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Worcestershire LEP September 2018 Newsletter
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September 2018 Newsletter

In this edition:

Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: September 2018

It’s the time of the year when we get the pleasure of announcing the finalists for the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, and this year we are celebrating another 25 high quality apprentices, apprenticeship employers, training providers and schools. They are all fantastic examples of the success of our local apprenticeships and my congratulations go to them...


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Digital Transformation Strategist and ‘Top 100 Influencer’ confirmed as keynote speaker at WLEP18 Conference

Digital Transformation Strategist, Tiffany St James, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for this year’s Worcestershire LEP Annual Conference 2018. Tiffany is an Executive Director at the British Interactive Media Association and Founder of the digital management consultancy, Transmute. She has been named in the ‘Top 100 Most influential People in Technology’ by the...


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Opportunity to join the Worcestershire LEP Board

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a public/private sector partnership responsible for driving economic and jobs growth together with new business opportunities across Worcestershire. Having recently helped Worcestershire to achieve the highest growth in productivity and higher level workforce skills in the UK, Worcestershire LEP is now looking to appoint a determined and enthusiastic Non-Executive...


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Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2018 finalists announced

25 of Worcestershire’s best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools have been named as finalists for the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2018 and table bookings are now available for the event. Following a large number of nominations in all 10 categories, judges have shortlisted an ‘exceptional group’ of finalists that are said to highlight the hugely...


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Worcestershire Business Central’s Conference set to Inspire Growth

Inspiring Growth is a business event hosted by Worcestershire Business Central with a new approach to problem solving. Its objective is to call on the wisdom, experience and acumen of the attendees to produce new and inspiring ideas for business growth: take part. The main event will be an award-winning highly interactive and exciting business...


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Invitation to Worcestershire AgriFood AgriTech Industry Round Table

Local businesses are being invited to attend an industry round table event taking place at Pershore College from 7:30am to 10:15am on Wednesday 3 October 2018. The event is being hosted by WCG Worcestershire in partnership with Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Worcestershire Business Central, Agri Tech West and Worcestershire Food and Drink Association. The round...


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Taiwanese 5G delegation visits Worcestershire

A delegation from Taiwan visited Worcestershire on 12 September to learn about 5G manufacturing technology trials in action. The delegation visited from the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Taiwan’s top telecommunications operator Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Institute for Information Industry (III), two leading national research centres in Taiwan. Delegates came...


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Worcestershire 5G Consortium shortlisted for the World Communication Awards

The Worcestershire 5G Consortium have been shortlisted for the World Communication Awards’ ‘5G Leadership Award’ Worcestershire 5G Consortium has been shortlisted in the ‘5G Leadership Award’ and the winners will be announced at the awards dinner at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, on the 31 October 2018. For 20 years the World Communication Awards...


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Businesses invited to participate in this year’s MIPIM

Businesses are being encouraged to get involved with this year’s MIPIM showcase – the world’s leading property market event MIPIM gathers the most influential international property players from the office, residential, retail, healthcare, sport, logistics and industrial sectors for 4 days of networking, learning and transaction. MIPIM is highly regarded as one of the best global...


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Winning bids to drive millions of investment into Worcestershire

Worcestershire is set to benefit from global investment as part of the Government’s multi-billion-pound High Potential Opportunities scheme. The announcement forms part of an estimated multi-billion-pound boost to the UK economy, where Worcestershire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire will be promoted by the Department for International Trade to investors around the world. The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) global network –...


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How to apply for Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

As part of its commitment to offering the fastest and most reliable speeds available, Government has announced a £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against...


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Government launches Export Strategy

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP, has set out how the government will make Britain a 21st century exporting superpower through better use of overseas network, new online tools and building an extensive business to business network. The launch comes as the government continues to roll out sector deals as part of the Industrial Strategy,...


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Businesses invited to attend the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Show

Businesses are being invited to secure a stand at the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Show. This year’s event will take place from 4pm – 8pm on Thursday 18 October at the Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, Worcester, WR3 8ZE. The annual event promotes apprenticeship opportunities to young people aged 16-19 years and their parents. The Worcestershire...


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Business festival to highlight cyber security and quantum computing

The annual Malvern Festival of Innovation returns 8 – 13 October 2018, this year highlighting amongst other subjects, advances in cyber security and the emerging field of quantum computing. Cyber security remains a key growth sector for Worcestershire, but its implications and indeed implementation should be of interest to all types of business around the region. The...


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Two new websites launched for Agri Food and Tech businesses in Worcestershire

Agri Food and Tech businesses in Worcestershire are being made aware of two new websites that have been launched by Agri Tech West and the Worcestershire Food and Drink. These new websites aim to help provide Agri Tech businesses with more exposure on the work that is taking place in these areas. The Agri Tech West...


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Businesses invited to attend the Bishop Fleming International Business Conference

Businesses are being invited to the Bishop Fleming International Business Conferences, with one taking place in Worcester. With the lure of international opportunity, and Brexit only months away, now is the time for businesses to explore how expanding their horizons overseas going forward. This can help with looking to exploit overseas markets, or structuring to...


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Worcestershire Businesses and Individuals advised on how to prepare for no deal Brexit

Worcestershire businesses are being made aware of the Government planning notices for dealing with the unlikely case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit agreement with the EU. The Government has published a series of technical notices during August and September for preparing for Brexit and there is now a second batch of technical notices, giving further...


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Dates for your Diary – September Newsletter

27 September 2018 – Worcestershire Business Central Conference ‘Inspiring Growth’ 27 September 2018 – Pitchfest Final at iCentrum, Birmingham Autumn 2018 – BETADEN Technology Accelerator Opens 2 October 2018 – Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Black British Creatives Live Webinar 3 October 2018 – AgriFood AgriTech Industry Roundtable 4 October 2018 – DiT Digital Series: Herefordshire & Worcestershire 8 – 13 October 2018 – Malvern Festival...


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