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Worcestershire LEP February 2021 Newsletter
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February 2021 Newsletter

In this edition:

Video Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: February 2021

Video Transcript ” Hello and welcome to February’s bumper edition of the Worcestershire LEP Newsletter. Despite being national lockdown, the team are working hard, working alongside Worcestershire Business Central, to provide that business support and advice. This newsletter really covers some of that, what we have got is the Specialist Business Advisers, that are free...


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Still time to access free Specialist Business advice

Worcestershire businesses are being reminded that there is still time left to apply for the Worcestershire Business Central, Specialist Business Advisers programme. The Specialist Business Advisers programme is being delivered by Worcestershire Business Central to support local organisations in accessing FREE expert advice on key business challenges. The support from these advisers is delivered in a...


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EU Transitional support available to Worcestershire businesses

Worcestershire businesses are being encouraged to contact Worcestershire Business Central to access FREE expert EU Transitional support. The county’s growth hub, Worcestershire Business Central, have teamed up with the rest of the West Midlands Growth Hubs to work together to provide businesses with access to free advice following the end of the transition period and...


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Chance for businesses to take part in Government Skills Survey

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership(LEP) are asking businesses to take part in a short survey to help inform the Government’s wider skills offer. The Education and Skills Funding Agency are looking for employers to share their views and thoughts to ensure the Government’s wider skills offers continue to meet the needs of employers looking to develop...


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Coronavirus COVID-19 Support for businesses

Local businesses and residents are being made aware of the variety support out there 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 the advice and...


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Entries open as the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards returns in 2021

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council have announced that the popular apprenticeship celebration event, the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards are returning in 2021. Entries to the awards have now opened with apprentices, employers, schools and training providers in Worcestershire being encouraged to submit their nominations or entries via the online nomination process, before the...


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Worcestershire community shows virtual support for Apprenticeships

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Worcestershire County Council called on local employers, apprentices, schools and colleges, and training providers to show their virtual support for Apprenticeships. From 8 to 14 February, National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2021 took place with the national aim to #BuildtheFuture with emphasis this year on how apprenticeships can help build...


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Further Bromsgrove walking and cycling improvements to start this month

Works on two schemes to make improvements along the A38 corridor in Bromsgrove will get underway this month. These works, which will start during week commencing 15th February, are part of three schemes which are being delivered by Worcestershire County Council, prior to the wider A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme (BREP). The works will make...


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Worcestershire 5G plays part in The Manufacturing Technology Centre private 5G trials

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), a facility in Coventry dedicated to supporting manufacturers to benefit from new technologies, is launching a 5G private network to help manufacturers boost productivity via 5G use cases. MTC is launching this exciting capability in partnership with leading 5G partners comprising West Midlands 5G (WM5G), Worcestershire 5G (W5G) and its...


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Worcestershire business supported through Midlands Engine Investment Fund

Worcestershire business, AirTube Technologies are set to pursue new growth following funding from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund. AirTube Technologies Ltd (“AirTube”), have been supported through a £175,000 investment to help them launch a series of new products. The finance was secured through The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (“MEIF”) Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital...


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Full house for 2021’s first virtual Worcestershire Works Well bi-annual event

January saw the first bi-annual Worcestershire Works Well event take place virtually, hosted by the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. The virtual event saw several keynote speakers including representatives from Worcestershire County Council, Global Vice President at Jacobs Paul Hendry, Director of Sutcliffe & Co Duncan Sutcliffe, Payara Services’ HR Director Julia Millidge and...


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A platform for businesses key concerns – Quarterly Economic Survey is now live

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce has announced that data collection for the Chamber’s Economic Indicator for Quarter 1 is now live and wants to know how the crisis has impacted local business’ investment plans, sales, orders and recruitment over the last 3 months. This data will then be used in lobbying government and...


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Save the date as major West Midlands Business Expo launched

March will see Chambers of Commerce across the Midlands region join forces to raise the profile of thousands of businesses in a week-long celebration. The West Midlands Business Expo will see the collective efforts of Chambers across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire, with businesses given the opportunity to...


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Businesses invited to join Green Grants event

An event has been created to help guide Worcestershire businesses gain access to grants focusing on energy efficiency, growth and innovation. On the 25th February at 9:30am the Green Grants for Worcestershire Businesses Showcase Event will take organisations through the number of programmes and grant providers that are available to those considering green solutions and...


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OLPRO plant 320 trees in first month of tree-planting initiative

Camping equipment specialist, OLPRO, has funded the planting of 320 trees, following the first month of its initiative to plant one tree for each OLPRO tent and awning sold. The company has already been able to offset a total of 4.71 tonnes of carbon by; planting a total of 298 mangrove trees in Madagascar, planting 19 trees...


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Local award-winning creative agency appoints first ever Apprentice

A leading Worcestershire digital and creative communications agency appointed its first apprentice this week, ahead of National Apprenticeship Week. Conteur, which has had a base in the city for nearly ten years, recently added Eleanor Inge, 21, to their team as Digital Marketing Apprentice. Eleanor will be working towards achieving her Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship at...


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A chance to star in the Celebrating North Worcestershire calendar

North Worcestershire based companies are invited to enter a competition to win a fantastic package of free PR support that lasts a year thanks to NWedR and North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL). Now in its fourth year, The ‘Celebrating North Worcestershire’ PR competition offers the chance to win a valuable prize which will go to...


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Worcestershire Law firm appoints new partner as Private Client team expands

A Worcestershire legal firm has bolstered its Private Client department with the appointment of a new partner. Giles Scott has joined mfg Solicitors as a partner and divisional head of the firm’s 38-strong Private Client offering. Based at mfg’s Adam House headquarters in Kidderminster, Giles is a specialist in a host of matters which affect...


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Thursfields Talk Legal: wealth protection for business owners, directors and senior executives

The best ways to approach wealth protection for business owners, directors and senior executives will be the focus of a free Thursfields Solicitors’ webinar later this month. Laura Williams, an associate director in Wealth Protection & Family Law, and Ian Bond, head of Wills & Estates, will host the leading Midlands law firm’s latest Talk...


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Dates for Diary – February Newsletter

16 to 24 February – Enterprising Worcestershire Start-up Masterclass Monday 22 February – Business Advisers: General Business Advice Tuesday 23 February – Business Advisers: Adoption of Technology Wednesday 24 February – Clean Growth Green Grants event Thursday 25 February – DiT: Defense and Security Opportunities 1 – 6 March – National Careers Week 2021 1 – 5 March– Enterprising Worcestershire...


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