” Welcome to Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and our October Newsletter. Its been a busy month with our Virtual Conference which has been a great success. Loads of brilliant feedback from businesses, stakeholders and partners. It was a pleasure to sit with so many people, we managed to cover 5 hours of content across that with some real highlights in terms of Infrastructure, Employment and Skills, Healthy Worcestershire and the Future Economy. Today is also the day that I’m really proud we bring out the Healthy Worcestershire episode, that I’d really like people to watch if you haven’t already. Also, you can hear in that session the conversation that I had with Doctor Kath Cobain, who is director of Public Health in Worcestershire about the COVID situation and the way that all partners are working hard to keep the virus as low as possible but also keep businesses open and working. Also, you can watch our review of the conference which includes our 6 MPs giving their highlights from the past 4-5 years but also their hopes for the coming year.
As we go into this next phase, over the next few months, I’d encourage businesses to look at the Kickstart scheme and the new Apprenticeship Levy, where Worcestershire County Council has opened up some of its apprenticeship levy for local businesses. You can find out more details by going to Worcestershire Business Central. And it’s really pleasing to see some of our Getting Building Fund projects get under way, with starts at the University and some of the congestion busting schemes that we’ve got across the county.
Pointing you to forthcoming events, our BetaDen Tech Tuesday, which is focused on Industry 4.0, 5G and Manufacturing, is on the 3 November, go to the BetaDen website to find out more. And if you are looking for some of the schemes that the WLEP is up to, we are working through our new Local Industrial Strategy that will hopefully launch towards the end of November.
We are always keen to get your feedback and if you’ve got any news stories that would be brilliant, send them into firstname.lastname@example.org. See you next time in November.”