Thursday 28 September


18:00 refreshments, 18:30 presentations


Worcestershire Country Cricket Club, New Road, Worcester WR2 4QQ 


£10.00 for non-members

Please Note:

Join us on the 28th September to gain insight to the latest development plans for Hereford University, as well as receive a vital update from Worcestershire's LEP Inward Investment team.

Hereford University’s future development plans

David Sheppard is co-project leader of the Herefordshire University project and trustee of the Herefordshire Tertiary Education Trust.

David has 45 years management experience, working for British Gas Northern, founding David Sheppard & Associates management, a marketing and communications consultancy based in London and Newcastle, and setting up a telecom trade magazine, two telecom data analysis companies and a software based toy company.

David will be discussing the university’s forthcoming development plans. The talk will introduce the world-leading teaching approach being adopted by the university and outline the development timetable for campus delivery and opportunities available to the construction industry.

Between 2018 and 2033, over £500 million will be invested in the campus of an engineering only university. Most of it will be in Hereford City centre with laboratories and workshops on the City’s Enterprise Zone.

The project will consist of 15, 350 bed colleges (halls of residence – 122,000M2) and 22,000M2 of learning and admin space all within a ten minute walk of High Town plus a further 35,000M2 on the Enterprise Zone’s North Magazine along with associated public realm works.




Update from WLEP Inward Investment team

Mike Ashton, WLEP’s Inward Investment Ambassador, and Stephen Butterworth, WLEP’s Inward Investment Manager, will be discussing the role of the WLEP, introducing the new team and providing an update on recent actions, including:

  • US Trade Mission 2016 on Defence and Security;
  • Planned China Trade mission in 2018, building on strong links with two particular regions for trade, culture and inward investment opportunities;
  • MIPIM 2017 – Worcestershire’s attendance as part of the Midland Engine;
  • To continue building relationships with the US, soft-landing packages have been developed with local businesses;

The key to all above activity is engagement and partnership with the public and private sector, including looking at opportunities for the construction and property sectors in the county.

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