Video Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: December 2020

Video Transcript

” Welcome to the Worcestershire LEP December Newsletter. We’ve had a tough year this year with COVID and obviously we are waiting to see the claimant count figures coming out in this coming week. But certainly we are still here, plenty of work to do before the end of the year, supporting our businesses and looking at instilling economic recovery, the team are working really hard and I’ve been proud of the things they have achieved across this year, which are numerous, too many to list here. But in terms of December, its been another busy month and what we’ve started to see is recruitment for cohort 4.0 within BetaDen, that has been extended to the deadline of 8th January. We’ve got good interest and we are just really keen to give people plenty of time over the Christmas break to complete those applications.

Also at the WLEP we periodically recruit for our Non-Executive Directors from business and we’ve got a number of opportunities, not just at the WLEP board but within the Innovation Board, the Worcestershire Business Central board and the Employment and Skills board. If you’re keen to serve as it were with the Local Enterprise Partnership, please go online for our recruitment pack and you can submit your CV and Covering Letter to enquiries@wlep.co.uk.

Clearly over this time with EU Exit high on the list, if you’re looking for that business support I’d encourage you to go to Worcestershire Business Central. The WLEP Making Connections podcast is a great listen and worth just giving you some background. It’s not just about the grants, we’ve now recruited advisors and in January we’ll come out with a new product called Peer to Peer, which is a national business support product. If you’re interested getting involved and getting that support for your business, contact Worcestershire Business Central at the usual spots online or on the telephone and you can find out more.

Finally it’s left for me to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, surely 2021 can be a much better year than what we have had in 2020. There are plenty of exciting things and plenty of things going on here in Worcestershire and we are certainly looking forward to the break and then coming back renewed, refreshed and ready to go.”