Video Update from Worcestershire LEP Chief Executive, Gary Woodman: June 2021

Video Transcript

“Hello and welcome to June’s LEP newsletter, loads of things going on this month as we start to see, certainly where we are located on the Science Park, things are getting busier with people starting to come back into the office environment, probably 1 or 2 days a week. I know some of those manufacturing businesses and some other businesses have been working through the pandemic, but we are starting to see economy warm-up in terms of recovery and our claimant count numbers are gradually starting to come down.

“What I would encourage any business who is then thinking about business support and what they need in terms of recovery to go to the Worcestershire Growth Hub, Worcestershire Business Central. Have a look on that site or contact the team and they’ll be able to help you.

“Highlights for this last month were the BetaDen Tech Tuesday, and what we are starting to see is the alumni businesses from BetaDen have grown and created 20 jobs, we are seeing a number of those grow in location around the county. So that is fantastic news, and obviously cohort 4 is moving on. The Tech Tuesday was really successful with over 140 people on the call and really listening to that new technology and how that permeates into every industry.

“In terms of our Skills work I would like to just remind businesses that the Apprenticeships Awards closing date is the end of July. I know lots of you leave it to the last minute, but I’d encourage you to have a look at the categories and perhaps submit either your young person or you as an employer and the great work that I know goes on the world of apprenticeships.
We continue with great progress with the Getting Building Fund, a number of the projects are rolling forward and delivering which is fantastic. We’ve seen the ribbon cutting ceremony down at Vale Park and those units are already let and businesses expanding into them. It just goes to show that a project like that is already having an impact on the local economy.

“Other highlights, probably looking forward into next month, the nexGworx company, the 5G testbed that we had in Worcestershire has set-up a commercial entity. Have a look at their website for how you could test your idea or product on a 5G network. Equally on the 1 and 29 July there are the Midlife MOT workshops. Really good for HR professionals, looking at their company and looking at that workforce planning, a great opportunity to have that resource and talk to other people about the services that are available to do some of that workforce planning.

“Finally, it is good to see events like Malvern Science in the Park returning, which I know brings young people, school children and parents, really starting to get them involved and familiar with the world of science. And also in case you missed it, the Chamber awards in September, the finalists have now been announced and we are now starting to see some of those face to face events coming back.

“Highlights from the LEP in the next month to look for, we are almost ready to launch our new strategy, watch out for those big announcements and when we get these important documents and important actions out there, do have a look on the website and stay in touch through our social media accounts.”