Over 400 companies attended Worcestershire LEP’s 2018 Annual Conference for the latest business news

Over 400 businesses from across the country attended Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Eighth Annual Conference.

The Conference, which has grown its reputation as one of Worcestershire’s biggest business events, took place on Friday 30 November at the Chateau Impney in Droitwich. BBC Reporter and Radio Expert, Kate Russell, hosted the Conference while keynote speaker, Tiffany St James, gave an insightful presentation on the innovation of digital tech, with plenty of actionable ideas for the audience.

A total of 19 speakers shared their knowledge on the latest innovative developments led by the LEP, and how these projects are helping to boost productivity, tackle the skills shortage and strengthen connectivity. The Conference covered topics ranging from inward investment, to 5G, BetaDen and the LEP’s 2040 vision for the county.

The Conference also launched two new campaigns which are calling for the support of Worcestershire’s businesses. Firstly, the ‘Creating our Future Workforce’ campaign launched with the aim of supporting business to tackle the skills gap and shape the skills development of the county’s young generations. Secondly, the Conference revealed the new ‘Worcestershire’ brand that will showcase the county as the ideal place to live, work, visit and invest.

Attendees were also 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 and gives a glimpse into the innovative projects in the pipeline.

Attendees also had access to a vibrant exhibition area with exhibitors from over 30 different businesses and organisations. Sponsors of the Conference included: Bishop Fleming, ebc Group, GJS Dillon, Heart of Worcestershire College, Hewett Recruitment, Thursfields Solicitors and Business & Innovation Magazine.

Mark Stansfeld, Chair of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It was great to see so many businesses in attendance for our 2018 Annual Conference. I truly believe this year has seen the county make the most progress towards being recognised as a connected, creative and dynamic economy, and it was exciting to share the progress of our work. As I mentioned at the event, it is our collaborative working with partners that really helps to benefit local businesses, and we look forward to continuing this successful partnership.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are pleased to see that many new businesses have gotten involved with this year’s LEP Annual Conference and our thanks go to the event sponsors, who helped to make the Conference possible. I look forward to building on the momentum within our business community and building on the new campaigns we’ve launched, as we move in to 2019.”

To get involved with the ‘Creating Our Future Workforce’ campaign and promoting the new Worcestershire brand, visit the Worcestershire LEP website, www.wlep.co.uk

For further information on the projects and campaigns featured at this year’s WLEP18 Annual Conference, email enquiries@wlep.co.uk

To view the social media from the event, use the hashtag #WLEP18

Kate Russell opening the Worcestershire LEP Annual Conference