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business lets keep moving

Let’s keep life moving

Step 4 out of Covid lockdown means that legal restrictions have been lifted, all businesses can open and the government is no longer instructing people to work from home.

To support businesses through this next phase, the government’s ‘Working Safely’ guidance will continue to provide advice on sensible precautions employers can take to manage risk and support their staff and customers.

Read the guidance

Former Magistrates Court front view

Planning application submitted for Former Magistrates Court in Kidderminster

A detailed planning application has been submitted to Wyre Forest District Council for the complete re-development of the Former Magistrates Court in Kidderminster.

Architects Burrell Foley Fischer, working in consultation with NWedR on behalf of Wyre Forest District Council have submitted the application which will transform the Former Magistrates Court building in Worcester Street, Kidderminster town centre.

Plans for the site transform the space into a cultural and creative hub. The space provides a range of flexible work, performance and production spaces and co-working areas in the main buildings and historic former weaving sheds.

Read the story

amazon facility

Jobs at new Amazon facility

The Amazon Sortation Centre at Redditch Eastern Gateway which will start operations later this year will create 200 new permanent jobs over two years. Amazon is recruiting for a range of new roles including engineers, flow control specialists, robotics engineering specialists and team members who will ship customer orders.

The new sortation centre is being fitted with advanced Amazon Robotics technology which will help sort parcels from Amazon’s fulfilment centres before they are transported to delivery stations from where they are collected by drivers for delivery to customers.

Read the story in the Redditch Standard

Business awards - with heart

Business Awards open for entries

The second North Worcestershire Business Awards organised by North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR) and North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL) is now open for entries. There are seven award categories, the winners of which will be presented a gorgeous glass trophy at the awards dinner at Hogarth’s Stone Manor Hotel near Kidderminster in November. The awards dinner will be hosted by BBC presenter and journalist, Joanne Malin.

All businesses based in North Worcestershire – covering Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest districts – are encouraged to view the nomination categories online at and select which one is most appropriate for them to enter.

Find out more and enter

Tech BetaDen

Deep dive into tech

BetaDen, Worcestershire's tech accelerator would like to invite you to its next free Tech Tuesday event on Tuesday 7th September from 12pm till 1pm.  Participants will take a deep dive into Assistive Technologies and Remote Medicine with the help of speakers from NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG, amica24 and Smartbox Assistive Technology.

During this FREE virtual event you will

  • gain insight into the future of digital health
  • discover opportunities for industry partners
  • learn about the direction of assistive technology use in the UK
  • uncover the technology solutions needed to make Technology Enabled Healthcare Services (TEHCS) a reality
  • find out about the technology challenges and emerging solutions in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Register here.

Ocius consulting

Calendar Competition winners

Lucky local businesses are celebrating after being selected as winners in a PR competition organised by NWedR and NWBL.

As part of their prize, the North Worcestershire based businesses are to be highlighted in the Celebrating North Worcestershire 2022 business calendar and will benefit from a 12- month package of PR support.

Picture shows: Ocius Consulting which headlines in August 2021 Celebrating North Worcestershire calendar.

Read the story

See the 2021 Celebrating North Worcestershire calendar photo gallery

WINN innovation platform

What’s on at WINN?

Read the latest newsletter from the County’s innovation team WINN.  Find out how to register on the Innovation Platform to solve business problems, share knowledge and recommend inspirational podcasts and books. Check out the upcoming Connections project and Quote Finder tool.

Read the WINN newsletter


peer to peer

Move forward alongside your peers

The Peer Networks programme through Worcestershire Business Central provides businesses with a FREE support network with 1-1 and group sessions designed to help businesses collaborate and overcome their challenges together. The scheme is now accepting registrations of interest from businesses interested in benefitting from the support. Find out more on the website here

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


team working

Do you need to up-skill your workforce?

Part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and managed by Birmingham City Council (BCC), SSP is aimed at existing Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) seeking to up-skill new and existing employees.  SSP responds directly to the skills and training needs identified by SMEs for their employees, thereby offering SMEs what they want and at the time they need It, in order to implement their skills and growth plans. 

Training grants of between £500 to a maximum of £18,000 per SME are available and training will be funded 50% by the SME and 50% by the European Social Fund grant. Complete your application form now to be considered.

covid vaccine

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, do 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. 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 the County Council’s website.

B&B sign

Food Glorious Food and drink in Worcestershire

Are you a Worcestershire food or drink producer, retailer or hospitality business?  You’ll be busy finding ways to get your product or service out there as the lockdown eases.  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.  Find out more and sign up to Worcestershire 1000 to be part of the Make it in Worcestershire campaign.


Staying Connected

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. 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.