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Hard hit tourism businesses helped by grant scheme

Poster advertising start-up membership support. Published Wednesday, 17th February 2021

Businesses hit by the pandemic can now get funding towards a business membership to help them grow and develop.

For a limited time, Enterprising Worcestershire is offering funding of £150 towards any business membership.

Memberships can cover access to a range of services, including legal and tax support, employment legislation, webinars, masterclasses and networking opportunities.

Run by Worcestershire County Council, the support  has been designed to enable start-up and early stage businesses to develop and prosper.

The membership funding  allowed David Coggon, who runs a holiday accommodation business in Worcestershire, to join the Chamber of Commerce to access their services and networking. David predicts that could mean up to 20% increase in revenue for his business.


David Coggon, Proprietor of Daisy Cottage said, “The project support team were extremely supportive and efficient. I found the whole experience extremely easy and stress free, meaning at the end of the day we can get on with the business of preparing for re-opening post lock down.

“It has given us confidence in looking at other initiatives on offer such as the business loans as we can also look to expand further in the next 12-24 months. We can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and are looking forward to receiving holiday makers and the difference they make to the rural economy of Worcestershire.”


Councillor Ken Pollock, cabinet member with responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure said “This support is really valuable and means businesses will be able to access pivotal services at reduced cost over the next challenging year. It will be especially be of interest to those in hard hit sectors like tourism. Memberships are often an important support system during tough times and I am pleased to see this grant available to help businesses access that support.”

The membership support is available to Worcestershire businesses under 3 years old, with less than 5 employees.

Support will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis for eligible applicants and participating businesses will have to commit to actively use their membership.

The programme is funded by Worcestershire County Council, the District Councils and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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