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Worcestershire LEP November 2018 Newsletter
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November 2018 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

Welcome to our November newsletter and as you can see it’s another busy and productive month for businesses in Worcestershire. Our LEP Conference which will be taking place later this month, on Friday 30 November, and I hope that you are all able to attend as limited spaces are now available. We’ve already received over 400...


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3 weeks remaining to register for the WLEP18 Annual Conference 

Over 400 delegates have already registered their attendance for Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Eighth Annual Conference, and a limited number of spaces are remaining. The Conference, which has grown its reputation as one of Worcestershire’s biggest business events, will be taking place on Friday 30 November at the Chateau Impney in Droitwich. The Conference is set...


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Open Day reveals how the new Kidderminster Station will look

As part of an open day held at Kidderminster Station on Tuesday 6 November, Worcestershire LEP joined Worcestershire County Council and partners to reveal a new artist’s impression of how the station will look. The new image shows the improved forecourt, Comberton Hill layouts and also shows how the new glazed station building will look...


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First look inside Worcestershire Parkway Rail Station

Work on the new Worcestershire Parkway Rail Station is progressing well with external steelworks and glazing nearly finished. Worcestershire County Council has produced footage that shows the very first look inside the building which is still under construction, and also aerial views which show the sheer scale of the project. Work has now started on...


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Gigabit Broadband Vouchers available for Worcestershire Businesses

As part of the Superfast Worcestershire scheme, businesses and residents in Worcestershire are being made aware of a Government-funded broadband voucher scheme. The rollout of fibre broadband across Worcestershire is continuing apace through the work of Superfast Worcestershire which is transforming the way people use broadband to live, work and play. To date, over 95% of...


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Anticipation growing ahead of next week’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2018

Next week’s Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2018 will be recognising the successes of 25 of the best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools shortlisted for awards. The 5th edition of the annual awards will be taking place from 6pm on Thursday 15 November at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park, where the winners in each...


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Worcestershire 5G Consortium “Highly Commended” at World Communication Awards

On 31 October, representatives from the Worcestershire 5G Consortium attended the World Communication Awards ceremony, where the Consortium was shortlisted for the 5G Leadership Award. Competition was fierce, with the Consortium up against world leaders in 5G development including BT Mission Critical Use Cases, KT: Pyeongchang 5G and 5G-Crosshaul. At the ceremony it was announced...


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County’s fastest growing mid-sized companies have generated £3.15bn – BDO

Worcestershire’s fastest growing mid-sized companies have generated a total of £3.15billion in revenues in the last year, achieving 51% growth over a three year period, according to the Worcestershire Growth Barometer report published by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP. The third annual Worcestershire Growth Barometer report identifies the 50 fastest growing mid-sized companies based on average...


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How to get involved with Small Business Saturday

Local small businesses are being encouraged to get involved with this year’s Small Business Saturday, taking place on 1 December. Businesses can request the Small Business Saturday UK marketing pack via the Small Business Saturday website or by creating an account on the Small Business Portal. Companies are also being encouraged to share their plans for...


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Worcestershire shop named as finalist in Best Small Shop Competition 2018

Wise Owl Toys (along with their specialist left-handed section) in Charles Street Worcester has made the final shortlist as one of the best 25 entries in the UK in the “Best Small Shop Competition 2018”. The Best Small Shops Competition celebrates the commitment and creativity of entrepreneurial independent retailers on the UK’s High Streets and...


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Businesses invited to attend Making Tax Digital event

A recent study by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) found a quarter of businesses had not heard of Making Tax Digital, a legislation change that will affect businesses with a turnover which exceeds the VAT threshold of £85,000. The legislation will come into force on Monday 1 April 2019. To help firms ensure that...


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Dates for your Diary – November Newsletter

12 – 14 November 2018 – Market Visit to MEDICA – SME International Growth Project 13 November 2018 –Raising Business Finances workshop at The Hive 13 November 2018 – HW Chamber Financial Growth Forum 13 November 2018 – Best Small Shop Competition Ceremony 14 November 2018 – Worcestershire Business Central, Business roundtable event – Evesham 15 November 2018 – Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2018...


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