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North Worcestershire Business Awards 2023 are open – enter now!

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

There are eight business award categories – all free and simple to enter online. Winners will be presented a gorgeous glass trophy at the awards dinner at Hogarth’s Stone Manor Hotel near Kidderminster in November. Closing date for entries is 31 July 2023.

Enter online now

help to grow

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Help To Grow Management Course

It’s time to take your business to the next level with the Help to Grow: Management Course delivered by the University of Worcester. Help to Grow is a government funded, leadership course aimed at senior managers in small and medium sized businesses.  The course has been designed in collaboration with industry experts, experienced entrepreneurs, and​ business schools. The course provides practical skills and knowledge to develop employees, build business resilience, increase profits and support growth. 

Created by the Department of Business, Entergy and Industrial Strategy this course is being delivered part time (12 weeks on Wednesday afternoon's, with 4 sessions in person and the rest online).  The cost is £750 (discounted by BEIS) but companies can receive bursaries from Growth Hubs / Council Programmes. 

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Help To Grow Management Course - University Of Worcester


Online resource launches to help Worcestershire businesses

Whether you are at the start line of your business journey or have already embraced digital, this new portal has a variety of information to help. Technology can be a great enabler and a powerful driver of efficiency but implementing digital solutions for your business can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know where to start or know which solution is right for you. The resource has been developed in conjunction with digital transformation specialists, Winning Moves, and forms part of the successful Elevate Technology Programme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Topics the resource can help businesses with include, Cloud, Cyber Security, Data, eCommerce, Operations, Marketing and much more.

Find out more.

2023 apprenticeship awards

Worcestershire's apprenticeship awards 2023 encouraging entries

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Worcestershire County Council are calling for entries for the popular Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards 2023.

2023 will mark the ninth year of the annual awards and this year the celebratory event will take place at 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.

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.

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Business conference Worcs

Business Conference helping to reduce environmental impact

Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Growth Hub have announced registration is now open for their upcoming Business Worcestershire Conference on Tuesday 27 June at Sixways Stadium Worcester 8:00 am – 1:00pm.

The focus of the upcoming conference is on Net Zero and Sustainability. Through thought-provoking discussions and talks, attendees will hear the latest thinking from expert speakers and local businesses as they explore what is Net Zero, tackling rising energy costs, carbon reduction techniques and employee and supply chain engagement.

The conference is designed to help businesses in Worcestershire who are looking to begin their net zero journeys and for those already committed to making a change but are looking for inspiration to help improve their current strategies.

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

book your free place now.

Betaden cohort 7

Kickstart your commercial development with BetaDen 

There is still time to submit your applications for Cohort 7.0 which closes on Friday 16 June 2023 at 8.00pm.

BetaDen boasts a tailored team of mentors, funding and technology networks, dedicated to the future of innovation and tech-enabled transformations.

This award-winning programme provides real help for real tech with the goal of accelerating your innovation and supporting your route to market, with maximum exposure from our platform. This includes industry expertise and business support that will position new and emerging technology businesses at the forefront of future tech from AI, 5G, Hazard Intelligence, Biometrics, Cyber, Manufacturing, IoT and many more. The next support programme will run from September 2023 to June 2024.

Find out more

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.