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2023 NWBus Awards sponsors

North Worcestershire Business Awards 2023 – enter now!

Business sponsors of the fourth North Worcestershire Business Awards got together to promote the awards at Hogarths Stone Manor earlier this week. Organised by North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR) and North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL) the 2023 awards are open for entries.

There are eight business award categories – all free and easy to enter. 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 Monday 31 July 2023.

We are sending a huge thank you to our sponsors pictured L to R: Kevin Brent Biz Smart, Nicola Roke Danton HR, Matt Parsons SurfTech IT, Georgia Little Citizen Communications, Beth Newton TDM, Tracey Marlow Jones Indegu, Matthew Cox Indegu, Wendy Garrad Worcestershire County Council

Enter online now

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Next phase of the regeneration of Worcester Street, Kidderminster underway

Following the successful site clearance of the shops on Worcester Street, the next phase of the regeneration of this area of Kidderminster town centre is now underway.

Birmingham based demolition company DSM have been awarded the contract to take down the former Woolworths, Megavalue, Poundland and Sigma Aquatics buildings. This will be a phased demolition which will start imminently and roll out over the next few months.

The demolition of the redundant retail units will make way for the construction of a completely new proposed attractive outdoor green space in the middle of town which will provide improved access, somewhere for people to sit, relax and meet up, and potentially a children’s play area. 

These plans are at the design proposal stage, subject to Council approval and will be the subject of a series of public information events likely to be in August.  Dates and arrangements are being discussed now and will be communicated on the Council’s website and social media channels.

For more information on the regeneration of Kidderminster visit the NWedR website.

Energy Advice

Government help with energy bills

On 26 April 2023, the Government approved the new Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS).

As part of the scheme, Energy and Trade Intensive Industries (ETII), and Heat Networks that supply domestic end consumers, may be eligible for a higher level of support.

Businesses must apply to the Government within 90 days of becoming eligible. For most customers, this is 90 days from the scheme being approved.

You may be asked to provide: Information about your business (such as SIC codes, registration number, business name as it appears on your bill and address), Information about your energy supply (your energy suppliers name and your account number), Meter point numbers (MPRN or MPAN) associated with the property.  You can find this on your bill. If you need help with your application, call 030 0400 5251 to speak to the Government's dedicated helpline.

Apply now through the Government website.

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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Demystifying waste and net-zero – free webinar

Join Andy Whyle, Associate at Sustainability West Midlands and Worcestershire County Council to learn how your business can reduce its waste and achieve your net zero carbon plans. The webinar is from 10.00am to 11.00am on Thursday 29 June.

Learn more and register now.

Sentinel security

Free health and safety consultation

Sentinel Safety Solutions are keen to help local companies to improve safety levels in their workplace. So, the company is offering a free 60-minute health and safety consultation, either on-site or via Teams to be booked before Saturday 30 September 2023.

You can review your existing health and safety procedures, such as fire risk assessments, manual handling etc, advise on training requirements and make sure you meet current legislation.

Book your free consultation using this link.

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.

creative Hub

Could you be part of regenerating North Worcestershire?

Join FinditinWorcestershire on Wednesday 12 July for a Meet the Buyer Special at Kidderminster Harriers Football Club, where buyers from major construction companies will be on hand to talk to local suppliers.

Buyers from BAM, the international multi-disciplinary property and construction company, will be at the event. BAM has been contracted to deliver the construction and engineering work which will provide the contemporary multi-functional arts and cultural development space, co-working and research space at the new Creative Hub – formerly Kidderminster Magistrates Court. The project also includes a complete renovation and re-development of Coronation Gardens and the Worcester Cross. This project funded through the Future High Streets fund, is being progressed by North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR) to be delivered by March 2024.

BAM is reinforcing its commitment to local investment by looking to meet North Worcestershire suppliers and sub-contractors based in Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove and Redditch at this event.

Find out more and book your free place by visiting the FindIt website.  If you would like to book a one-to-one meeting at this event, please 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.

Find out more


Update on political structure in North Worcestershire

On Thursday 4 May 2023, local elections local took place across the country. In North Worcestershire, this included Bromsgrove District Council, Redditch Borough Council and Wyre Forest District Council.

For Bromsgrove, see details of the new political structure on the Bromsgrove District Council website

Redditch Borough Council see details of the new political structure on the Redditch Borough Council website.

Wyre Forest District Council, see details of the new political structure on Wyre Forest District Council 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 Growth Hub 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.