How can Worcestershire's highly
skilled workforce benefit your business?

World Class Manufacturing

At the heart of UK manufacturing and home to many global engineering firms, Worcestershire is attracting significant interest from automotive, aerospace, energy and materials firms looking for quality skills and room to grow.

Connections… to give you greater reach.

Worcestershire offers manufacturers greater connectivity to customers and suppliers. In terms of customer-base, more than 50 million people from Cornwall to Cumbria can be reached within a 3 hour drivetime, as can all major deep-sea ports. Access to the major automotive facilities at Bristol Port is less than an hour away. There are 11 railfreight terminals within an hour of Worcestershire including those at Hams Hall, Birch Coppice, Daventry, Rugby, Telford and Bicester.

Companies… more supply-chain opportunities.

At the heart of the UK’s growing supply-chains in automotive, aerospace and advanced materials, Worcestershire is home to major manufacturers here include Yamazaki Mazak; Bosch Thermotechnology, Morgan Motor Company and the global headquarters of global engineering group GKN. We’re part of the West Midlands automotive cluster that includes Jaguar Land Rover, SAIC, BMW and Aston Martin; and an aerospace region that Rolls-Royce in Derby and Meggitt, Moog and UTC.

People… skilled engineering workforce.

Worcestershire has a higher proportion of manufacturing employees than the regional or national average. Many of these positions are highly skilled engineering roles, high-tech manufacturing, ICT manufacturing, electronics and aerospace activities with four times the regional average and double the national figure when it comes to proportion of people in high-tech manufacturing jobs.

Sites… to match your growth.

Growing businesses need space to expand and Worcestershire has identified a number of ‘gamechanger’ sites that are the focus of investment and development activity – these are Malvern Hills Science Park; Redditch Eastern Gateway; South Kidderminster Enterprise Park; and Worcester Technology Park (Worcester Six). These strategic sites will suit a range of occupiers from manufacturing and technology companies to office-based projects.

Additional strategic employment sites, industrial estates and technology parks have been identified across the county which are located adjacent to major transport corridors and are close to Worcestershire’s main towns.

Support… to help you succeed.

Across Worcestershire, a partnership of local agencies is committed to supporting business growth. A range of tailored business support can help you to grow or locate your business. This includes grants, for example, to assist with supply-chain development, low carbon initiatives and redundant buildings; as well as national schemes like Regional Growth Fund and Growing Places Fund. Worcestershire.Business.Central is the growth hub which can help growing firms.

  • “Worcestershire came out as our top choice because of the skilled workforce available in the region and its central location to the UK’s motorway network. The endless support from the local partners solidified our decision to move to Worcestershire.”

    Mike Harris
    Company Accountant
    NTM-GB

  • “What’s important to us is that we’re close to an established automotive industry. This means supply chains are extremely efficient and we can find staff with the right skills and experience.”

    Roger Graham
    Finance Director
    UK-NSI

  • “We chose Worcestershire for our European HQ and UK manufacturing facility because of its great location – it is close to motorways, airports and shipping ports.”

    Glenn Johnson
    CEO
    Endurance Wind Power

  • “Worcestershire is a second home to me. There is always a spring in my step as I cross the bridge over the River Severn at Worcester to arrive at New Road, the most beautiful cricket ground in the world. As Patron of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, I am impressed by the new hotel and stadium development which will be a huge asset for the club, city and county for many years to come.”

    Mervyn King
    Former Governor of the Bank of England

  • “The most important part of our business is our people. We wanted to retain their experience, expertise and intellectual capacity and that’s why we chose to stay here in Malvern. Besides which, we have a good quality of life here. Worcestershire is a great place to live and consequently our staff retention levels are high.”

    Paul Walker
    Managing Director
    Malvern Instruments

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