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

Welcome to our December newsletter, filled with lots of great news stories to inspire you for the final weeks of 2018 and the new year ahead.

We should start with our LEP Conference which was attended by over 400 businesses. As well as providing a summary on the latest innovative business projects taking place in the county, we were able to launch two new campaigns, ‘the creating our future workforce’ campaign aimed at tackling the skills gap for companies, and the Worcestershire brand helping to strengthen the business profile of the county as an exceptional place to live, work, visit and invest.

Those that were able to attend our Conference will have been the first to receive a copy of Worcestershire LEP’s new 2018 Annual Report, which summarises the county’s progress at the forefront of technological innovation. You can now view this online, and if you would like to request a physical copy, please do email the team.

Our Conference isn’t the only large business event to have taken place in the last month. The Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards welcomed an audience of 340 people and announced the winners of 12 categories that showcase the very best of apprenticeships. I would like to add my congratulations to Buzz Electrical, winners of Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, and to Bethany Clayton from Morgan Advanced Materials for winning Worcestershire Apprentice of the Year.

We’ve also had some big announcements in terms of local transport infrastructure. Midlands Connect is releasing its first ever improvement plan for the entire A46 Corridor with a 20-year vision to future-proof the route and boost the national economy. The study is looking to tackle key congestion hotspots, particularly in Evesham, among other areas in the Midlands. Worcestershire LEP has already worked with members of the local business community to add our support to developments and I would encourage others to do so as well.

I would like to end by wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a happy new year. It’s clear that Worcestershire’s business community is enjoying a significant amount of momentum right now and I’m excited at the opportunities that 2019 will bring.