Your part in World Class Worcestershire – Peter Pawsey Executive Chairman

First published in the Worcester News on 30.01.2015

Your part in World Class Worcestershire

At the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP), we become aware of many achievements that local businesses should be rightly be proud of but which may not be widely publicised or known.

As you read this, it may resonate that your business has received an accolade or achieved a milestone that you have not publicised. I would encourage you to do so – not only does it raise your profile but also that of Worcestershire. This could include articles illustrating your business growth, awards you or your staff have received or various other successes. If you need support to understand and publicise these opportunities, the WLEP is able to advise – just call us and ask for Kirsten (01905 346180).

Each and every business in the County is part of World Class Worcestershire and your organisation can also be further involved in the campaign to raise the County’s profile regionally, nationally and internationally. This could also help your organisation to expand or even develop an export market.

Meanwhile, there is a host of other promotion activities taking place through ourselves and partner organisations. On Wednesday past an event in Birmingham saw over 120 delegates register to understand the development and investment opportunities available across the County. The next stage will be to bring interested parties back to Worcestershire in the Spring to see the potential first-hand.

There is further good news this week as we have agreed with Government an extension to the Growth Deal and have been notified that in addition to the £47m already agreed, we have been allocated an additional £7.2m. This will help fund critical infrastructure to open up new commercial development sites such as Vale Park, Evesham, support the skills agenda with significant improvements to educational buildings and facilities, and help businesses grow in World Class Worcestershire through providing growth grants.

Peter Pawsey,
Executive Chairman
Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership