Weekly newsletter for North Worcestershire businesses

NWedR supports and promotes economic development and regeneration across North Worcestershire

View this email in your browser

North Worcestershire edr

Follow NWEDR  |  Connect With North Worcs EDR  |  Visit NWEDR

nwedr logo

We support you and your business

The NWedR team delivers 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 regional 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.

Money grants

Local Restrictions Grant open for applications

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) is now open for applications. This is a government grant administered by local authorities.  It is available to businesses that, whilst not required to close whilst when in Tier 2, were impacted by the restrictions in place between 2 and 29 December 2020.  Priority will be given to those businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.  More information and online application forms are available on your local authority websites:

Wyre Forest businesses

Bromsgrove businesses

Redditch businesses


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


Mental health is a priority


We know that now, more than ever before, people are struggling with their mental health. As an employer there are some simple steps you can take to show commitment and support to your employees. MIND has produced an excellent toolkit for employers.

See MIND website


AP Insurance Broker

Celebrating North Worcestershire Calendar

AP Insurance brokers based in Redditch is the January feature in our new ‘Celebrating North Worcestershire’ calendar. Produced by NWedR in partnership with NWBL, the calendar includes photographic features of 12 local winning businesses that entered our annual PR competition by telling us what makes the area great for their business. If you would like a copy of our free calendar to adorn your office wall, contact jane.doyle@nwedr.org.uk.  See the gallery of all the 2021 winners on our website.

covid vaccine

Covid vaccination programme

Government has set out its UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan for vaccinating tens of millions of people by the spring.  This is the largest vaccination in British history.

Read the details

start up memmbership

£150 towards Enterprise membership

Enterprising Worcestershire is offering new or young businesses a fund towards their choice of business membership. For a limited time, Enterprising Worcestershire can now fund £150 towards your choice of business membership. This will provide you with ongoing support and access to a wide range of business services, critical for your new or early stage business. Memberships can cover access to a range of services, covering everything from legal and tax support, employment legislation, webinars and masterclasses and networking opportunities.

Read more

low carbon

Turning your low carbon idea into a profitable business

Free seminar on Wednesday 3 February 2021 10.00 – 11.15 am.

Worcestershire County Council (WCC) Low Carbon Opportunities Programme is here to help local businesses within Worcestershire and Shropshire benefit from, and thrive in this vibrant market. The programme offers detailed and in-depth one-to-one business support from sector experts aimed at getting businesses investment ready, as well as providing capital grant contributions.

On the 3rd of February 2021, WCC will be holding a free-to-attend webinar which aims to help Worcestershire and Shropshire SMEs launch or diversify into this market. We will hear from highly experienced business advisors who are experts in this field and we will examine how The Low Carbon Opportunities programme can help turn your idea or concept into a successful, profitable business.

Register now!

Webinar laptop

Thinking of starting a new business?

Birmingham City University is offering a free series of 4 half-day workshops covering the essentials of leadership and marketing strategy for start-ups and new businesses.

The Enterprise for Success workshops starting in February are designed to support small or medium-sized business owners and to help you understand how to grow and develop in order to achieve your business goals, giving you a competitive advantage.

More information

peer to peer

Peer to Peer Networks

Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. Delivered locally through either of our two Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hubs, the objective is to create diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive action learning, you will be able to discuss your own business challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome them.

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP Growth Hub Peer to Peer Network Information

Worcestershire Business Central Peer to Peer Network information

contact  Caroline@biz-smart.co.uk

girl hiking

Walk the walk

You can boost your mental – and physical - health by signing up for the Worcestershire Ambassadors ‘Walk the Walk’ 2021 campaign.  We are encouraging as many people as possible across Worcestershire to join us in logging their miles as they run, jog, walk or play sport so we can cumulatively reach the moon – 238,900 miles away. The aim is to collectively raise £20,000 to support mental health initiatives in Worcestershire. Many people have already joined in the challenge but if you haven’t signed up yet there’s still time to get involved.

Sign up here

here to help


Worcestershire County Council has created a website called Here2Help. This website provides users with information on what they can to do to stay safe and help others in their community. There are areas for how to manage your mental health during the pandemic  and a place to showcase how others are helping their communities during this tough time.

See Here to Help