What were the key updates from March?
Gary – “March has been another busy month here at the LEP office. We have new board members announced – Nicola Whiting, Susan Jordan and John Dillon came onto the Worcestershire LEP Board. I welcome them and look forward to working with them over the next 3 years and more. The Skills Show was a fantastic event with 5,000 young people coming through and experiencing the careers in the county. And the Primary STEM challenge which had 40 primary-aged people engaging in science, technology, engineering and maths at the Worcester Warriors stadium, this was a fantastic event and I was pleased to be there with Cecil Duckworth. We also had a number of international delegates coming into Worcestershire as part of the Israeli Delegation and it looks like we will have a number of those companies interested in locating here.”
What has happened in April so far and what can we look forward to?
Gary – “Another great piece of news for Worcestershire is with the University of Worcester, they have been announced within the Time Higher evaluation of Universities worldwide. They have been recognised as 5th for gender equality and 25th in terms of quality of education worldwide. This is fantastic and shows the great work that the University is doing in the county, city and beyond. Looking forward, the 5G testbed has been extended for a number of months. This will allow the test cases at Yamazaki Mazak,Worcester Bosch and other partners to be sampled further, which is great news. Also, don’t forget that applications for the second cohort of BetaDen close on the 30 April.”
How can businesses & organisations get involved in the Local Industrial Strategy?
Gary – “We are busy working away on our Local Industrial Strategy for Worcestershire, bringing together local partners. We are looking for local companies to bring forward evidence to help us or, equally, ideas that they have that will drive the Worcestershire economy forward, please get in touch with the team.”