Alcester Chamber and Alcester Academy look to team up with Coventry & Warwickshire Skills for Growth programme

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Alcester Chamber, Alcester Academy and Warwickshire County Council are looking to team up with Alcester based businesses in a wide range of industries to include Hospitality, Tourism, Manufacturing, Engineering, Digital and the Creative sectors to apply for funding and provide for skills growth training. If you would like to know more about this project please contact alisonmainey@warwickshire.gov.uk 

by 19 Mar, 2017 No Comments

Warwickshire’s economy announced as one of the fastest growing in the UK

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Warwickshire has one of the fastest growing economies in the country – and the fastest-growing of all local authorities of comparable size, new figures have revealed.

The county’s productivity in terms of output per worker has risen by 19.6% since 2009, outperforming national and regional averages.

Furthermore, over the past four years, Warwickshire’s growth in productivity capacity is exceeded by only three other local authorities in the UK, all much smaller economic areas.

The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics, show that Warwickshire is firmly establishing itself as a principal driver of labour productivity growth and leading the way in reducing the productivity gap in the region.

The sustained growth further strengthens Warwickshire’s reputation as a great place to base a business. That reputation is attracting companies from around the UK and beyond with BARO Vehicles (Argentina), Ubisoft games studio (France) and EDAG Engineering (Germany) among those to have recently arrived in the county.

The strong productivity performance in Warwickshire has also helped drive growth for the wider Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. Since 2009, only two other LEP areas in the country have outperformed the Coventry & Warwickshire LEP in terms of levels of productivity and rate of growth.

The growth in productivity is linked to a number of factors including an increase in new businesses and a reduction in business failures, both areas targeted by Warwickshire County Council’s business support programmes.

Another factor is the improved skills of young people in the county, with a significant reduction in the number of 16-24-year-olds who have no qualifications.

Again, this area is a high priority for the council which focuses on skills and apprenticeships, building links between business and schools and reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).

These are key priority areas proactively targeted by Warwickshire County Council through inward investment, business support and access to finance initiatives.

The productivity growth is also driven by other factors including transport links, apprenticeship schemes and business innovation. Warwickshire is at the forefront of innovation in the IT and computing sectors as well as the automotive industry, but the growth is general. Since 2012, all industries in the county have grown on average by 13.8%, higher than the West Midlands (10.9%) and the UK (11.4%).

The manufacturing sector, for which the county is renowned, has seen a 37.5% increase in output, more than three times the growth-rate across the UK.

 

Great News!!

by 19 Mar, 2017 No Comments

Warwickshire Towns Network pledge £134,000 to Town Centre capital investment via civic crowd funding platform Spacehive

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In a bid to make ever reducing WCC Town Centre Capital improvement funds go further the Warwickshire Towns Network have teamed up with civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive. The exciting new initiative offers individual Warwickshire Towns the opportunity to bid for County Council funding to support capital projects that they feel would benefit them specifically. In order to secure funding however, community and private sector investment and engagement is imperative. This change in the economic landscape is becoming commonplace in nearly all European, Central and local government funding opportunities. Alcester Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Partnership are working on potential projects that we can put forward to improve Alcester town centre infrastructure with particular focus on expenditure that will assist us to increase footfall in the area. Any ideas for projects or pledges of support would be gratefully received. e: chairman@alcesterchamber.co.uk

For more information please visit their page on Spacehive

by 18 Mar, 2017 No Comments

Alcester’s retailers engage in £1000 worth of digital and marketing training courtesy of Warwickshire Towns Network and Rural Growth Fund

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WTN launched a programme offering Retail, Digital and Marketing Training to independent Retail, Hospitality and Tourism sector businesses based in Warwickshire’s market Towns. OrangeMabel, Linda Rose, Camilla Jones, Robinson Tailors, Escape Lifestyle Boutique, 5 a Day and Alcester Country Market all engaged and benefited from £1000 worth of training courtesy of the Rural Development Fund.  WTN are now looking to secure funding for a second round of training – priority for places goes to members of Alcester Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Partnership. Join now! 

by 1 Mar, 2017 No Comments

Connection Magazine come on board as Patron Members of Alcester Chamber

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We are delighted to announce that Connection magazine have joined Alcester Chamber at Patron Level. Amy is now a member of the Chamber Committee. Their readership represents a high value target demographic for many of our members businesses so please contact them to find out about current chamber member offers.

T: 01789 491005 E: info@connectionmags.co.uk

 

 

 

 

by 10 Feb, 2017 No Comments

Alcester Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Partnership invited to Join Warwickshire Towns Network

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From 1st January 2017, Alcester Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Partnership were invited to join the Warwickshire Towns Network. The network is chaired by Warwickshire County Council Team for Towns centres and Tourism. Town Centre Leaders and BID Managers from across the whole of Warwickshire meet quarterly to share news, ideas, strategy, funding opportunities and more. Guest speakers and presentations feature insightful information on a range of subjects including Digital Strategy and infrastructure , Data collection and interpretation, Town centre marketing, Retail training, Regional networking and Collaborative partnerships. Alcester’s membership marks us as the first Market Town in Warwickshire to be invited and allows us to be at the forefront of a new pioneering project by Warwickshire County Council to support the smaller towns in the region.

by 30 Jan, 2017 No Comments

Alcester Chamber of Trade and Commerce become affiliated with Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber

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From 1st January2017, Alcester Chamber of Trade and Commerce joined Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber as Affiliate members bringing wider benefits to our members and a quarterly joint networking events to Alcester. In addition Alcester Chamber members are entitled to a 15% discount on Coventry and Warwickshire memberships.

by 18 Jan, 2017 No Comments