Update from Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld: August 2015

At the time of year when many people are considering holidays – either at home or abroad, I would urge you to consider the opportunities that international markets could provide to your business.

It has recently been publicised in FedEx’s ‘Great British Export Report’ that our SMEs are performing better than the rest of the country in terms of exporting, with 52% of their small business customers in Worcester exporting. On average these SMEs are exporting £39,652 more per month to Europe than they import – a higher figure than anywhere else in Britain.

‘International opportunities’ is already proving to be a popular topic at the upcoming Worcestershire Innovation Wednesday with over 150 businesses having already registered. This session will be attended by UK Trade and Investment and provide businesses with the knowledge and contacts necessary to take those important first steps for exporting or build further on their international success. I would strongly urge local businesses of all sizes interested in this area to secure a place at the event on 19 August, as well as consider the future sessions.

It is not only our export successes that have seen Worcestershire engaging with the rest of the world. August will see the arrival of the highly-anticipated European Wheelchair Basketball Championships and with the competition being the qualifier for the Rio Paralympics, competition will certainly be high. With the guarantee of wide publicity, I would encourage local businesses to consider the sponsorship for the Championships as well as other opportunities that could be provided to your business. Secure your tickets today at www.euro2015.uk