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

I am delighted to say that there has already been a strong buzz of excitement and interest in the BetaDen, following our recent announcement of the technology accelerator. With initial interest so high, we are now starting to take registrations for the very first group of businesses to become a part of that space.

As registrations open for the BetaDen, they will soon be closing for the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. There are now only 3 days left to enter the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2018. This is a great event to celebrate our county’s fantastic apprenticeships and I would encourage all employers, schools and training providers to submit your entries and nominations today.

Apprenticeships have a great impact on raising the skills and productivity of our local businesses and these themes feature significantly in the Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy. Our Chair, Mark Stansfeld, was part of the Local Enterprise Partnership leaders meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the strategy in detail and to promote Worcestershire’s key opportunities for collaboration, including our development of 5G.

As part of a recent 5G event, a number of key representatives from the Worcestershire 5G Consortium were on hand to discuss the opportunities of 5G on a local and national scale. You can watch the video on our website. The potential of 5G is creating a real buzz in Worcestershire and we are seeing world-leading businesses invest in the region as a result, most recently Auraya Systems, who have located their European headquarters in the county.

Finally I would like to remind businesses of the upcoming Energy Strategy engagement workshops taking place throughout the month. The workshops will inform Worcestershire’s Local Industrial Strategy which is being developed later in 2018. There are two workshops left for businesses to book onto and I would encourage businesses to attend one of the upcoming workshops to share their views.