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

March has been a hugely significant month for Worcestershire, with a number of exciting announcements. In case you haven’t already seen the news, Worcestershire has been successful in its bid for funding to develop a 5G testbed. 5G is set to have a revolutionary impact on the global business and the way in which people live their lives.

In order to work more closely with developing 5G, and to accommodate for our growing executive team, Worcestershire LEP will be moving office to the Malvern Hills Science Park. During March we welcomed our latest addition to the team, Stuart Emmerson, our new Inward Investment Manager and Stuart has the exciting task of promoting the opportunities to invest in Worcestershire to investors around the world.

We are seeing an increasing number of achievements that show that Worcestershire is a county that is making huge progress. Recently, the Inform Direct UK Review of Company Foundations stated that Worcestershire has seen a 15.9% increase of start-up businesses in the past year. This fantastic achievement takes the number of businesses in the county to a total of 38,764.

We will continue to find new ways to ensure that every single one of these businesses are able to grow. As we all know, apprenticeships play a huge role in facilitating this growth and I am delighted to announce that entries are now open for the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

Networking with the right types of businesses can also help your business to find new ways to expand and there are plenty of exciting business events available to attend in the coming months. These include the Three Counties Defence and Security Expo and ISO Quality Service’s inaugural ‘Love Local’ expo.