Malvern Hills Business e-Bulletin - March 2019

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Tech accelerator BetaDen is now recruiting for Cohort 2.0


BetaDen, Worcestershire’s first dynamic and ground-breaking commercial tech accelerator is now recruiting for Cohort 2.0, a unique programme dedicated to entrepreneurs and technology businesses in developing new concepts and product solutions co-located with the region’s 5G Testbed project team.

The programme offers intensive support to help techpreneurs, start-ups and SMEs to design and build their idea and prepare it for market launch or be positioned for investment. The unique package of support includes office space at the BetaDen Hub at Malvern Hills Science Park as part of the three-day per week programme, and access to: industry-leading technologists; business mentors for techpreneurs; events and workshops; investment coaching; Proof of concept grant funding; commercial meetings offering genuine routes to market; and marketing funding.

Applications will close on April 30th 2019. Those interested will need to apply here to complete an online form. The Worcestershire LEP and delivery partners will then be shortlisting businesses to progress applications, before selecting the final cohort.

To find out more and apply, visit or contact the team on 01905 672700 or

Proof of Concept Funding Available


Worcestershire 'Proof of Concept' is a grant fund that has been designed to support established and start-up businesses to develop innovative new products and processes within Worcestershire. Financial support is offered to projects that aim to investigate, advance and protect early stage innovative business ideas and to commercialise new innovations. The principal objective of the Proof of Concept fund is to encourage SME investment in innovation, specifically; creating products and services that are new to the company or new to the market. The fund offers grants of up to £30,000, representing 40% of the total project costs.

Interested businesses should contact Jane Holmes (Central Technology Belt)

Final LEADER Call - Rural Business Funding


A final LEADER call has opened up for Worcestershire rural businesses looking to develop and grow.

If you have a great idea that is ready to go and need between £5k - £40k to kick start it you could be eligible to apply for the LEADER grant. LEADER funding can be used towards the following priorities: Support for micro and small business; Tourism; Farming productivity; Rural services; Culture and heritage; and Forestry productivity.

Please note that your project must be ready to go, with all permissions (e.g. planning) and 3 quotations for all works in place. You must be able to complete your project by March 2020.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 25th March 2019.  Please note that if you are successful at Expression of Interest stage you will be required to complete and submit your full application by 22nd April 2019.

Please contact the team on 01905 845306 or at for a discussion and an application form.

Be Cyber Secure - Grants Available

Be Cyber Secure Programme

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017 revealed that almost 7 in 10 large businesses identified a data breach or attack, costing in some cases millions of pounds. Would your business survive a similar attack?

Cyber Security has never been more important, particularly with the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), so now is the time to make your Worcestershire business more cyber secure. This programme provides free advice and grant funding to improve your cyber security.

The last few grants are available so if you are considering investing in new IT equipment and systems click here for more information.

Investing in Growth - Last Few Grants Remaining

Investing in Growth

The Investing in Growth Programme will provide a bespoke support package for Worcestershire businesses to ensure they are investment ready in order that they may access local, regional and national funding programmes to reach their growth potential. The last few grants of up to £30,000 are be available to support businesses to make a significant change in their development, to access new markets, innovate, diversify and generate business.  Please note any proposals must be able to achieve full spend by September 2019 so this will be particularly suited to capital equipment purchases.

To express your interest and for more information, please click here.

Business Basics Funding

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Businesses are being invited to apply for funding through the Business Basics Fund. The fund aims to build evidence on how to encourage SMEs to adopt productivity boosting technology and/or management practices. It is administered by Innovate UK on behalf of BEIS. Under the second round of the Business Basics Fund, for which a total of up to £2 million is available, 2 types of project will be funded: trials and proof of concept. All applications must be submitted before the 17th April 2019 deadline.

For more information, click here.

Final Spring Call for the Enterprising Worcestershire Grant


The final Spring Call for the Enterprising Worcestershire Grant Fund is open until 16 April 2019. The fund offers grants from £1000 up to a maximum of £2500 at a match funding rate of 50%.

The fund is open to Worcestershire SMEs that have been trading less than 36 months and that are trading at least 70% Business to Business. Click here for full details and to apply.

Worcestershire Works Well Scheme

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Worcestershire Works Well (WWW) is a FREE accreditation scheme designed to support businesses to improve the health and well-being of their employees. Improved employee health and well-being has been shown to improve profitability and productivity of businesses. Worcestershire Works Well is open to public, private and third sector organisations that are located in the county.

Businesses interested in signing up should visit the WWW website and complete the submission form. A representative from WWW will then be in touch to arrange a visit to the business to discuss the toolkit and standards.

HS2 Supply Chain Bulletin

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HS2 Ltd have released their quarterly Supply Chain Bulletin, designed to give information and updates on HS2 and supply chain opportunities.

Doing Business with Worcestershire County Council


Local businesses are being encouraged to register with Worcestershire County Council electronic tendering system. From the website you can view a list of Council tenders, contracts and quotation requests. Register your organisation in order to receive further notifications about any tender opportunities in Worcestershire that your organisation may be interested in.

Brexit Toolkit


Worcestershire Business Central have complied a range of resources and information provided by Government and partners which will help businesses understand and plan for the various scenarios of Brexit.

Click here to access the resources.


Brexit Drop-in

18th March 2019, 9:30am – 11:30am | Council Chamber, Malvern

Worcestershire Business Central is hosting a series of Brexit Drop-in events to provide businesses with information to help understand and plan for the various scenarios of Brexit.

With the United Kingdom due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, the sessions will give local businesses the opportunity to hear from key speakers who will offer relevant information and guidance on preparing for Brexit.

For more information and to reserve your place, please click here.

Find it in Worcestershire – Griffiths Civil Engineering Breakfast Meeting

19th March 2019, 6:45am – 9:30am | Sixways Stadium, Worcester

Speakers and buyers from Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, who have been awarded the fourth and final phase of the A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road contract in 2018, are attending Find it in Worcestershire Breakfast meeting on the 19th March.

This is an exciting time for the county with investment in its key roads producing new connections for major economies and supply chain opportunities for local businesses. Price - £15.00 + VAT per delegate

Click here for more information and to book your place.

Food and Drink Conference

19th March 2019, 8:45am – 12pm | Sixways Stadium, Worcester

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Santander and mfg Solicitors to deliver its second Food and Drink Conference. Click here for more information. Please note this event is for food & drink producers only.

Malvern Hills Business Forum

19th March 2019, 7pm – 9:30pm | BLOOM.Space (The Grange), Malvern

Malvern Hills Business Forum aims to provide a meeting place for anyone who runs a business or has decided to start one. It exists to provide the exchange of ideas, encouragement and support between fellow business owners.

At the meetings there is usually a presentation or discussion on a relevant business topic plus plenty of time for networking.

Ian Jarvis, from Vertis Accounting, will lead the discussion this month on how the "Make Tax Digital" changes will affect how to run your business.

For more information, visit

Israeli Cyber Firms Visiting Worcestershire Businesses

20th March 2019, 9am – 11:30am | Malvern Hills Science Park, Malvern

Worcestershire LEP (WLEP) are hosting 5 Israeli cyber companies and showcasing the ‘Cyber Valley’ (the area covering Malvern, GCHQ and Herefordshire) with a view to attracting the businesses to locate in the region. The companies' areas of interest are: Automotive, Aerospace, Manufacturing, critical infrastructures, cloud companies, legal tech solutions/GDPR.

There is an opportunity to meet them along with some other organisations like universities and the Department for International Trade on the morning of the 20th March 9-11.30am at Malvern Hills Science Park. Places are limited so please let Stuart Emerson at WLEP know if you would like to attend.

Flexible Working Workshop

22nd March 2019, 1:30pm | Worcestershire County Cricket Club, Worcester

Businesses are being invited to a workshop to learn more about the latest developments in flexible working in Worcestershire.

The workshop will include the launch of Worcestershire’s first ever ‘Flexible Jobs Index’, which examines the proportion of high quality flexible jobs in the county following a research study carried out by Timewise Foundation, in collaboration with Hewett Recruitment and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Attendees will be able to learn more about the findings which encourage both employers and intermediaries to take action to adopt flexible hiring to support inclusive growth. For further information and to register for the workshop, contact Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership by emailing

Autism & Employment Awareness Event

27th March 2019, 10:30am – 3pm | University Arena, Worcester

The Autism Strategy Partnership Board of the Local Authority, in conjunction with Fortis Living, CIPD Gloucestershire and CIPD Hereford & Worcester are hosting an event to offer help and support to employers around neurodiversity. This ‘drop in’ event aims to enlighten employers on the benefits of having neuro diverse people working for them and what reasonable adjustments may be involved to help ASC employees maintain their employment and thrive in it.

Click here to reserve your place for this event.

Practical Cyber Protection - Tips & Tricks to keep your Business Safe

29th March 2019, 8:30am – 1:30pm | Chateau Impney, Droitwich

Keen to keep your business safe from financial demands, data loss and expensive downtime that costs money and hampers your reputation? Then this jargon free and highly interactive event is for you. The morning event will offer practical tips and advice from technology and security experts, on preventing and dealing with cyber-crime.

Click here for more information and to book your free place.

Worcester Business School Placements & Graduate Job Fair

1st April 2019, 11:30am – 3pm | University Arena, Worcester

Businesses are invited to the Worcester Business School Placements and Graduate Job Fair. Stands are free and available for businesses with roles for graduates, as well as placements and internships. You will be provided with a table, chairs and complimentary refreshments and lunch. For further info and to book your stand and space, please click here.

Worcester Business School is currently sourcing placement and internship opportunities for degree and post graduate degree students especially in Worcester and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out more about how your business can benefit from their students please contact Sally Docherty ( or tel. 01905 855279.

WINN Wednesday - Knowing Me, Knowing You

10th April 2019, 5pm – 8:30pm | University Arena, Worcester

Over a third of people don't know the people they live next door to - so how well do you know your suppliers, your customers or the support available to your business?

Join WINN for the latest event 'Knowing me knowing you' where WINN will be looking at some awesome ways to get to know your business in-depth, how to scope out your competitors and ways to build your market position!

For more information, visit:

Simon SmithChristine Butler Joel KellerVictoria Carman