Worcestershire has developed an effective business network with countries across the globe. Worcestershire works closely with the Department of International Trade and other networks to collaborate with other countries. America, Israel and France are just some of the countries we work closely with.
The Midlands Engine is a coalition of Councils, Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP), Universities and businesses across the region, actively working with Government to build a collective identity, to showcase competitive and compelling Midlands opportunities. Worcestershire LEP leads on the Midlands Cyber agenda for the Midlands Engine.Read more about Maryland Midlands Cyber MOU
In June 2017 Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine and Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland signed an MOU on behalf of Midlands Engine Cyber and the state of Maryland Department of Commerce. This MOU recognised the Midland’s regional excellence and international reputation for cyber security. This history began in the 1940s when Winston Churchill selected Malvern in Worcestershire as a safe place away from the London bombings to test radar technology to support our WW2 efforts. This led to the establishment of the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE) from which the global security and technology company, QinetiQ grew. Malvern in Worcestershire now holds the UK’s largest cluster of cyber security firms outside London and the region is establishing a reputation as ‘Cyber Valley’, due to this cluster and proximity to GCHQ, QinetiQ and the Special Services in Hereford. Equally, Maryland has a similar cluster due to its proximity to the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Defence headquarters. This shared expertise provided the platform for what has been to date a very successful MOU, spearheaded by Worcestershire LEP on behalf of the Midlands Engine, promoting both trade and investment opportunities. For more information about MOU opportunities please visit Midlands Cyber.
The success of this MOU has now led to an extension of the MOU with life sciences and other key sectors engaged with Maryland.
Worcestershire welcomes conversations with innovative companies and clusters from across the globe. We have recently hosted delegations from America, France and Israel showcasing commercial opportunities in the area.
The latest delegation, attracted approximately 70 attendees to the Malvern Hills Science Park to discuss the opportunities to access the lucrative Midlands market. The UK is the largest, most concentrated and accessible cyber-security market in Europe, worth more than £25billion and Worcestershire is at the heart of this opportunity.