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 >

Get Set Midlands 

Get Set Midlands offer a flexible range of services to growing businesses of all sizes Business strategy Having a clear action plan in place to navigate your path to growth is essential, whether it involves building your team, investing in new technology, entering new markets or achieving a profit goal. 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 >

The Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme

The Enterprise programme aims to support unemployed young people aged between 18-30 to work out if self employment is right for them, help them test their ideas, write plans and start a business or achieve alternative goals in employment, education, training or voluntary work. 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 >

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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