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Reaching out to you

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. Connect with your local council on social media Bromsgrove DC Twitter, Facebook, Redditch BC Twitter, Facebook, Wyre Forest DC Twitter, Facebook. NWedR social connections are shown at the top of this page.

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.

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Be Covid safe at work


If you are an employer with employees coming into the workplace, take extra care to ensure you are complying with the social distancing rules and providing your employees with the space and equipment they need to stay Covid safe.

Public Health at Worcestershire County Council have produced a series of workplace communications tools covering common things that cause outbreaks such as car sharing, making drinks for others, hand hygiene and social distancing.

Businesses can use these guides as appropriate to prevent an outbreak at their workplace. Usefully they also include material in a variety of international languages. These tools can be found here.

Find out more about county Coronavirus cases Worcestershire data dashboard on the County Council’s website.

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DRPG opens an in-house Covid testing centre

Global creative communications agency DRPG have implemented new measures to ensure the safety of their team and visitors to their studio complex in Hartlebury, Worcestershire. DRPG have created an in-house COVID testing centre using government approved Antigen rapid tests giving results in just 15 minutes.

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Protect your employees

As an employer, you can register to order Coronavirus tests for your employees if your business is registered in England, you employ 50 people or more and your employees cannot work from home.  Register to order Coronavirus tests for your employees


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Book a personal Covid test

You can book a personal Covid test in Worcestershire as long as you are asymptomatic – not showing any symptoms of Covid such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or any changes to your sense of taste and smell.  Book here 

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Calling all North Worcestershire businesses

Would you like to be involved in preventing holiday hunger for children this Easter?  Ready, Steady, Worcestershire is the countywide response to provision of food and activities for disadvantaged families in the school holidays. Plans are underway and the team would be interested to hear from local businesses, who may like to support this initiative.  Full details of how the scheme will work will follow in the weeks ahead, but at this stage please express your interest in being involved by emailing Jenny Moreton inserting ‘Food – Bromsgrove’ or ‘Food – Wyre Forest’ or ‘Food – Redditch’ in the subject line according to your local authority.  Please state your business name, a point of contact and telephone number and a brief statement on how your business could support this initiative.  Thank you! 

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Worcestershire County Council’s Here2Help scheme is there to help you, your family, your community and your business. This 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

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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


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Are you part of the Aerospace supply chain?

Unlocking Potential Funding for SMEs Event on 11 February 10.30am -12.30pm

Aerospace Unlocking Potential (UP) aims to support the aerospace supply chain in the Midlands by helping to unlock its innovation potential. The project is being delivered by the University of Nottingham and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). As a pan-Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) project, Aerospace UP is available to SMEs in 8 Midlands LEP areas.  The event includes a workshop to outline how eligible companies (SMEs) can apply for grant funding from £1,000 up to £100,000 and to answer any questions they may have about Aerospace UP.

Find out more

Bumble Hole

Celebrating North Worcestershire Calendar – February feature

Congratulations to Bumble Hole Foods who feature as this month’s pin-up in our Celebrating North Worcestershire Calendar.  From its humble beginnings as a smallholding in Bromsgrove, the company now operates from the most modern, state of the art egg processing food factory in the UK, with full BRC grade AA, Soil Association and Marks and Spencer A list approval.  Bumble Hole has the capacity to break and process an amazing 250,000 eggs per hour!  Find out more.  See the photo gallery of all the 2021 calendar winners here.  Look out for our 2022 PR and calendar competition launch later this month!

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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.


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