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Worcestershire LEP April 2020 Newsletter
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April 2020 Newsletter

In this edition:

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

Video Transcript What are the key updates for businesses? ” Hi, I’m Gary woodman, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. During these challenging times we are definitely working more flexibly from home, but also seem to be doing a lot more telecoms and conference calls, still working and bringing our projects together. So...


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Important new information series for Worcestershire businesses

“Making Connections” is a new series of podcasts and videos to support businesses in Worcestershire. The initial episodes are specifically aimed at the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, covering what businesses can and should do from a variety of aspects such as HR, Insurance, financial and Leadership. These episodes will give advice relevant right now and share...


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Coronavirus COVID-19 Support for businesses

Local businesses and residents are being made aware of the variety support out there during lockdown period 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...


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Job matching service launched for Worcestershire

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone nationally. Leaving many people not able to work from home and jobs disappearing leaving households without a stable income. On the other side, some employers are struggling to find people to fill vacancies. ‘Worcestershire Jobs Match’ is a new service to support all businesses across Worcestershire who are having...


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Careers helpline launched for young people in Worcestershire

A new careers helpline has been launched for Worcestershire to help young people understand what their career options are. Students across Worcestershire have now left school a lot earlier than planned, thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of these students may be unsure of what step to take next, and if you or someone you...


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Worcestershire sewers mobilise for the NHS 

With the nation in lockdown, volunteers across the county are giving up their time to make sure nobody keeping us safe from coronavirus is without the clothing protection they so desperately need. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic Ashleigh Lindsell, an NHS worker from Lincoln, formed ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ to encourage people...


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Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme Launches

The Government has launched the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, complementing the existing support that includes the Covid Corporate Financing Facility and the Coronavirus Business Interuption Scheme. At a press conference last Thursday (16 March) the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that all firms with a turnover of more than £45 million will be able...


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Final 8 are chosen to join Tech Accelerator BetaDen’s third cohort

BetaDen, Worcestershire’s dynamic commercial technology accelerator, has selected the next eight emerging technology entrepreneurs to join them for cohort 3.0, starting June 2020. The new cohort will have access to a unique package of mentoring, funding and industry support worth over £50,000 over the 9-month programme. Recruitment for cohort 3.0 saw the highest number of...


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Independent businesses give away grant money to buy PPE for NHS workers

Small independent businesses across the city have each given £100 of their business grant to ensure staff at Worcestershire Royal Hospital have the protective equipment they need. The fundraiser is the brain child of Sam Barriscale, owner of Ma Banker’s in Cranham Drive. He said he came up with the idea after hearing “horror stories” of...


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Work has been temporarily suspended on most County Council major projects due to Covid-19 outbreak

This decision has been taken due to a number of factors including personnel shortages, problems with sourcing construction materials and a desire to minimise the need for personnel to be travelling to site, sometimes from some distance, possibly using public transport. The sites will be left in a safe and secure condition and will be...


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Worcestershire Community Foundation launches Covid-19 response appeal

One of Worcestershire’s largest charitable hub has launched a county-wide appeal which will help community groups and charities overcome issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Worcestershire Community Foundation has unveiled the Worcestershire Covid-19 Response Appeal which will use funds to help local community projects stay afloat and keep operating, with a growing number currently...


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Mayor backs local training provider call for Midlands community to learn at home

Midlands training provider, The Development Manager (TDM), is inviting people across the West Midlands to learn new tech and digital skills during their Covid-19 isolation period and beyond. Through The Development Manager (TDM), learners can undertake any of six fully-funded courses, covering Digital Marketing, Digital Transformation, Software Development, Database Management, Building IT Networks or Cyber...


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Top marks for lesson on how drones can assist the farming community

A workshop that explored how drone technology has the potential to transform modern farming has been deemed a great success by Worcestershire businesses. The two-day event, attended by the county’s leading commercial drone operators, was the second in a programme of free specialist business support initiatives being offered at Pershore College. Delivered by the GrowAgri...


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Chamber of commerce launches new virtual platform

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce are no exception to the businesses affected by Coronavirus, with all face-to-face events, training and meetings cancelled and all staff now working from home. However, teams at the Chamber of Commerce have had to, in some cases completely reinvent the way they deliver their services. The introduction of...


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GJS Dillon helps two companies find new premises in Bromsgrove

An LED lighting manufacturer and a national government organisation have moved into new premises in Bromsgrove thanks to Worcestershire commercial property consultancy and Chartered Surveyors GJS Dillon. Acting on behalf of a private pension fund, Charlotte Green, GJS Dillon’s Commercial Negotiator for North Worcestershire, let units 3 & 4 Saxon Business Park, Bromsgrove to the...


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GJS Dillon wins third prestigious industry award

Worcestershire commercial property consultancy and Chartered Surveyors GJS Dillon has been named Most Active Single Branch Agency for Industrial Acquisitions & Disposals within the West Midlands for 2020 in a prestigious industry award scheme. This is the first year that GJS Dillon has won the award which is organised by CoStar Group, Inc., the commercial...


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SME manufacturers urged to take part in major survey on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on industry

The Manufacturing Barometer, which is conducted by South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS) and the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), went live today (Wednesday 25th March) and is inviting companies to highlight the issues they are facing and the support they need to overcome them. Companies are being asked to highlight changes in production volumes, difficulties in retaining employees,...


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Advisors in ready to help commercialise low carbon ideas

The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme (LOCOP) have contracted Shrewsbury Business Consulting Ltd to support Worcestershire businesses in developing ideas that reduce environmental impact through innovation. The innovation strand of LOCOP, supports businesses in the clean tech innovation sector or those who wanted to diversify into this area, through the development of low carbon technologies which...


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Dates for Diary – April Newsletter

5 May 2020 – BetaDen Tech Tuesday – How can we change society with Blockchain? June 2020 – BetaDen Cohort 3.0 Begins 2 July 2020 – Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 12 July 2020 – Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2020 Nominations Deadline 3 September 2020 – Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 8 October 2020 –...


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