Days remaining to register for WLEP’s Business Plan Workshop

Local businesses are being reminded to register for the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s (WLEP’s) Business Plan Breakfast Workshop before the 24 March deadline.

Statistics published this month by the Office of National Statistics have shown that the County’s productivity between 2009 – 2014 grew on average by 3.1% in terms of GVA per hour worked, placing second of all 39 LEP areas. The local economy has also grown on average by 4.5% over the last five years (2009-2014), putting Worcestershire in fourth position nationally for economic growth.

The WLEP Business Plan Workshop, on 13 April 2016 at the University of Worcester Arena, will look at future plans to grow the economy and further increase productivity. Businesses are invited to attend the workshop to understand how they can be further involved in future plans for the County’s economy.

Presentations will highlight plans around the four key areas of the WLEP’s Business Plan: Planning, Infrastructure and Development, Employment and Skills, Business Growth and Profiling and Promotion. Interactive working sessions will give businesses the opportunity to provide feedback and ideas for developing a strong pipeline of projects for the future, that will best support the local economy, as well as understand how they can be further involved in the partnership.

In addition, Stuart Allen, founder of #WorcestershireHour, will share his inspiring message of how social media can be a powerful profiling and promotion tool for business.

Registration is from 7am, for a 7:30am start and the event will conclude at 10:15am. Places are limited and businesses are being urged to secure their place at the earliest opportunity.

Gary Woodman, Executive Director of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The ambition of our local businesses continues to play an important part in the growing success of our economy. We are keen to meet local businesses to discuss the WLEP’s future plans to further increase economic growth and productivity, understand business’ ideas and priorities for a pipeline of future projects and for them to understand how they can be further involved.

“Registrations are going well and I would therefore strongly encourage businesses from across the County to register for our Business Plan Workshop at the earliest opportunity. I look forward to working more closely with many more companies in the upcoming year.”

There are a limited number of places for the workshop and the registration deadline is 24 March. To register for the WLEP’s Business Plan Workshop, as well as to download a copy of WLEP 2015 Annual Report, visit the Business Plan Workshop website.

Any questions can be directed to and Twitter users can join the conversation using #WLEP16Plan.