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Electricity Producing Roads to Paper Packaging: The Cleantech Solutions Supported by Unique Bootcamp in Wyre Forest

Road surfaces that turn movement into emission-free electricity, along with solutions to ease global battery shortages, bring cheap green energy into homes, and reduce waste from fashion shops are just some of the innovations being helped to become reality with support from Wyre Forest Cleantech accelerator BetaDen North.

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Could you be part of the Power Up mentoring scheme in Redditch?

In 2021, recognising the need for a constant pool of local talent, Simon Hyde, Chief Executive of FAUN Zoeller UK and local business leaders launched ‘Power Up’ a mentoring scheme for local young people in Redditch.  Simon and colleagues on the Power Up team are now proactively looking for mentors who have a can-do attitude and experience in their chosen field to help make a difference for young people and to find the rising stars of the future.

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GJS Dillon negotiates lettings for entire industrial park in Kidderminster

Worcestershire commercial property consultancy GJS Dillon has successfully negotiated all six lettings at the brand new Forest Industrial Park in Kidderminster.

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Invitation to the Mayoral & HS2 Supply Chain summit for SMEs

HS2 is a £100bn+ investment in the UK’s infrastructure, with the West Midlands at the heart of the new network. In this region alone, there will be two brand new stations, the HS2 Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot and the Network Infrastructure Control Centre (NICC) for the whole high speed rail network.

A large proportion of the £100bn budget will make its way down the supply chain providing transformational opportunities for businesses for more than a decade. The WMCA is committed to maximising the number of West Midlands businesses that benefit from this investment.

Join this virtual webinar as we hear directly from those involved in the project about what this means for local SME’s and the upcoming supply chain opportunities across the region.

Register to join this free webinar

Future Fund

Tap into the Sustainability Hub from GBSLEP

Are you a small business who wants to understand your carbon footprint? Would you like to see where you can strategically invest in your business to be more sustainable? Do you want to explore how you can innovate to tap into new low carbon commercial opportunities?

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, or simply want to see what is on offer from the GBSLEP Sustainability Hub, visit the Hub and see the support programmes on offer.

Any SME registered for business within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP can receive 1-to-1 advice from a Growth Hub Adviser. Any business with between 11 and 249 employees registered for business within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP geography can access the Clean Growth support programmes.

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Could you offer work to people coming from Ukraine?

For businesses considering making offers of employment to people coming to the UK from Ukraine, there is a wealth of information available.  Click the links shown below: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Home OfficeDepartment for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and Department for Work and Pensions

If you are offering employment opportunities, UK Government is asking  if you could complete the Vacancy information questionnaire, so we they understand more about your offer. After you have returned the questionnaire to, your organisation will be contacted by the National Employer and Partnership Team in the Department for Work and Pensions within 5 working days, to discuss the roles available.

Find out more about offering work to people from Ukraine

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HMRC help and support if your business is affected by COVID-19

Last month, HMRC, updated the guidance about the support available for businesses affected by COVID-19, to include details for upcoming webinars on declaring your grants on your Company Tax Return (CT600). The webinars will cover how to report Covid-19 support payments and grants on Company Tax Returns, what happens if businesses have claimed too much and details of what business records to keep.

Businesses can also use HMRC’s digital assistant to find more information about the COVID-19 support schemes.

See the guidance here. Sign-up for webinars here. Use the HMRC Digital Assistant.

Energy Advice

Make net zero a reality with free specialist advice

Worcestershire County Council is piloting a new programme, aimed at supporting organisations across the county to decarbonise to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

The Zero Carbon Ready Worcestershire programme, funded by the UK Community Renewal Fund, provides organisations with specialist decarbonisation advice to identify where existing energy consumption can be reduced and energy efficiency be improved.

As well as decarbonisation advise, 50% match funding will be provided to organisations and businesses for the purchase and installation of Smart Meters.

Places are limited so ensure you don’t miss out on this opportunity; applications close on Thursday 30th June 2022. For further information and for details on how to apply, please visit Zero Carbon Ready Worcestershire | Worcestershire County Council

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Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards open for Entries

Entries to the 2022 awards are open with apprentices, employers, schools and training providers in Worcestershire being encouraged to submit their entries or nominations via the online nomination process, before the 15 July deadline.

After the 'virtual' success of the awards in 2021, the Worcestershire Apprenticeships team have confirmed that this year’s awards will be returning to the physical awards evening format on 17 November, at the West Midland Safari Park.

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Danton HR

Celebrating North Worcestershire Calendar ~ May Feature

This month our Celebrating North Worcestershire calendar feature highlights Danton HR.  For all those businesses out there calling ‘May Day’, Danton provide a comprehensive HR service to businesses across all sectors and sizes. Danton is celebrating the launch of its open Managing People Fundamentals Programme next month, delivered through its Business Learning Academy.  This programme has previously been delivered in-house, so the open course is the first time that delegates will learn alongside peers from a range of different backgrounds and businesses.  Practical and accessible learning modules are perfect for owner managed businesses, ‘first time’ line managers and those managers looking to improve their management and leadership knowledge and skills.  

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Worcestershire Business Conference

Worcestershire Business Conference

Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Growth Hub have announced registrations are now open for their upcoming Business Worcestershire Conference on Tuesday 28 June at Sixways Stadium Worcester, 8am – 12:45pm.

 The conference will look at how your business can tackle some of the biggest challenges and embrace the opportunities businesses are facing to drive your business forward.

This year’s conference has been built around the key theme ‘Shaping Our Future’ and will focus on three hot topics: Innovation & Technology, Net Zero and Business Growth.  

Through thought-provoking discussions and talks, attendees will hear the latest thinking from inspiring speakers, have the chance to take part in expert-led sessions and will have plenty of time to network and learn about the support on offer to local businesses.

The conference is open to all businesses across the county of all sizes, from Start-Ups to SMEs to large-scale corporations and is free to attend. 

Spaces are limited. To ensure you don’t miss out on your chance to attend -

book your place now


Opportunity to secure 50% funding towards the ‘Leading Business Growth’ Programme

The Leading Business Growth programme at Warwick Business School is a 12-day programme aimed at leaders within established companies who have the ambition to reach their next stage of growth.   

 The programme consists of over 6 face-to-face workshops, spaced across 7 months which will enable leaders to understand how to drive sustainable growth and address the key challenges facing business leaders today. The programme also includes the opportunity to work on a business project, centred on a real-world problem facing your business. You can find more information on the programme structure and content here.

Fees for this programme are £12,500.  You may be eligible to part-fund your studies through the Supplier Skills Programme (SSP)* which offers a training grant of 50% of the fees. To register your interest in SSP funding please contact, or to discuss your proposal in person, please call 0121 303 3664. 

Grant funding is subject to meeting the SSP eligibility criteria.  You must also be approved for funding before applying to the Leading Business Growth Programme at Warwick Business School (WBS).

If you would like to find out more about the Leading Business Growth Programme, and the SSP funding, please join us for a free webinar on Wednesday 25 May at 6pm.

You can register here for this event


Welcome to two new NWedR team members

Clayton Maponga, Programme Delivery Manager

Clayton has joined the NWedR team reporting directly to Ostap Paparega.  Formerly at University of Wolverhampton in a Senior Capital Projects Manager, Clayton is taking the lead on key Future High Street Fund projects in Kidderminster and the Redditch Town Deal programmes. 

Clayton’s experience includes leading, managing, and implementing multiple major projects in the UK.


Naznin Chowdhury, Programme Delivery Manager

In her role at NWedR, Naznin is reporting to Ostap Paparega, working with colleagues and partners to deliver projects funded by the Government's Levelling Up fund.

She is working remotely but every two weeks will be at Wyre Forest House for team meetings, and important visits.

Naznin’s previous role was also in local government for a London borough. She was a Project Manager for the Tower Hamlets new Town Hall!

To see more about what NWedR is working on, visit our website


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 newsletter.

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.