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Brilliant Bromsgrove let's celebrate

Brilliant Bromsgrove wins national prize

Bromsgrove has been crowned top town in England, beating off dozens of other contenders and bagging itself a £20,000 prize.

The town was named champion for England at Visa’s Let’s Celebrate Towns Awards after being shortlisted alongside 30 other UK towns such as Bridgnorth, Stevenage and Chester.

Bromsgrove’s collaborative approach to increasing footfall to the area and offering a warm Worcestershire welcome via tourism, events and the town’s hospitality sector was praised by judges. The bid for Bromsgrove was submitted by Visit Worcestershire.

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Bromsgrove cultural hub

Proposed new cultural hub for Bromsgrove

We want your views on a new landmark development being proposed for Bromsgrove that seeks to build on the success of BirdBox to provide a new vibrant location and hive of activity for the community, businesses, and act as a catalyst for wider regeneration in the High Street.

Two exciting new buildings and a greener public realm are proposed for the Former Market Hall site to create better connectivity between and within key retail and leisure sites in the town. The intention is to encourage people to visit the High Street for a range of activities such as cultural and community events, business use, creative exhibitions, and socialising.

The proposed new commercial and cultural hub has been designed for Bromsgrove District Council by ONE Creative environments (ONE) working with the council's economic development team NWedR. The project is funded through the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

Watch the video filmed by the Bromsgrove Standard at a recent public consultation featuring architect Becky Smith from One Creative Environments

See the images and have your say, on the website.  The closing date is 23:59 on Tuesday 21 March 2023.

2023 apprenticeship awards

Worcestershire's apprenticeship awards 2023 launched

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Worcestershire County Council have announced that the popular apprenticeship celebration event, the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards are returning in 2023.

2023 will mark the ninth year of the annual awards with the awards evening returning to the West Midland Safari Park in November. 

Entries to the awards have now opened with apprentices, employers, schools and training providers in Worcestershire being encouraged to submit their entries or nominations via the online nomination process, before the 14 July deadline.

Celebrate the impact of someone you know in apprenticeships and submit entries or nominations for the Awards before the 14 July deadline, by visiting the Worcestershire Apprenticeships webpage.

Visit here

clean hands

Clean Hands, Safe Hands campaign for businesses

In 2022 Public Health in Worcestershire launched their new campaign ‘Clean Hands Safe Hands’.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, handwashing was promoted as an effective way of reducing the risk of passing on the virus. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of continuing good hand hygiene.  

To support this, Public Health have developed a toolkit and posters for workplaces to use, this includes resources to encourage workforces to regularly wash their hands as part of their everyday routine. The key message is washing your hands with soap and water is still the best way to make sure your hands are germ-free as hand sanitisers are not effective against some germs like the sickness bug, Norovirus.

The workplace toolkit and posters can be accessed here.

business meeting one to one

Career development for business leaders

Business leaders across North Worcestershire are invited to take advantage of the 90% government-funded Help to Grow: Management Course. Designed by entrepreneurs and industry experts from the UK’s leading business schools, the course helps leaders and senior managers from SMEs in every industry to boost leadership skills as well as business performance and resilience.

To be eligible for the course, your business must employ between 5 and 249 people, and have been operational for at least a year. SMEs employing 10 or more people can enrol 2 senior managers on the course.

The course is delivered by multiple Small Business Charter accredited business schools within the West Midlands. More information, including course dates and testimonials from course participants, is available from the website.

Now we're talking

Now We’re Talking

The Now We’re Talking Partnership, led by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust alongside other local organisations, has launched a new ‘Professionals Portal’ which hosts resources to help people who may come into contact with staff or clients struggling with mental health or suicide.

Now We’re Talking is a partnership of local organisations from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire working together to reduce the stigma of mental health, as well as promote the range of support available for local people.

Anyone needing more urgent support, for example if they have an urgent concern about their mental health or that of a loved one, can contact the Herefordshire and Worcestershire 24/7 urgent mental health helpline on 0808 196 9127. The service is open to residents of all ages, across both counties. Alternatively, you can visit the Urgent Help webpage for further information and support.

For mental health support for children and young people, visit the dedicated Childrens’ Mental Health website.

green technology

Make net zero a reality with free advisory support

Worcestershire County Council has announced further support is available for businesses to access free specialist decarbonisation advice and individual assessments. The Decarbonisation Reviews will help eligible businesses identify where existing energy consumption can be reduced and energy efficiency improved. In addition to the advice, businesses will gain access to Worcestershire’s Decarbonisation Portal, which enables businesses to measure their carbon footprint and generate clear, long-term decarbonisation plans. Find out more or email

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 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 our Clean Growth support programmes.

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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 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.