Support for Businesses
Be cyber secure
Worcestershire aims to become a national centre of excellence for cyber security both in regard to further developing our cyber sector and in maximising the cyber security of SMEs based in Worcestershire. Read more about being cyber secure.
Business Energy Efficiency Programme
The Business Energy Efficiency Programme offers free energy efficiency assessments which could lead to grants for businesses who wish to use their energy more efficiently, reducing costs and improving environmental credentials. Read more about the Business Energy Efficiency Programme.
Community Grants Social Fund
Worcestershire County Council are currently delivering a Social Fund that enables small businesses or charities to support inactive individuals back into further education/employment/confidence and skills improvement. Read more about Community Grants Social Fund.
The Enterprising Worcestershire programme is funded by Worcestershire County Council, the District Councils and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme offers a variety of support to enable start-up and early stage enterprises to develop and prosper. Read more about Enterprising Worcestershire.
Find it in Worcestershire
Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme
Could your business benefit from a faster more reliable broadband connection? Are you in an area without sufficient broadband infrastructure?
In March 2018, the government announced the Gigabit £67 million scheme to help businesses and surrounding communities improve their connection. Read about how the Gigabit Broadband voucher scheme can help fund a gigabit-capable (that's 1000Mbps) connection and boost your business: Superfast Worcestershire - Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (opens in a new window).
Investing in growth
The investing in growth programme will provide a dedicated support package for Worcestershire businesses to ensure they are investment ready in order that they may access local, regional and national funding programmes. Read more about the Investing in growth programme.
Investing in your future workforce
Are you concerned about your future workforce? How do you market your business to young people and grow talent for your business? Or are you perhaps looking for networking opportunities? Read more about Investing in your future workforce.
LEADing Rural Business Programme (LEADER)
Growing Worcestershire's rural economy by supporting job creation, business start-up and growth and rural services and cultural heritage. Read more about LEADing Rural Business Programme (LEADER).
Low Carbon Opportunities Programme
Supporting SMEs to install renewable energy systems or to innovate in low carbon products, services or processes, the Low Carbon Opportunities Programme provides free business support and grants. Read more about Low Carbon Opportunities Programme.
Would you like to enhance your land for wildlife?
Natural Networks is a Worcestershire-wide scheme offering grants and advice to projects which aim to create or restore wildlife-rich habitats. Read more about Natural Networks.
Worcestershire Business Accelerator
Worcestershire Business Accelerator is a dynamic new service that will support 200 businesses, which have been trading for 2 years or more, to achieve sustainable growth. Read more about Worcestershire Business Accelerator.
Worcestershire European Regional Development Fund Technical Assistance
The Worcestershire European Regional Development Fund Technical Assistance project offers information and support to organisations developing and applying for European Regional Development Fund projects to be delivered within Worcestershire. Read more about Worcestershire European Regional Development Fund Technical Assistance.
Worcestershire Innovation (WINN)
A Worcestershire Innovation System; that brings together Innovation communities and activity, both established and planned, to form a route map for innovation. Ensuring individuals and businesses, wherever they are within the business life cycle, have access to all areas of innovation support. Read more about Worcestershire Innovation (WINN).
Worcestershire Proof of Concept
Proof of Concept grant funding programme can support SME’s to investigate, advance, commercialise and protect early stage innovative business ideas, through a partnership with the Central Technology Belt (CTB). Read more about Worcestershire Proof of Concept.