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

May is going to be another significant month for Worcestershire businesses. As I’m sure you’re all aware, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to be enforced from 25 May and affects all companies of all sizes. For any further information on the regulations, please read our GDPR article which clarifies how you can ensure your business is fully compliant and don’t forget to opt-in to our new newsletter list if you haven’t already.

We are continuing to see the positive impact that our Growth Deal delivery is having for local businesses and I was delighted to attend the launch of the new Evesham College Engineering Centre. This modern manufacturing facility will help to provide higher level training to reduce the skills shortage that some engineering businesses are facing in the county. I’m also delighted to see that construction has started on the Kimal HQ at the Worcester Six business park, which will create new jobs and significantly boost the local economy.

I would recommend local agritech businesses attend Pershore College’s Young People and Industry Day, which will showcase another one of our Growth Deal investments. This event will highlight horticulture careers that are available to young people, enabling them to increase their understanding of horticulture and the careers within the industry.

I would like to congratulate the three Worcestershire businesses who won the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2018. Metrasens won the award for their efforts in Innovation, TP3 Global and The First Class Pet Company both won their awards for their success in International Trade. Also, my congratulations go to the local companies that were featured in the Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100, Gtech, Lioncourt Homes and Bennimans.

Finally, I would like to remind all businesses and partners that the Worcestershire LEP executive team will be moving office on 18 May to the Malvern Hills Science Park. We look forward to welcoming you to our new office as we continue to develop the business community for all in Worcestershire.


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