Worcestershire has one of the fastest growing economies in the country with an array of highly reputable, fast growing and successful companies from SME's to large Multi-national Enterprises.
We are aiming to become a financially self-sufficient Council, to achieve this aim we will promote and support businesses in the county, businesses looking to relocate to the county and those businesses we work closely with.
Worcestershire LEP announced the new test bed will focus on the 5G commercial applications with founder members and leading companies, QinetiQ, Worcester Bosch and Yamazaki Mazak to enable innovation in the cyber security industry and Industry 4.0. The 5G test bed will also provide the opportunity for entrepreneurs to test 5G capabilities in the new incubator which will be located at the Malvern Hills Science Park.
5GIC is the largest UK academic research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications, bringing together leading academic expertise and key industry partners from all the top providers and infrastructure companies into one shared vision.
The 5G test bed is just one strand of Worcestershire LEP’s vision for local connectivity as the organisation strives to make Worcestershire a connected county for all. The LEP is working with all major communications providers to achieve this and are currently working with them to explore new business models that enable the operators to deliver this goal.
Worcestershire LEP have begun to develop the new 5G application as part of building a connected, creative, dynamic economy that delivers increased prosperity for all those who choose to live, work, and invest in Worcestershire. The county has recently seen two high profile national successes, including achieving the UK’s strongest growth in higher level workforce skills as well as the UK’s highest growth in workforce productivity, between 2010-15.
5G connectivity is set to revolutionise the way that business works in the UK and globally, and I am therefore delighted that Worcestershire is leading the way in terms of developing 5G applications for local businesses. The Memorandum of Understanding that we have signed with the University of Surrey displays our intent to become one of the first regions to incorporate the new technology and will help us to cement our status as a county with exceptional digital connectivity for all.
Mark Stansfeld, Chair of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership