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

Video Transcript

Hello, and welcome to the Local Enterprise Partnership’s August 23 newsletter. It’s that time of year again. Yep. Exam results time. Good luck to all our students. And obviously, by the time this goes out, many of them will receive their results. I’d just like to remind parents or business leaders. Anyone who knows somebody who’s had results that the Careers Worcestershire website is there and available. And also Skills4Worcestershire is some great resources. If you’re still undecided around what the path is next for that young person that you know or support.

It is my great pleasure through the Worcestershire Growth Hub to announce the series of workshops on INclusive Growth in Worcestershire, these are help and guidance for employers looking at how they can recruit people from different backgrounds, different opportunities, and how they can make their business as accessible as possible. Attracting that talent that makes a diverse workforce a really successful one, come along these workshops as a business and find out more. And I’d certainly encourage you to participate as much as you can have a look on the website for more details, and that will be great to see you there.

Also, a new number of business grants through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, working with our district council partners are out and available and we’ve got six launch events across the county for you to come along to contact the Growth Hub team for when those launches are happening and watch the website for more information.

Other things that are coming up. Obviously the cohort seven starts in September for the BetaDen team. Have a look on their website for in early September for the cohort names and also Midlands Cyber doing event with in partnership with QinetiQ on the 21st September. Have a look on their website if you’re interested for more information.

And finally, obviously there’s been lots in the press about the government decision to kind of integrate LEPs into local government institutions. Here in Worcestershire that’s a bright future for the partnership and how we work together. We’ll be working through those implications. But our view is very much that the LEPs work will continue over the next 2 to 3 years with Paul Walker as the chair and at the helm.

There’s lots going on in Worcestershire at the moment and plenty in the next quarter coming up. Obviously we’re keen to work hard and like I said, keep an eye on those websites for updates, thank you.