We want to make it as easy as possible for you to start, run and grow your business in Wychavon. This is the number one priority for us and we're doing all we can to help you. We work with Worcestershire Business Central to bring all aspects of business support into one place, making it clear and simple for businesses to access and find the help they need.
Whether you are looking to launch a start-up, expand your current business or make your operations more resource efficient, you will most likely require some financial support.
- Wychavon District Council business start up grant
- Early stage business support
- Wychavon District Council business growth grant
- High Growth Activate Programme
- Here 2 Help Business
- Here2Help Tourism
- The Elevate Programme
- The Manufacturing Growth Programme
- Business Energy Efficiency Programme – BEEP
- Low Carbon Opportunities Programme
- Business Upskilling Grant
Our scheme is available to support new businesses to start up and grow in Wychavon, by providing grants and access to business advice. We seek to encourage the occupation of commercial premises to help regenerate town centres, stimulate entrepreneurship, create new jobs, and enhance the sustainability of new businesses.
Pre-start businesses and new businesses that have been trading less than 36 months can apply for a grant of up to £1,000, or up to £1,500 if they are in or moving into premises that are liable to business rates.
The grant must be match-funded, pound for pound from the business’s own resources. Only capital expenditure on an approved project/investment is eligible.
Our grant is offered as part of the support package available via the Enterprising Worcestershire programme.
Enterprising Worcestershire is an ERDF funded programme offering support to new and early stage businesses in the region. They are there to support businesses to start, develop and grow their early stage business.
This programme offers a variety of support including free start-up masterclasses, business coaching, specialist consultancy support, business membership funding and start-up grants to help take your business ideas to the next level.
Programme providers ALP Synergy Ltd will be providing an exciting and impactful programme of support to help entrepreneurs to turn a great idea into a promising business. A wide team of business experts will be providing:
- The Start-Up Club – a 6-hour series of expert led workshops on key business start-up topics like ‘Creating and testing your business plan’ and ‘Launching your new product or service’.
- A support network of other people taking their first steps to start a business
- A further 6 hours of peer to peer sessions through an additional “Foundations to Growth Programme” for those people planning to start a business which trades with other businesses
- One to one support sessions to help entrepreneurs to refine their thinking and challenge them to succeed
The support will be delivered online at a range of times to allow everyone to engage.
Already started your business? If you are a B2C (business to consumer) business under 3 years old, Enterprising Worcestershire also offer free 1:1 sessions. Book Book Sessions
To be eligible for a Wychavon business start-up grant you must have completed the Start-up Club and produced a business plan in your one to one sessions which has been approved by the programme’s business advisors.
Enterprising Worcestershire have launched their business coaching support for early stage businesses, delivered by Real World Consultancy.
Businesses can now access 12 hours of bespoke one to one coaching support with a business coach of their choice.
If you are a Worcestershire small business under 5 years old, and trading business to business B2B please see the following link for more information and to book your place, Coaching Link.
The business growth grant scheme is available for businesses that have been trading for more than one year and have a project that will help them to expand and grow.
We offer a maximum of £1,000 which must be match funded pound for pound.
The following programmes are currently available:
The High Growth Activate Programme is Enterprising Worcestershire’s unique start-up business support programme designed to help Worcestershire High Growth Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) accelerate toward success.
Support is aimed at those with the potential to create high growth, high value businesses, seeking to support the more informed start-up with a strong concept/value proposition.
The programme aims to help businesses identify and overcome any key early-stage barriers, create a 3-year growth plan, and develop a solid foundation for their high growth enterprise. It is made up of workshops, one to one and peer sessions.
Specialist advisors will also work with businesses, where necessary, to support specific areas such as HR, marketing, and finance.
On completing the support programme SMEs may be able to apply for grant funding. The programme is open to Worcestershire based SMEs trading less than two years and trading at least 70% business to business.
Following the success of the first Here2Help Business programme Worcestershire County Council has launched phase two with funding aimed at supporting the recovery and future resilience of local businesses impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic.
The new Sustain & Grow Grant
Grants of up to £15,000 providing up to 40% of project costs, are available to eligible Worcestershire SMEs operating B2B that
- Can evidence the impact of Covid-19 across the business
- Have a project to help address the challenges brought by the pandemic eg diversification, improved productivity OR
- Have a project necessary to capitalize on opportunities created by covid
- Have not previously received a H2HB grant
The Graduate Recruitment Grant
Available to eligible businesses to enable them to create a graduate role for a recent graduate resident in the county. The grant will contribute 40% of gross salary costs for the first 6 months to a maximum of £5000.
For full information regarding both the Sustain & Grow and Graduate Grants please visit Here2Help Business | Worcestershire County Council. Initial interest in each grant should be made via submitting an Expression of Interest which is available to download from the appropriate webpage.
A package of support to help sections of the county’s tourism economy has been developed under the Here2Help Business programme and offers three areas of business support.
Grants of up to £15,000 providing up to 40% of project costs are available to tourism businesses operating within the following areas
- visitor attractions,
- activities or experiences
Full eligibility guidelines and a downloadable Expression of Interest form can be found under Sustain & Grow Grants at Here2Help Business | Worcestershire County Council.
Fully funded one to one consultancy is available for tourism businesses looking for advice and guidance on any aspect of growing the business: maximising footfall, productivity, and profit. Consultancy sessions may also be used to identify a key investment project and prepare a grant application to help with funding. To apply please visit the website see below.
November sees two tourism specific on-line webinars fully funded under Here2Help Business. The first on 9th November focuses on Maximising profits – where do you really make money? And the second on 24th November looking at how to diversify and create new revenue streams. To find out more and book your space visit
The Elevate Programme is aimed at ambitious businesses scaling up and trading 70% business to business.
The Manufacturing Growth Programme supports SME manufacturing businesses to grow through an in-depth diagnostic, business advice, grants, business referrals and manufacturing themed workshops.
BEEP has successfully bid for more funding and the programme will run until 2023 and will help your business to save energy and cut costs. The support on offer is twofold – firstly to assess your business premises, products and processes to see what improvements can be made with energy and resource usage and secondly, to provide grants of up to £20,000 (up to 40% of the total cost of the project) to implement the recommendations from the assessment and make your business more energy efficient.
To check your eligibility and apply for an assessment through BEEP, call Worcestershire Business Central on 01905 677888, or visit the Business Central website to find out more about the Business Energy Efficiency Programme.
If your business is looking to implement a large scale renewable energy project or has the potential for high-tech green growth, support may be available to help your business grow. Through the ERDF funded Low Carbon Opportunities Programme, small and medium sized businesses in Worcestershire may be eligible for feasibility support and grants to install renewable energy systems or launch low carbon projects.
Grants of up to 45% of the total cost of a project (to a maximum contribution of £100,000 for capital, £50,000 for revenue) are available. This programme will run until 2023.
Find out more about the Low Carbon Opportunities Programme.
Proof of Concept
Worcestershire ‘Proof of Concept’ (POC) has been designed to support local businesses to develop innovative new products and processes. Support is offered to applicants that aim to investigate, advance, protect and commercialise early stage innovative business ideas. The principal objective of the Proof of Concept fund is to encourage SME investment in innovation, creating products and services that are new to the company or new to the market.
The latest round of funding was launched in February 2019. The programme offers grants of up to £30,000, representing 40% of the total project costs. All costs must be external to the company and are claimed retrospectively. Worcestershire County Council delivers the grant fund in partnership with Central Technology Belt.
A recent new development for Worcestershire Proof of Concept means that the programme can now offer, in exceptional circumstances, grants of up to £100k representing 40% of the projects costs. The project team are looking for highly innovative projects, or projects that will bring exciting new products, services, processes, and staff increases to the county.
If you would like more information about the Worcestershire POC grant fund please contact Worcestershire Business Central. Eligible businesses will be referred to Jane Holmes at Central Technology Belt, who will contact you to discuss your proposed project in more detail.
Find out more information about Proof of Concept.
Your business can receive up to £2,000 towards the cost of taking on an apprentice or trainee.
Businesses in any sector can apply and the money can be paid for all trainees, as long as they began training after 1 April 2021 and before 31 March 2022. You can claim up to two upskilling grants.