Business support update and city changes (re:new July 23, Issue 129)

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Second round of grant scheme launched

Discretionary Grant Scheme broadened out to help small businesses

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City of Wolverhampton Council has today (Thursday) launched the second round of its Discretionary Grant Scheme to help small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Full details of the eligibility criteria, evidence required and a link to the application form is available at

The second round has been broadened out to also help businesses that employ up to 50 employees, who have relatively high ongoing property costs and have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis.


Council progresses plan for new-look city centre

Funding bids in and focus on Victoria St and North St area

Victoria Street


City of Wolverhampton Council is progressing its transformation plans for a new look city centre to ensure works can start as soon as Government funding is secured.

Detailed design is complete and early contractor engagement has been carried out on phase 1 of the public realm proposals on Victoria Street.

Phase 3 on North Street, and adjoining streets around the Civic Halls, is being brought forward. Detailed design on the public realm outside the venue is expected to be completed by November.

It is all part of plans for the project, formerly known as Westside Link, that will see the creation a high quality city centre pedestrian environment, improved pedestrian and cycling connectivity and creation of new public spaces capable of hosting large scale events and activities.


Face coverings a must in shops & supermarkets

Free printable poster for shops and how to make your own face covering

face coverings


People are being reminded they must by law wear face coverings in shops and supermarkets from this Friday (24 July) to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Face coverings are only currently mandatory on public transport, or if attending hospital either as a visitor or outpatient, but the Government has announced they will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England from Friday. Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

The City of Wolverhampton Council has created free printable posters for businesses to help inform customers, which can be found in the downloads section at Reopening Wolves.

The council has also produced a handy, step by step guide to show people how they can make their own face covering out of an old T-shirt.


i54 western extension main works underway

Expansion expected to provide around 1,700 new jobs for local residents



Expansion works on a major Midlands business park are running ahead of schedule with the construction of fully serviced factory platforms now underway.

Advanced works involving site clearance, land investigation and testing across a 60 acre site at i54 South Staffordshire have been completed, just 2 months after the opening of a newly built access road – and while following the Government’s Covid-19 safety guidelines.

The western extension at i54, which is located on the county border with the City of Wolverhampton, will deliver up to 100,000 square metres of ready made development platforms for companies at what is a globally recognised advanced manufacturing employment zone.

The main works are expected to be completed next year and it is anticipated new occupiers could start arriving from 2022, providing around 1,700 new jobs for local residents.


New crossing to link city centre to Molineux

Council successfully bids for £110,000 to provide additional option

Ring Road


A new crossing for pedestrians and cyclists will be created across Wolverhampton’s Ring Road to link the city centre with Molineux Stadium and the university.

City of Wolverhampton Council has successfully bid for £110,000 of funding to create the toucan crossing over Ring Road St Peters.

It will provide an additional option to the Molineux Subway which is currently the most direct route for people wanting to get from the city centre to the football stadium or the neighbouring university buildings.  

The new crossing will run from where Paternoster Row meets the Ring Road, across the central reservation and over to the Molineux Hotel City Archives building.