Worcestershire Business Central brings all aspects of business support into one place, making it clear and simple for businesses to access and find the help they need.
With access to a helpline, website, and one-to- one sector focused support, we can offer free support and guidance at any stage of your business life-cycle.
Innovate UK EDGE provide a range of services to help ambitious, innovative SMEs scale and grow through:
- Exploiting innovation: By protecting and harnessing IP, improving innovation management and connecting to the innovation ecosystem globally. In addition to Sector Innovation Leads at Innovate UK, they have strong relationships with ecosystem players including Catapults, Laboratories, KTN, the investor community and universities
- Entering new markets
- Sourcing funding and finance
Grants and support are available to Worcestershire SMEs on a broad range of sustainability issues. We’ve listed just a few of these below:
BEEP – Business Energy Efficiency Programme: supports eligible businesses to become more environmentally friendly, and in doing so, save money on energy costs. The support on offer is twofold – firstly to assess your business premises, products and processes to see what improvements can be made with energy usage and secondly, to provide grants of up to £20,000 (up to 40% of the total cost of the project) to implement the recommendations from the assessment and make your business more energy efficient.
LoCOP – Low Carbon Opportunities Programme: LoCOP offers free renewable energy or low carbon innovation assessments and grants to SMEs to adopt renewable energy, with free feasibility support followed by grants to install a renewable energy system. Other SMEs will be helped to innovate and grow in, or diversify into, the low carbon sector. We want to help businesses working in the clean tech innovation sector or those who are developing low carbon solutions alongside their existing business activities. Our expert support can help you to work out the next steps for your product, process or service development. Grants are then available for projects. LoCOP also offers networking and events.
Natural Networks Programme: The Natural Networks Programme aims to create a natural network of wildlife-rich habitats across Worcestershire that will enhance the quality of our blue and green infrastructure. It offers grants and advice to projects which aim to create or restore wildlife-rich habitats. The programme offers professional Biodiversity surveys carried out by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust who will assess your project site and make recommendations on how to create or enhance your land to maximise habitats for wildlife.
GrowAgri: GrowAgri is an innovative new project that offers support for businesses by encouraging growth and diversification into new markets through a combination of mentoring, seminars and one-to-one advice. Aiming to support businesses operating both outside and within the agri-tech, agri-food and related sectors to encourage business growth, increased productivity, introduction of new products, processes and services and diversification into new markets.
Smarter Choices has been government funded to bring together and test the latest financing and monitoring technologies into a single online platform to provide straightforward building energy-saving solutions. To develop this new service, SMEs with energy bills above £20,000 per year can now access a limited number of free energy assessments and free measurement & verification equipment for pilot projects which proceed to installation.