Business news and event updates

Rural businesses to benefit from £35m government fund

Grants of up to £750,000 are now available to rural firms to boost productivity and create local jobs.  Rural businesses across the country are set to benefit from a guaranteed £35 million in government funding to create new jobs, boost tourism, and unlock growth in rural areas.

The government’s Growth Programme, which opened for expressions of interest on Monday 4 November, provides grants for rural start-ups and businesses to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and machinery to grow their business, open up opportunities for tourism, or diversify their farming businesses.

For this funding round of the Growth Programme, the threshold for minimum grants has come down from £35,000 to £20,000, meaning that more small or micro-businesses can be eligible for a grant for their projects.

Interested applicants should submit their expressions of interest as soon as possible to ensure they have plenty of time to complete a full application if their project is assessed to be eligible.

The RDPE Growth Programme handbook is available here and contains information on which projects are deemed eligible for a grant and how to apply.

Interested parties need to send an Expression of Interest form, available here to the Rural Payments Agency, outlining how they meet the criteria for the scheme – from creating new jobs, increasing business turnover and improving productivity.

If the Rural Payments Agency considers the project to be eligible, the applicant will then be invited to submit a full application. The deadline for all Expressions of Interest is Sunday 16 February 2020.

For more information on how to apply to the Growth programme, go to the government’s website, or call the Rural Payments Agency helpline on 03000 200 301, or mail

Save the date Wychavon business breakfast

Wychavon’s annual business breakfast is set to take place on Wednesday, 22 January 2020 7.30 to 9.30am, and the theme this year is advanced manufacturing with a keynote speaker from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The meeting is here at Wychavon Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Station Rd, Pershore WR10 1PT.

To book your place early please contact Jane Dobson.   Parking at the Civic Centre is free of charge. E: T: 01386 565278.


Get ready for Brexit

The Get Ready for Brexit campaign was launched recently to help businesses prepare for Brexit. The campaign aims to help businesses of any size or sector. The best way to avoid any unforeseen effects on your business is to get ready now. Businesses can check what they need to do here on the government’s website

Further information, news, and events about Brexit can be found on the Worcestershire Business Central website.


Worcestershire Business Events Portal

Enterprising Worcestershire Business Events Portal is available to help you to access the free business workshops that are available across the county.

As well as start up training, workshops have been developed to focus on 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.


Business opportunities - 2022 Commonwealth Games

Any potential businesses wanting to offer services or supplies to the Games must register on the 2022 website:


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