North Worcestershire - the natural environment for business

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Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurs start new businesses in North Worcestershire.  The key to success is preparation and we provide a number of schemes that help entrepreneurs to plan and launch viable, sustainable businesses.

Advice & Funding

The Enterprise for Success programme, run by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBS LEP), offers help and advice to you if you are starting a new business, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The flexible, free programme offers:

  • One-to-one support from qualified advisors
  • Business plan preparation and cash flow forecasts
  • Specialist training courses covering marketing, finance, tax, business planning, e-commerce and PR
  • Referral to support organisations and networks
  • Support for businesses in their first year of trading

The support is available to those thinking of starting a business, or companies within their first year of trading (eligibility criteria apply).

To check eligibility and to register to participate please contact us.

Business Start-up Grant

The business start-up grant is available to businesses in eligible sectors who have participated in an approved start-up scheme.  The £500 grant can be used to cover up to 50% of the cost of capital expenditure such as equipment, marketing and training.  For full eligibility criteria and an application form, please contact us.

Property

There are a number of local authority run business centres in North Worcestershire, specifically designed to support new businesses.

Space in Kidderminster provides flexible workshops based on 25 sq m modules. The accommodation is available on easy in – easy out terms with discounted rent for new businesses.  Office accommodation is also available.  For more information, visit the dedicated website.

Redditch Business Centres – Greenlands, Rubicon and Heming Road – offer cost effective workshops and office accommodation on easy-in, easy-out terms, ideally suited to new businesses.  The Centres offer a range of services including reception, secretarial and meeting rooms. For more information visit the dedicated website.

If you are looking for commercial premises we are able to assist with your search thanks to an extensive database of available properties.  The database includes local authority and privately owned industrial, office and retail accommodation and land for employment use.  For an up-to-date list of available properties, tailored to meet your requirements, please contact us.

GROWTH HUBS

North Worcestershire is served by 2 growth hubs – the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP Growth Hub and Worcestershire Business Central.

The GBS LEP Growth Hub is the home for business advice, funding and support across greater Birmingham.  Services can be accessed via the website  (www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk) or helpline (0800 032 3488).  If you are looking for business finance the Access to Finance Portal (www.accesstofinancegreaterbirmingham.co.uk) is designed to simplify the process for SMEs to raise finance by providing all of the information in one place.  It explains the different types of finance available to businesses, providing direct contact details for funders.

Worcestershire Business Central provides a single point of contact for all Worcestershire business support needs – whether it be for start-ups, growing businesses, developing skills, finding property, networking or finance.  Worcestershire Business Central has a dedicated web presence (www.business-central.co.uk), help line (01905 677 888) and enquiry system.  If you are looking for business finance Worcestershire Funding Finder (www.business-central.co.uk/funding-finder) allows you to search for business funding by type (grant, loan, equity) or purpose (eg start-up, growth, resource efficiency).  Results give an overview of relevant schemes with details of value, criteria, eligibility and the application process.


 

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