Worcester City Council grants for Start Up Businesses

We have grants of up to £1000 for eligible businesses which are within their first year of trading, and which are based in the city of Worcester. The grant must be match-funded, pound for pound from your business's own resources. The grant is for capital items as well as start up costs such as initial stock, training and marketing to launch the business.

The aims of our grant scheme are to encourage the occupation of vacant commercial premises, help regenerate neighbourhoods, stimulate entrepreneurship, create new jobs and enhance the sustainability of new businesses.

Businesses will be expected to have received business start up advice and to provide a business plan. Free business start up advice and support (including workshops) is available through the Enterprising Worcestershire Programme for eligible businesses.  See below for details

For all enquiries about starting a business and the support that may be available please contact Worcestershire Business Central info@business-central.co.uk Tel: 01905 677888. 

If you need further information about the grant you can contact Janet Yates on 01905 722106 or email Janet.Yates@worcester.gov.uk

Free business start up advice and support

Worcester City Council has joined forces with Worcestershire County Council and the other Worcestershire District Councils to set up the Enterprising Worcestershire programme.

This programme aims to support new businesses. The scheme will encourage the occupation of vacant commercial premises, help regenerate town centres, stimulate entrepreneurship, create new jobs, and enhance the sustainability of new businesses.

There is some support available for eligible start up businesses.  Initially you will be referred to our business advice providers who provide both workshops and one to one support including support with your business plan.

Once your business plan has been approved you can apply for a business start up grant.

Worcester City Council is part of Worcestershire Business Central (WBC) a countywide single point of contact for businesses. The Enterprising Worcestershire programme is one of the key services offered by WBC. For more information about the range of business services available please call 01905 677888 or see www.business-central.co.uk, email info@business-central.co.uk.