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celebrate the games

Thank you for the Games and the legacy

Business leaders and residents across North Worcestershire send huge congratulations to the city of Birmingham for staging an outstanding Commonwealth Games. The event has created wonderful memories and a great buzz for the whole area – very well done to the everyone who has been involved - organisers, volunteers, and of course the competitors.

See what the games have given us.

Regeneration Kidderminster

#Regenerating Kidderminster

Consultants appointed for regeneration of Kidderminster Town Centre

McBains Limited, national multi-disciplinary property and construction company has been appointed to deliver design and engineering services which will completely change the look and feel of Worcester Street and the surrounding public spaces in Kidderminster town centre.


Read the story

Polling station

Ever wanted to be at the heart of the elections buzz?

If so, now is the time to register your interest in being involved in local elections and be paid for it. Redditch and Bromsgrove Councils are hiring – and you get to keep your day job too!  There are lots of positions available including poll clerks and count assistants. The next scheduled elections are Bromsgrove District Council and Redditch Borough Council Local Elections to be held on 4th May 2023.

Follow this link to apply

healthy wellbeing tips

Workplace wellbeing – what are your priorities?

We are working with Worcestershire County Council, to help understand what external support businesses would find most beneficial in improving their employee health and wellbeing. 

Improved employee health and wellbeing has been shown repeatedly to improve profitability and productivity of businesses.

The survey closes on Monday 12 September 2022.

Share your thoughts.

team working

LEP and BetaDen offer digital bootcamps

Worcestershire LEP and its partners are offering a range of courses designed to upskill employees in digital professions. If you or a member of your team would like to reskill or upskill in Networking, Network Security, HTML 5 Application Development, Software Development, Microsoft Office Specialist routeways or the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing then these routeways could be for you. Bootcamps are delivered across Worcestershire at a location to suit you. For more information get in touch with Ria Hale on 01905 845950 or via email or contact the Growth Hub team for more information on 01905 677 888.

TDM open day

Open days for Tech and Digital Apprenticeships

West Midlands-based Apprenticeship and Training Provider The Development Manager (TDM) is inviting students receiving their A Level and GCSE exam results this month to attend online Open Days to find out more about Apprenticeships, opportunities in the local Tech and Digital Sector and support available to them to start their careers in this attractive sector.  TDM’s Open Days will take place on Monday 22nd August after A Level results and Tuesday 30th August after GCSE results and the Bank Holiday, online via Zoom at 10am and 7pm. Local employers and current apprentices will be taking part to share their thoughts on Apprenticeship recruitment opportunities, what it is like to be an apprentice, advantages over other educational and employment routes and what employers are looking for in Apprentices, alongside other important Information, Advice and Guidance.

Book your place an on online open day here.


Ukraine Independence Day

On 24 August the people of Ukraine mark their Independence Day, which will be exactly six months since Russia’s invasion, and 31 years since declaring independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.  To show both the UK’s continued support for the people of Ukraine, and to thank the British public for their continued support and generosity, the UK government has been working closely with the Ukrainian government on their plans to mark this Independence Day, at a time when they are fighting for their freedom.

You can show support for Ukrainians in several ways including:

Lighting up buildings blue and yellow, or flying the Ukrainian flag on 23 August and sharing imagery of that on your channels on the 24 August using #StandforFreedom #StandWithUkraine and ‘Ukraine Independence Day’ in the copy.

Sharing videos that the Ukraine government will post on social media on 23/24 August with the hashtags #StandforFreedom #StandWithUkraine.

Displaying Ukraine’s #StandforFreedom campaign materials on any advertising space you may have. e.g. at events in the run up to and beyond the 24 August.

Sharing any compelling local Ukrainian voices or inspiring stories of local support (including hosting) or UK-Ukraine unity which we could incorporate into this day.  If you wish to share stories, please contact Georgie Redgate and Fee Cameron

NW Business Awards

North Worcestershire Business Awards – get your nomination in now!

Get your nomination in for the North Worcestershire Business Awards organised by North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL) and North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR).

There are nine award categories, the winners of which will be presented a gorgeous glass trophy at the glittering awards event 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.

NWedR team no Jon

Celebrating North Worcestershire Calendar ~ August Feature

Our August calendar feature is NWedR.  As well as taking time out to enjoy the Birdbox community space next to Waitrose in Bromsgrove, the team is busy working on regeneration programmes worth £70 million with grant funding secured for regeneration projects in North Worcestershire.   We’re also proud of distributing nearly £5 million in business grants to local businesses since April 2020.  We’re once again working partnership with North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL) to champion North Worcestershire including co-hosting the North Worcestershire Business Awards. 

Find out more about NWedR.

low carbon

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 Hib 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 our Clean Growth support programmes.

Find out more

Redditch United FC

Redditch HR Forum

In association with Hewett Recruitment, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Redditch HR Forum at Redditch United Football Club on Wednesday 24 August 09:30am-11:30am. H&W Chamber Members FREE| Non-members £20+VAT.The HR Forum is aimed at HR representatives’ responsible for HR within their business. It is a confidential forum designed to allow you to share best practice and seek advice and support from peers in an open and supportive environment. Attendance at this event can be used to count towards your CIPD CPD portfolio. Redditch United Football Club, The Trico Stadium, Bromsgrove Road, Redditch, Worcestershire B97 4RN

Book your place here

Elevate programme

Elevate your business

The Elevate Worcestershire programme is a growth support offer for established, successful businesses with the vision and opportunity for significant further growth. The programme is flexible and will offer a variety of support packages to meet a range of business needs and sector specific challenges.

Aimed at aspiring SME’s ideally trading for a minimum of 3 years and employing 5 plus employees, the programme can offer specialist business support to encourage and enable growth, review processes, and improve productivity, look at sector specific barriers to growth and support SMEs to achieve their growth potential.  Elevate currently offers generic growth support as well as specific industry support around Manufacturing Supply Chain, Digital Technology and Automated Manufacturing and Creative Tech.

On completing the programme there will be the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help implement the actions and bespoke business plans that have been developed.

Find out more

Help to grow digital

Expansion of Help to Grow: Digital

More small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and microbusinesses can now receive discounts worth up to £5,000 on approved software under an expansion of the Help to Grow: Digital scheme. The scheme was previously only open to those businesses with more than five employees but businesses with 1 to 249 employees are now eligible.

eCommerce software has also been added to the scheme, helping businesses to sell online and reach new markets. This includes helping them to manage their inventory, take payments and gather data and insights on customers’ needs.

Businesses can now access 30 different solutions from 14 leading suppliers of eCommerce, Digital Accounting and CRM software. Additionally, Help to Grow: Digital will support one-to-one advice for SMEs on how best they can adopt digital technology.

Find out more.


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.