Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: January 2019

We start 2019 with some exciting events designed for the most creative and innovative minds in business.  BetaDen’s newly-launched ‘Tech Talk’ series are designed to stimulate the sharing of information, knowledge transfer and topical discussion with a focus on supporting ideas, growth and productivity within the key sectors of Advanced Manufacturing, Agritech and Cyber Security.

These are just some of the many sectors that will be represented at the Worcestershire Skills Show taking place on Wednesday 13 March. Thousands of school leavers and sixth formers will be visiting the event at the Regent Centre, Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa. I would like to encourage as many businesses as possible to exhibit at the event, to showcase the routes into your sector and help to inspire your potential future employees.

On the topic of the future, it was great to read the recently published 5G technical report, which was produced as part of the UK’s 5G Testbed and Trials programme. The report highlights the need for the UK to rethink its mobile security strategy and I know that this is exactly the kind of change that we’ve been implementing in Worcestershire, with the help of our consortium partners.

As always, more and more areas are receiving improvements to their fibre broadband and there have already been 7 new cabinets go live in 2019. We have also seen nearly 150 Gigabit Broadband vouchers issued in Worcestershire, with the vouchers worth £323,000 in total.

It’s hard to talk about business recently without mentioning the word ‘Brexit’, sorry! But while the topic continues to dominate our TV and computer screens, we want to provide businesses with as much as information as possible to support them through the process, and the latest guidance is now available on the Worcestershire Business Central website.