Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld: 21 April

First published in the Worcester News on 21.04.2017

I would like to congratulate all Worcestershire companies who have been shortlisted in the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce businesses awards final. The awards received over 100 entries and reflects the fantastic quality of businesses that we can boast in Worcestershire. I know that the Chamber’s Business Awards are always fantastic occasions for celebrating the achievements of our local companies and I look forward to this year’s event taking place on Thursday 15 June at the Worcester Arena. Tickets are now on sale and I would urge all those who are interested to book their tickets at the earliest opportunity by emailing awards@hwchamber.co.uk

Next month we’ll have the opportunity to promote Worcestershire to millions when the Redditch Tour Series arrives on Tuesday 9 May. Last year’s event received 2.4 million viewers on ITV4 and over 2 million impressions on Twitter and there are still opportunities for businesses to sponsor the event. Not only are the sponsorship packages a fantastic opportunity for businesses to profile themselves, the event also brings a major boost to the local economy and more than £400,000 was spent in Redditch last year by visitors and cycling enthusiasts. For more information on sponsoring the event, please visit the Worcestershire LEP website.

Retail is set for a boost in Worcester also with the new Cathedral Square development nearing completion. I am pleased to say that Cathedral Square is also receiving national attention with Revo, a trade body for the retail property sector, hosting a study tour for retail property experts to view the progress.  Retail professionals that are interested in booking their place on the tour can find a link available on our website.