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Help is available for new businesses to start up and grow in Worcester City through a programme of grants and free business advice.  The support package will encourage the occupation of vacant commercial premises, help regenerate neighbourhoods, stimulate entrepreneurship, create new jobs and enhance the sustainability of new businesses. 

Worcester City Council works with Worcestershire Growth Hub to bring all aspects of business support into one place.  Free guidance and support are available as well as lots of useful information for setting up and running a business

Worcestershire Growth Hub

Worcester City Council business start-up grant

Businesses at the start-up stage or which have been trading for less than 12 months can apply for a grant of up to £1,000, if working from home, or £2,000, if in commercial premises, towards ‘one-off’ costs such as building works, fixtures and fittings, equipment, new website or software to help set up.  The grant must be matched funded pound for pound from the business’s own resources.

The new business must be based in Worcester.

Businesses applying for the Worcester City Council start-up grant will be expected to have received business start-up advice (ideally through the Enterprising Worcestershire programme) and must provide a business plan.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  The Business Start-up Grant is part of Worcester City Council’s allocation of £2.96m.

For further information and to request an application pack, contact the Worcester City Council Economic Development team either by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01905 722106.

In addition, businesses operating from retail premises might be eligible for the Retail Enhancement Grant. Businesses moving into an empty unit can apply for a grant of up to £12,000 towards the cost of refurbishment.  For those already in a retail unit, there is a grant of up to £6,000 for improvements to the internal appearance, frontage or accessibility. 

Enterprising Worcestershire Business support

The Enterprising Worcestershire programme offers a range of support for new businesses from pre-start to early-stage development.

Start-up club

The Startup club provides a FREE 5-day programme for entrepreneurs to turn their idea into a promising business.  The workshops cover topics such as preparing a business plan and launching a new product or service.  The programme is delivered by Smarter Society for Worcestershire County Council.

In addition, there are 2 hours of one-to-one support sessions.

Book your place here. For further information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Business-to-consumer business support

If your business is less than 5 years old and mainly trades with consumers, then FREE support is available from a team of specialist advisors.  The 2 hours of 1:1 bespoke support can cover topics such as business planning, marketing and financial management.

In addition, business owners can access FREE coaching.  The 3 - 6 hours of consultation will help owners to develop their business skills.

The programme is delivered by Smarter Society for Worcestershire County Council.

To register your interest, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Early-stage business development support

If your business is less than 5 years old and trades predominantly with other businesses, then FREE support is available to help grow your business through the programme delivered by Real World Consultancy. 

Businesses can access 12 hours of bespoke one-to-one coaching support with a business coach of their choice, access to an online portal and one month’s free access to The Kiln co-working space.

Early-stage business development support

Worcestershire Libraries

The Enterprising Worcestershire programme has teamed up with Worcestershire libraries to provide information and advice through key libraries across the county.

Individuals and businesses in Worcestershire can access resources and databases to support them with marketing and business planning and incorporating support from the Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) can access specialist IP one to one advice.  This includes access to co-working spaces, events and workshops.

 Business and Intellectual Property Centre

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