LEP Inform event in Stratford

Tourism opportunities for businesses in Warwickshire will be among the subjects discussed at the next Inform event organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).

Robin Tjolle, destination manager at Shakespeare’s England, is among the speakers at the Menzies Welcombe Hotel Golf Club in Warwick Road, Stratford, between 8am-9.30am on Friday, December 6.

Shakespeare’s England is a public-private partnership which has been launched by tourism businesses and cultural organisations along with Stratford and Warwick District Councils to market and manage the area’s visitor economy.

CWLEP chief executive Martin Yardley will give an update on the City Deal bid, which is in its final stages, that focuses on the advanced manufacturing engineering sector in the region as well as explain how the CWLEP can help local businesses.

Judy Lambourne, project manager at Coventry University, will discuss the benefits of Innovation Networks which provides grants of up to £10,000 to help cover the costs associated with developing a new product, process or service while Tony Turner from Greenmech will talk about the help he received from the scheme.

The final speaker will be Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, who will discuss access to finance and the business support available for companies in the region.

Martin said it was another packed programme at an Inform event which lived up to its name.

“The purpose of the Inform events which are staged regularly throughout Coventry and Warwickshire is to explain how the CWLEP can help their business whether they are a sole trader or a global organisation,” he said.

“We have a varied line-up of speakers to offer information on a wide range of subjects which are aimed at providing help and support to businesses across the area.

“At this Inform event the subjects will range from making the most of tourism opportunities to grow individual businesses as well as benefit the area to making the most of ERDF funding to develop an innovative idea.

“We all want Coventry and Warwickshire to be the best place it can possibly be to work, live or visit and this event will also highlight all the business support that is available.

“There is plenty of financial assistance available – often it is just a case of knowing where to look in the first place and that is where the CWLEP can help.”