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

Welcome to our November newsletter and as you can see it’s another busy and productive month for businesses in Worcestershire.

Our LEP Conference which will be taking place later this month, on Friday 30 November, and I hope that you are all able to attend as limited spaces are now available. We’ve already received over 400 registrations for the event, so it’s set to be another fantastic opportunity for businesses to network and make new fruitful connections. Of course, we’ll also be showcasing the progress we’ve made within the last 12 months, and everyone who attends the event will gain a copy of our new Annual Report.

The report will detail the excellent progress that is taking place across the county, including the numerous Growth deal projects that we have invested in. Even this month, we have seen a busy open day take place at Kidderminster Station along with a newly revealed artist impression for the site. We’ve had a fantastic progress update on Worcestershire Parkway Station which is progressing very well and we’re also aware of the huge interest in the Gigabit Broadband Vouchers Scheme, and I would encourage you all to take a look.

These are projects that we know will be of huge benefit to companies, from large to small, and it’s important that we continue to promote our local business success stories. The latest BDO report provides a great snapshot of how businesses are thriving, with the county’s fastest growing mid-sized companies having generated a total of £3.15billion in revenues in the last year. Also, Small Business Saturday will be recognising just how important our small companies are to the local and national economy and, with Christmas shopping rising up people’s to do list, I would encourage you all to include small retailers in your shopping.

Finally, we are now less than one week away from the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, and I would like to wish all those shortlisted the best of luck.  Myself and members of the LEP team will be in attendance to recognise the achievements of our local apprentices and some of the employers, training providers and schools that all help to make apprenticeships the success that it is.