Happy New Year


Hello and welcome to the second in a series of blogs produced by the Board Members of Worcestershire Advance and guests from our County…can I start by wishing you a Happy New Year and a very successful 2018.


Since Chris’ initial blog  when we launched an awful lot has happened in terms of both Worcestershire Advance and the wider world. Starting with the easy bit, Worcestershire Advance’s launch in September saw over 100  people attending Boleros for canapes, drinks and a short presentation outlining the goals of the group. The party then moved down the road to Tonic where people could network in a relaxed environment, with local musician, James Caveny, providing the entertainment.


Following on from this successful launch, the Board have been focused on welcoming our first Members and arranging events for the forthcoming months. We have already had the wonderful duo of Jamie McDonald and Katie Lowe inspire attendees at Primo…whilst the Xmas drinks at The Old Rec was a rather more informal affair to celebrate the festive season.


So what next? Well January sees us hosting local success stories Jonny Arr (Worcester Warriors) and Dom Portman (Fancy Dress Worldwide) at Primo…whilst plans are afoot for a mixture of networking events, workshops and socials throughout the rest of year. We already have an exciting workshop, led by John Painter (CB Chartered Accountants), lined up for the end of February and in March we are looking at running something a bit different – a networking debate event!


Now for the tricky bit!


The world certainly has changed in the last 6 months and with the ongoing Brexit negotiations (sorry, I had to mention it!) and other events over the globe, one could be forgiven for wondering quite what is next around the corner. It is this uncertainty though that is precisely why a group such as Worcestershire Advance has an important part to play in the local economy. The opportunity for a group of like-minded individuals to support and encourage each other, networking and sharing best practice, can be invaluable if times are tough and help maximise growth when the going is good.


Notwithstanding the business benefits, Worcestershire Advance has an important part to play in the community too. Our aim is to support local people, projects and initiatives to make Worcestershire an even better place to live, work and socialise. By giving back to our County and encouraging our Members to do the same, we hope to create an environment where new talent can flourish and get all the support and opportunities it needs.


So why do I care?


Well I am Worcestershire born and bred and after 3 years away at Cambridge University and a stint in Birmingham at the start of my career, I have now worked in our County for almost 10 years. I live, work (and socialise!) in Worcester City Centre and feel this is a County with so much to offer. My personal experiences, combined with those as a Director of Hewett Recruitment and a number of other County based organisations in which I am involved, are what make me want to ensure that everyone else knows this too. Worcestershire offers a great mix of work and leisure, of urban life and open countryside, and it is this blend that Worcestershire Advance feel makes it the perfect place for individuals and businesses to thrive.