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Grants for beleaguered city centre traders

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Worcester City Council is offering financial support to traders in a city centre street that has been badly affected by repair works to an at-risk building which led, at one stage, to the road being closed. Grants of between £1,200 and £2,700 are being made available to businesses in the lower part of Broad Street, whose trade was hit in November w...

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First chance to see inside Worcester’s revamped Arches

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Local artists and creatives are being offered the chance to get an early preview of the five refurbished spaces which are about to open as part of the £4.5 million project, The Arches – Worcester. Open days will be held on February 9 and 14 at the newly fitted-out Victorian railway arches between The Hive and Netherton Court. Four of the five refur...

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New grants for city businesses hit by Omicron restrictions

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Applications are open now for three new grant schemes that aim to help Worcester businesses whose trade was damaged by the restrictions introduced in response to the Omicron Covid variant or who have struggled to adapt to the impact of the pandemic. Funded by the Government, the three schemes are being administer by Worcester City Council, and city...

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Local firm appointed to let refurbished Arches to creatives

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Worcester City Council has announced that the recently refurbished spaces in the Arches Worcester (www.thearchesworcester.co.uk) are to be managed and let in the New Year by the team behind The Kiln, a managed workspace in Copenhagen Street. The Kiln offers office, meetings, hot desking and events space to small businesses and freelancers (thekiln....

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Worcester City Council to support Broad St traders

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Worcester City Council today announces a programme of support for traders affected by the closure of one of the city centre's busiest shopping streets. The lower part of Broad Street has been closed at its junction with Angel Place while emergency work is carried out to make safe a building owned by the Crown Estate. The road closure coincides with...

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Exciting opportunity to help secure first tenants for The Arches-Worcester

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A brand new marketing and management opportunity has arisen to help find tenants for Worcester's nearly-refurbished Victorian railway arches. The Arches-Worcester initiative, which has received an investment of over £3 million from central government's Cultural Development Fund, aims to create a new cultural quarter for Worcester.A number of railwa...

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COVID: Applications open for new grants to support Worcester businesses

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A new grant scheme for businesses affected by the impact of the Covid pandemic, and which are continuing to face premises costs while they recover, has been launched by Worcester City Council.Businesses and organisations that are based in a premises in the city, either their own or one belonging to a client, can apply for up to £2,700 from the new ...

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Financial support to help businesses re-open

New grants of up to £18,000 are available for businesses in Worcester to help with the costs of re-opening. Last month the Chancellor announced further grant funding for councils to support businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. "Government has announced new financial support through its ReStart Grant, to help businesses which were forced...

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Takeaway premises told to improve controls following visits

Regulatory services officers are sending out a strong reminder to takeaways after a number of common issues have been identified across the county, following visits to check for compliance. Takeaways can still operate as part of this lockdown but they must still be adhering to the rules of wearing masks, social distancing and closing their doors at...

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COVID: Grants on offer to transform empty shop units

 Worcester City Council is offering grants to organisations with fresh ideas on how to breathe new life into empty retail units. The scheme, which is part of the City Council's Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan, offers grants of up to £2,500 to facilitate the temporary occupation of an empty retail premise in the city centre. "This is an opportu...

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COVID: More financial support available for businesses during lockdown

The Government has announced a new support scheme for businesses which were required to close due to the national lockdown restrictions introduced on 5 January 2021. "Government has announced further financial support for businesses which have been forced to close since the current lockdown began on January 5 - or which can still trade but have bee...

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COVID: Enhanced Grants for Worcester businesses affected by Tier Two rules

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A range of grants for Worcester businesses affected by the city's Tier Two regulations are now available from the City Council.Businesses that have had to close under the current rules can get support, as can those that are still open but which have been impacted by Tier Two in other ways. The Government grants for Tier Two are at a reduced rate fo...

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Worcester shops to be allowed to open for 24 hours

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Shops in Worcester are to be allowed to open 24 hours a day, Monday-to-Saturday, when they reopen after the lockdown ends at just after midnight on Wednesday December 2. Worcester City Council agreed to the measure after Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP called on councils across the country to allow round-the-clock opening to support the ret...

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Worcester’s festive parking offer for Christmas shoppers

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With the lockdown coming to an end, many of Worcester's shops are re-opening and the City Council is supporting them with a yuletide boost. Shoppers heading into the centre to look for gifts and to soak up the festive atmosphere during late night opening each Thursday in December before Christmas can take advantage of free parking after 6pm in the ...

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COVID: Registration opens for new discretionary grants to support Worcester businesses

Applications are now open for grants for Worcester businesses that have been impacted by the November 2020 lockdown.The new Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant offers support to businesses which are not eligible for the existing Local Restrictions Support Grant , using funding from central government. Worcester City Council will, at its own disc...

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COVID: Registration opens for further grants to support Worcester businesses

 Registration is now open for grants for Worcester businesses that have been forced to close between 5 November and 2 December 2020.These include non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality, entertainment and personal care businesses. Businesses are eligible for the following Local Restrictions Support Grants, covering the 28-day lockdown perio...

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Covid advisors team launched in Worcestershire

A new team is taking to the streets to help guide and support residents and businesses through the coronavirus pandemic in Worcestershire. Covid advisors will be out and about in the county to support communities, offering advice, sharing the most up-to-date government guidance and supporting businesses as they work to keep everyone safe. The Covid...

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Artists selected for Worcester’s city centre Outdoor Gallery

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The artists whose work will dress the windows of shop units to create an outdoor gallery for Worcester's city centre have been revealed. Worcester City Council, Worcester BID and Severn Arts have commissioned eight artists to create engaging bespoke designs to dress the frontage of seven vacant retail units, as well as lower floor wi...

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The gates are open! Walking and cycling path links The Hive and The Arches - Worcester

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A significant milestone has been reached today in the development of the £4.5m The Arches – Worcester project, with the opening of the gates next to The Hive to create a new walking and cycling pathway. The new route creates a quick and easy way to get from the River Severn to the growing number of attractions at the arches in Netherton Court and C...

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£20 million paid out in lifeline to Worcester businesses

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Nearly 1,500 Worcester businesses have received payments totalling approximately £20 million through three central Government COVID grant funds since the lockdown began in March. Worcester City Council has processed payments to 1,435 Worcester businesses through the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grants Fund. A...

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