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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.

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 is being updated regularly and displayed on the front page of our website.

Read the summary


Online 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

mindlands engine

New Business Council launched

The government has launched the ‘Build Back Better Council’ which brings together a broad range of business leaders from across the British economy to work in partnership with the Government on Coronavirus economic recovery and future growth plans. The Build Back Better Council will be comprised of 30 members representing industries from retail and hospitality, to finance, science and technology.

Find out more

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

Diverse business

Grant funding for diverse businesses – open until February 2021

There is currently a great opportunity for diverse businesses to receive grant funding and support.

The Diverse Supply Chains (Tender Readiness & Grant) programme is being delivered by Aston University.  It is available to diverse businesses in the GBSLEP area which includes Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest districts.  This includes those owned and managed by women, black and minority ethnic and young entrepreneurs.  It also includes, people with limiting disabilities, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ+). 

Grants will only be available to eligible businesses that attend the workshop programme. 

Following the workshops, the participating businesses can access grants of up to £2,500 (matched), to buy services such as:

  • Bid writing, training in bid writing / support in bid writing
  • Marketing and branding e.g., developing websites and marketing material
  • Supporting the cost of additional specialised consultancy support
  • Acquiring accreditations(non-regulatory)
  • Leadership training and confidence building

To book your place on the online workshops which will take place from February 2021, please email mpascommunications@gmail.com to express an interest in joining the online workshop programme. 

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Networking opportunity for professional services

On Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 10.30am – 11.30am Jerroms Accountants and Business Advisers invite you to participate in a virtual networking event aimed at professional services providers in North Worcestershire.

Join the team over a cuppa for a great opportunity to network and interact with others within the local professional services sector.  Jerroms is hosting this event with the intention that it will connect like-minded people and enable idea sharing and collaboration through open discussion. For general enquiries regarding the event, please email sharonadey@jerroms.co.uk or telephone 01527 833124.


Look after your mental health

Current research shows that employees are struggling with their mental health due to external circumstances often beyond their control. 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 their 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

low carbon

Turning your Low Carbon idea into a profitable business

Register for a 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.

Register now!

start up enterprising

£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

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