Council leaders have shared with us their vision for promoting business success within Bromsgrove and Redditch and across the county as a whole.

Kevin Dicks, Chief Executive of Bromsgrove District Council and Redditch Borough Council says a key goal is to help people within the area run successful businesses, and the district councils are committed to nurturing and encouraging growth.

His colleague, Robert Spittle, chair of the Economic Development Theme Group told us that they are committed to tackling a skills shortage in the region by working with schools, colleges and the Skills Board, to ensure that North Worcestershire businesses are able employ people within the region to assist in business growth.

Jane Doyle, Communications and Engagement Officer from the North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration Team shared the region’s recent successes, which include:

  • More than 100 new jobs created via a Local Development Order (allowing businesses to grow without requiring planning permission)
  • £150,000 in business grants available
  • At least 50 new jobs for apprentices.

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If you would like to join NWBL our annual membership is £99, which comes with a range of benefits. The monthly events will remain FREE of charge for members, and we’ll continue to ask for a voluntary contribution of £5 for our chosen charity. Click here to find out more, including details of our upcoming Workshops. Non-Members will be charged £10 per meeting plus a voluntary contribution to our resident charities.

Membership will also include access to the BizSmart SmartRoom, a valuable resource giving you access to downloadable resources to help you grow your business, along with regular specialist webinars and blogs.

As we enter the second year of WBL, we’ll continue to collaborate with organisations across Worcestershire, continue to raise money for local causes, and continue to grow our membership. We do hope you’ll join us at the next meeting on 21st June 2016, from 10am to 12pm at Hogarths Stone Manor.

Blog post written by Andrew Pain, New Starts