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The NWedR team delivers support and services to businesses across North Worcestershire. Email us on 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

Have you applied for the Local Restrictions Grant?

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:

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Bromsgrove businesses

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Coronavirus business support

More employers sign up to rapid testing to protect their workforce

Dozens of public and private sector employers are now offering rapid Covid-19 testing to those without symptoms. Around 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and may be unknowingly spreading the virus. To help stop the virus spreading, the government is making millions of rapid test kits available to employers, NHS and care home staff, primary care workers, schools, colleges and universities, as well as local authorities in England. Read more.  Companies interested in the tests should email including “Register interest for National Worker Programme” in the subject line. This scheme is open until 31 March 2021.

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


here to help


Worcestershire County Council’s Here2Help scheme is there to help you, your family, your community and your business. The website provides users with information on what you can to do to stay safe and help others. 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


Exit from the EU

webinars, videos and tools for businesses

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a series of short, on-demand videos to support businesses following the end of the transition period. Topics covered include importing and exporting, rules of origin, audit and accounting, and registration is needed to access the video content. Register here to access the transition tools.

Toolkit for transition action

The Government’s Business Partnerships Team has also produced a toolkit to help businesses to take action and to encourage others in their sectors and supply chains to do so by sharing messages on social media and other internal channels. See the toolkit here.

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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

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Free business support sessions for hospitality and tourist focussed businesses

The Hospitality Partnership, in conjunction with Worcestershire Business Central and Worcestershire County Council, are offering a free opportunity for 18 hours of peer to peer networking alongside business coaching. This opportunity will enable businesses to learn from similar businesses about the challenges and successes of the past year and how to plan for growth into the future. Businesses should have 3+ employees and a turnover of at least £100,000. Find out more and check your eligibility here.

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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 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