Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: August 2018

I am very pleased to say that we have now opened registrations for Worcestershire LEP’s 2018 Annual Conference. Over the years, we’ve been able to grow this annual event to be one of Worcestershire’s largest business gatherings and we’re excited to be able to showcase the latest innovative developments that are taking place in the county, as well as our priorities for future growth and prosperity.

The Government’s recently published LEP review will further strengthen our ability to deliver the priorities within our SEP and the development of the Local Industrial Strategy. We will also be taking a larger role in local education, with the county set to gain one of just 20 Careers Hubs around England. We have developed this Careers Hub to benefit 40 local secondary schools and further education colleges. The Hub will work together with employers and careers professionals to improve careers education for the county’s young people and to the benefit of businesses and the local economy.

Worcester Six is also having a significant impact on the local economy, as Kohler Mira have now announced their plans to create a new distribution, training and office unit in Worcestershire. Kohler Mira join businesses Materials Solutions, Kimal and Spire Healthcare and it’s great to see that construction has now begun on Spire Healthcare’s new unit as well. The success of these investment sites shows promising signs for the business growth of our local economy and I would like to encourage local businesses to complete the latest BDO survey to share their views on Worcestershire as a business location.

Finally, I’m pleased to say that the BAFTA nominated TV presenter, Angellica Bell, will be hosting this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2018. There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities and spaces available for the awards, so if you haven’t already booked your place, then I would make sure to do so soon!