Worcestershire LEP welcomes Additional Growth Fund

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed the announcement that more money will be made available for the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

This was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister during the Local Enterprise Partnerships Summit at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry this week.

Francis Christie, chair of the LEP Shadow Board, believes this will increase the probability of more Worcestershire bids being successful.

The Worcestershire LEP has supported six bids to the Regional Growth Fund including a new site for Worcester Bosch, expansion of the Science Park in Malvern and a Business Park in Evesham.

The Business Board has pledged to ‘look local and work local’ following the summit by strengthening its partnership with Worcester County Council and calling on the Worcestershire business community for vital feedback and support.

The Worcestershire LEP was represented at the Summit by Francis Christie, chair of the LEP Shadow Board, alongside Simon Geraghty, senior councillor for Worcestershire County Council and Paul Walker, managing director of Malvern Instruments.

He said: “The summit was a great opportunity for the Coventry & Warwickshire LEP to demonstrate what they have achieved in such a short amount of time.

“Over the coming months it is our priority to continue developing our partnership with Worcester County Council in order to successfully drive economic growth throughout the region.

“Alongside this, we want to plan to launch a consultation with the 22,000 businesses from across Worcestershire to identify how we can represent the business community and add real value. This is vital to our success in the future.”