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Following the completion of a high-profile change project, Julie Smith, one of our managing consultants, was personally invited to speak at the inaugural Why Worcestershire? breakfast event, hosted by TheBusinessDesk, on Tuesday, 4 October.

Joined by panelists Gary Woodman, CEO of Worcestershire LEP, and Andrew Lewis, Commercial Agency Director of GJS Dillon, Julie’s involvement meant focusing on the new employment opportunities brought by investing in the county’s transport infrastructure, skills and prime property development.

Investing in Worcestershire

The invitation to speak on the event’s panel came after her involvement in the implementation of a brand-new surgical robot for the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. Commissioned by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, news of the surgical robot’s imminent implementation was well received by the local community. The new equipment will enable the hospital to perform less invasive surgery, which will not only result in a better experience for patients but also quicker recovery times. The robot will initially be used on patients with prostate cancer – the most common form of cancer in men.

The project exemplifies the investment in skills in the region and the rejuvenation of the healthcare landscape within Worcestershire, helping to put the region on the map as a hub of healthcare excellence.

Commenting on the event, Julie Smith said:

“To be involved in such an inspiring flagship project which will benefit the local communities within Worcestershire has been one of my greatest achievements, and for it to lead on to speaking events such as this one, is a real privilege.

“The opportunity to speak directly to business leaders who are looking to invest further in their employees as well as looking for the next step in transforming their business approach has been enlightening for me and aligns perfectly with Entec Si’s commitment to focusing on people.

“Worcestershire is currently home to more than 31,000 businesses, which is a 40 per cent increase from 2010, and with ongoing investment in the region it will no doubt continue to be an asset to the UK’s economic landscape.”