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NWedR supports and promotes economic development and regeneration across North Worcestershire

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Staying Connected

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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Play your part as we step out of lockdown

Even though we are steadily reopening businesses and places to visit, it’s still really important to play your part and observe the Coronavirus restrictions guidance. Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown has seen the opening of non-essential retail, personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons, public buildings, libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms have also opened (only for use by people on their own or in household groups) as have most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, have also re-opened. Wider social contact rules apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households. Read more about enjoying the new rules safely and keeping our numbers down  Also, See the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Worcestershire Regulatory Services has a webpage highlighting operational guidelines for hospitality businesses. See the website.


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Fully funded digital tech support

Malvern based tech company borwell is working with Worcestershire County Council to provide up to 5 days fully funded technology consultancy. This includes:

  • Choosing cloud-based platforms to support your business
  • Start your Digital Transformation process
  • Reduce the risk of Cyber-attacks
  • Improve customer engagement
  • Technology for remote working

Find out more about this and a range of business support options.

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Welcome back from Bromsgrove District Council Business Waste Team

During the pandemic, whilst they were staying home and doing their bit to help the country, BDC Business Waste Team also helped over 200 of their customers so that they didn’t have to worry about incurring a single charge for waste they weren’t making. Now that businesses are reopening again, BDC Business Waste Team is pleased to welcome back current and future customers across Worcestershire, Warwickshire, and the wider West Midlands.

If you’re looking to change your trade waste supplier for a friendly, local, flexible, and dedicated service, find out more:

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One Worcs Hospitality campaign

Calling all food, drink and hospitality businesses

Are you a Worcestershire food or drink producer, retailer or hospitality business?  You’ll no doubt be busy working on your Covid recovery plan and finding ways to get your product or service out there.  Now is the time to get involved in our ‘Make it’ campaign championed by One Worcestershire and partners. It costs nothing to take part and there are loads of opportunities to connect with your customers, meet similar businesses across the county and share marketing and social media tools produced exclusively for this campaign which starts NOW!  Find out more and sign up to Worcestershire 1000 to be part of the Make it in Worcestershire campaign.

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Celebrating North Worcestershire Calendar ~ entries closing on Tuesday!

There is less than a week to enter the FREE 2022 ‘Celebrating North Worcestershire’ PR competition. NWedR and North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL) have partnered once again to invite local businesses to submit just 50 words about the area for a chance to win a fantastic package of free marketing support. Now in its fourth year, the 2022 ‘Celebrating North Worcestershire’ competition provides the opportunity to win a valuable prize which will go to 12 lucky businesses. The prize includes a spotlight month in the wonderful ‘Celebrating North Worcestershire Calendar’ with a dedicated company photoshoot, features in the NWedR newsletter, social media PR campaign, an online feature in Business and Innovation magazine and your company photograph highlighted for a year on the NWedR and NWBL website photo galleries. The competition winners panel judges are looking for the most memorable, clear and insightful descriptions of why North Worcestershire is the best location for business. See the complete 2021 Celebrating North Worcestershire calendar photo gallery.

Entries for 2022 are open now and close on Tuesday 4 May 2021. 

Enter online now!


Looking for Higher level skills support in your business?

The Higher Level Skills Match (HLSM), part-funded by the European Social Fund, is an account managed recruitment and skills development programme designed to offer you a tailored and personal service to address your business needs. The dedicated team will support and promote your business growth by providing access to Student and Graduate talent from three local partner universities; Birmingham City University, Aston University and Newman University.

To find out how we can help grow and up-skill your business click here.

Deaf awareness

Show your support for deaf and hard of hearing people

Local interpreting agency Sign Solutions based in Alvechurch is encouraging all North Worcestershire businesses to support Deaf Awareness Week from 3 – 9 May.  The #WeSupportDeafAwareness campaign has been launched due to the significant difficulties that the deaf and hard of hearing communities have experienced during the lockdown. With a large number needing to lip-read, communication has been almost impossible. Whilst the mask presents one barrier, the other barrier is the lack of understanding and empathy from employers and organisations.

Find out how you can get involved in supporting this campaign.

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Have you had your jab?

Anyone who is eligible can book their coronavirus vaccination appointments online or by telephoning 119 or simply wait for your invite from your GP.  (You can use the same link to check the up to date eligibility criteria.)


If you are called for a vaccine, please take up the offer. Vaccines are safe and are our way out of lockdown. 1 in 3 people with Covid have no symptoms and are unaware they could be spreading the virus. This is why Public Health in Worcestershire is recommending anyone who has to regularly leave their home, gets tested twice a week using a regular rapid test (lateral flow test -LFT). Find out how to get a regular rapid test on our website www.worcestershire.gov.uk/communitytesting