Worcestershire LEP Annual Conference 2018


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OUR EXHIBITORS                                                                      BACK TO TOP
Hewett Recruitment - STAND 1
Hewett Recruitment provides a complete solution covering Temporary, Permanent, Interim and Contract recruitment across such specialist sectors as Industrial, Commercial, Finance, IT & Technical, Engineering and Executive. With specialist Consultants in each division, as well as a dedicated Contractor Team, we have the expertise to source the right talent for businesses across Worcestershire, the Midlands and beyond.
Sutcliffe Insurance - STAND 2
Sutcliffe & Co has a highly experienced team of specialist insurance brokers to look after your insurance requirements and provide you with the right cover to fit your unique needs. Unlike some insurance brokers that are tied to just one or a handful of insurance providers, we are truly independent. 
The Iguana Group - STAND 3
Iguana have over 25 years’ experience in providing exhibition solutions for global clients at events across all continents. Our designers combine new creative ideas and technologies understanding brand identity to create tailored exhibition stands whilst our sales and project management teams ensure customer service and quality throughout the entire experience.
Blue Sky Corporate Finance - STAND 4
Blue Sky Corporate Finance is a Worcestershire based provider of accountancy, corporate finance, consultancy and due diligence services.  We offer unbiased advice and guidance on a wide range of financial and business matters, ensuring we secure the best long term option for your business. We specialize in helping local business with all their finance needs.
Great Western Railway - STAND 5 & 6
Train operating company providing connecting services to the South West of England.  More than £7.5 billion is being spent on electrifying routes from London to Oxford, Bristol, and Newbury, station improvements, and track upgrades.  Once Network Rail have finished our new trains will increase capacity, and shorten journey times. And, we’ll be able to run more than ever.  Find out more about GWR  here.
Worcestershire County Council - STAND 7 & 8
Worcestershire CC bringing information and updates on the Rail Strategy and Infrastructure in the local area.
ISO Quality Services Ltd - STAND 9
ISO Quality Services Ltd are an independent organisation helping SMEs improve their businesses through the implementation of ISO and BS EN Management Standards. We particularly specialise in the ISO 9001 Quality, ISO 27001 Information Security, ISO 14001 Environmental and ISO 45001 Health & Safety Management in addition to training services.
Serco Employment, SKills & Enterprise - STAND 10
Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) Worcestershire - The programme is developed to upskill employees within small and medium sized businesses and seeks to provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance employees’ skills, increase competitiveness of the business and boost the local economy.  We work with the employer to develop a bespoke training programme relevant to their needs, and because the programme is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), we can support the costs of the training at no cost to the business..
Ericom Software (UK) Ltd - STAND 11
Ericom Software is a global leader in securely connecting the digital workspace, protecting today’s workforce and corporate organisations networks from the hazards of web-borne threats. Ericom provides secure remote access, desktop virtualisation (VDI), and Cyber security solutions to organisations across all industries. 
Borwell - STAND 12
borwell are secure software experts. All applications are secure by design. Specialist areas include big data, collaborative working, systems integration and visualisation. Under the cybx brand, borwell provide penetration testing services, cyber security consulting, and vulnerability scanning products to improve the security of businesses. 
EBC Group - STAND 13
EBC Group is an award-winning managed service provider of IT services and solutions, telecommunications, print solutions and document management services. As an integrated provider of managed services, we plan, implement and support our clients IT and technology, enabling them to run their business smoothly and securely.
Hallmark Hulme LLP - STAND 14
Running a business is challenging and rewarding – you want someone you can rely on. Our experienced team can guide you through the day to day aspects of the law. Our Business services include Commercial Property transactions, Employment Law and Debt Recovery – we are here to help.
Contact us on 01905 726600 or email Kate Waltonkate.walton@hallmarkhulme.co.uk
Thursfields - STAND 15
Winners of the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Professional Services Award and finalists in The Law Society Excellence in Learning and Development award, Thursfields is a full service law firm. With offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands delivering excellence in professional services, their objective is to assist any requirements under one roof.
Bishop Fleming - STAND 16
As a leading provider of accountancy, audit, tax and advisory services based in the West Midlands and throughout the South West, we are delighted to sponsor the WLEP Conference. With nearly 350 people, including award winning accountants and tax advisers, we have the breadth and scale to advise individuals, regional businesses and international groups. From private wealth and personal tax, to complex financial transactions and business restructuring, we are passionate about helping you achieve your objectives.
WCG Apprenticeships - STAND 17
WCG Apprenticeships trains over 2500+ apprentices every year and offers world-class facilities, expert tuition and dedicated support. We have an excellent track record of high-quality training and work with over 1100+ employers, from large global organisations to small local businesses.
Get in touch today on employers@wcg.ac.uk or call 0300 456 0049
GJS Dillon - STAND 18
As Worcestershire’s most proactive commercial property consultancy we pride ourselves on our reputation, local knowledge and customer service. We are specialists in commercial property and as such our focus is on the business community. The firm comprises four departments being Commercial Property Agency, Professional Services & Valuations, Property Management and Building Surveying.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys Ltd - STAND 19
We bring passion to our work, focusing on top-quality legal advice and outstanding client care.  Our legal experts can support you in every area of your life, from starting a new venture or developing your existing business, to moving home or making your will to protect your assets for your family.
Cirlce 2 Success Ltd - STAND 21
Circle2Success (C2S) is the fastest growing business network organisation for todays business leaders. Operating across Worcestershire and the South West with a regional turnover of members in excess of £7.5 Billion they are experts in their field and support their members with valuable connections, relevant, intelligent and informative conversations and support their growth and development. Find out how you can get involved and request our brand new business magazine www.circle2success.com
Department for Work & Pensions - STAND 22
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers.
Heart of Worcestershire CollegeSTAND 23
Heart of Worcestershire College is the largest further education college in Worcestershire County offering a wide range of vocational and technical courses in specialist subject areas alongside a vast array of apprenticeships and higher education courses. As an Ofsted rated “good” organisation we pride ourselves in delivering job related qualifications in high quality environments to enable our students to achieve a positive and bright future.
Midlands Engine Investment Fund - STAND 24
The £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides commercially focussed finance through Small Business Loans, Debt Finance, Proof of concept and Equity Finance funds. MEIF aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands and realise the region’s potential to achieve economic growth through enterprise. MEIF is a collaboration between the British Business Bank and ten LEPs in the West Midlands and East and South East Midlands.
Inclusive Growth - Fusion - STAND 25
Fusion was created in 2014 with the vision of Housing Partners and specialist local VCS organisations coming together to deliver Worcestershire wide employment solutions. Vestia Community Trust led the work to establish Fusion and act as lead in the delivery of Building Better Opportunities, Local Enterprise Partnership, Lottery and ESF contracts in Worcestershire. Having been successful, a programme of Employment Support for those furthest from the job market has now been established.
For more information please contact the Fusion Team, fusion@vestia.org.uk, 01562 733133 
Worcestershire Energy Strategy / Sustainability West Midlands - STAND 26
Sustainability West Midlands is a not-for-profit company that works with our members in the business, public and voluntary sectors. Our role is to act as a catalyst for change through our advice to leaders, to develop practical solutions with our members and share and celebrate success through our communications.

'WLEP ZONE' in main conference room:  
The Careers & Enterprise Company - WLEP ZONE
The National Enterprise Adviser Network is being delivered here in Worcestershire by the Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council. Our aim is to bring local businesses together to support education establishments to develop a whole school careers strategy and support the development of Worcestershire’s future workforce.
Superfast Broadband Worcestershire WLEP ZONE
Superfast Worcestershire is bringing fibre broadband to homes and businesses across Worcestershire. We aim to bring superfast & ultrafast broadband to more than 96% of Worcestershire premises by the end of 2019. The network is transforming broadband speeds across Worcestershire, especially its rural areas. For more information please visit www.superfastworcestershire.com
Worcestershire ApprenticeshipsWLEP ZONE
Worcestershire Apprenticeships are here to support young people who want Traineeships or Apprenticeships and employers who may be considering an apprentice for their business.  We can help by providing you with impartial information, advice, guidance and support.
'BIZ ADVICE ZONE' in main conference room:  
Worcestershire Business Central - BIZ ADVICE ZONE
Worcestershire Business Central, part of the government-supported Growth Hub network, brings all aspects of business support into one place, making it simple for businesses to access and find the help they need. With access to a helpline, website, business events calendar, and one-to-one support, we can offer free support and guidance at any stage of your business journey.
H & W Chamber of Commerce - BIZ ADVICE ZONE
Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is a local member organisation supporting and engaging with 1500 businesses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The Chamber exists to create, connect and celebrate local businesses through a wide range of Networking and PR opportunities, International Trade support, training, member discounts and local partner relationships.
Department for International Trade - BIZ ADVICE ZONE
The Department for International Trade are responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to businesses. Stop by our stand to talk to an International Trade Adviser who can support your business on its international journey.
WHY YOU SHOULD EXHIBIT AT #WLEP18                              BACK TO TOP
#WLEP18 will take place in the same venue as our previous editions which helps keep things straightforward for our delegates and our exhibitors alike. The exhibition part of the Conference follows a similar format as per last year, with the majority of the standard stands positioned in the Balcony and Gallery Suites on Level 1, overlooking the main conference room from the balcony and through large windows in the Gallery Suite. We create a flow between the two adjoining spaces upstairs with easy access via two main staircases leading back to the conference floor or the entrance foyer. As an exhibitor, you will be allowed to choose your stand position from those available (first-come-first-served) and will be allocated a 2m by 1m footprint, a 6ft clothed table and chairs if required. Extended stands are available on request. 
Please note the area at the back of the conference floor (ground level, under the Balcony) is reserved for sponsor stands only.
The half-day programme was designed to allow for extended time to be spent in the exhibition areas with registration opening early to take in delegates who will be in the building from 7:30 in time for a breakfast meeting.
The mid-morning refreshments break allows 40 minutes of networking and interaction and the final opportunity to draw delegates’ attention is over lunch scheduled from 13:30. Main refreshments, breakfast food and the lunch will be served on Level 1 from three stations (please consult floorplan for more details). Sponsored self-service refreshments consisting of drinks only will be available downstairs on the conference floor.
Based on delegate historical trends, we anticipate well over 475 to attend the 2018 edition of the Conference, comprising of local and regional business representatives (prominent sectors: Manufacturing, Construction, Creative, Cyber, Agri-food, Housing, Logistics, Retail, Tourism, Professional Services etc.), local and regional government bodies, education, training providers and not-for-profit organisations.
DOWNSTAIRS: Main Conference Room
UPSTAIRS: Exhibition and Refreshments
AVAILABILITY & RATES                                                             BACK TO TOP
1m x 2m footprint
£325 +vat each
The Balcony and Gallery Suites will accommodate the networking and refreshments plus space for up to 26 regular commercial exhibitors each within an approximate 2 metre by 1 metre footprint to include two stand personnel, one 6ft table, power if required and access to venue Wi-Fi.
To discuss availability and to book your stand please get in touch with the organisers by emailing events@opening-doors.org.uk or by phoning 01562 731 788. 
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1m x 3m footprint
Upon request, an extended stand can be allocated by the merging of two regular stands (subject to availability). The footprint is approximately 3 metre by 1 metre and will include two stand personnel, two 6ft tables, power if required and access to venue Wi-Fi. If interested, please get in touch to discuss further.





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