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Charity Ball for Prince's Trust

On Friday 10th February 17 a charity ball was held at Sixways Stadium, to help raise funds for the Prince’s Trust in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The ball was organised by the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Prince’s Trust Development Committee of which Aimee Stinton is a member.

The event was attended by over 300 local professionals, business leaders and Richards Sandy clients, raising over £18,000 to help
disadvantaged young people across the two counties.

The Development Committee hosted the ball to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust. The committee had pledged an ambitious target to raise £40,000 during the Trust’s 40th anniversary year, and with the money raised at the ball, now have a total in excess of £50,000.

Thank you to our clients and contacts for their continued support to Aimee and the Prince’s Trust.
November News from Worcester City Council Economic Development

Business Finance/Grants

1.Worcester City Council Growth Grant
This is a reminder that Worcester City Council offer growth grants for businesses which have been trading for more than one year and are
looking to either enter new markets, launch new products or employ more people, then you maybe eligible for a growth grant. Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available for items such as repair and refurbishment of premises; equipment; website development and training.
The grant must be match-funded from the businesses own resources and therefore the minimum project cost will be £2,000. Please note any items purchased prior to the offer letter will not be eligible for funding. For further information either contact myself or visit http://www.worcester.gov.uk/business-growthgrant

2. European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Grant Programmes 
Currently there are 2 programmes which are open for applications – Proof of Concept and Business Energy Efficiency Programme. New programmes will be starting early next year – business start up; business growth; cyber security; and low carbon. I will send further details in due course. For further information contact Worcestershire Business Central on 01905 677888 or visit http://www.businesscentral.co.uk/

3.Worcestershire Business Loan Fund 
A new business loan fund has been introduced by Worcestershire County Council and BCRS Business Loans. The scheme offers loans of £10,000 to £50,000 for Worcestershire small and medium sized businesses that are viable but unable to access finance from traditional lenders, such as banks. For further information contact BCRS Business Loans through the fast-track online application facility at www.bcrs.org.uk or call 0345 313 8410.

Business Support and Networking

There are quite a few business support and networking opportunities available to Worcester Businesses and here are a few which might be of interest:

1.The Hive
The Hive offers a number of services for local businesses:
(i)Business Centre – has a comprehensive collection of print materials, e-resources and research to help businesses. There is a quiet business lounge in which to work, with free Wi-Fi available and access to informal networking. For further information visit research resources.
(ii)Rooms for Hire – there are 8 meeting rooms for hire plus a 50 seater studio. All are equipped
with AV, access to Wi-Fi and teleconferencing facilities. Larger conferences, bespoke events, seminars or AGM's can also be accommodated on the lower ground floor. For further information visit spaces for hire
(iii)Networking events – there is a programme of business breakfast networking. The next one
takes place on Tuesday 29 November 7.30 – 9.30am. Sponsored by Sutcliffe & Co Insurance brokers, the topic for the event is ‘Cyber Security’. Presentations include how the Government’s Cyber Essentials Certification can help reduce the risk of cyber crime: West Mercia Police, presenting facts and figures of cyber crime; Dephrisk performing a live hack; and
Titania demonstrating their Government approved tool that assists certification. The
Government’s awarding body IASME will also be on hand to answer specific questions. Places are free – to book a place visit Book a free place. For further information about events at The Hive visit http://www.thehiveworcester.org/businessevents.html

2. Women2Web
Women2Web is back with plenty of free and informative training and networking sessions for any business women in Worcestershire. The sessions start in November and are for local
business women, aspiring female entrepreneurs and any woman looking at getting back in to work. Subjects including marketing strategy, social media, email marketing and search engine optimisation. For further information visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/women2web

3. Worcestershire Innovation Network (WINN)
WINN is a network for innovative and tech businesses in Worcestershire. Meetings are held every couple of months at Worcester Arena and ideal way to network with like minded businesses. The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 30th November. For further information and to book a place visit https://winn-hub.com/

4.Worcester Media Lab
Worcester Media Lab is based at Worcester University Business School and is run by
students to supported by staff. The media lab offers creative services e.g. web design, mobile
technologies to businesses, charities and organisations. If you would like to know more visit http://worcestermedialab.com/about

5. Unlock your business potential
This is a 6 month programme for small businesses which have been trading for less than 5 years. There are monthly workshops and topics include building a brand, understanding your customer and clarifying your direction. For further information email Sue Fry suef@unlocking-enterprise.org.uk.

6. Find it In Worcestershire
This is a Worcestershire County Council scheme which brings together companies, looking to source products and services, and local suppliers. Their website lists various opportunities and suppliers can register for free. Find it in Worcestershire organise a number of networking and ‘meet the buyer’ events. For further information visit https://www.finditinworcestershire.com/

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