Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld: 25 June

First published in Worcester News 25.06.2021

It has been another busy fortnight at the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, with lots of planning happening behind the scenes for the coming months, especially for the 2021 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. I am looking forward to all being revealed in due course.

For this week’s column, I would like to look at Technology. There has been some exciting news regarding 5G in the county. New company, nexGworx has launched this week following on from the success of the Government funded Worcestershire 5G testbed. The initial 5G testbed was able to demonstrate how incorporating 5G technology in manufacturing businesses can improve productivity. This new company now aims to open the testbed up and allow more businesses to develop products and ideas with 5G.

Supported by technology partners, the company will run and manage the live 5G Private Network at Malvern Hills Science Park.

After a successful three years, It is great to see that the vision we set out in 2017 for 5G in the county has become reality, and is being sustained and continued. I hope that businesses in Worcestershire will engage with nexGworx to understand the range of benefits from 5G and how this will enable them to grow.

Find out more about the company and keep up to date by visiting their website.

Sticking to the theme of technology, BetaDen’s Tech Tuesday event was extremely successful. BetaDen, Worcestershire’s technology accelerator holds bi-monthly online events for businesses interested in learning more about the evolving technology landscape. The last event was about the Internet of Things, future mobility, and autonomous vehicle tech, and hosted a range of prestigious industrial speakers from BT, Coventry University, and Conigital. I am thrilled to say it was the most well-attended Tech Tuesday yet with over 140 people and demonstrates how businesses can learn more about embracing technology to benefit their productivity, customers and workforce.

Further events in the series are also planned and available to register for now.

Visit the BetaDen website for more information.