker Sector Projects

ONE Creative Environments is offering a free ‘Lockdown Design Service’ for essential keyworker sector projects. The multidisciplinary design practice, which has all of the essential professional disciplines in-house, is offering free consultations and high-level design/feasibility studies as a ‘Lockdown Design Service’ for new keyworker sector projects. These include the NHS, technology, pharmaceutical, education, distribution and...


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Worcestershire Community Foundation’s Covid-19 appeal leads to £110,000 in donations

A recently launched Covid-19 appeal by the Worcestershire Community Foundation has enabled grants of over £100,000 which are already helping 40 different organisations across Worcestershire. The Foundation’s ongoing fundraising campaign, which also includes money and input from the National Emergencies Trust, has raised £110,000 in just five weeks to help reduce the suffering caused by...


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Partner and associate promotions at law firm mfg Solicitors

Worcestershire law firm mfg Solicitors has announced eleven promotions including two new Partners, seven Senior Associates and two Associates. Respected agriculture and rural affairs expert Helen Gough is promoted to Partner. Joining mfg Solicitors in October 2014, Helen has played a key role in expanding the firm’s farming and rural business client base. The second...


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Worcestershire coaching company sees surge of people sign-up for socially-distanced coaching programme

A Worcestershire coaching company has seen a surge in the number of residents taking their virtually-delivered tech and digital coaching programmes. Since launching the “Get Ahead in Digital Transformation” programme at the end of March, The Development Manager (TDM) has seen more than 50 people, including numerous employees of Chamber member companies, sign up to...


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Dates for Diary – May Newsletter

June 2020 – BetaDen Cohort 3.0 Begins 1 June 2020 – Government Website – Working safely during coronavirus: construction & other outdoor work 1 June 2020 – Government Webinar – Working safely during coronavirus: labs & research facilities 2 June 2020 – Government Webinar – Working safely during coronavirus: offices & contact centres 2 June 2020 –...


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