Chief Executive’s Blog – 8 November 2016

I am pleased to say that we met with a record number of businesses at last week’s Worcestershire LEP 2016 Annual Conference. Over 500 delegates registered for the event where we were able to present our vision for Worcestershire and celebrate the incredible progress we’ve made locally. I would like to thank all of the speakers and exhibitors from the event, as well as sponsors; Basepoint Business Centres, Bishop Fleming, Hewett Recruitment, RCA Regeneration, Sanctuary Group and Spa Display. We have received lots of positive feedback following the event and we will soon be making conference slides available, if you were unable to attend. You can also see some of the highlights from the day on Twitter, using #WLEP16.

During our Conference, we were able to provide all attendees with our 2016 Annual Report which recognises the incredible progress made in the County over the past 12 months. Our report, which is also introduced by Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, outlines our vision for the four key themes of our business plan; Planning, Infrastructure and Development, Business Growth, Employment and Skills and Profiling and Promotion. The report is now available for download from our website, and if you would like a physical copy, please do email

I look forward to attending the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards on 17 November. We know how important apprenticeships are for the continued growth of the County, by raising the skills of our younger generations and allowing employers to hire ambitious young workers with a bright future. Apprentices have played an important role in the production of the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, from the construction of trophies to the food provided at the ceremony and I am sure the Awards will be another fantastic celebration of our local apprentices, apprentice employers, schools and training providers. I would encourage any employer who is looking to hire an apprentice to visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website.

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