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Here2Help Business

Here2Help Business: Sustain and Grow, Adapt and Develop

Worcestershire County Council has launched our new Here2Help Business programme in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A £3m programme designed to assist local Worcestershire Businesses to recover, adapt, develop and support future resilience as lockdown measures reduce.

The Here2Help Business programme has proved very successful and demand for grants throughout has been high however, as restrictions have started to lift we have seen a spike in applications which has left Sustain and Grow and COVID-19 response budgets close to fully allocated. We are therefore no longer issuing Expressions of Interest for these grants and are accepting pending applications only on a first come first served basis until the funds are fully committed.

The Here2Help Business programme consists of the following projects:

Here2Help Business: Sustain and Grow

Sustain and Grow grants

We cannot guarantee funds will be available for outstanding applications.

Up to £25,000 capital and revenue grant support (50% match funded) to Worcestershire businesses (SME’s). *

COVID-19 response grants

We cannot guarantee funds will be available for outstanding applications.

A limited number of capital grants up to £100,000 for projects that directly impact in the COVID19 response. *

Agriculture and horticulture business grants

A limited number of capital grants up to £10,000 (50% match funded) to support for Worcestershire agricultural and horticultural businesses. *

Tourism Business Grants 

Coming soon a limited number of capital and revenue grants up to £5,000 (50% Match funded) to support Worcestershire Tourism Businesses. *

* Please note that a business may only apply for one of the above grants.

Here2Help Business: Adapt

Adapt - business support

A comprehensive and flexible business support offer to support Worcestershire businesses to respond to and adapt following the COVID-19 pandemic as the full impact of the situation for businesses and the economy emerges.

The programme will provide local businesses with the following support:

  • webinars and workshops
  • business advice
  • business consultancy

Here2Help Business: Develop

Develop - Graduate programme

Grant support up to £10,000 will be available to Worcestershire SME’s to offer a 12 month graduate placement or internship.

The project will aim to improve business productivity and to also increase local employment opportunities.

The grant will cover a one-year period at 50% of the Graduate salary costs up to a maximum of £10,000 with the remaining 50% to be provided by the SME.

Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales.

Worcestershire County Council are a registered body, so will be able to guide you through the process and submit your placements.

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