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2022 Commonwealth Games Business Opportunities
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Wednesday 8 May
WINN brings innovators together, and acts as a catalyst, supporting a community of inspirational individuals and dynamic businesses across Worcestershire. WINN is going on tour to Pershore to meet innovative local businesses on Wednesday 8 May.
Pershore College will host a free morning event and buffet lunch followed by a guided tour across their premises. Hear presentations from industry experts during the morning focussing on idea creation, prototype development and commercialisation. Perhaps this is just the springboard you need to start your own innovation journey! So, whether you want to connect, collaborate, or just be inspired - WINN should be your first point of call. Our belief is that great things happen when people get together.
A national centre for horticulture situated on a 60-hectare site near Evesham. Pershore College offers the very best in land-based learning. £5.8m of investment has transformed the college, which now boasts state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. The STEM centre, collections house, and agri-tech laboratory support leading innovations in horticultural processes and growing techniques. The guided tour will include a sophisticated climate-controlled environment and aquaponics technology in action. The college has successfully explored new technologies, whilst paying homage to the region's farming and horticultural heritage.
To view the programme and to book for this event see here.
Local Insights - Brexit Preparation Survey
The Cities and Local Growth Unit on behalf of the government has asked Growth Hubs to gather information from businesses regarding the concerns and the diversity of attitudes across the business landscape towards Brexit.
Please take a moment of your time to complete their survey.
Further information on Brexit can be found on the GOV.UK website here.
Protect and improve your business security
The data and systems security business support programme has been launched to offer practical support for Worcestershire SME’s to protect and improve their data and physical security, enable business growth and achieve cyber accreditation through free specialist advice. If your business would benefit from improved protection against data breaches and compromised security please contact Worcestershire Business Central on 01905 677888 or email@example.com to find out if you are eligible for this free programme.
To view the flyer, click here.
Do you have an innovative business idea?
The Proof of Concept European funded grant pot (POC) is launching on 13 February at WINN Wednesday together with details of new WINN activity and support. The upcoming event, 'People Power' is at Worcester Arena between 5pm and 8.30pm with free parking, complimentary food and mocktails. You can sign-up here.
POC is a grant fund designed to support established and start up businesses to develop innovative new products and processes. Financial support is awarded to projects that aim to investigate, advance and protect early stage innovative business ideas and to commercialise new innovations. ERDF funding of up to £30,000 is available and eligible costs include building a prototype, product testing, IP/trademark protection, and new tooling and equipment.
The project team will be available at WINN Wednesday to discuss all aspects of innovation support available, so it will be a great opportunity for you to sound-out your proposals and get more information on the application process.
The POC scheme will 'go live' on Thursday 14 February when businesses can request electronic application forms and begin engaging with POC business manager, Jane Holmes. Further details on POC and the application process will be updated shortly.
New Start-up funding available
BCRS Business Loans is delighted to be able to offer its support to viable, post-revenue start-up businesses operating in the West Midlands and environs.
This has been made possible since being confirmed as manager of the West Midlands Small Business Loans fund for the Midlands Engine Investment Fund. As part of this commitment, BCRS Business Loans have been allocated £17 million to support the growth of start-up and existing businesses.
For more information, download the fact sheet by clicking here.
Help for early stage businesses
Enterprising Worcestershire has launched the new Worcestershire Business Events Portal, helping you to access the free workshops that are available across the county.
Businesses in Worcestershire that have been established for less than three years and trade predominantly on a business to business basis have the opportunity to take advantage of this rolling series of free workshops.
The workshops have been developed to focus on topics pertinent to start-up enterprises, covering topic areas such as innovation and growth, sales and marketing, finance and business planning, and more!
To see the full calendar of events, please visit business events where you will also be able to register to attend the workshops.
For further information about the support that is available, please contact Worcestershire Business Central on 01905 677888 or visit their website.
Business Rates Consultation Presentations 2019
The annual Business Rates Consultation Breakfast meeting was held on Wednesday 23 January 2019. The presentations at this meeting can be downloaded as PDF's below.
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|Jane Dobson |
Economic Development Officer
|Shawn Riley |
Inward Investment Manager
|Angela Taylor |
|Steve Knight |
Marketing & Events Officer