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A funding call for Investing in Growth has recently opened and closes on 31 October 2017

This is a capital and revenue based grant scheme offering grants from £20,000 up to a maximum of £50,000.

The programme aims to aid business expansion enabling local SMEs to realise their growth potential, strengthen their position in the market and generate employment.

For more information, visit the Worcestershire Business Central website by clicking here


More funding is available for rural businesses following the recent government announcement of £200m for rural schemes.


The announcement can be found hereCalls will be launched for applications in both the Countryside Productivity and the Growth Programme.


Countryside Productivity 

There will be £120m of new offers of funding under the Countryside Productivity (CP) Scheme. 


Water Resource Management grants and Improving Forestry Productivity grants are available now.  The Water Resource Management grants are to improve farm and horticultural productivity through more efficient use of water for irrigation, and to secure water supplies for crop irrigation by the construction of on-farm reservoirs.


The Forestry grants are to improve forestry productivity through felling, extraction and adding value by primary processing of timber products.


The minimum grant request in each case is £35,000.


Further information on these offers is available here.


Funding for the Growth Programme will be topped up for food processing, business development and tourism infrastructure. 


August will also see the launch of a new £30m Rural Broadband Infrastructure Grants offer.    This will be additional to, and delivered alongside, the current Government programme to provide Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband service in rural areas. Importantly, this funding will be in addition to the total of £177m allocated to LEP areas through the European funded Growth Programme.


For more information about these schemes please contact Jo Jury, Rural Development Lead at the Rural Payments Agency 01905 768858


Upcoming Events


Pie and Pint Workshops

These sessions are an opportunity for rural businesses to gain more information on European Union funding opportunities suitable for their businesses.

Rural businesses are being invited to one of a series of Pie and Pint workshops, from 6-8pm on:

12 October 2017

Evesham United Football Club, Spiers H Hartwell Jubilee Stadium, Evesham, WR11 2LZ

For more information and to book your place, please click here

2 November 2017

Leysters H Middleton Village Hall, Leysters, HR6 0HP

For more information and to book your place, please click here


To view the event flyer, please click here


Useful information


National Living Wage/National Minimum Wage campaign

The national and minimum living wage is going up from the 1 April. Are you prepared? Click here to download the Employer Messages Toolkit


Business Rates Consultation Presentations

The annual Business Rates Consultation Breakfast meeting was held on Wednesday 25 January 2017. The presentations at this meeting can be downloaded as PDF's below.


Apprenticeship Levy and DAS presentation

BBO Programme presentation

Business Rates Revaluation and Rates Update presentation

Business Rates Meeting presentation

Having A Job Plan presentation

META presentation

WDC Budget Proposals presentation


Wychavon Business News e-newsletter

The Regeneration Team produce a regular newsletter, including updates on a variety of items including the latest activity, recent news, funding opportunities, networking events, important changes and other relevant communications.

To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up by clicking here.


Our latest business services leaflet

An overview of the services  Wychavon District Council provides businesses in a convenient leaflet.



Details of the Regeneration Team



Chris Brooks
Regeneration Manager
01386 565343

Jane Dobson
Economic Development Officer
01386 565278
  Shawn Riley
Inward Investment Manager
01386 565519
Angela Taylor
Tourism Officer
01386 565373
  Steve Knight
Marketing & Events Officer
01386 565519

Sue Owens
Skills Officer
01386 565525
(P/T - Typically Monday - Wednesday)


Andrew Christopher
Tourism & Regeneration Assistant
01386 565564