Video Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: April 2023

Video Transcript

Hello and welcome to the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s April 2023 newsletter. We’ve had loads going on, obviously Easter in the middle of that and a number of bank holidays coming up into May. But nevertheless the team have been busy supporting businesses and certainly enjoying the April showers that we’ve been having recently.

In terms of news, the skills bursary and the Worcestershire Apprenticeships. So it’s a £500 bursary for young people to claim once they’ve got their apprenticeship through their employer for equipment, training and other bits of pieces that will help them get an apprenticeship and make it a real success.

BetaDen, Our technology accelerator is offering a number of workshops working with IONOS, the I.T. company. They’re willing to give small, medium sized companies a kind of introduction to cloud and how to use your and get the most out of your digital and I.T. Lots of bookable on the 4th of May, where through the BetaDen website you can find out more information. Also, watch this space for the announcement about Cohort seven and recruitment. There’s a chance to express an interest, encourage you to go to the BetaDen website to find out more.

And back to skills and the local skills Improvement plan. The survey, we’re continuing to work with the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce to promote. It’s coming up to the sort of closing date at the end of the month. So I encourage you just to spend about ten or 15 minutes completing that survey. Follow the link on the Growth Hub website. That would be fantastic.

It was a great pleasure to be at the Visit Worcestershire awards a celebration of the tourism sector in the county. We had 14 award winners. Fantastic. Just shows the high quality of the visitor economy that we’ve got here in Worcestershire. And those winners now go on further into the Visit England Awards. So we wish them luck. In terms of last year, we had some finalists.

Also in terms of award winners. Bromsgrove won the small town of the year where it won £20,000 from Visa. That money is being put to use in terms of supporting independent restaurants in the district and really celebration. Fantastic that a Worcestershire town has won the award on a national scale.

Congratulations go to Olpro winning the FSB Exporter of the Year award for the West Midlands. They also go on to the national awards now in May, so we wish them the best of luck.

And finally, at the LEP, we have a new non-executive board member. So welcome to Nigel Hall, who lives in Worcestershire and has been an investor in a number of local companies and has a career in the background in the digital and telecoms sector. We welcome Nigel to the board and I’m sure he’ll bring his expertise and experience.

As you can see, we’ve got plenty going on in terms of supporting the businesses out there with the LEP, BetaDen and then the growth hub. And we’re looking forward. Keep an eye on the website for more dates in your diary.