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Worcestershire LEP August 2019 Newsletter
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August 2019 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

Video Transcript What are the latest announcements from July? “We are deep into holiday season in mid August for this newsletter, although there is still loads going on at the Worcestershire LEP and across the county. The announcement we’ve already seen in July is the second cohort of BetaDen which starts at the end of...


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Worcestershire’s leading technology accelerator announces Cohort 2.0

Worcestershire’s first dedicated technology accelerator has announced the second cohort that will take residency at Malvern Hills Science Park this month (August) for their 9-month programme. Eight companies, selected from a wide spectrum of emerging technologies will begin their journey on 29 August and spend the next 9 months supported by specialist coaching and mentoring...


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End of the line for old Kidderminster Station building

Pictured: From left to right: Karlton Taylor – Buckingham Group Contractors Limited, Mark Lawton – West Midlands Trains, Ian Baxter – SLC Rail, Gary Woodman – Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Richard Lessels Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, Cllr Fran Oborski – Wyre Forest District Council, Cllr Ken Pollock – Worcestershire County Council and...


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Pershore Northern Link Road given the green light

Works to improve traffic links and tackle congestion in and around Pershore took another step forward today as planning for the Pershore Northern Link Road was given the go-ahead. The major scheme, which will be delivered by Worcestershire County Council, will see the construction of a new highway and road bridge. This will provide a...


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Making Worcestershire Flood Fit for the Future

After July’s record breaking temperatures, it’s hard to believe that 12 years ago Worcestershire was facing some of its worst ever flooding. In the summer of 2007 many of Worcestershire’s residents, communities and businesses were impacted by one of the worst floods in recent times. The flood of July 2007 affected over 4,700 homes and...


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New bridge installed on Worcester’s Southern Link Road

The county’s newest bridge was moved into place over part of Worcester’s Southern Link Road (A4440) at the start of August. More work needs to be completed before the footbridge is fully open to the public during the Autumn. Once fully complete, the bridge will be suitable for pedestrians, mobility scooters, bikes and those on...


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£11.8m Enhancement to Manufacturing Support

As a result of the successful delivery of an original £10.3m business support programme, SME manufacturers have been given a major boost this week with news that an additional £11.8m of business support has been given to help a further 2,400 companies to grow. The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), which is funded by ERDF and...


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Worcestershire’s largest social landlord has signed up to Woo Bikes

Fortis Living, one of the county’s largest employers, is one of the first organisations to join the University of Worcester-led scheme – entitled Woo Bikes – which aims to encourage non-cyclists to take up cycling as a viable form of transport. Supported by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council, the...


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More Worcestershire Businesses Sign Up To Become County Champions

Last month a further 20 businesses and organisations signed up in support of the new initiative to promote Worcestershire, following a series of events. The Worcestershire 1000 is a network of companies, organisations and individuals working together to showcase the county locally, nationally and internationally. The events, organised by the Worcestershire 1000 team, were held...


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Parkside Middle School pupils visit Worcestershire Parkway site

School pupils won an exciting and unique opportunity to visit the construction site of the new Worcestershire Parkway train station. The winning students from Parkside Middle School, Bromsgrove, beat 37 other schools from the county in the Primary STEM Challenge competition. As part of their prize, the budding engineers of the future visited the construction...


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Businesses invited to Broadband engagement event

Local businesses are being encouraged to attend the upcoming Superfast Worcestershire broadband engagement event. Superfast Worcestershire are hosting a community broadband engagement event to allow residents and businesses to meet the team and learn more about what national funding is available for building and improving broadband. The event will also cover how the broadband programme...


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Funding available for Rural Community Energy Projects

Worcestershire communities are being made aware of new funding available through the Rural Community Energy Fund. The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10 million programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, which provide economic and social benefits to the community. Communities with an energy related project idea are...


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New International Trade tool for businesses launched

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has announced a new online tool to help businesses to export to international markets. The first Government service of its kind provides a new online tool for businesses to easily apply to leading overseas e-marketplaces. By applying through the DIT tool the business is eligible for preferential agreements with...


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Businesses invited to Innovation events across the county

Businesses are being invited to attend the Worcestershire Innovation(WINN) “Show me the Money” event. The evening event will be discussing the idea of personal relationships and discovering new ways to bring money into businesses and support innovation. Businesses will be able to hear more about R&D Tax Credits, financial planning and the funding opportunities available....


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Healthtech firm launches new way of calculating body composition

3D body scanning firm Select Research, along with its scientific collaborators, has launched the BVI Pro demo app for health risk assessment. Body Volume Indicator (BVI) technology is a way of calculating body composition from a mobile device and provides key health risk indicators such as visceral fat, total body fat, waist circumference and waist-to-hip...


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International Success for Worcester firm Axiski

Case Study from the Department of International Trade It was a chance covering of heavy snow that formed the initial idea for Worcester-based business Axiski back in 2010. Nine years on, the company exports to over 17 countries and has recently had major success in the U.S. We caught up with founder Darren Mather to...


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Stand Up, Stand Out, Sell More

Businesses are being encouraged to attend Enterprising Worcestershire’s ‘Stand Up, Stand Out, Sell More’ two-day workshop to supercharge their profile and presence both online and offline. The free two-day workshop taking place on 2 September 2019 at the Whitehouse Hotel, Worcester, WR1 1EA, will focus on sales and marketing strategies for early stage and growing...


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Businesses encouraged to take part in Annual Salary & Benefits Survey

Local firms are invited to take part in a new Salary & Benefits survey. Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Hewett Recruitment, are producing the survey to support businesses with improving their staff recruitment and retention goals. Many businesses are experiencing challenges when attempting to access the labour and skilled staff they...


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Mark’s Mental Health Marathon – Update August 2019

Last month saw the first 2 Mental health seminars as part of the Practical Help you and Your Business campaign with Lloyds Bank. Mark has raised £17,128 to date, and Mark would like to thank all of his supporters so far. Attendees of the seminars learnt more about the work of Mental Health UK and...


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Dates for your Diary – August Newsletter

19 August 2019 – Worcestershire Apprenticeship Roadshow 20 August 2019 – Worcestershire Apprenticeship Roadshow 21 August 2019 – Worcestershire Apprenticeship Roadshow 22 August 2019 – Worcestershire Apprenticeship Roadshow 23 August 2019 – Worcestershire Apprenticeship Roadshow Autumn 2019 – Final phase of construction on Kidderminster Railway Station to be complete 2 September 2019 – Worcestershire Apprenticeship Roadshow...


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