Worcestershire businesses are being made aware that there a variety of business support and funding available.
The Worcestershire Growth Hub, working with the Worcestershire County Council, has a series of business support programmes which local organisations can apply for to access mentoring support, grant funding and much more.
Below you can find a breakdown of the various support programmes available.
Any businesses interested in these programmes need to contact the Worcestershire Growth Hub on the details below to find out more.
The Elevate Technology programme has less than 5 places left on its consultancy support programme. The programme offers 12 hours of fully funded consultancy to help established SMEs identify and implement digital and technology projects.
On completion of the consultancy support, clients will have the opportunity to apply for a 40% match-funded grant of up to £4,000 available to support the implementation of any improvements identified.
Less than 5 places left for businesses to apply to the Elevate Growth programme. The programme offers exclusive specialist business support and optional grant funding to help established SMEs develop bespoke growth plans.
On completion of support, there is the opportunity to apply for match-funded grant up to a maximum of £10,000 which is awarded on a competitive basis and subject to availability.
Enterprising Worcestershire is delighted to announce that there are now a limited number of grants up to the value of £30,000 on offer to help start-up businesses in Worcestershire.
The grant is designed to give eligible SMEs that are less than three years old a significant helping hand.
Grant funding can cover multiple capital and revenue expenditure items such as, but not limited to, equipment, machinery, website construction and logo design.
High Growth Activate Programme
The High Growth Activate Programme is Enterprising Worcestershire’s unique start-up business support programme designed to help Worcestershire High Growth SMEs accelerate toward success.
The programme consists of tailored one to one support, a series of workshops and peer sessions.
Clean Growth Worcestershire – Support to get your business towards Net Zero
Worcestershire businesses could be eligible for support to help them move towards their Net Zero targets.
Through Zero Carbon Ready Worcestershire, 100% grant funding for the purchase of energy monitoring equipment, up to the value of £10,000, is on offer to a wide range of organisations and businesses.
To find out what benefits smart energy monitoring equipment can bring to your organisation, please watch this short video, https://youtu.be/eUE8ngqDv-M.
The project is funded via the UK Community Renewal Fund. Due to the conditions of the funding, the team are currently prioritising eligible businesses and organisations based within the Wyre Forest District but does cater for the whole of Worcestershire.
The funding ends on 31st October 2022. If you are interested, please get in touch as soon as possible.
Worcestershire County Council has partnered with Climax Community to trial a Decarbonisation Portal using their Climate Essentials platform. The portal will allow organisations or businesses to upload energy, water, waste, transport, and supply chain emissions to help plan their activity to reach net zero.
It’s completely free and easy to use. At each stage of the process, the portal will display a helpful video to guide through what data to include.
Some of the benefits include:
• Up to 12-month free access to the portal (with potential extension)
• Ability to actively track carbon and path to net zero over a period
• Ability to determine a baseline for carbon emissions and benchmark against similar businesses/organisations
• Easily assign emissions in to scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3 for easy reporting
• Help with ideas to set your business on track to net zero
For further information, please visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/decarbonisation_portal