Open For Business
Support and opportunities for businesses in Worcestershire
Worcestershire County Council is ‘Open for Business’ helping companies across the region to access and take advantage of the wide range of fully funded business assistance programmes available.
Whether you are looking for support to start a new venture, expand your current business, or develop innovative, new product ideas, our Open for Business programmes are here to help get you started.
Open For Business programmes aim to grow the local economy by providing support to Worcestershire businesses who need advice, consultancy and funding to take their business to the next stage.
These programmes are delivered by Worcestershire County Council’s Growth and Investment Team through a network of trusted third-party providers, connecting you with the people who can help you most.
Open For Business programmes
Proof of Concept
Offers support for businesses to investigate, advance, commercialise and protect early stage innovative ideas.
Elevate is an exclusive and unique offer for successful applicants to gain high quality, specialist business support to help their business go much further.
Clean Growth Worcestershire Sustainability
Over the last few years Worcestershire County Council and its partners have supported businesses to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions, develop low carbon technologies and innovations. These improvements have gone hand in hand with helping businesses to reduce costs and improve competitiveness
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.
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, workshops and grants.
Business Energy Efficiency Programme
Provides grants and free energy efficiency assessments to SMEs enabling them to improve energy efficiency and profitability, while reducing carbon emissions.
Find It in Worcestershire
Offers local businesses the opportunity to meet with suppliers at monthly meetings.
Brings innovators together, acting as a catalyst to create connections and collaborations across the diverse business landscape of Worcestershire. Believing that great things happen when people get together.
Worcestershire Business Loan Fund
Supports growing Worcestershire based businesses who’re unable to access finance from traditional lenders.
Worcestershire Leader Programme
Growing Worcestershire’s rural economy, supporting job creation, business start-up and growth.
READ OUR CASE STUDIES FROM PAST BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMMES
WBA support received by Industrial Switchgear ltd has injected a huge confidence boost into the company
The Company: Established in 1959, Redditch-based Industrial Switchgear Ltd has been manufacturing electricity distribution and control apparatus for almost 60 years, and...
Scimitar Sports received invaluable support from Worcestershire Business Accelerator and Be Cyber Secure
The Challenge: Worcester-based Scimitar Sports, a bespoke sportswear specialist, was established in 2010 by a team of two. By 2016, turnover had hit £4.5 million and the...
Find out more about Open For Business
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Latest Open For Business Articles
https://youtu.be/UmGNRzTW5LU Managing Director of Purple Granite, John Brewer, explains how they fabricate and fit luxury stone worktops. They were seeing business increase significantly month on month to the point where they couldn't cope with the amount of of work...
Businesses across Worcestershire are being invited to find out more about the range of business support programmes available from Worcestershire County Council. The ‘Business Worcestershire’ programmes, provided through the County Council with European funding offer...