Business Support

The Open for Business programmes are delivered by the Growth and Investment Team via delivery partners, providing support ranging from advice to individuals looking to start a business, through to grants and bespoke consultancy for business expansion and relocation projects. Take a look at what is currently on offer:

Enterprising Worcestershire

There are three elements to this programme; a core business start-up offer, support for early stage businesses and support for high growth start-ups. This support includes 1-2-1 sessions and workshops.      Read more >

Worcestershire Innovation

The WINN programme is designed to bring together networks of innovative communities and like-minded individuals to form successful collaborations. Its regular WINN Wednesday event provides a vibrant and creative environment to inspire ideas and provide opportunities and assistance to launch new concepts. Read more >

Worcestershire Business Accelerator

This supports local businesses that have growth ambitions, a package of business support including 1-2-1 advice and workshops to support the growth of businesses plus up to £50,000 of grant to assist in capital or revenue growth plans. Read more >

Low Carbon Opportunities Programme

Free consultancy and grants either for SMEs to install renewable energy systems, or for SMEs (including start-ups) undertaking development of new carbon products/diversifying into the low carbon market. Read more >

Investing in Growth

A programme supporting inward investment, and business expansion in the county. Providing coordinated investment readiness support, inward investment support and a grant programme to assist businesses to expand. Read more >

BEEP Business Energy Efficiency Programme

Free energy reviews and grants up to £20,000. Small businesses are faced with high and fluctuating energy costs, the Business Energy Efficiency Programme will help local businesses to manage and reduce these costs, while improving their environmental impact. Read more >

Proof of Concept

It offers support for businesses to investigate, advance, commercialise and protect early stage innovative ideas. POC support and grant encourages businesses to bring new products to market and introduce new products to the business. Read more >

Be Cyber Secure 

This programme aims to maximise the cyber security of SMEs based in Worcestershire, by offering specialist advice and support to improve cyber security. There is also a grant programme to enable improvements to be implemented. Read more >

BCRS Business Loans 

This supports business who cannot access finance from traditional sources and can be used to match our ERDF grant programme. Loans of between £10-50k are available (higher lending considered on a case by case basis). Read more >


LEADing Rural Business Programme (LEADER)

Leading Rural Business Programme aims to support Worcestershire's rural economy by supporting job creation, business start-up and growth, rural services and cultural heritage.

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