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Worcestershire LEP March 2017 Newsletter
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March 2017 Newsletter

In this edition:

Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: March 2017

I am delighted to say that following yesterday’s Midlands Engine Strategy announcement, Government have announced our allocation for Worcestershire’s Growth Deal 3, with over £17.5m to help us to create...


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£17.5 million cash boost for Worcestershire to help create local jobs and growth

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid today announced a government cash boost of £17.5 million for Worcestershire to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth. Some of the locally-chosen projects likely...


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Worcestershire is best in the Country for productivity growth

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership has announced that the county has achieved the highest productivity growth in England in recent years. The latest statistics released by the Office of National Statistics...


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Statement from Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, following the March Budget 2017

Following the Chancellor’s Budget in March 2017, Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It is great to hear the Chancellor’s vision for continued growth for the...


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Nominations now open for Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council have announced that nominations are now open for this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017. As part of National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March), training...


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Midlands Connect: Powering the Midlands Engine

Midlands Connect has been tasked by the Government to identify transport improvements to unlock the growth potential of the Midlands. A comprehensive strategy has been published today following 18 months...


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Worcestershire Parkway Station works start on-site

Work has now started on preparing the site where the new Worcestershire Parkway Regional Interchange Station will be located. Worcestershire County Council’s plans for the new station were given the...


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Mark Garnier MP officially opens Hoobrook Link Road

Mark Garnier MP joined partners on Friday 17 February to officially open Hoobrook Link Road in Kidderminster, describing it as vital for the Wyre Forest area. The new £16m link...


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Pershore College launches agri-tech revolution with LEP funding

Pershore College will be leading the way in agri-tech with the support of £500,000 from Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. Agritech is the use of technology in agriculture and horticulture with...


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Thousands more Worcestershire households and businesses to get fibre broadband boost thanks to £3.7 million pound expansion

The Superfast Worcestershire broadband partnership has announced a major £3.7 million expansion that will enable around 3,000 more households and businesses in some of the county’s smallest communities to get...


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Worcestershire Growth Fund Fourth Round now open for business expansion

Worcestershire’s expanding businesses are being encouraged to submit their application for the fourth round of Worcestershire Growth Fund, before the 13 April 2017 deadline. The programme is designed to enable...


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Registration open for online apprenticeship service

The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are encouraging large employers to sign up and register for the apprenticeship service, in readiness for the launch of the...


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The National Minimum and National Living Wage are going up on 1 April 2017

Both the National Living and the National Minimum wage are going up on 1 April 2017. By law, employers must pay workers at least the appropriate National Living or National...


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Midlands UK aims to be the best in show at MIPIM

Midlands UK, the Midlands-wide delegation attending MIPIM 2017, has revealed the comprehensive events programme it is hosting at the global real estate show (Cannes, France, on 14-17 March). Major investment projects...


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Your chance to influence future business climate

Local businesses are being encouraged to help the British Chamber of Commerce to better understand the current business climate and challenges that companies are facing by completing the latest Quarterly...


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Businesses Inspired by speaker line up at Chamber Business Expo

Hundreds of businesses from Herefordshire and Worcestershire were inspired by the high profile panel of speakers at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo, sponsored by Hewett Recruitment, on...


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Energy Efficiency Funding available for SMEs

Local SMEs are being encouraged to apply for the Worcestershire Target 2020 grant. The European Structural Investment Funds Worcestershire Target 2020 grant will help businesses to save money by providing...


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Dates for your Diary – March Newsletter

13 March 2017 – QES Survey deadline 17 March 2017 – Survey Deadline for Local Transport Plan 4 31 March 2017 – HW Chamber Business Awards Application Deadline 1 April...


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