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Finalists NWBusAwards 2021

Finalists Announced – North Worcestershire Business Awards

Twenty-one local businesses have been selected as finalists in the 2021 North Worcestershire Business Awards.

Finalists will gather with the award sponsors and VIP guests at a special awards dinner at Hogarths Stone Manor on Thursday 25 November where the winners of each category will be announced by BBC Presenter and Journalist Joanne Malin.

The North Worcestershire Business Awards are organised by NWedR (the shared Local Authority service representing Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest) and NWBL (North Worcestershire Business Leaders) in partnership with Hogarths Stone Manor. The headline sponsor is Eureka Financial Solutions and the associate sponsor is Citizen Communications.

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low carbon

Are you a local business looking to go greener?

Or maybe you are concerned about rising electricity bills. The County Council’s clean growth team are on hand to help.  A number of clean growth grants are still available to help to support local businesses to become greener and cut their costs.

Over the last four years, Worcestershire County Council and its partners have supported around 800 businesses and provided over £3.3million worth of funding to help them become greener. 

Both the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) and the Low Carbon Opportunities Programme (LOCOP) offer free assessments and grants to eligible local businesses to support clean growth and help Worcestershire businesses save money. Advice and grants are also available through LOCOP to help businesses develop and commercialise innovative ideas, that help others to be green.

Both programmes are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

For more information about eligibility, please visit the Clean Growth pages of the Worcestershire Business Central or email

Front elevation - FMC

See plans for the former Magistrates Court, Kidderminster

Residents and businesses are invited to a public exhibition of the proposed re-development plans for the former Magistrates Court in Kidderminster.

On Thursday 21 October, council officers and representatives from architects Burrell Foley Fischer will be on hand for informal discussions on the proposed plans and display boards for the proposed transformation.  The temporary exhibition will be staged in the foyer of Kidderminster Town Hall between 2pm and 5pm.

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Bromsgrove Library business

Call into Bromsgrove Library for business advice

The Business & IP Centre Worcestershire Launch Event is taking place tomorrow – Friday 15 October from 10.00 to 12 noon at Bromsgrove Library.  If you are thinking of starting a business, a new start-up or becoming self-employed, come along and find out how we can help you. Worcestershire libraries are the home of Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Worcestershire, providing free and accessible business advice, support, information and resources you can trust to help you on your business journey.

Whether you’re just starting out, need advice on protecting your assets, or are ready to take the next step in your business journey, Business & IP Centre Worcestershire can help.

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Green World Small

Would you like to progress a low energy project?

GBSLEP has launched a Low Carbon and Circular Economy Grant Fund. This is an open call for projects that can solve local challenges and create opportunities to help the region achieve #WM2041 Net Zero targets. Projects should be at an early-stage looking for support to develop their technical feasibility and need to be led by businesses located in the GBSLEP area which includes North Worcestershire. Apply for up to £30,000 in match-funded grants. More information can be found at with a closing date of Friday 22 October.

GBSLEP have worked closely with Zellar, the business sustainability online platform, to offer businesses one year’s free access to the sustainability monitoring platform. Interested businesses can apply here.

TDM Training

Fully funded tech and digital training

The Development Manager (TDM) is launching and delivering a fully funded Tech & Digital Training Programme for Three Counties 19 – 23 year olds to achieve C&G Level 3 Diploma and provide support into new roles.

The programme, consists of pathways in Tech and Networking, Digital Support / Marketing, Data, Cyber Security, UX / UI Design and Coding (Java and .NET).

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Commonwealth Games

Connect with the Birmingham Festival

Announcing the Birmingham 2022 Festival – a six month festival shining a global spotlight on creativity in the West Midlands.

Running from March through to beyond the conclusion of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in September 2022, the festival will feature hundreds of creative commissions across the region including art, photography, dance, theatre, digital art and more.

The full programme will be announced in January – register your interest to be amongst the first to find out Birmingham 2022 Festival’s exciting range of events

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Tech BetaDen

Get Tech Savvy

BetaDen hosts a series of events open to all of those interested in the evolving technology landscape. Each event focuses on one area of technology application or development.

We will be exploring Global Technologies and The Next 5 Years during our next Tech Tuesday event on 7th December, 12:00pm - 1:00pm. 

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Covid home test

Worcestershire County COVID-19 updates

You can get the daily updates on Worcestershire wide Covid-19 rates on our COVID-19 Dashboard.  If you are fully vaccinated or under 18, you do not need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You still need to take a PCR test. If the test is positive, you will then need to self-isolate. Find out more at the NHS website.

Covid-19 testing - which test should you take?

Testing for COVID-19 is key to getting back to normal.  Our new ‘PCR vs LFT’ webpage provides information on which test should be taken and where to access them.

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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.