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Worcestershire LEP January 2020 Newsletter
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January 2020 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

Video Transcript What are they key updates from January? The first month of 2020 seems to have gone very quickly, and things here at the LEP office are busy as ever as we make preparations for delivery into 2020 and the financial year 2020/21. Hopefully you’ve seen BetaDen, Worcestershire’s Technology Accelerator programme is calling for...


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Leading figures in business gather as registrations open for Worcestershire LEP’s Annual Conference 2020

Business leaders from across the county joined the Worcestershire LEP team for the launch of the Worcestershire LEP’s 2020 Annual Conference. Over 400 delegates are expected to attend this year’s conference from 8:30am to 1:00pm on Tuesday 31 March 2020, which will take place at the University Arena, Worcester for the first time. Leading figures...


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Busy 2020 ahead for WLEP Local Growth Fund Projects

A number of schemes that Worcestershire LEP has invested Local Growth Funds into are set to move forward in 2020. The schemes delivered by Worcestershire County Council include Worcestershire Parkway Station, Pershore Northern Link Road, Churchfields and the A38. Worcestershire Parkway station is set to open early this year. Construction is now complete at what...


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Worcestershire’s technology accelerator, BetaDen, opens recruitment for Cohort 3.0

Worcestershire’s first-of-its kind technology accelerator is now searching for their third cohort. BetaDen is now accepting applications for their 9-month accelerator programme from technology entrepreneurs to small technology businesses that are minimal viable product (MVP)-ready, or in a position to develop to this stage. BetaDen is offering cohort 3.0 an exclusive and unique package of...


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Worcestershire business community shows support for National Apprenticeship Week

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council are joining the annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England. From Monday 3-9 February 2020 as part of the National Apprenticeship Week 2020, the organisations will be taking time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories from across Worcestershire as well as country-wide using the hashtags #NAW2020,...


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Opportunity for businesses to get involved with the National Careers Service

Businesses are being made aware of a range of free services for employers through the National Careers Service. The Employer Engagement Team can help organisations to recruit the right candidates with the right skills to help their businesses thrive. The National Careers Service provide a diverse range of services to meet the changing needs of...


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Business steps into the classroom to close the skills gap

Employers across the country are stepping up their connections with schools and working with students to build job skills, and prepare them for the world of work, according to new research. The Closing the Gap report by The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) highlights a significant increase in the level of business engagement in schools...


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Free Bromsgrove event to cover business eligibility for R&D Tax Credits

Jerroms, a Bromsgrove based accountancy and business advisery services provider, is offering local businesses the opportunity to book a free one-to-one appointment at their R&D Tax Credit clinic, taking place in Bromsgrove on Wednesday 12 February. Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credits are one of the UK’s most generous corporation tax reliefs but are still widely under...


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New Rural Business Programmes available

Worcestershire’s rural businesses are being made aware of two new opportunities to expand and innovate within their business. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy alongside UK Research and Innovation are running a expert independent review into technology being used by businesses and how this can be further utilised. The ‘Yagro Tech Check’ is...


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£40 million unlocked for Midlands’ businesses as MEIF reveals new loan fund

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) has appointed a new fund manager and made £40 million available to invest in the region’s small businesses. Appointed to address regional demand for alternative debt finance options, The FSE Group will manage the £40 million debt fund, with the capability to invest between £100k and £1.5 million in...


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Change to the Worcestershire LEP Board

Worcestershire LEP would like to express its thanks to long-standing Board Member, Mark Martin, who has stepped down from the Board as of January 2020. As well as being a Board Member, Mark, Director of One Creative, has spearheaded a number of international trade delegations on behalf of Worcestershire LEP and the local business community,...


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Phoebe Dawson joins WLEP as new Director of Inward Investment and Partnerships

Phoebe Dawson has joined the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership as the new Director for Inward Investment and Partnerships. Under this role, Phoebe will be leading on the Invest in Worcestershire initiative, supporting and encouraging new and existing business to invest in the county. The Invest in Worcestershire offer forms part of the WLEP’s long term...


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Worcestershire LEP Board Member, Nicola Whiting awarded MBE

Nicola Whiting, Titania’s Chief Strategy Officer and Worcestershire LEP Board Member has been announced in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list, for services to International Trade and Diversity. Nicola is an award-winning mentor who through her work with Local Enterprise Partnerships and government cyber accelerators, has contributed for many years to business growth both locally and...


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Michelin Star Pensons hosts Worcester Women’s Business Forum

40 attendees gathered for the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce’s Worcester Women’s Business Forum, in association with Bishop Fleming. The event was held on Wednesday 15 January at the picturesque Pensons at the Netherwood Estate where guests had the opportunity to engage in networking over tea, coffee and brunch, and were then welcomed by...


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Low Carbon Opportunities Programme Extended for Three More Years

A programme helping businesses across Worcestershire to generate their own energy, has been extended for another three years. The project also allows businesses to develop goods and service that reduce carbon impact, as well as creating their own energy. The European Regional Development Fund has awarded the scheme a grant of over £1.6 million. Over...


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Free skills training for employees in Worcestershire

Workers aged over fifty and employed within Worcestershire are being given the chance to upskill or improve their expertise in their business through a new training scheme, Train 4 Success. Train 4 Success (T4S) – part of WCG (Warwickshire College Group), offers free skills training for the over 50s working in the county. The project...


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Dates for your Diary – January Newsletter

3-9 February 2020 – National Apprenticeship Week 7 February 2020 – Improve your strategic business planning event 19 February 2020 – Worcestershire Business Central EU exit workshop 4 March 2020 – Worcestershire Skills Show 12 March 2020 – HW Chamber March Business Expo 19 March 2020 – Worcestershire Business Central EU exit workshop 31 March 2020 – Worcestershire LEP Annual Conference 2020 Quarter 1 2020...


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