Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld: 5 May

First published in the Worcester News on 05.05.2017

An important part of Worcestershire LEP’s work is to grow innovation within the business community and I was therefore delighted to hear the recent news of local companies being recognised with Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Innovation.

I would like to congratulate Titania and Smart Actuator Company who received awards for innovation and Metrasens and Oakland International who received Queen’s awards for International Trade. To have four businesses recognised in the Queen’s Awards is a great reflection of the creativity and forward thinking attitude of our local businesses and it’s great to see our local businesses continue to succeed in the awards. Entries have now opened for the 2018 awards and I would encourage all interested businesses to submit their applications as a great way of recognising the innovation of your company. To register, visit the Worcestershire LEP website.

There is another fantastic opportunity for local businesses to have their innovation recognised, with the newly launched Innovation 50 business awards. The campaign has been launched by Mills & Reeve alongside regional publication TheBusinessDesk.com and will produce a list of 50 top-performing businesses from across the Midlands in September. I am sure that we will again see a strong reflection of the fantastic quality of businesses we have in Worcestershire. For more information and to submit your application, visit our website.

Innovation will take centre stage in the local business community next month when the Worcestershire Innovation Wednesday event ‘The Makers’ celebrates the innovators we currently have based in Worcestershire. The event taking place on 7 June, at the University of Worcester Arena, will highlight all innovative products that have become a part of our everyday lives and once again brings the opportunity for businesses to network in a creative environment. For further information and to register for the event, visit www.winn-hub.com