Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld 01 Oct:

Building from my article last fortnight, I am pleased to inform readers that the Worcestershire LEP has officially launched its new Plan for Growth, outlining the 20-year strategy for the county.

The new strategy was launched alongside the arrival of the National Net Zero Carbon Tour Bus in Worcester, which you will remember I discussed a few weeks back. The team presented the strategy at the Business Breakfast event which was run by the Worcestershire Growth Hub to help businesses access support to make sustainability changes.

The Plan for Growth showcases the challenges facing the 5 key areas of the Government’s Industrial Strategy which are, People, Place, Infrastructure, Business Environment, and Innovation. All of which have their own challenges which must be overcome to achieve the Worcestershire LEP’s vision of ‘a connected, creative, dynamic economy for all’.

The Worcestershire LEP have built the Plan for Growth upon the successes from the previous strategy document, including achievements such as securing two Careers Hubs to help better engage the business community with schools and education, securing one of the six initial Government funded 5G testbeds and unlocking infrastructure through the introduction of the first rail station in over 100 years in the county, Worcestershire Parkway.

It is important to note that the Plan for Growth has been built working closely with numerous partners across the county, to ensure a coherent and united approach to delivering on the action points in the strategy.

Amplifying the physical launch we held, the Worcestershire LEP team have produced a series of digital content which includes videos focused on what the strategy means for the county, and the challenges facing the key development areas for the LEP, Business Support, Careers and Skills and Net Zero and Sustainability.

I’d like to take a moment as so much has been delivered with the strategy we’ve had so far. This Plan for Growth is all about our evolution of the strategy to the next stage. We need to keep on building, keep on delivering the numbers, to the benefit of everybody within the county. This is not just about the businesses, everybody has got to win out of this.

I would strongly encourage any readers to find out more about the new Plan for Growth by visiting our website and watching the digital content pieces on the new strategy. – https://www.wlep.co.uk/plan-for-growth/