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North Worcestershire Business Awards – open for nominations

The third North Worcestershire Business Awards organised by North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL) and North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR) are now open for entries.

There are nine 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.

All businesses based in North Worcestershire – covering Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest districts – are encouraged to view the nomination categories online and select which one is most appropriate for them to enter.  This year there are also three Worcestershire wide awards which means they are open to businesses across the whole of the county.

View categories and enter here. Entries close on Friday 23 September 2022.

have your say

Share your views on the proposals for the Redditch Digital Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

NWedR, on behalf of Redditch Borough Council has commissioned SQW to assist with the proposed development of the Redditch Digital Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (DMIC).

The DMIC will be an £8m, c. 2,500 sq m development, and forms a key part of Redditch’s Town Investment Plan. The aim is to boost the supply of flexible workspace in the town centre and create a new focal point for innovation-led growth within the local advanced manufacturing sector. The project will also support digital skills and entrepreneurship development.

To inform the development of the DMIC, SQW would like to explore the scale and nature of demand that exists currently in Redditch, e.g., what ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ features should be offered as part of the scheme to best meet the changing needs of the local business base and have developed a survey to capture the views of local businesses. We are keen to get views from innovative and/or technology rich businesses on these important and exciting proposals for the area.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be treated as confidential and in compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements. If you would like to share your views on the proposals, please click here to access the survey.

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Are you a tourism business?

Visit Worcestershire is inviting tourism businesses from across the county to enter the next Tourism Awards, recognising the best visitor attractions and hospitality businesses that Worcestershire has to offer. 

In partnership with Visit England, the winners of the local awards will then be shortlisted for the VisitEngland Awards of Excellence in the hope of being nationally awarded for their impact on the tourism sector. This year, three Worcestershire businesses received prizes at the national awards. Congratulations to Severn Valley Railway who won the Bronze award for Resilience and innovation!

Applications for the Visit Worcestershire Tourism Awards 2022/23 will close on Friday 29 July 2022. Nominate now.

Hogarths June calendar

Celebrating North Worcestershire Calendar ~ June Feature

Our June calendar feature celebrates Hogarths Stone Manor.  Following on from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, June 2022 continues to be a very busy month and the hotel is buzzing with activity inside and out.  There will be 14 couples hosting their wedding at the hotel, 43 business meetings and 60 special occasion dinners taking place as well as the luxurious lounge bar, afternoon teas and a bustling restaurant.  The hotel is also highlighting its newly launched health and beauty studio in the relaxing Loft. If you are interested in taking care of your own wellbeing and building a wellbeing culture at work, Stone Manor has wellbeing day packages tailored to workplace wellbeing too.  You are invited to the wellbeing taster event on Thursday July 14 from 6pm to 8pm to find out more and receive your special goody bag.  Register to attend here.

Betaden cohort 6

BetaDen Cohort 6 – open for nominations now!

Would your business or idea benefit from tech support and investment?  The BetaDen package is worth over £50,000 and includes: 6-month programme from September 2022 till March 2023. Delivery days - Wednesdays and Thursdays at Malvern Hills Science Park

  • Access to Proof of Concept grant worth £10,000
  • Access to Marketing funding worth £2,000
  • Access to Worcestershire's 5G testbed
  • Dedicated free office space at Malvern Hills Science Park
  • Access to BetaDen's technology industry expertise network, events and Tech Talks
  • Access to mentors for advice in: Strategic Marketing, Raising Investment, Product Development, Intellectual Property, Accounting and Structure, Technology Stack, Mindset and much more.

Apply now to be part of it!

team working

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

NWBL Safari

North Worcestershire Business Leaders go on Safari

Members of North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL) were wowed by the West Midlands Safari Park on a recent Industry Insight visit.   The visit included a tour of the Safari Park to see the animals and learn about their welfare. The group also viewed the amazing newly launched safari lodges where visitors come from far and wide for the experience of a lifetime. Melanie Hawkett, founder of NWBL said “It was extraordinary to see exotic animals in their specially created habitats in Worcestershire!  We were so impressed and inspired with what the owners are doing for animal welfare, sustainability and our tourism sector.” For more information about North Worcestershire Business Leaders, visit the website. See more about West Midland Safari Park here. 

Diverse business

New bitesize events for SMEs in Greater Birmingham and Solihull

GBSLEP (Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP have organised a series of bitesize events for local businesses over the summer.  Here is a summary:


Event: How to get paid, manage costs and raise finance as an SME

When: 10am-12pm, Tuesday 28 June 2022 Where: Solihull College, Blossomfield Campus.  Want to learn how your business can get paid on time? If you need help and advice about payment terms in supply chains and what to do when payments become late, including what you may do from a legal perspective come and join this event.

With the growing concerns of SMEs due to the rising costs of living and running a business, we will support by signposting businesses to business support organisations which can advise on access to finance, to help cover the rising costs being experienced by businesses. This includes grants, loans and other sources of funding. 

This event will give micro, small and medium sized business owners some new tools to plan and crisis-proof your livelihood and business. Having been through several unforeseen crises of late, this event will provide some tangible take-aways on how to plan ahead and what business support to tap into locally, that will enable your business to move forward. 

Register your attendance here. It’s free to attend.

Event: How to find, write and secure tender bids as an SME

When: 10am-12pm, 5 July 2022 Where; Solihull College, Blossomfield Campus
Does your business want to learn about applying for tenders? Do you need support with bid writing? This event will be beneficial to your business if you have little or no experience of the procurement process and would like to understand more about tenders and bid writing.  It will also break down procurement jargon and explain what an SME should be doing to be successful when looking at winning contracts.  

This event will be an opportunity for small and medium sized businesses to hear more about local procurement opportunities, where to look for local opportunities and what to consider when writing a bid.

Register your attendance here - it’s free to attend.

Event:  A one-off online sales event to promote your product or service to other SMEs 

Wednesday 6 July, 12 - 2pm

An opportunity to meet a large number of people very quickly, definitely expanding your network and potentially make some sales.

Upon registration, all participants will be encouraged to put forward one product or service to offer to the wider audience – either for barter or sale - with a retail value circa £750.  (This is a suggested value, you are welcome to pitch an item with a higher or lower price point).

On the day, participants will be randomly placed in an online meeting room with other participants and given two minutes to “pitch” their selected product or service.  After several rounds of pitching, parties who are interested in meeting individually with companies they have either heard pitch, or they saw on the participant list and are interested in speaking to, will be put together for a meeting.

Non-sector specific – believe in serendipity and secure your place today.

Event: Driving Sales and market growth through the power of PR 

Thursday 7 July  12-2pm 

PR is about so much more than column centimetres: it’s the key to building brand awareness and capturing the attention of your target customers. In this webinar, we’ll be joined by Hattie D'Souza the agency’s Account Director and Leila Smith Agency Account Manager, EAST VILLAGE PR, for an insight into how you can power up your PR on a budget. 

Whether you’re looking for product placement to drive sales; keen to build your media profile to attract investment; or simply want to stand out against your competitors, this webinar will give you the tools and insight to move your PR strategy forward.

Hattie and Leila will share their years of expertise representing SMEs of all shapes and sizes, explaining the best strategies for product and service-based businesses. They’ll share some tricks of the trade to help gain maximum exposure in all the right places.

Register here now.

Event: Creative Tactics to boost sales in Manufacturing and Engineering

Tuesday 12 July  3-5pm 

How does one manufacturer stand out from another?  What makes an OEM choose your parts or service?  This issue is particularly challenging for manufacturers and engineers where client confidentiality can prevent the use of product photos and in-situ demonstrations.  We’re bringing together some clever traditional creative and cutting-edge tech companies to work with manufacturers and engineers on how to address these challenges, raise their profile, and get those sales leads.

Regardless of the industry there is always a sweet spot in the customer journey that takes them from being a passive participant and prospect to a valuable client.  Is it possible to speed up that decision-making process? Join us for a conversation about what trends are on the horizon in this marketplace.

This online event will be followed by an in-person meet up for all attendees on 20 September 2022, more details provided on the day – get your place booked now:

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Get your entries in for the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards

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.

Find out more.

Electric car event

Company cars - Is it time for you to go electric?

If you’re considering changing your personal car, or updating the company fleet, now is a good time to gather the facts about electric cars.  You are invited to join a zoom presentation with the Energy Saving Trust and Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest Councils, where experts will be on hand to answer your questions.  There will be information about electric car options, financial incentives, charging options and the facts about zero emission vehicles.  The online event is on Tuesday 12 July from 12 noon to 1pm. Book your free place here.

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

Danton HR

How would you define your employer brand?

To highlight Employer Branding Awareness Week, Danton HR has collated some suggestions to help businesses develop their employer brand.

Employer brand relates to how your people and potential hires view your business.  With a reported 94% of people considering an organisation’s employer brand when applying for jobs, it’s safe to say that businesses need to do more than simply post a job advert when looking to fill a position.

Read the blog here


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.