Skills and Innovation business breakfast

Wychavon’s annual business breakfast took place on Wednesday, 22 January 2020 at the Council’s Pershore offices. The meeting was very well attended with 50 businesses taking the opportunity to network with other business colleagues, and hear from expert speakers.

Apprenticeship funding was on the agenda, as well as an update on help available for innovative growing manufacturing businesses from the keynote speaker at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, specialists in support for advanced manufacturing. Managing Director Jack Hegarty and Councillor Bradley Thomas Leader of Wychavon provided the welcome and an update on Council priorities, and there were also presentations on business rates for the new financial year, and the council’s budget.

Download the Skills and Innovation Business Breakfast presentation.


Prepare your business for EU Exit

Worcestershire Business Central are offering a series of FREE training events to help businesses prepare for the changes they will need to make before and after the UK leaves the European Union.
16 January 2020 - Chateau Impney, Droitwich, WR9 0BN

Book Session one (9am - 12.30pm)

Book Session two (1pm - 4.30pm)

19 February 2020 - Bank House Hotel, Bransford, WR6 5JR

Book Session one (9am - 12.30pm)

Book Session two (1pm - 4.30pm)

19 March 2020 - The Granary Hotel, Kidderminister, DY10 4BS

Book Session one (9am - 12.30pm)

Book Session two (1pm - 4.30pm)

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.

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


Farm Technology Event

Farming businesses are encouraged to book now for this free workshop which aims to help them improve business efficiency through recommendations for improved use of technology. The event will be held at Farm 491 on 23rd January 2020 and is organised by Yagro, a team of farmers, entrepreneurs and technologists determined to help farming become more profitable.

Yagro would very much like to get more Worcestershire businesses to sign up to their workshop.

Read the attached YAGRO Tech Check leaflet for more details about the technology review that is being offered to businesses.

Register your attendance for the YAGRO Tech Check workshop.

Start-Up QuickPitch 2020 opens for applications

Enterprising Worcestershire and The University of Worcester are jointly hosting Start-Up QuickPitch 2020, taking place on the 26th February at The Hive.
Students, start-ups and businesses trading up to 12 months will have up to 5 minutes to pitch their business idea to a small judging panel of local business experts, in front of a supportive entrepreneurial community. The event is designed to encourage those who are new to pitching to hone their personal selling skills, whilst providing a platform to promote and gain exposure for their business concepts.

Please read the QuickPitch article for all the details and how to apply. It’s free to enter and with a prize of £250 on offer. The deadline for entries is 9 February..

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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.

Read about the RDPE Growth Programme for information on which projects are deemed eligible for a grant, and grant application forms. Interested parties need to send the Expression of Interest form 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, call the Rural Payments Agency helpline on 03000 200 301, or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 Birmingham 2022 website.

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.


View the October 2019 edition.