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Worcestershire LEP July 2021 Newsletter
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July 2021 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

Video Transcript ” Hello and welcome to the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Newsletter for July 2021. We are in our final stages of the roadmap, where we have seen many of the legislations move away and many businesses starting to phase to open and come back in the backdrop of cases rising. I’m sure many businesses...


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Popular support programmes return to help Worcestershire businesses

The Worcestershire Growth Hub has confirmed that the Peer Networks and Specialist Business Advisor programmes will be returning in 2021. The support programmes were run in the first quarter of 2021 and became a popular support offer helping businesses to gather expert advice and build collaborative networking groups to overcome challenges. After this initial success...


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The Government’s new ‘Help to Grow’ programme

The government’s new Help to Grow: Management programme offers the chance to take your business to the next level. Worcestershire businesses are invited to Join other senior business leaders in a practical management training programme, with 1-1 mentorship, delivered across the UK by leading business schools accredited by the Small Business Charter. The 12-week programme...


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Deadline for Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards fast approaching

The county’s popular apprenticeship celebration is returning in 2021 and the deadline to enter and nominate is fast approaching. Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council deliver the awards, and after a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, the awards are coming back for 2021. Local businesses and apprentices are being encouraged to get...


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BetaDen welcomes FloWide

Worcestershire technology accelerator BetaDen has welcomed FloWide UK (FloWide) to Cohort 4, following the easing of COVID-related travel restrictions. The FloWide team is developing indoor locating systems and simulation tools for manufacturers to support their optimisation efforts. It has now been fully onboarded after initially being accepted to the accelerator in January, and will begin its...


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Worcestershire LEP launches new Local Skills Report to help create the county’s Future Workforce

The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched its new Local Skills Report to outline the aims for skills development in the county. The new Local Skills Report will be embedded in the Worcestershire LEP’s people strategy and will contribute to the economic recovery post-COVID and the continued sustainable growth of the Worcestershire economy. People...


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Innovative students celebrated in county STEM Challenges programme

Worcestershire schools have been getting involved in STEM challenge workshops to help inspire their pupils. After being postponed in 2020, the Worcestershire Primary School STEM Challenge made a return in 2021 alongside the new Middle School STEM Challenge which was launched as a one-year special programme this year. The programmes are designed to inspire the...


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BetaDen confirm topic and speakers for next Tech Tuesday Installment

Worcestershire’s Technology Accelerator, BetaDen, have confirmed Assistive Technologies and Remote Medicine will be the theme of their next Tech Tuesday event. Join BetaDen on the 7 September, from 12:00pm till 1:00pm for the next instalment of #TechTuesdays Attendees will take a deep dive into Assistive Technologies and Remote Medicine with the help of speakers from NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG,...


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Have your say in latest Manufacturing Barometer Survey

The Manufacturing Barometer survey is open for SME manufacturers to have their say! Local manufacturers have a chance to highlight their specific needs, without the influence of larger companies who may present a different outlook, call for the support needed to accelerate recovery and enable future sector growth. Last quarter, a number of businesses were...


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Chamber Business Awards 2021 finalists announced

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce has released its final shortlist for the Chamber Business Awards 2021, sponsored by Folk2Folk. After a rigorous judging stage, the nominees for the 15 different awards categories have now been released and awards winners will be announced at the in-person grand ceremony at Worcester Arena on Thursday 2...


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Worcester car dealer secures £125,000 funding boost

A Worcester based car dealership has secured a £125,000 cash injection to kickstart growth plans after the Coronavirus pandemic impacted sales last year. Imperial Marques secured the funding boost from regional lender BCRS Business Loans and was backed by the now-closed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). The directors of Imperial Marques have combined motor...


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Boulevard Online secures up to £600,000 MEIF funding to support growth initiatives

A Worcester-based e-commerce business has secured a funding package of up to £600,000 to help build its software and expand its operations whilst creating new employment opportunities. DAPV Ltd, trading as Boulevard Online, secured the funding from The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), provided by The FSE Group, Debt Finance Fund. The funding will allow...


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Award-Winning Worcestershire Hotel and Spa celebrates Apprenticeship Success with Local Beauty Academy

With the hospitality staffing crisis continuing to dominate headlines, a Worcestershire-based hotel has switched its focus to inspiring the next generation with the graduation of its first two apprentices. Last year saw The Malvern partner with the International Beauty and Hairdressing Academy (IBHA) based in Gloucester to provide a brand-new standard apprenticeship for Level 2 Beauty Professionals. Designed by...


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Dates for Diary – July Newsletter

Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July – Explore the Commonwealth Week Thursday 29 July – Midlife MOT Workshop Friday 30 July – Deadline to enter the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2021 Wednesday 11 August – HW Chamber of Commerce: Virtual HR Forum Thursday 12 August: HW Chamber of Commerce: Women’s business forum Wednesday 25 August: HW Chamber...


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