Chief Executive Blog – 21 February

It is an exciting week for Worcestershire’s Growth Deal projects as we continue to invest in improved transport infrastructure and skills of the county’s workforce.

Last week I joined Mark Garnier MP and local partners as part of the official opening of Hoobrook Link Road. A number of local companies were also present for the opening, which was a fitting way to celebrate a hugely important road for business mobility and transport. Worcestershire LEP invested a total of £3.6m into the development of the road which will help to reduce congestion and speed up journey times and I am confident that businesses and the local area will benefit from this improved infrastructure.

Yesterday I visited the Heart of Worcestershire College which is another project benefitting from our Growth Deal investment. Heart of Worcestershire College is currently developing and refurbishing modern facilities for post 16 specialist education, following our £298,000 investment of Government’s Growth Deal. This investment will help to provide outstanding resources to learners with special educational needs and Heart of Worcestershire College will be able to provide relevant and sustainable life skills for a greater number of students with these new state of the art facilities.

Today I will be meeting with partners to discuss Worcestershire’s agri-tech sector and how we can find new ways to help our local businesses to thrive. One of the ways we are helping to benefit this sector in particular is by helping agri-tech businesses to innovate. Our £500,000 investment through the Government’s Growth Deal, has enabled Pershore College to develop a number of new modern facilities that will enable the college, local horticultural businesses and students to work together on industry challenges.

For more information on our Growth Deal projects, visit our website.