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

Video Transcript

“Welcome to the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s October newsletter. There’s been plenty going on this month, successful business events like the Chamber Expo, Malvern festival of Innovation. It’s been really busy, and great to see a number of businesses at those. Our Getting Building Fund Projects continue to deliver and we’ve had excellent feedback from the Plan for Growth that we launched back in September. Plenty of people interested in our future forecasts but also recognising how they can contribute to the economic strategy to 2040.

“Also in October we saw Claire Owen from DronePrep, a alumni business out of BetaDen and equally part of the entrepreneur in residence scheme here, win Innovator of the Year at the Women in Tech Awards. Total congratulations to Claire but also I hope you’ve noticed that applications for the BetaDen Cohort 5 programme have been launched and the deadline for that is the end of November, please go to the website for all that information.

“I’m really pleased to see that our Apprenticeship finalists have been announced during October and on the 16th, 17th and 18th of November the Apprenticeships Awards will take place virtually this year. So a bit different this year but I’m looking forward to that when the finalists of finalists will be announced and we’ll see our Employer of the Year and Apprentice of the Year come to fruition in November.

We are filming this just before the budget and spending review, some announcements have come out , but we’ll wait to see what the Chancellor says and react accordingly, but we are also keen to see how that pans out in terms of economy and the recovery that’s going on since COVID. In order to support that our Growth Hub has a number of specialist advisors that are there to support your business, they are free to access across Finance, Marketing, Technology adoption, General support and Low Carbon take up. And talking of Low Carbon, the COP26 conference in Glasgow is just around the corner and Alex Pearson from our team is in the greenroom on a number of topics including active travel, innovation and natural habitats. We’ll do a roundup after COP26 to review the findings and what’s going to be in the next two weeks of hard negotiation but we are alive to that in terms of how, not just the UK, but Worcestershire and how we reach that Net Zero challenge.

Have a look on the LEP website for the latest news and views and opportunities to engage with us but also get your business support from the Worcestershire Growth Hub, here’s looking to a busy November, enjoy the newsletter.”