March 2020 NWedR Newsletter

NWedR supports and promotes economic development and regeneration across North Worcestershire

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Business invited to sponsor North Worcestershire Business Awards

Awards organisers NWedR and NWBL are now calling for sponsors for the 2020 North Worcestershire Business Awards.  Local businesses are now offered sponsorship opportunities for this prestigious event which will be held in November at Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel near Kidderminster.

The sponsorship packages for 2020 are now available to all companies that do business in North Worcestershire. Available on a first come first served basis, these one-off sponsorship opportunities provide a top showcase for businesses and are a great morale booster for employees.

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Brushing Shoulders with Bromsgrove’s Big Businesses

Council bosses brushed shoulders with one of the District’s largest employers in a bid to understand their business needs. Bromsgrove District Council Leader Karen May and Chief Executive Kevin Dicks visited LG Harris which employs 300 people at its site in Stoke Prior.

Read the story

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Wyre Forest Workspaces

If you’re looking for a new home for your business, there is a range of work spaces available now across the Wyre Forest district.  See how Caroline Brady who makes HGV truck curtains and Abywell who make furniture from Whiskey barrels are running their businesses from the business centre at Space at Hoo Farm.  Find out about modern office space at Wyre Forest House and Unity Park , a brand new development of nine purpose built light industrial workshop units on Silverwoods Way, Kidderminster.

Find out more about SPACE Wyre Forest


Coronavirus Guidance for Businesses & Employers

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak presents a significant challenge to businesses around the globe. The UK government, including the health and social care systems, have planned extensively over the years for an event like this, and the UK is therefore well prepared to respond in a way that offers substantial protection. 

Keep up to date with advice via the NHS coronavirus web pages.

Find guidance for Employers & Businesses

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Worcestershire Digital Skills Survey 

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), working with Serco, is seeking the views of Worcestershire employers to understand how organisations can be supported to develop the skills needed to adopt digital technologies. Your responses will help to influence future training provision in Worcestershire that could benefit your organisation.

Complete the survey here

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Do you export goods around the world?

The Department for International Trade has launched a new digital tool to help UK businesses trade with over 160 markets around the world. The free tool will help you easily find and understand what is needed to export goods internationally. It provides product-specific and country-specific information on tariffs, regulations, the UK border and other topics all in one place. It will be updated regularly to reflect any changes to trading arrangements.

Check How to Export Goods

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Floods prompt Free Weekend Car Parking

As part of the support to businesses after the recent flooding, Wyre Forest District Council is removing parking charges on its car parks in Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley over the next two weekends - 14 and 15 March, 21 and 22 March.  Businesses suggested free car parking as an incentive to attract visitors and increase footfall back to the towns. The cost of the free parking offer is being met by the community recovery fund, set-up to support residents and businesses affected by flooding.

Find out more

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Disposal of Flood Damaged Household Waste

If a resident’s insurance company has not made any arrangements for the disposal of flood damaged items from their domestic property, they can dispose of this at their local Household Recycling Centre (HRC). During the flood period Worcestershire residents who have been flooded and want to use a commercial vehicle (up to 3.5 tonnes in weight), van or trailer to take their flood damaged items to their local HRC, can collect a ‘flood permit’ from their local flood information hub / library.

Find out more.

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March Calendar story

Invoco were thrilled to have been chosen to feature on the March page in the ‘Celebrating North Worcestershire’ 2020 calendar – so much so, that sales manager Vikki Strong ordered a few props to have fun in the calendar’s photoshoot.  Vikki said “every entry was great, and we want to congratulate everyone for taking part and we encourage businesses across North Worcestershire to get their entries in now – for the 2021 calendar competition – see next story.

Read Business & Innovation Magazine’s feature on Invoco

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Enter our Celebrating North Worcestershire Competition to win a year long package of free PR

This week, we’ve launched our Celebrating North Worcestershire competition.  Entries are now open for a chance to win a valuable prize which will go to 12 lucky winners. The prize includes a spotlight month in the Celebrating North Worcestershire Calendar 2021, a dedicated company photoshoot, a business feature in Business and Innovation Magazine and a dedicated showcase in the monthly NWedR newsletter.  Entering the ‘Natural Environment for Business’ competition is quick and easy to do – either online or by email  Businesses across North Worcestershire are asked to submit up to 50 words on why they think the area is an exciting and inspiring place for their business. 

Enter now online

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What’s on for your business?

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 programmeCircle2Success have lots of business events planned over the coming months. The Worcestershire Ambassadors have great line up of events.  Find out what other 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 and find out more on the Bromsgrove Rotary Business Club.