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Worcestershire LEP November 2020 Newsletter
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November 2020 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

Video Transcript ” Welcome to the November Worcestershire LEP newsletter. After our Virtual Conference last month, hopefully if you didn’t manage to catch it, all the feature episodes are now available on our YouTube site, which you can find via the WLEP website. Obviously the economy at the moment is in challenging time, some businesses...


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Thousands join first ever Worcestershire LEP Virtual Conference

From the 12th to the 16th October, The Worcestershire LEP ran its new Virtual Conference programme. The Virtual Conference covered 5 key business challenges and interests broken down into a topic each day. The themes for each day were Skills and employment, infrastructure developments both digital and physical, what the Future Economy will look like,...


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Coronavirus COVID-19 Support for businesses

Local businesses and residents are being made aware of the variety support out there caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Worcestershire has a lot of support on offer and below is a breakdown of where you can go to get the information and advice you are after in your unique situation. All of the advice and...


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Worcestershire Parkway wins top award at prestigious civil engineering awards

Worcestershire Parkway Station has won West Midlands’ top civil engineering project award for 2020. This was announced at the virtual West Midlands Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) Awards. The project, which saw the first new station constructed in Worcestershire in over 100 years, was also awarded the Geotechnical award and the Large Project of the...


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BetaDen launches applications for Cohort 4

BetaDen – Worcestershire’s commercial technology accelerator based at Malvern Hills Science Park – has opened applications for its fourth cohort of businesses. Early-stage technology businesses joining the nine-month accelerator in March 2021 will have access to a refreshed programme of support worth around £50,000, including 30 hours access to Worcestershire’s 5G test bed and guidance...


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Careers & Enterprise Company Blog: Worcestershire Careers Hub

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, shares the journey of the Worcestershire Careers Hubs and the vital role they are playing, connecting young people in the county with local employers and supporting the region’s economic recovery plans. Worcestershire’s two Careers Hub are helping to really connect schools and colleges with some of the...


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Local graduates are helping to lead Business Innovation in Worcestershire

Local graduates have been able to continue their career development within the emerging technology sector in the county through the community of BetaDen. In Worcestershire, one of the aims of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and other organisations is to inspire younger generations to consider careers locally within the county. This is achieved through various...


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Parents & Carers encouraged to attend Virtual Jobs Fair for Bromsgrove

Local parents and carers are encouraged to attend the Bromsgrove Virtual Jobs Fair ran by Bromsgrove MP, Sajid Javid on Friday 27 November. The Virtual Jobs Fair is designed to support local jobseekers and those looking to explore their career options. Over 30 exhibitors have been confirmed as attending the Fair, ensuring there really will...


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BetaDen cohort business part of new Funding secured for Drone-based delivery of PPE and COVID-19 testing kits

DronePrep, part of BetaDen’s Cohort 3 technology accelerator programme, is leading a consortia that has been awarded a share of the initial £7m funds to support project using unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver critical PPE and Covid-19 testing kits to vulnerable rural communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. A consortia working to establish...


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Kickstarts prove popular with local businesses

The Worcestershire County Council & Worcestershire LEP Gateway, for the Kickstart Scheme, have submitted their first three rounds of employers to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to have their due diligence checks completed. There are over 65 companies offering over 200 placements in the first three batches and this number is continuing to...


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Quarter 3 report shows local businesses report reduced cash flow

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Midlands Engine Investment Fund, have released the results of the latest economic impact report, outlining the impact of Coronavirus on businesses during Quarter 3. They found that there has been a dramatic increase in sales from the all-time low recorded in Quarter 2. However, that was...


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Local property market data contradicts national outlook on demand for office space

Office occupancy levels in the UK’s largest cities remain low but a year-on-year data comparison undertaken by a Worcestershire commercial property agency reveals that national trends are not representative of activity at regional level. Pre-pandemic, Worcestershire’s office market was thriving and was experiencing a 10% annual rental growth in comparison to average zero growth across...


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New appointment to support development of agri-business support programme 

Pershore College’s GrowAgri Worcestershire project, which aims to promote entrepreneurship in the county’s agri-tech sector, is set to go online in 2021 with the help of a new recruit. Dr Chris Hatcher, a soils and plant nutrition scientist from Loughborough, has joined the GrowAgri team to develop methods for predicting crop yield and plant health...


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Businesses urged to get prepared for the end of the transition period

Businesses must be aware of the changes ahead when the Brexit transition period ends in December, urges Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. The local Chamber of Commerce has launched a brand-new EU Exit Business Support Hub in partnership with Worcestershire County Council in order to help local firms prepare for when the UK leaves...


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Unique IQ wins Care Sector Technology Award

Redditch-based technology firm, Unique IQ, has been named best management technology supplier to the care industry, in the inaugural Care Sector Supplier Awards. The awards, which took place digitally on Friday 20th November, seek out the best providers of products and services to the care sector in the UK, with judges looking for evidence of...


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GJS Dillon recruits and promotes to continue its focus on growth

Worcestershire commercial property consultancy GJS Dillon is delighted to welcome Sarah Moors to join the team as a Property Manager and to congratulate Michelle Whitehead on her promotion to Finance Manager. John Dillon, GJS Dillon’s Managing Director says ‘These recruitment decisions have been implemented during uncertain times, but with the continued growth of the Property...


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Worcestershire firm’s legal experts make elite list again

Specialist lawyers from a Worcestershire law firm have been named among the best in the UK within the 2021 edition of the Legal 500. Experts from mfg Solicitors are named in the elite legal list – with two teams ranked in the number one spot. Highlighted in the guide as coveted ‘Tier One’ teams are...


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Digital technology support from local solicitors

Article submitted from Thursfields Solicitors Thursfields Solicitors are running their ‘Thursfields Talk Legal discussing ‘Dealing with Digital Assets in wills & estates’ on 16 December. Head of the Wills & Estates team, Ian Bond is going to lead the session and share a vidcast discussing how to deal with digital assets in wills & estates...


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Chamber of Commerce to lead important health and wellbeing initiative

Public Health England has awarded the delivery contract of a free health and wellbeing scheme to Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, with supporting partners Community First and Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Worcestershire Works Well is a recognised initiative that has been in place for over 10 years and aims to improve workplace health and...


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High profile artists commissioned to create brand-new work for Light Night Worcester 2021

Four high profile artists have been commissioned by the Arches Festivals to create brand-new large-scale projection-based artwork for Light Night Worcester 2021. International and award-winning artists and organisations – imitating the dog, Illuminos, Limbic Cinema and Mark Murphy have been selected to transform city centre buildings with their light projections created specifically for Light Night...


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Dates for diary – November Newsletter

Tuesday 1 December – ScaleUp Club: Monthly marketing budget webinar Thursday 3 December – H&W Chamber: Virtual Manufacturing Forum Wednesday 9 December – H&W Chamber: Customs support webinar Thursday 10 December – HW CHamber: Virtual HR Forum 2021 Friday 1 January – Brexit Transition deadline Tuesday 2 February – BetaDen: Tech Tuesday – Security in the...


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