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Planning application submitted for new buildings in Bromsgrove

Plans to create a new commercial and cultural hub on the site of the former market hall, have been submitted.

The 3-part proposal includes a pavilion providing a multipurpose community asset in an open plan configuration to encourage creative exhibitions, markets, and community use during the day, evenings, and weekends.

The separate commercial building will provide much needed high-quality office space, a new food and drink outlet on the ground floor and a roof top restaurant, all adding to the night time economy and bringing more people to the high street.

Surrounding these buildings will be the open public space which includes opening-up and re-naturalising the Spadesbourne Brook, public seating and landscaping.

Designed by Worcester-based One Creative and project managed by Arcadis, a large proportion of the project is funded by government cash following a successful bid by Bromsgrove District Council and North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR).

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North Worcestershire LSIP Launch Event – tomorrow Friday 20 October

Following on from the intensive first phase of intelligence gathering, we are excited to share that the Secretary of State has approved the plan for the delivery of the Worcestershire Local Skills Improvement Plan. Please join us to celebrate the launch of this exciting new chapter in the project and learn about the projects we will be implementing over the next 19 months to better help support you and your businesses. Meet other local employers who share your feelings about skills development, and most importantly – ensure that your business has a plan to access the skills it will need to flourish and grow. Regional MPs, and countywide stakeholders will be present to not only endorse this project, but to discuss with you any ideas you have.

See you on Friday 20 October 2023 from 9:00am -11:00am at FAUN Zoeller (UK) Limited, 5 Colemeadow Road, Redditch, B98 9PB

Book your free place here

NW Bus Awards Finalist

Finalists set for the North Worcestershire Business Awards

Finalists will gather with the award sponsors and VIP guests at a celebratory awards dinner at Hogarths Stone Manor on Thursday 30 November where the winners of the 2023 North Worcestershire Business Awards (NWBusAwards) will be announced.

The NWBusAwards are organised by NWedR (the shared Local Authority service representing Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest) and NWBL (North Worcestershire Business Leaders) in partnership with Hogarths Stone Manor.

The independent judges panel commented that the finalists reflect “an impressive range of diverse businesses, all showcasing their commitment to innovation, sustainability and adding extra value for customers.”

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Wyre Forest District Council receives £725,000 regeneration funding boost

Wyre Forest District Council welcomes the news that it has been awarded £725,000 from the government’s Brownfield Land Release Fund.

This funding will go towards the ongoing connectivity project in Kidderminster town centre which will improve the appearance, access and connection of Worcester Street with Bromsgrove Street and links to the wider Lionfields development site.

The ongoing transformation of this area of town is being made possible through the government’s Future High Streets Fund (FHSF).

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we're hiring

Help improve your staff recruitment and retention

Working in partnership with Hewett Recruitment, the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce are producing the annual Salary & Benefits 2023/24 report and they are asking for your input by completing the pre-report survey.

This report will benchmark the salaries and the benefits that company’s offer across the two counties in order to support businesses attract and retain staff. The report will include the minimum, maximum and average salaries of a variety of roles across the two counties. At a time when provisions for flexible working and annual leave allowance are as important to candidates as salaries, it has never been more crucial to compare the salary and benefits your business offers.

Businesses are currently operating in an incredibly tight labour market and are doing their best to survive amongst the cost of doing business crisis due to spiralling energy costs. The competitive labour market is impacting businesses’ ability to invest and grow.

Visit this website to complete the survey. The Salary and Benefits 2023/24 Report, in partnership with Hewett Recruitment, will launch at the HR Forum in February 2024

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Visit Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub

If you know anyone ready to move into work, or looking for a change, send them to the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub. Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub provides services for young people, parents and employers to encourage the growth of apprenticeship opportunities and increase the number of young people becoming apprentices in Worcestershire. Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 and above and we offer guidance to anyone interested in pursuing an apprenticeship, with specialised 1-1 support available for individuals aged 16-24.

For more information, visit Worcestershire Apprenticeships website

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Help to Grow Management Course

Boost growth and resilience and join a growing number of SME leaders taking part in the Help to Grow: Management Course.  The course is 90% funded by UK Government, so the cost is only £750 per person!

This practical course offers 1-1 mentoring, peer learning and help in developing a business growth plan. Courses are running this September at Worcester University and other business schools across the West Midlands.

For more on eligibility information and registration, please visit the website.

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New business grants and support for local businesses

Thanks to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, there is a range of new support for businesses across Worcestershire. From start-ups to high-growth enterprises, there is a variety of support for businesses of all sizes.  This includes pre-start businesses, start-up, growing businesses, professional coaching, net zero, innovation grants and mentoring services.

Find out what’s right for you and your business.

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Business Support event – Tuesday 23 November 2023

Join Solihull MBC at their forthcoming Business Support Update event to learn about the local business support opportunities available to you.

This is an in-person event aimed at established SMEs, owners and managers looking to expand and scale-up their business, aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to start-up a business, stakeholders, partners and influential members of the business community.

Please register by clicking the link below to reserve your spot at this event and find out more details:

Solihull and Birmingham Business Support Update: Building on Success Tickets, Tue 21 Nov 2023 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

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£400m Midlands Engine Investment Fund II preparing for 2024 launch

A £400m investment fund to support the growth of small and medium-sized businesses across the Midlands is on course to be launched early next year. The Midlands Engine Investment Fund II (MEIF II) is being delivered by the British Business Bank, bringing the total it has specifically earmarked for investment in the region to over £700m since 2017.

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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 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.