Funding and Support

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 in partnership with Worcestershire Business Central which is part of the Government supported growth hub network, bringing all aspects of business support into one place, making it clear and simple for businesses to access and find the help they need.  

If you are starting or growing your business, developing skills, looking for commercial property, or finance, or looking for networking opportunities, free support and guidance is available at any stage of your business life-cycle. For more information, visit the Worcestershire Business Central website by clicking here; call 0300 123 14 40 or e-mail info@business-central.co.uk.

 

Worcestershire Business Central will be able to assist with a wide range of services relating to business support, including the following:

 

 

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

Our start up programme is available to support business to consumer businesses at the pre-start stage, working with an advisor in workshops and one to one advice sessions.

When the programme has been completed and your business plan has been approved, you can apply to us for a grant of up to £500, or up to £750 if you are moving into business premises that are liable to business rates. The grant must be match-funded, pound for pound from your business's own resources. Only capital expenditure is eligible.

To find out more please contact Jane Dobson on 01386 565278 or email jane.dobson@wychavon.gov.uk.

To book a place on the free business start up programme and also see the full calendar of events, please visit business events.  

 

Wychavon District Council business booster grant

A grant of £750 is available for Evesham businesses that have been trading for more than one year and have a small project that will contribute to business development. The grant must be match-funded, pound for pound from your business's own resources. Only capital expenditure is eligible.

To find out more please contact Jane Dobson on 01386 565278 or email jane.dobson@wychavon.gov.uk.

 

Worcestershire County Council secured almost £10m of European funding, to deliver a range of business support programmes with financial contributions from their district council partners to help businesses start, grow and invest in Worcestershire, available until September 2019.  The programmes have been very successful and many Wychavon businesses have benefitted from business advice and grant funding.   More funding has been applied for to extend these programmes. 

Visit the Worcestershire Business Central website for funding updates.

 

The following programmes are currently available:

Enterprising Worcestershire business start up

Enterprising Worcestershire can now offer an increased grant amount of £1000 - £2500.  Businesses under 36 months old and trading 70% business to business may apply.  The call for applications was opened on 3 September and will close on 1 October August.  For an application form and guidance for eligibility, please click here.

 

Worcestershire Business Accelerator

This scheme delivered capital and revenue grants from £5,000 up to £20,000 to growing businesses that have been trading for 2 years or more. The grant funding is now fully committed, however the business support element of the scheme is still available including access to one-to-one consultancy support as well as access to seminars and workshops on a wide range of business topics.

Find out more about the Worcestershire Business Accelerator Scheme.

 

Investing in Growth

The Investing in Growth Programme will provide a bespoke support package for Worcestershire businesses to ensure they are investment ready in order that they may access local, regional and national funding programmes to reach their growth potential.  Grants of up to £50,000 will be available to support businesses to make a significant change in their development, to access new markets, innovate, diversify and generate business.  

Find out more about the Investing in Growth Programme.

 

Be Cyber Secure

The Be Cyber Secure programme will provide a comprehensive package of cyber security support which may lead to Cyber Essentials Certification opening new markets and opportunities for growth.  Where appropriate, revenue and capital cyber secure grants up to £20k will be available to enable the development of cyber security within your business and support survival and growth.

Cyber growth grants, capital and revenue up to £20k will also be available for local cyber businesses to develop products, new markets and enable expansion.

Find out more about the Be Cyber Secure Programme for Worcestershire SMEs.

 

Business Energy Efficiency Programme – BEEP

BEEP will help your business to save energy and cut costs.  The programme is still offering free energy reviews which comprise an assessment offering 2 days of support worth up to £1,000 to assess your equipment, premises, processes and performance to find opportunities for improvements in energy usage.  The aim is to help local businesses to manage and reduce costs, while improving their environmental impact.  Following the assessment, you will receive a report containing recommended actions, and the project team will help you to identify sources of funding for energy efficiency.

To check your eligibility and apply for an assessment through BEEP, email sustainability@worcestershire.gov.uk , call Worcester Business Central on 01905 677888, or click here

Find out more about the Business Energy Efficiency Programme.

 

Low Carbon Opportunities Programme

The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme is offering free renewable energy or low carbon innovation assessments to small businesses, which could lead to grants to either install a renewable energy system, or undertake a low carbon innovation project.

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.

Find out more about the Low Carbon Opportunities Programme.

 

Fund Finder

Use this tool from Worcestershire Business Central to search for the most suitable funding opportunities, available by clicking here

 

Support

Whilst Worcestershire Business Central will be able to assist with a wide range of services relating to business support, Wychavon District Council can assist directly in the following ways:

Planning Advice

For general information and guidance will all planning matters.

Pre-Planning Application

Arrange for a pre-planning application advice meeting. The fee for this is waived where a planning proposal creates employment opportunities.

Micro renewable energy schemes

Advice that raises awareness of schemes and increases the uptake of micro generation schemes.