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Coronavirus business support

Business Support

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. 

Business support overview

Overview of grants and business support

NWedR has collated information on the current grants and support available to North Worcestershire businesses. This, ‘at a glance’ summary has been designed to provide a quick overview for business leaders across the area.  This will be updated regularly and displayed on the front page of our website.


Read the summary

Online grants

Additional Restrictions Grants

There are now two further grant programmes available to support businesses affected by the latest lockdown which began on the 5th November. The Local Restrictions Support Grant is for those businesses ordered to close, and who have a Business Rates account. The Additional Restrictions Grant is for businesses forced to close but unable to access the Local Restrictions Support Grant because they don’t have a separate business rates account, or who haven’t been forced to close but are nonetheless severely impacted by the national government restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19.

For more information on eligibility criteria and application forms for these grants, click here for Redditch businesses, click here for Bromsgrove businesses click here for Wyre Forest businesses.


Coronavirus Symptoms

Employee showing signs of Coronavirus?

Do you know what to do if one of your colleagues has suspected Coronavirus?  See the updated government guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read the update

Ben Hale

Welcome to Ben Hale

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP Growth Hub has recently appointed Ben Hale as Business Advisor for Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove and Redditch based businesses who are looking to grow or need assistance.

Ben’s work history started in the financial services sector as a relationship manager and has since moved between Department for international Trade, National Trade Associations and most recently business engagement for a local FE college. ‘I am really excited to be working for the GBS Growth Hub and I look forward to meeting and supporting the business community of North Worcestershire in what are challenging and difficult times for businesses.’

The GBS Growth Hub provides advice and signposting to over 250 referral partners who provide grants, projects, proof of concept and innovation support, skills advice and many other areas of support for businesses in the local area.

Contact Ben via email or visit the GBSLEP Growth Hub website for further information

Future start

Are you switched on to electric vehicles?

Join Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce for an online sustainability forum - Making the Switch to Electric Vehicles.

The UK Government aims to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans over the next 10 years. Electric vehicles are already practical and economical in many business situations. Hear about the capabilities of these vehicles and the practicalities of using, charging and financing them for your business.

Thursday 14th January 2021 10.00 – 11.00 am

Register for free here

Webinar laptop

Do you travel into Birmingham regularly?

Ahead of the Birmingham Clean Air Zone going live on 1 June 2021, find out how one of the country’s biggest bus operators has prepared with three simple steps: upgrading to compliant vehicles, retrofitting existing vehicles and introducing electric vehicles. Watch the journey National Express has taken with a short video. Click here Watch the video .  SMEs based in the West Midlands interested in applying for grants of up to £170,000 to help prepare for the Clean Air Zone can find out more at a free Business Clinic on Wednesday, 16 December at 9.00am. The webinar will provide an overview of the Heavy Duty Vehicle Fund as well as exemption permits and other financial incentives before opening to questions. The meeting is your chance to clarify any queries, dispel any myths or check any facts.

Register for the event


Brexit transition

There are just 22 days remaining for your business to get set for the Brexit transition. There are new rules for businesses and citizens from 1 January 2021.

Find out more

NWBL Xmas bash

Festive fun and looking forward

Thirty North Worcestershire business leaders got together over zoom this week to wish each other festive greetings and raise money for Primrose Hospice based in Bromsgrove. The annual NWBL (North Worcestershire Business Leaders) Christmas Lunch at Hogarths Stone Manor was swapped for an online quiz and silent auction as a way for the group to get together at Christmas time this year.  Melanie Hawkett, NWBL founder said, “It’s been a very challenging year for many of us. Let’s harness our skills, talents and enthusiasm ready for 2021 when hopefully we can meet face to face again”.  North Worcestershire Business Leaders is a growing group of professionals who meet to share, connect and learn.  If you are interested in joining NWBL contact melanie@nwbusinessleaders.co.uk

Sparkle and shine Bromsgrove

Shops and Businesses to Sparkle and Shine

Shops and businesses across Bromsgrove are invited to share their sparkle and shine as the District Council hosts a Festive Best Dressed Window Competition.

In partnership with Bromsgrove Court Leet and The Bromsgrove Society, the annual competition is set to go ahead – but with a little bit of a difference in light of the Tier 2 restrictions.  Closing date for photographs is this Sunday December 13.

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