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The NWedR team continues to work remotely, delivering support and services to businesses across North Worcestershire. Email us on info@nwedr.org.uk Call us on 0845 6015953 or visit our NWedR website to read our news and sign up for our weekly newsletters for North Worcestershire businesses.

For wider Worcestershire business advice, grants and support go to Worcestershire Business Central or The Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP Growth Hub.

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, a full range of business support is available to UK businesses and employees.  See the latest updates from Government. The business support helpline is 0300 456 3565 available Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.


Coronavirus update

Last Monday (9 November) The Prime Minister made a statement on the response to Coronavirus and provided an update on the progress towards a vaccine and the whole city testing pilot in Liverpool. Read the statement

The Government has also updated the guidance for working safely during Coronavirus to include information for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways. Read the guidance

The Government has announced an extension of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to provide support to the self-employed in the form of two further grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.Find out more

Furlough scheme extended until March Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that he will extend the furlough scheme until the end of March. The Chancellor said the scheme will pay up to 80% of a person’s wage up to £2,500 a month, with the policy to be reviewed in January. As part of the revised scheme, anyone made redundant after 23 September can be rehired and put back on furlough. Find out more

Applications are open for the Inclusive Recovery Fund for just one more day - closing Friday 13th November.  The Inclusive Recovery Fund is a £4.75 million fund to help social entrepreneurs and social enterprises in England to deliver their services and grow their impact while adapting to the challenges the Coronavirus crisis.  The fund will offer grants between £10,000 and £500,000 to asset or mission-locked ventures, with an emphasis on ventures with ideas to accelerate their growth, build resilience and create a deep and lasting impact. Find out more.

Community sport

Return to Play with Sport England

Sport England has launched the Return to Play Fund to support groups, clubs and organisations that have been impacted by the COVID pandemic restrictions. There are three grant programmes ranging from smaller grants to help groups respond to immediate challenges, and up to £50,000 to adapt places and spaces.

Find out more

Future start

Would your business benefit from the Kickstart Scheme?

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new six-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Find out more


The UK transition: prepare now

There will be new rules for businesses and citizens from 1 January 2021. Businesses, family, and personal circumstances will be affected. Answer a few questions to get a personalised list of actions and sign up for emails to get updates for what you need to do.


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North Worcestershire

Business Update

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New Enterprising Worcestershire scheme open

The new Enterprising Worcestershire scheme has opened for applications. Grants of £1,000 - £15,000 are available for SME businesses which have been trading less than 36 months. The grants must be match funded and are only available to businesses which trade at least 70% business to business.  The first round of grants opened for applications on 4th November and closes on 27th November.

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we're hiring

We’re hiring

Are you passionate about helping Bromsgrove businesses? We are recruiting a Business Advisor to ensure that businesses in the Bromsgrove area get dedicated support. The new Business Advisor will support existing local businesses to address their needs and issues and reach their full growth potential as well as supporting start-up businesses. Applications close on 17 November 2020.

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Jobs Match

Jobs Match Scheme for Worcestershire

In response to the recruitment challenges being faced by businesses who have recently seen a surge in employment demands and to support individuals who find themselves being made redundant during the Coronavirus pandemic, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP) is working with partners to deliver Worcestershire Jobs Match.

Find out more

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Your input to the Redditch Town Investment Plan

Redditch currently has an opportunity to acquire significant government funding through the Towns Fund. This funding is intended to improve the town and make it a better place to live and work. To apply for this funding, Redditch Borough Council needs to put forward ideas for where funding could be invested to make a difference to residents and businesses.

This short survey, which only takes 5 minutes to complete, is an opportunity for people living and working in Redditch to give input about what matters to them.

Enter the survey

Kidderminster town centre survey

Have your say on Kidderminster town centre

We're urging you to share your views about Kidderminster as part of a major consultation to shape the town centre's future.

Town centres throughout the UK have and continue to experience the challenges of a societal shift in changing shopping habits as well as the influence of Covid-19.  This is an opportunity for anyone who lives, visits, works in or has a view about Kidderminster to have their say on how they think the town centre could be made into a better place over the next twenty years. The deadline for responses is Thursday 26 November at 5pm

Have your say

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Up-skill your workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to up-skill employees within small and medium-sized businesses. We provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy

We can work with you to develop a bespoke training programme relevant to your needs, and because this programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) a wide range of training can be accessed at no cost to your business.

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Coronavirus business support

Covid-19 business interruption loan scheme update

On Wednesday 18 November 2020 - 2.00pm to 3.00pm, take time to join Ryan Cartwright, UK Network Senior Manager covering West Midlands for the British Business Bank. Ryan will present an online update on the Covid-19 business loan support schemes. Hear about the impact the schemes have had across the region, with a reminder of the updated key criteria for businesses still looking to apply for funding under the schemes. This event is being hosted free of charge by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.

Register here.

HoW college

New engineering centre complete

Work has now been completed on the Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) Duckworth Centre of Engineering. The engineering centre has been built to help meet the local need for engineers with a focus on automotive, plumbing & heating engineering students; with dedicated workshops and classrooms on site.

The Duckworth Centre of Engineering is one of the Worcestershire LEP’s Local Growth Fund projects receiving a total investment of £4.01M.

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here to help

Here2Help Find out about the Here2Help campaign from Worcestershire County Council encouraging our communities to come together to tackle Coronavirus. There are local community schemes Support Bromsgrove and Support Redditch too. 

Find out more and get involved