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NB Business Awards sponsor

Sponsors lined up for first North Worcestershire Business Awards

Excitement is building for the first ever North Worcestershire Business Awards as all the sponsorship opportunities have been snapped up by local companies.  The glittering North Worcestershire Business Awards ceremony organised by North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR) and North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL) will be held at Hogarth’s Stone Manor Hotel near Kidderminster on Thursday 28 November 2019.

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European Funding

Final Opportunity for Investing in Growth Grant Funding

A limited number of business growth grants of £20,000 minimum value to a maximum of £35,000 are available now. The grants are capital only and are offered at 45% of total project value. The match funding aims to support SMEs to grow their business through increased productivity or new market development. Recent IIG grant applicant Peter Carrick, Managing Director at Rocket Caravans said: "It was a straight forward and painless process. It gave us confidence to take the next step knowing we were getting a significant contribution to cover the cost of equipment which would have taken us several years to achieve without the help of IIG fund."

For more information please contact Wendy Garrad on 01905 844595 or at

Business hands

Kidderminster businesses vote yes to BID

Businesses in Kidderminster town centre have voted in favour of a creating a Business Improvement District (BID). A majority of firms backed the plans to set-up a Kidderminster BID. The ballot has been taking place over the past month and it was announced on Friday 17 May 2019 that almost 55% of companies were in favour of it.

A BID is a precisely defined geographic area in which companies pay a small extra levy on their rates to fund additional services such as events and initiatives to boost footfall and foster growth. The businesses will pay a 1.5 per cent levy on the rateable value of their company premises, starting in April 2020.

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Redditch to host world’s first Wi-Fi 6 Industrial trial

Mettis Aerospace, designer and manufacturer of precision-forged, machined and sub-assembled components, primarily for the aerospace and defence industry, will work with the WBA (Wire Broadband Alliance) to test several applications on a Wi-Fi 6 network at its 27-acre Redditch facility. First in a series of global trials, this will enable the use of augmented reality, real-time monitoring of equipment and a host of other applications in an enterprise network environment designed to digitise Mettis’ production line. Mettis Aerospace is a key supplier for organizations like Airbus, Boeing and Rolls-Royce.

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Thorlux Lighting

Thorlux picks up Queens Award

Thorlux Lighting, has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the Innovation category, for its SmartScan wireless lighting management system.

Thorlux luminaires have been manufactured continuously since 1936, the year Frederick William Thorpe founded the company. The company now operates from the Group’s modern 16,882m² self-contained factory in Redditch, Worcestershire and provides a comprehensive range of professional lighting and control systems for a wide variety of applications.

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have your say

Have your say to improve transport connections across the area

Take a few moments to give your views to Midlands Connect who are conducing a survey to find out about business travel for people living and working to the west of Birmingham. Feedback from this survey will provide evidence to see how transport can be improved including changes to the transport service.

  Complete the survey


Great things are happening!

On Tuesday 18 June, WINN are bringing together the brightest, best and most inspiring innovators and businesses from across Worcestershire for a packed day of creativity, collaboration and innovation. This awesome day will conclude with an event which will bring speakers from across the county to discuss the latest in tech opportunities across a range of sectors, the launch of the Make it Happen Challenge and the latest updates for innovators from the WINN team. Alongside the talks and workshops you will find plenty of networking opportunities, interviews and panels to engage with or just bring your laptop along and co-work with Worcester’s thriving creative & tech community at The Kiln pop up. Workshops can now be booked now -

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Basement project

North Worcestershire Charity monthly spotlight - The Basement Project, Bromsgrove

As a small, local charity, The Basement Project in Bromsgrove offers support to 16-25 year olds with any issues or problems that they may be going through. Young people come to us for a variety of reasons, but sadly many are often homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Basement is a safe, secure environment and offers some stability in what are, all too often, very chaotic lives.

As a charity, we need the support of local businesses. Has your business nominated a Charity of the Year?  Could you and your employees run an event for us? Every penny given to us goes to support young people and can make a huge difference.

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WFDC waste

Reduce your waste costs up to 25%

Did you know that if you have a business in Wyre Forest you could potentially reduce your waste costs by up to 25% by recycling your commercial rubbish?

Wyre Forest District Council offers a combined trade waste and recycling service to firms within the district, helping you save money and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. So you save money and the environment benefits!  For more information visit

The Depot

GT Access maypole

Business of the month – GT Access

The May Day maypole was a creative and fun angle for GT Access to take for their Celebrating North Worcestershire calendar photoshoot.

As with everything that the company tries to achieve, they wanted to add their own bit of flair!  The playful use of a powered access platform as the maypole with members of the team dressed as the diverse trades they service added just a little bit of fun! 

See all of the 2019 Celebrating North Worcestershire calendar winners.   Find out who the winners are of the 2020 Celebrating North Worcestershire Calendar in our June newsletter.

What's on

What’s on for your business in Worcestershire?

To source business opportunities, find suppliers, networks and events go to Find It In Worcestershire.  Join North Worcestershire Business Leaders at one of their regular events -  See the programme.  Find out what network events are happening across Worcestershire by viewing the H&W Chamber Events Calendar .  Get the latest on awesome innovation across the county and find out when the next WINN Wednesday event is taking place at the WINN Hub