Wychavon Business News October 2019

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October 2019

Get ready for Brexit

Get ready for Brexit on 31 October 2019

As you may already be aware, a new Get Ready for Brexit campaign to help businesses prepare for Brexit has been launched. The campaign aims to help businesses of any size or sector. The best way to avoid any unforeseen effects on your business is to get ready now. Businesses can check what they need to do here on the government’s website.

To help exporting businesses prepare Worcestershire Business Central has organised a workshop at the Chateau Impney on 22 October, book here for this event. And further information, news, and events about Brexit can be found on the Worcestershire Business Central website.

Cllr. Richard Morris.

Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for economic growth and tourism.

Protect your business, protect your staff

Save the date for this free event on Thursday 28 November, 4pm – 7pm at Sixways Stadium, Worcester, WR3 87E.

All members of the business community are invited to the marketplace event, where they will have the opportunity to ask any questions and receive advice from key organisations on a number of issues, including: Business crime, cyber security, modern slavery.

Save the date

Ask the experts at a Q and A session at 6pm with a selected panel hosted by Jack Hegarty, Chief Executive of Malvern Hills District Council and Managing Director of Wychavon District Council

For more information visit the website, phone 01684 862417 or email communityservices@malvernhills.gov.uk.


Digital marketing for food and drink producers

Small and medium-sized food and drink producers are being invited to up their digital reach through a series of three important workshops on digital marketing, starting on 31 October 2019, in Gloucester.

The workshops will focus on three linked areas: developing digital marketing strategies; branding, storytelling and marketing; and online sales.

The workshops will be held at the recently opened Gloucester-based UK Digital Retail Innovation Centre (UK:DRIC) in October, and in January and February 2020.

The workshop series is being supported by the region’s food and drink quality marques (Cotswold Taste, Worcestershire Food & Drink Association and Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire), by the Gloucestershire and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnerships, and by the Government-backed UK:DRIC.

Future workshops on digital marketing are being planned for food and drink retailers and hospitality outlets, later in 2020.

For more information please contact Nick Waloff on 01367-253695 or 07710-225638, email nick.waloff@cotswoldtaste.co.uk.

Digi Marketing

Work experience and mentorship programme for sixth form students

An enhanced work experience and mentorship programme for Year 12 and 13 (sixth form) students from Worcester Sixth Form and Heart of Worcestershire Colleges is now available as part of the Junior Internship Programme.

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This programme offers students two weeks of work experience and monthly mentoring providing an enhanced employer interaction and building on the usual one week of work experience by students in Year 10. 

The programme not only provides benefits for the students.  Employers have reported that the programme:

  • Has become part of their recruitment process.  Two students from the first year of the programme made such an impression that they were offered permanent full-time jobs from their employer.
  • Contributes to their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) which has a particular value as evidence when bidding for contracts and tenders.
  • Reminds business leaders of their own early employment experiences and an opportunity to ‘give something back’ which will help to nurture and inspire the young workforce and STEM leaders for the future.
  • Supports STEM careers opportunities within Worcestershire which can fulfil the ambition of those wishing to pursue their careers within the county.

To find out more about how the Junior Internship Programme can benefit your business contact Jacqui Morley-Brooker, the Junior Internship Programme Manager jmbrooker@worcestershire.gov.uk or 01905 843348. And for more information about the programme visit the Junior Internship Programme website

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Diversify into agri-tech

An innovative new project aiming to promote entrepreneurship to support Worcestershire’s agri-tech sector is set to launch its development programme at Pershore College on Wednesday 13 November at 7.30am at a business breakfast.  

GrowAgri Worcestershire, a £2m joint initiative between the college and the European Regional Development Fund, is tasked with supporting the development of technologies for use in the horticultural and agricultural industries

The project is being led by WLEP-funded Agri-Tech Research Centre based at the college and will deliver tailored business support through a range of seminars, workshops, technical demonstrations and bespoke consultancy.

The initiative aims to support business growth, increased productivity and the introduction of new products, processes and services and is open to all small to medium-sized Worcestershire businesses. Agricultural technologies are classed as any innovation that makes horticulture or agriculture more efficient, productive and profitable.

Leader of the agri-tech programme at Pershore College, Professor Roy Kennedy, said: “Growers and farmers face a set of issues more challenging than at any other time in our history. Climate change, ever-shrinking biodiversity and powerful market forces dominate farming methods. It is a time of challenge but also of great opportunity.” 

“We therefore invite Worcestershire businesses to Pershore’s Agri-tech Research Centre to be trained in innovative technologies and work on projects to help develop solutions to the many challenges facing the agriculture and horticulture sector.”

Interested parties are invited to attend a business breakfast launch event at Pershore College on Wednesday 13 November at 7.30am where they will be able to hear more about the programme and the introductory set of seminars scheduled for late winter 2019 and spring 2020.

The project also has grants available to support capital purchases that will enable an enterprise to develop technologies, or move their business into the agri-tech sector. 

To book on the business breakfast or for more information about the GrowAgri Worcestershire project, email growagri@wcg.ac.uk or call Project Manager Mark Harwood-Browne on 0300 135 7179.

Open events

Save the date Wychavon business breakfast

Wychavon's annual business breakfast is set to take place on Wednesday 22 January 2020, 7.30am - 9.30am. The theme is advanced manufacturing with a keynote speaker from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The meeting is at the Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, WR10 1PT.

To book your place early please contact Jane Dobson - E: jane.dobson@wychavon.gov.uk, T: 01386 565278.

Parking at the Civic Centre will be free of charge for the event.