Virtual Conference 2020

The Worcestershire LEP Virtual Conference 2020 was split across 5 days from 12th to 16th October.

 

Each day of the week long programme had a special focus topic which guided the content that was shared on that day.

Every day started with an ‘Expresso Update’.  This short update, available as both a video and written piece was by Chief Executive Gary Woodman and gave an overview on the subject for the day with links to various content pieces to watch and engage with to gain a better understanding of background to each topic, explaining what the WLEP and partners are working towards.

The main focus each day was the ‘Making Connections’ feature. This was an hour long special where Gary was joined by various guests to discuss in detail what we achieved, what the future development looks like and why this work is important to organisations across the county.

Details on the sessions with some background information and the speaker breakdown is available using the sections below. Within these sections, the Making Connections feature episodes can be accessed through the WLEP’s YouTube Channel.

If you have any questions around the 2020 Virtual Conference, please contact the team by emailing enquiries@wlep.co.uk.

Skills & Employment

Skills & Employment – Monday 12th October

Background: Skills and Recruitment are a challenge for many businesses as they look to grow and expand their operations. Having people with the right skills can be a concern and often difficult. Worcestershire LEP works with a plethora of partners around the county to help businesses efficiently build their future workforce with programmes supporting careers advice in schools, promoting apprenticeships, internships and much more.

Speakers:

Judy Chadwick
Director of Skills – Worcestershire LEP
Luke Payton
Headteacher – St Bede’s Middle School
Pippa Dressler-Pearson
Project Manager – QinetiQ
Alex Price
PR & Communications Coordinator – Worcestershire LEP
Stuart Laverick
Chief Principle – Heart of Worcestershire College
Ben Mannion
Director – Hewett Recruitment
Kul Sanghara
Business Engagement Manager – Worcestershire Business Central

Watch the feature episode here

Healthy Worcestershire

Healthy Worcestershire – Tuesday 13th October 

Background: The last few months have put many new challenges on businesses which has required them to adapt in order to survive and evolve. Within this day we will be exploring how the Worcestershire business community has adapted, what the trends are suggesting and how organisations can continue to operate safely with COVID restrictions in place.

Speakers:

 Phoebe Dawson
Director of Investment and Partnerships – Worcestershire LEP
Samantha McCarthy
Worcester BID
Kath Cobain
Director – Public Health West Midlands
Dale Parmenter
DRPG
Helen Smith
Severn Valley Railway
Nick Corley
Department for International Trade
John Dillon
Managing Director – GJS Dillon

Watch the feature episode here

Digital and Physical Infrastructure

Digital and Physical Infrastructure – Wednesday 14th October


Background: The Worcestershire LEP and partners are keen to try and improve both the digital and physical connectivity of the county to ensure Worcestershire is a connected county. Numerous schemes have been delivered to help achieve this and future projects have been identified to help take the county to the next level.

Speakers:

Luke Willetts
Director of Operations – Worcestershire LEP
Rachel Hill
Worcestershire County Council
David Throup
Environmental Agency
Chris Walker
QinetiQ
Steve Ashton
Broadband Connectivity – Worcestershire County Council
Andy Mckenzie
Project Manager – Worcestershire 5G Testbed

Watch the feature episode here

Future Economy

Future Economy – Thursday 15th October

Background: The future is always an interesting topic for organisations to think about. Worcestershire’s economy will change going forward and the Worcestershire LEP and partners are working to help ensure businesses are supported through this and that dynamic businesses can lead in innovation for the region. This all helps to promote Worcestershire at the forefront for the region in terms of innovation and as a great place for all.

Speakers:

Linda Smith
CEO of BetaDen & Director of Enterprise – Worcestershire LEP
Matt Atkinson
Utelize
Carl Arntzen
CEO – Worcester Bosch
Anna Wardell-Hill
Bromsgrove District Council
Simon Hyde
CEO – Faun Zoeller
Randesh Kalar
Business Engagement Manager – Worcestershire Business Central
Sharon Smith
CEO – Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
Julia Williams
Chair – Worcestershire Ambassadors

Watch the feature episode here

One Worcestershire

One Worcestershire – Friday 16th October


Background
: The final day of the Worcestershire LEP Virtual Conference will be looking closely at the overall achievements for the last 12 months across Worcestershire. From both the Worcestershire LEP and partners, we will reflect and outline how we are carrying that momentum forward to achieve our 2040 Vision.

Speakers:

Luke Willetts
Director of Operations
Phoebe Dawson
Director of Investment & Partnerships
Linda Smith
CEO – BetaDen & Director of Enterprise
Judy Chadwick
Director of Skills
Mark Stansfeld
Chair

Watch the feature episode here