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Worcestershire LEP August 2021 Newsletter
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August 2021 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

Video Transcript “Hello and welcome to Worcestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership August Newsletter, we’re in summer holiday season, but there’s still plenty going on. Just a reminder for those businesses who are looking for advice and support, the Worcestershire Growth Hub specialist advisor’s offer free support, and free advice on a number of topics, from marketing,...


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Spaces remaining on Peer Networks Programme

The Worcestershire Growth Hub are currently recruiting for their next cohorts of the Peer Networks programme. It is a national programme that they deliver in Worcestershire. It provides businesses with invaluable advice and support to help them grow and develop. The first phase of the programme, which took place earlier this year, was very successful...


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Be part of a Sustainable future for Worcestershire

The Worcestershire community is being asked to get involved with a series of activity focused on Climate Change leading towards COP 26 Climate Conference. Climate Change is an issue for all and the Worcestershire LEP and Growth Hub are encouraging the Worcestershire community to get involved and support a sustainable future of the county. The...


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University of Worcester given go-ahead for Medical School

The University of Worcester has been given the go ahead to begin recruiting students to the new Three Counties Medical School. The new medical school will make a major contribution to tackling the shortage of medical doctors in Worcestershire and surrounding counties. The news has been warmly welcomed by NHS chiefs and political leaders. The facility...


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Oakland International Pledges Net-Zero Emissions

Oakland International has confirmed their environmental commitment, joining the Business Ambition for 1.5oC Campaign of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and, as a result, has also joined the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Race to Zero. The SBTi is a collaboration between the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), United Nations...


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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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Plinx senses opportunity at Health and Safety Event

Technology developed at Worcestershire technology accelerator BetaDen, which has been mandated for use across an 80km stretch of the HS2 construction site, will be showcased at the NEC in September as part of a national Health and Safety Event (7-8 September). Plinx, was a founder member of cohort 2 at BetaDen, will showcase its fully-integrated...


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World first SaaS Cyber Incident Response Platform to debut at NCSS

Cyber Security specialist Wembley Partners will showcase its new cyber incident response platform, developed at Worcestershire technology accelerator BetaDen, at the National Cyber Security Show in September (7-9 September, NEC, Birmingham). Known as ORNA, it is the first ever Software as a Service cyber incident response platform. The platform fully encapsulates every aspect of the...


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College group lands £1.2 million funding to transform classrooms and workshops

Classrooms and workshops at a leading Midlands college group will be transformed to deliver new technical qualifications after receiving £1.2 Million of Government funding. WCG (formerly Warwickshire College Group) has been granted the funding from the £50 million T Level Capital Fund. T Levels are new national qualifications that form part of the Government’s flagship...


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Tech firm celebrated for international trade success at Queen’s Award for Enterprise ceremony

Worcestershire based tech firm Payara Services has celebrated its international trade success after receiving the official Queen’s Award for Enterprise trophy and Award at a ceremony held at Malvern Hills Science Park. The ceremony welcomed officials from across the Worcestershire region to acknowledge Payara’s success, including Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Brigadier...


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National Cyber Security Show – NEC debut for Midlands Leading Cyber Cluster

Midlands Cyber Security Cluster are thrilled to announce the date of their first non-virtual networking event since 2019; The National Cyber Security Show on 7th – 9th September 2021. Not only is the first opportunity to promote Midlands Cyber following their brand relaunch, the cluster will represent their involvement in the newly created UK Cyber...


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Duomo UK supporting the local and global pursuit of returning to normality.

An innovative Worcestershire business has been instrumental in supporting the country to return to a degree of normality. Things have changed for everyone and getting back to seeing family and friends, and doing the things we love, safely, is something which appeals to everyone. Duomo UK, based in Droitwich Spa, has played a huge part...


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The Worcestershire Festival of Business Exhibition is Back

Following a year down due to Covid-19 Worcestershire’s biggest dedicated business exhibition returns for its seventh year on Thursday 23 September 2021. The venue is Sixways Stadium, Worcester, the home of the Worcester Warriors. The event organiser, Stuart Allen of Worcestershire Enterprise Limited told us, “We have over seventy confirmed exhibitors and pre-registrations for free...


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Delivering our Future Together – The Power of Local Enterprise Partnerships

For ten years, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been driving forward inclusive economic growth across the country. They have harnessed the energy and expertise of leaders from 2000 businesses, 180 local authorities and 250 Higher/Further Education organisations. In the Midlands, LEPs have delivered £4.1 billion of Government investment into our areas, unlocking a further £11.1...


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Next step for Bromsgrove’s newest walking and cycling bridge

A brand-new footbridge has now had its bridge beams installed, as part of the ongoing A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme. The beams will join up the segregated cycle and footway between Charford Road and Harvington Road in Bromsgrove. The footbridge, once complete, will allow for better access by walking and cycling as part of a...


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BetaDen Set to Launch Cleantech Bootcamp Pilot for Worcestershire Businesses

Worcestershire’s commercial technology accelerator, BetaDen, is set to pilot a new programme to support the development of clean technology business solutions, commencing in October. The pilot programme will focus on zero/low carbon tech and cleantech development, helping support Worcestershire’s growing involvement in this globally essential sector. BetaDen will base the programme delivery at Wyre Forest...


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Opportunities in agri-tech outlined in college’s first public event since 2020

A range of opportunities in agri-tech were firmly set out when Pershore College opened its doors for the first time in 15 months to members of the region’s farming and horticultural community. The varied programme of industry speakers made the case for businesses and investors to get involved in this fast-growing sector in the first...


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New mental health campaign for employers: Bridge the Gap, Start a Chat

A new campaign created by employers for employers to boost mental health and productivity by encouraging open conversations in workplaces in Worcestershire, and surrounding counties, has been officially launched. “Bridge the Gap, Start a Chat” has been launched by the Mental Health and Productivity Pilot (MHPP), a collaboration of Midlands universities, local authorities and mental...


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New business office space available

Wychavon’s new small business hub – The Pillar – has officially opened. Five units have been created within the Civic Centre in Pershore to support the development of new start-ups and micro businesses. Units are fully furnished and offered on flexible terms with all costs included in the rental fee. There are two meeting rooms...


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Worcestershire businesses encouraged to support local charities

A recent report by think tank, Pro Bono Economics (PBE) has found that the private sector’s contribution to charities is negligible. It states that charities and corporate partners are missing the chance to build stronger relationships and work together more effectively. The research found that the average contribution made my businesses to charities is just...


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Science-loving students visit Agri-Tech Research Centre

A group of Evesham students are set to become the latest pioneers in the fight against climate change after impressing judges of a regional STEM competition with their innovative solutions to food shortages caused by adverse weather. Six science-loving students from St. Egwin’s Middle School in Worcestershire have been praised for their ideas to combat...


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Blaze into Autumn – Dedicated Support for Worcestershire Tourism Businesses

The Here2Help Business programme run through Worcestershire County Council is launching a range of support for our tourism businesses to help them re-open and advance. Their specialist consultants View from the Hill will be running two Blaze into Autumn on-line seminars to help businesses maximise footfall and bookings at the end of the season. Places...


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Dates for Diary – August Newsletter

Thursday 2 September – HW Chamber Business Awards Tuesday 7 September – BETADEN: Assistive technologies & Remote Medicine Tuesday 7 September – HW Chamber: Policy Roundtable with Graham Stuart Thursday 9 September – Brexit Clinic: Import one-to-one sessions Monday 13 September- Enterprise for success: start up masterclass Tuesday 14 September – Brexit Clinic: VAT one-to-one session Wednesday 15 September...


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