The following sectors have been identified as having particularly strong potential for growth in Worcestershire:
Worcestershire benefits from a strong automotive supply chain, linking with Jaguar Land Rover and other first tier car manufacturers. The county also has a strong manufacturing base in traditional industries such as carpet weaving, needles and textile manufacture. A beautiful County with innovation at its heart, Worcestershire has talented and trained staff with machine manufacturing and engineering employment being 85% above the England average.
Cyber Security and Defence
Worcestershire is home to specialist communications agency QinetiQ in Malvern. The Malvern Hills Science Park in the south of the county is now the site of a growing number of spin-out companies as well as home to the National Cyber Skills Centre. Innovation is vital to the County and WLEP commissioned QinetiQ to undertake a review of the culture of innovation which included the introduction of a number of successful monthly networking events entitled Worcestershire Innovation Wednesday events which consistently draw large business audiences.
Worcestershire contains rural areas with many successful businesses focused on agriculture, horticulture and food production across the UK “field-to-fork” supply chain. Companies are increasingly pioneering innovative technology in their growing and production practices. The County’s central UK location and strategic connectivity means that produce can be picked and packed in one day and be on supermarket shelves across mainland Britain by the following morning.
For more information on Worcestershire’s food and drink offer, visit the Worcestershire Food and Drink Association website.
For more information on the region’s agri-tech offer, visit the Agri Tech West website.
Worcestershire’s Horticulture Strategy for 2016-2025 can be viewed here.
The Worcestershire Agri-Tech Development Framework for November 2016 can be viewed here.
Executive Summary Agri-Tech West Report.
Agri-Tech West Full Report.
Agri Tech West
Worcestershire LEP has helped establish Agri Tech West which covers a diverse range of agriculture, horticulture and food processing businesses as well as being a microcosm of the UK sector and its supply chain as a whole. It makes good business sense to accelerate the scale-up potential of Worcestershire companies by joining forces with other industry leaders, LEPs and research institutions. The WLEP shares a common ambition to instigate business-led-applied research and technology development projects, that drive innovation and provide a real testing ground to enhance the Sector’s future growth, development and delivery.
Internationally renowned agri-food businesses are based in the area because of its agricultural and horticultural base, supply chain specialisms, good connectivity, and access to labour markets and consumers. The WLEP is committed to working collaboratively with partners across the industry to help SME businesses increase productivity, growth and global competitiveness while raising the AgriTech West profile to attract inward investment to this important and growing UK sector.
To discuss more about the WLEP’s sector-based activities, please contact the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 07970 919194
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For more information on Agri Tech West, visit their website here.
Visitor & Destination Economy
Worcestershire is a beautiful and historically important county with much to offer the tourist market. A recent economic impact assessment (2014) found the direct value of tourism in Worcestershire to be £638 million, with over 6% of Worcestershire’s employees working in the sector. Worcestershire LEP works closely with Visit Worcestershire to encourage visitors to the County, with all the benefits this brings to the local economy.