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Worcestershire LEP June 2021 Newsletter
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June 2021 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

Video Transcript “Hello and welcome to June’s LEP newsletter, loads of things going on this month as we start to see, certainly where we are located on the Science Park, things are getting busier with people starting to come back into the office environment, probably 1 or 2 days a week. I know some of...


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Worcestershire secures £35m through Government’s Towns Fund

Worcestershire cities, Worcester and Redditch are to receive a combined £35.2m to deliver long-term economic growth for the cities and support recovery after COVID. The awards follow the submission of successful bids by Worcester City Council and Redditch Borough Council to the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund. They were two of 101 towns across the...


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nexGworx to drive next phase of Worcestershire 5G journey

Malvern Hills Science Park (MHSP) today announced that it is launching a new subsidiary company ‘nexGworx’, evolving from the Worcestershire 5G Testbed (W5G) project, to accelerate its vision of smart manufacturing and digital innovation across industry 4.0, including the advanced manufacturing and health and social care sectors. The new company will build on the testbed’s...


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New units targeted at SME’s completed at Vale Park

10 newly constructed industrial units at Vale Business Park, have been completed and some even allocated to businesses. Chase Commercial recently completed the speculative £3 million development providing accommodation targeted at SME’s in and around the region. The units which vary in size from 2,000 sq.ft to 5,000 sq.ft. have been purchased at practical completion...


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Tech accelerator, BetaDen, delivers new jobs for the county

Six early-stage technology businesses that recently took part in Worcestershire technology accelerator BetaDen, have created 19 new jobs as a result of their time on the programme. Blockmark Technologies, DronePrep, Heteronomics, Veritherm and Vojo all completed BetaDen’s nine-month programme to commercialise their technology in March and have since taken on new recruits, including nine posts...


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Spaces left on Midlife MOT Workshops

Following the launch of the Midlife MOT website with the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council, a series of free workshops have been organised to help businesses build their workforce plan. Three workshops will be held to help local businesses build and develop their workforce planner. Every Successful and sustainable business has an alive...


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Science is once again a walk in the park

Malvern Science in the Park is set to return to Priory Park in Great Malvern, running from 10:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday 26th June 2021. Following the UK Government’s announcement that, although Step 4 of the openingup is being delayed, Step 3 restrictions are remaining unchanged, an in-person COVID-secure outdoor event will be able to...


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Local businesses invited to add their support to UK Carbon Emissions Campaign

This year, the UK Government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help businesses cut their carbon emissions and protect the plane. Whatever size business or industry, commitments to the campaign could make a real difference – to the business, to customers, to the community, to the planet – and to energy...


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British Business Bank appoints new Director for the Midlands

The British Business Bank has appointed a new director to its UK Network team in the Midlands, in a move that will strengthen the Bank’s on-the-ground presence. Dr Sophie Dale-Black, who was previously regional director for the Midlands at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), will lead the British Business Bank’s...


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Royal visit to Worcestershire to recognise the role of the community

Worcestershire Community Foundation welcomed a visit from The Earl of Wessex on Thursday 27 May, as part of a thank you on behalf of the Palace, recognising the vital role of community projects which had taken place across the county during the pandemic. During the visit which was kindly was hosted by the Royal Porcelain...


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Worcestershire company Slicker Recycling up for national award

A specialist Worcestershire oil and waste recycling firm has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award. Slicker Recycling, which specialises in the collection and recycling of waste oils and commercial garage waste from across the UK, has been named as a finalist in this year’s National Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management. The...


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Supporting Businesses in Worcestershire with their Low Carbon Innovation

Worcestershire has set itself some ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030, and to double the size of the low carbon sector in its Energy Strategy. In response to this, Worcestershire County Council’s Low Carbon Opportunities Programme is here to support innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses within Worcestershire and Shropshire...


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Chamber sign up for ‘We See You Campaign’ to spotlight hidden disabilities and workplace equality

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce have joined businesses across the region in promoting greater diversity within the workplace. The We See You campaign, organised by Chamber Members Landau will highlight the benefit to an organisation who commit to a more inclusive culture. By signing up to Landau’s campaign businesses & organisations are endorsing...


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Sigma announces new ‘connected’ brand as part of next phase of growth

Worcestershire-based outsourcing specialist the Sigma Financial Group has announced a rebrand of the entire Group after a period of growth. The Redditch company, which offers ‘white label’ customer contact centre services across the energy, water, retail and financial services sectors, has now become The Sigma Connected Group – a move which its chief executive says...


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Worcestershire firm AA Salt up for sustainability award

A county winter maintenance and snow clearance firm has been shortlisted for a business award which recognises commitment to sustainability and the environment. Worcestershire-based AA Salt, which helps businesses keep their premises safe by gritting and snow ploughing car parks and access roads in the winter months, is one of the company’s shortlisted in the...


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Corporate deals worth £125m-plus in Thursfields’ busiest year ever

Thursfields Solicitors has recorded its busiest ever 12 months of corporate activity, providing legal guidance on 29 deals worth a total of more than £125 million. Gareth Burge, director and head of Corporate at Thursfields, explained that he and his team had coped with the hectic period despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Gareth said: “The last...


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The ‘Make it Happen’ challenge returns for another year to help local entrepreneurs turn into successful enterprises

Worcestershire innovators are preparing to showcase their ideas for this year’s Make It Happen challenge for the opportunity to work with some of the county’s top businesses. Designed to promote innovative thinking across the county while supporting local businesses, the Make it Happen challenge is a project organised by WINN, a Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire...


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Dates for Diary – June Newsletter

Thursday 1 July – MEIF: Raising Finance Masterclass 2 Thursday 1 July – Midlife MOT Workshop Tuesday 6 July – DIT: How to effectively sell to the US Market Tuesday 6 July – HW Chamber: Virtual Manufacturing Forum Thursday 8 July – DIT: Getting Started with International PPC and Google Ads Wednesday 14 July –...


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