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Current offers and news by local BID businesses are featured on this page.

For further up-to-date promotions by local businesses also view our social media accounts:
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Worcester BID provides a variety of offers to its levy paying businesses, employees of BID businesses, students and members of the public.

  • For car parking offers at CrownGate Shopping Centre, NCP Cathedral car park and season tickets at Worcester City Council car parks please click here.
  • Exclusive Student Offers. Take a look at what Worcester BID businesses have in store for you.
  • Worcester BID’s Coaches Welcome scheme offering a meet & greet service and coach driver vouchers.


Proposed Changes to the Worcester City Centre Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)

download (2)Please click here to review the document.





Worc Gin Festival ’18

Gin festival

Plans are well underway by local small business Triple Distilled and Bolero Venues owners to host Worcester’s first official gin festival.

Taking place on the bank holiday weekend 5th & 6th May 2018, visitors will be treated to a comprehensive experience with the opportunity to learn about the history of gin and tasting from a choice of 100 different gins. Attractions will include gin cocktail making, presentations, tasting sessions and live music.

Worcester’s stunning central venue The Guildhall will be used exclusively for this exciting event which is set to attract at least 2,000 visitors into the city on this weekend.

Tickets are available on Facebook page @worcginfest or Eventbrite from £15 with limited VIP tickets also offered – the ideal Christmas present for those who appreciate their gin!


Bolero Bar new & improved

Bolero logo

Bolero Bar and Kitchen has just completed a refurbishment in time for the festive season, having for the last 5 years been one of the most popular venues in the city. Working in partnership with local small businesses, the finished effect shows the craftsmanship and attention to detail their customers love.
Complimenting the design is the connected sister wine bar No.35, allowing the venue to cater for multiple uses from brunch, lunch, drinks or dinner to private hire celebrations and business networking.
The popular live music Wednesdays are now established as a great evening out watching local talented musicians perform whilst enjoying a drink or bite to eat.
A great supporter of the Worcestershire community and charities, the business is a sponsor of Crowle football club and recently hosted a fundraiser for Flyford Flavell School raising a fantastic £3,500 for IT equipment for the children.


The Cardinal’s Hat

Cardinals hat

The Cardinal’s Hat, Worcester’s oldest pub, is located in Friar Street where until the end of tomorrow, visitors to the Victorian Christmas Fayre will be enjoying the Friar Street Beer Festival, run by the team at The Cardinal’s Hat in partnership with Tudor House Museum.

And the warm welcome continues once the Victorian Fayre is over, throughout the festive season, making The Cardinal’s Hat the ideal place to re-charge the batteries with its wide selection of local ales and food from locally sourced producers once the Christmas shopping is done, or as a pitstop to get you through!
Featured last month on Channel Four’s Four in a Bed show, The Cardinal’s Hat has boutique b&b rooms that are ideal if you have family and friends coming to stay, or head over simply for a great drink in welcoming, historic surroundings in the heart of Worcester.



Tonic Turns Two – Foregate St.

Tonic1 week from this year’s Small Business Saturday Tonic will be celebrating their 2nd year anniversary!
In 2 years their offering on Foregate Street has gone from none to ten craft beer lines with a strong sense of advocacy for other local independent businesses in their supplier choice.

Seasonal plans are well underway with licensing hours extended on Saturdays in December to 3am to make the most of the party atmosphere, this may well continue into the New Year.
Tonic’s mixologists are able to provide Cocktail masterclasses, ideal for Christmas parties and groups of friends to learn some cocktail magic!
Movie lovers are invited to the Secret Cinema Club to enjoy film-themed cocktails and free popcorn alongside classic films. Their Christmas special is Bad Santa showing on 10th December with tickets available on their Facebook page.
The one thing you can say about the guys at Tonic is they always have new plans up their sleeves, with the latest addition to be a bespoke gin bar at Tonic. You will have the opportunity to learn about botanicals and flavour profiles whilst naturally sampling a G&T or two!
Tonic was featured in GQ magazine as a great example of an independently owned small business, the likes of which make Worcester great. Wishing you a happy 2nd Birthday Tonic!



Gold Stitch, Charles Street

Gold stitchIt’s going to be busy at Gold Stitch this season – festive season AND rugby season, as the Charles Street business announces its appointment to the role of official tailor to the Worcester Warriors rugby team. Ensuring the Warriors look dapper off the pitch, the team at Gold Stitch have been appointed to alter the Warriors’ squad’s after match suits clothes including blazers, trousers and shirts.





Embrace Lingerie, Reindeer Court

Embrace Runner UpEmbrace Lingerie of Reindeer Court, Worcester has won a special prize at the Stars Best Shop Awards, the “Oscars of the Lingerie Industry” held at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London on Thursday 9th November.
As a finalist in the Excellence & Outstanding Achievement category, decided by public vote, Embrace was pipped to the post by just a couple of votes – so the organisers decided to create a special Runners Up award, which was hastily hand crafted in Italy, just for them!
Pamela Scott, Editor of Underlines Magazine which hosts the awards came on stage to tell the audience “In the 9 years of these awards, we’ve never presented a runners up prize, but in this case the vote was so close, we thought it was unfair not to”.
Owners of Embrace, sisters Paula Farrington and Lisa Farrington-Martin are delighted at their success. Paula said, “The Stars awards recognise the best lingerie retailers in the whole of the UK and Ireland and we are so proud to be classed as one of them and to put Worcester on the map. Thank you to everyone who voted for us”



Hot Yoga, The Zen Shed, New Street

ImageMid December sees the opening in New Street of a new yoga and meditation centre, The Zen Shed, founded by husband and wife team, Guy and Cindy Thomas.

The Zen Shed will offer a variety of yoga styles, with two practice areas, one equipped specifically for Hot Yoga. A third smaller practice area for more specialist forms of yoga, such as pregnancy yoga, is planned for Spring 2018.

Hot Yoga is practiced to a temperature of around 40 degrees with high humidity, making it more of a workout than other yoga styles. It allows greater flexibility to be achieved as muscles open and the body relaxes in the warmer atmosphere. Instructed by specialist teachers, benefits can include increased strength and flexibility, improved breathing, weight loss, as well as a great detox and the benefits of a quieter, calmer mind that most styles of yoga can provide.



Waylands Yard, Foregate Street

Waylands yardHead over to Waylands Yard on 16 and 17 December for their Christmas Market which will showcase over 30 of Worcester’s most talented crafts people, providing local shoppers with the perfect opportunity to buy some real Christmas gifts, made by real people! The Waylands Yard Christmas Market will support these other local businesses, whilst enjoying live music, mince pies, mulled cider, proper coffee and proper food in its Foregate Street premises.

Waylands Yard, who have recently celebrated their first anniversary since opening, say they want to give something back this Christmas, and for the whole of December they will be using their ‘Proper Christmas Cup’ to donate 20p of every takeaway coffee sale to Maggs Day Centre in Worcester. “This festive season, swap a meaningless red Christmas cup for one of those from Waylands Yard, and each time you do, know that you are making a difference.

The Wayland’s Yard team are enthusiastic champions of everything local. It’s what we do. We hope you can help us to help Maggs!” says Sam Smith from Waylands Yard.



Bottles Wine Bar, New Street


Bottles Wine Bar in New Street is celebrating being named Best Wine Bar 2017 by Lux Magazines in its Food & Drink Awards with a Christmas carol sing along and concert on Sunday 3rd December from 7:30pm. “It’s been a fabulous year for Bottles and it’s largely thanks to our fellow grape enthusiasts and customers. Come and add a touch of snuggly luxury to your Christmas and pay us a visit. We await you with wine!” says Bottles owner Richard Everton.

For thoughtful Christmas shopping, Bottles has extended its range of fortified wines by the glass for the seasonal period: perfect timing to sink into a ruby and rich port with a tasty festive cheeseboard. Bottles also has quirky gift packs by William Chase, Veuve Clicqout and more, for great gifts.




Anja Potze Fine Jewellery, Friar Street

Anja Downing StAs the popular Friar Street jewellers awaits to hear if they have won the prestigious ‘Retailer of the Year Award’, shortlisted by the National Association of Jewellers, Anja and her team are busy organising a Friar Street Late Night Shopping Event to take place on 14th December.
There will be hot roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and cider in the street (paid for by the businesses of Friar Street and at no cost to the customer!). A variety of shops will be open late on the evening for festive shopping, food and drink, including Anja Potze Fine Jewellery, Pockets, Swan Boutique, Leila Rae, You Boutique, The Hat House, Emporio and Friar Street Kitchen.





Christmas Craft exhibition opens at Museum & Art Gallery

Museum and Art GalleryAs thoughts turn towards the festive season the annual Crafted for You exhibition opens this Saturday at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum and is on show until 27 January.
Crafted for You showcases the work of 17 of the best craft makers in the Midlands. A sumptuous and colourful range of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, wood, textiles and prints are on show and all available to purchase.
Maggie Wallace, curator of the exhibition says: “Crafted for You is a celebration of craft with so many different makers on show all so talented and producing beautiful wares. If you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone special, or a treat for yourself, Crafted for You will have what you are looking for.”
A special Christmas event at the Gallery on Saturday 9 December 11am – 1pm welcomes visitors to enjoy a festive drink and mince pie with a bonus of 10% off purchases all day in the Crafted for You exhibition and the Shop which also has an excellent range of Christmas cards and gifts to suit all pockets. Every penny spent in the Shop goes back into supporting the work of the Art Gallery & Museum and enables exciting exhibitions and events to happen.

Crafted for You is on from 18 November until 27 January at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. The Art Gallery & Museum.  Open Monday – Saturday, 10.30am – 4.30pm, entry is free.

For more information see www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk or call 01905 25371.



Worcester BID Traders Meeting

Cosy ClubThe Worcester BID traders meeting is being held at Pret A Manger on Friday 3rd November at 8 am, full details are available by clicking the link.

 Eventbrite - Worcester BID Traders Meeting





New manager for Worcester BID

Phoebe Dawson

Worcester Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce the appointment of Phoebe Dawson to the role of BID Manager.
Phoebe joined the team towards end August having previously managed the successful Worcestershire Growth Hub, Worcestershire Business Central.
With a strong background in business support and engagement, Phoebe joins the team at an exciting time for Worcester BID and is driving investment projects for the city centre as well as getting to know the 540 BID business owners and BID partners including Worcester City Council, Crowngate, the LEP, Cathedral Square Shopping Centre, Worcester Heritage Partnership, Worcester Tourism Association, Nightsafe and Strategic Events Forum face to face.
Phoebe Dawson, Worcester BID Manager said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Worcester BID at such a pivotal time. Worcester city centre is currently in an excellent position with investment from partners and local businesses and the BID is committed to supporting our members to make the most of these opportunities. We are also actively lobbying to guarantee continued investment and great events, projects and developments on behalf of our levy members and visitors to Worcester.”
Erica Burlace, Worcester BID Chairman added: “The board of directors at Worcester BID is delighted to welcome Phoebe Dawson to the helm, and the timing couldn’t be better. Phoebe has a genuine understanding of the complexities of operating a BID and also a hugely positive, outcome driven motive to take Worcester BID forward on behalf of all the levy payers.”
A key objective within Phoebe’s role will be to implement and launch a new multi-platform programme of engagement with all levy payers, stakeholders and interested parties in response to local, regional and international economic and behavioral changes.
To learn more about Worcester BID and its work developing the city centre, please visit www.worcesterbid.com

*** 3rd October 2017 ***

£2.8million of National Lottery funding pledged for Worcester’s historic churches

 Worcester Cathedral

Thanks to National Lottery players, two projects, led by Worcester Cathedral and the Churches Conservation Trust, will work to conserve these historic buildings and create innovative new learning spaces for visitors and local people.

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands, said: “This is an important investment that will help to protect and enhance Worcester’s rich heritage for years to come. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, these two transformational projects will work to create exciting new spaces and cement the buildings’ places in the city’s significant cultural offer.”

Worcester Cathedral – A Centre for Learning, Heritage and Arts for the Whole Community

More than £1m has been earmarked for a project to open up the 12th-century undercroft at Worcester Cathedral to the public for the first time. A former monastic cellar, the space will be transformed into a unique new learning centre with teaching rooms, storage and administration space, reception area, and a lift.

The three-year project aims to provide a permanent venue for the Cathedral’s award-winning education programme, reaching more people across Worcestershire and beyond. It would also enable conservation and research on the internationally significant ‘Christ in Majesty’ 13th-century stone carving.

Development funding of £168,000 has been awarded to the Cathedral by HLF to progress the project in order to apply for a full grant of just over £1m at a later date.

The Very Reverend Dr Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester Cathedral, said: “We are delighted to receive this initial support from HLF and send our warmest thanks to National Lottery players and everyone else involved. This grant will enable the Cathedral to develop our plans to bring into public use for the first time a wonderful 12th-century former monastic cellar, and provide a unique historic venue to make learning, arts and heritage accessible for the whole community.”

Sound and Art at St Swithun’s

The Churches Conservation Trust has received a confirmed £1.64m National Lottery grant from HLF for a project to transform St Swithun’s into an inspirational sensory space and cultural venue.

Located in the heart of Worcester, the Grade I listed church will install ground-breaking new interpretation, which will creatively use sound and art to engage, enthuse and inspire a greater connection to heritage and history. Sound and Art @ St Swithun’s (SASS) will enable the splendid Georgian architecture to be repaired and conserved, transforming the building into a cutting edge space for new innovative forms of engagement.

The project, which was previously awarded HLF development funding of £196,100, will also run an exciting programme of events, from night-time tours to training placements, alongside the capital works.

Sarah Robinson, Acting Chief Executive and Director of Conservation at CCT, said: “I am delighted that HLF has supported this project, thanks to National Lottery players. St Swithun’s epitomises Georgian splendour, but the fabric and future of this building have been at risk for some time. This grant, coupled with generous matching donations collected during our annual appeal, will enable us to save St Swithun’s and create a vibrant, sustainable future for the building and the community.”

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*** 3rd October 2017 ***


Wayland’s Yard

Waylands Yard Cafe

A year can often feel like a long time, but for a start-up business it can disappear in the blink of an eye. Here at Wayland’s Yard, it only feels like yesterday that we opened our doors for the very first time. The past 12 months have been full of challenges and surprises, but most importantly a steady flow of loyal customers who have really bought into what we trying to achieve: nothing short of a coffee and brunch revolution in Worcester.

Being an independent business in a world that can so easily gravitate towards the familiarity of the big high street names can be tough, but here at Wayland’s Yard we’re up to the challenge. There is nothing more rewarding for us than seeing the people of Worcester enjoying the space that we have carefully crafted for them to relax in, meet friends, enjoy quality coffee and food and leave with a caffeinated spring in their step.

For us, being independent gives you the edge in the important stuff. Yes, we might not be able to benefit financially from economies of scale and vast infrastructure, but we can create a welcoming, personal and positive environment, we can build relationships with our customers and we can continue to support our local suppliers.

Luckily for us Worcester knows how to keep things local – you guys have supported us every step of the way and it’s about time we repaid the favour. We hope to see you at 6 Foregate on Sunday 15th October for our birthday party as we reach the grand old age of 1. The first 100 coffees served will be free, so get down here as soon as soon as possible so you don’t miss out.

*** 2nd October 2017 ***


House of Haby – Saturday 7th October 10-4pm

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We are very lucky to have the lovely Rachel Coopey come for an all day Sock Knitting drop in, to introduce you to her lovely Socks Yeah! yarn in our little shop. You can come in and ask her anything about knitting socks, it might be quite general or you might have a particular problem that you’re trying to solve. We’ll have lots of copies of her books which she’ll be happy to sign for you. You can come along and have a feel and a squeeze of her lovey new sock yarn, have a look at all the amazing colours, and she’ll be bringing lots of sock samples for you to look at.

For more about Rachel Coopey visit https://www.instagram.com/coopknits/ and http://www.coopknits.co.uk/.

As an introductory offer, we will be selling all of Socks Yeah! yarn at 10% discount for one day only.

We would love to see you. Come in and join us for tea, cake and a chat

*** 28th September 2017 ***



For the fourth year running Embrace, a lingerie boutique in Reindeer Court,  has reached the final of “Stars”, the Underlines Magazine’s UK Best Shop Awards.

Underlines is a trade magazine for the lingerie industry and, every year, holds these awards which recognise the best businesses in the lingerie industry in the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland.

Businesses are nominated for a variety of categories by leading industry suppliers.  Once the nomination stage is over, a jury of major names in the lingerie industry get together to decide which businesses are good enough to become finalists, and they are invited to a Gala Evening Ceremony in London.

In 2014 Embrace won the prestigious Special Care Recognition Award at the ceremony and they are hoping for further success this year.

The owners of Embrace, Paula Farrington and Lisa Farrington-Martin will be attending the ceremony on Thursday 9 November at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and have their fingers crossed for another celebration!

*** 22nd September 2017 ***


Colleges SEN-sational provision shortlisted for nasen Award 2017


Celebrations are underway at Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) after the College’s Special Education Needs (SEN) provision was shortlisted in the ‘Excellent Practice in Further Education’ category at this year’s nasen SEND Awards.

Taking place at the Museum of London, on Thursday 19th October, nasen will mark their 25th birthday with a SEND awards ceremony; acknowledging and celebrating individuals and organisations whose actions make a real difference to the lives of children and young people with SEND.

The nomination highlights the College’s ambitious drive towards ensuring provision for learners with disabilities takes centre stage in its curriculum development and delivery of learning opportunities. This has been further strengthened by the development of sensory and living training facilities at two of the College’s campuses following investment from the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The facilities include a sensory room, a mocked up ‘flat’ to be used to support learners to develop independence skills, refurbished classroom areas and improved access to online facilities, supporting independent learning, in preparation for employment or living independently.

Speaking about the College’s nomination, Claire Heywood, Assistant Principal Inclusive and Employer Learning, said:

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for this national award  This is great recognition for us and recognises the fantastic support given to us by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and their unique investment with us on this project. This is also a great reflection for all the staff and the hard work they put in every day to ensure our learners get the best quality experience here at HoW College. Most of all though, it’s a brilliant reflection of all the talented, committed and enthusiastic supported learners we have here at the College.”

HoW College prides itself on offering a wealth of opportunities to all learners. For more information about the SEN provision available and courses on offer please visit howcollege.ac.uk

*** 22nd September 2017 ***


Tudor House logo

The volunteer team at Tudor House Museum in Friar Street, Worcester has been recognised for going above and beyond their roles, and for excellence in the 2017 West Midlands Museum Development Volunteer Awards.

At an evening of entertainment and celebration at the Birmingham Hippodrome on 19th September, the West Midlands Museum Development team recognised the achievement of volunteers in museums and heritage across the area. The Tudor House Museum volunteers had been nominated by their manager, Tonia Collett, for their commitment to the museum in the Above and Beyond category. The nomination was selected by the independent judges as proof of how much a group of individuals can achieve with little more than determination.

At the end of the evening, the Judges Award for Excellence was also awarded to Tudor House Museum volunteers in recognition of how much they had achieved and taken the museum forward, meeting all the challenges involved in the sector in this day and age.

Museum manager, Tonia Collett, said “Back in 2004, when the Museum of Local Life in Worcester was closed by its owners due to the costs in running it, all artefacts were removed and the building put on hold while a decision was made about its future. To a small group of locals, this seemed like a sacrilege, the MoLL had been so loved: they formed a trust (Worcester Heritage & Amenity Trust) and set up ‘shop’ with little more than a kettle, a toaster and the determined aim to keep the doors open.

That was 13 years ago, and during that time, the group of volunteers has grown to number over 70. Their determination to meet and overcome the challenges of running a museum with no local or national government funding is an exemplary lesson to all, as they have worked ceaselessly to make Tudor House the financially self-sustaining organisation it is now, with visitor numbers topping 15,000 a year.

No job is too small or big for them to roll up their sleeves and tackle, from bug-trap checking to sweeping the courtyard, from making a wimple to starching the table cloths, they shirk from nothing.

They are innovative in their approach to fundraising (their locally-famous tea cosy drive now raises over £1000 a year for the museum) and have formed a highly supportive network where volunteers of all abilities, including those with intellectual and physical disabilities, can feel part of the team. Their Friends of Tudor House supporters group continually attracts new members, all of whom are made to feel part of a wider family.

The enthusiasm of the WHAT volunteers is infectious! This communicates itself to visitors, who thoroughly enjoy the stories, images, artefacts and recollections of the city that the volunteers retell. They will readily don costume to better interpret the eras the museum represents and get involved with city-wide historical celebrations. They have forged lasting links within the community, particularly with schools, special needs groups and other local charities.

Recent shortlisting for the national Family Friendly Museum 2017 Award is a sign of how much they strive to make everyone feel welcome and included, regardless of age or ability. They will take as much time and care over explaining a game of “merrells” to a child as they will an adult.

The feedback from our visitors speaks of the success these volunteers have in conveying their knowledge and experience. Not only do they play to their own strengths, but they are always willing to try new approaches to events and fundraising, to push themselves out of their comfort zones for the continued success of the museum.  They are proactive in seeking advice, training, support and professional development for their members and have a real care for each individual volunteer.

They have always provided a warm, all-encompassing welcome to visitors, coupled with enthusiastic and extensive local knowledge. Without the passion, drive and dedication of the Tudor House volunteers, this museum would have closed permanently and the public would have lost an actively inclusive, free, space in the city. It’s a privilege to work with them”

Tudor House Museum is always on the lookout for volunteers to help with the day to day operations, the curatorial work, events and education delivery, and marketing. If you’d like to be part of an active, friendly, award-winning team, contact the museum directly!


Tudor House Museum

  • Tudor House is a Grade II Listed, 16th century building in the heart of one of the oldest streets in Worcester. Its collection uncovers the lives of the people who lived there from 1550, and the changing city.
  • THM is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am – 4pm.
  • It is an independent museum run by the Worcester Heritage & Amenity Trust and the charity’s volunteers.
  • There is a coffee shop onsite, children’s activities throughout the year (all children


West Midlands Museum Development

  • The WMMD programme was established in 2015 with funding from Arts Council England and is managed by Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.


  • They support museums through funding initiatives, training, mentoring, sharing skills and knowledge, and building excellence in museums.


  • Their vision is “For the West Midlands Museum sector to develop, thrive and collaborate to ensure future sustainability through cross cultural programmes which excite and inspire diverse audiences and deliver a professional customer focussed visitor experience.”


For more information about Tudor House, please contact:

Tudor House Museum: Tonia Collett 01905 612309 manager@tudorhouse.org.uk. Twitter @TudorHouseWorcs or Facebook TudorHouseWorcester or Instagram @TudorHouseWorcs

***Press Release: 21st September 2017 ***


Worcester restaurant recommended in Waitrose Good Food Guide 2018


Local restaurant Saffrons Bistro has been named among the best in the country after being recommended in The Good Food Guide 2018.

Worcester’s Saffrons Bistro, which has been trading for 22 years, is the only restaurant in the city to be included in the guide and has been commended for its “excellent” service and atmosphere. Owners Nick and Chrissy Hunt have said of the announcement:

“We are delighted to have received this recognition and would like to say a massive thank you to all of our staff for their hard work throughout this past year. With the increased choice of great restaurants across the city, we would also like to express our gratitude to our loyal customers who have kept the business trading for 22 years.

The Good Food Guide 2018 is the nation’s bestselling restaurant handbook. Expert inspectors dine anonymously at restaurants across the UK, paying their bill in full, to create a guide of the UK’s very best restaurants, pubs and hidden gems.

Find out more about The Good Food Guide here.

*** 18th September 2017 – details submitted by Saffrons Bistro***


Nine days remaining to enter Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017

There are now only nine days remaining for training providers, employers, schools and apprentices to enter the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

The awards hosts, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire County Council have recently announced that the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017 will be presented by one of the UK’s leading live comedians, Mark Watson, at the Awards ceremony at West Midland Safari Park on 16 November 2017.

Entering or nominating for the awards is a simple process and doesn’t take long. Anyone can nominate training providers, apprentices, businesses or schools for the awards.  The Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2017 will recognise excellence in 12 categories:

Press Release 170621 - All winners from Worcestershire Apprenticeship 2016 AwardsApprentice Awards
School of the year – sponsored by Careers and Enterprise Company
Intermediate Level Apprentice of the year – sponsored by Titania
Advanced Level Apprentice of the year – sponsored by Southco
Higher Level Apprentice of the year – sponsored by Morgan Motor Company
Worcestershire Apprentice of the year (main apprentice award) – sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group

Employer Awards
Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer – sponsored by Vestia
Small Apprenticeship Employer of the year (< 50 employees) – sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the year (> 50 employees) – sponsored by WBL Consultancy
Large Apprenticeship Employer of the year (> 250 employees) – sponsored by Sanctuary Group
Apprentice Ambassador of the Year – sponsored by Heartbeat – The Training Academy
Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Worcestershire Training Providers Association
Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (main employer award) – sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd.

Cllr Dr Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, added: “It is great to see that the highly popular Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards are continuing to go from strength to strength each year. I am sure that this year’s awards will once again attract a large number of nominations and attendees, and I look forward to the awards ceremony taking place on 16 November at West Midland Safari Park.”

For more information about apprenticeships locally and to enter this year’s Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards before the 30 June 2017 deadline, visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website, www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk
Completed nominations and table bookings for the awards should be sent to awardsnominations@worcestershire.gov.uk
Join the conversation on Twitter using #WorcsApprentice

*** 21st June 2017 – details submitted by Worcestershire LEP ***

Apprenticeship Levy & Funding Changes
How can Heart of Worcestershire College help?

HOWC_logo_CMYKWith changes to the way apprenticeships are delivered and funded the Heart of Worcestershire College team has put together some information covering everything you need to know. From what the new levy is all about, to frequently asked questions, Heart of Worcestershire College’s Solutions team are providing the answers.

Apprentice Levy & Funding Changes Q&A Leaflet

Interested in taking on an apprentice? Take a look at the various apprenticeship options available:

Accountancy – Advanced 2016-17

Accountancy – Intermediate 2016-17

Business and Administration – Advanced 2016-17

Business and Administration – Intermediate 2016-17

Customer Service – Advanced 2016-17

Customer Service – Intermediate 2016-17

Leadership and Management – Higher 2016-17

Management – Advanced 2016-17

Sales – Advanced 2016-17

Sales – Intermediate 2016-17

Teamleading – Intermediate 2016-17

*** 30th May 2017 – details submitted by Heart of Worcestershire College ***

Effective Retail Security

How to protect your bottom line.  Advice compiled by Jack Hince January 2017 Click Here to Download

Counter Terrorism Advice (please note this is general guidance and not a security update) Click Here for the Website

Cyber Crime

Up-date for Business and Staff Click Here to Download

Graffiti – Help & Advice

Graffiti Guidance 1

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Click on images to view the full size version.

*** May 2017 – details submitted by Worcester City Council ***


Tudor House – Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award 2017

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THM Exterior








Tudor House Museum in Friar Street, Worcester has been nominated for the annual Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum 2017 award!

Based in a mid-1500s, Grade II* Listed building, Tudor House Museum has been run by the Worcester Heritage & Amenity Trust group of volunteers since 2004, when they determined to keep the building open as a museum. It has grown over the past 13 years, gradually increasing its opening hours, events programme and visitor numbers. The latter now stand at a healthy 15,000+ a year.

The volunteers have taken the time to ensure that visitors of all ages feel warmly welcomed, including such measures as high chairs, baby changing, buggy parking, trails that appeal to boys and girls, prompts for children at their own eye-level, and dressing up clothes for adults and children.

The Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award was launched in 2004, and is based on public nominations, with the field wide open to museums of all shapes and sizes. Previous winners include the York Art Gallery (2016), Tuille House Museum (2015) and the National Maritime Museum (2014).

Museum manager, Tonia Collett, said “We’re so excited that Tudor House Museum has been nominated for the Kids in Museums 2017 FAMILY FRIENDLY MUSEUM AWARD! For a small independent museum without a huge budget or team, this is an enormous deal.

But that is what the Family Friendly awards have always done: celebrated not just the big national museums, but the Tudor House sized ones too. Size isn’t important, it’s how you make the families visiting you feel, and here we’ve always prided ourselves on making everyone, regardless of age and ability, feel welcome and included.”

To vote for Tudor House Museum in the Family Friendly Museum 2017 award, go to www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/awards and complete the form. Deadline for nominations is 2nd June 2017.

*** May 2017 – details submitted by Tudor House ***




Employers, we need you!

Heart of Worcestershire College is on the lookout for local businesses to help support and facilitate their work placement programme.

As part of each student’s course, they are required to complete work placements consisting of one block  week or one day a week for a period of five weeks within a company. Typical placements for IT and Business students include: Finance, Marketing, HR, IT, Legal, Customer Service, Retail, Technical Support, Developers/coding and Web and Multimedia opportunities.

Students benefit greatly from working in the industry; gaining key employability skills to enhance their job applications and interviews.

As well as the students, each employer is rewarded with a number of benefits including; raising the company’s profile in the business sector, improving staff retention, growing talent, inspiring and informing young people and developing current employees by involving them in the supervision of young people.

Speaking about working with the College, Michelle Wood, Sanctuary’s Group Head of Learning and Development, said:

“Our partnerships with local schools and colleges in Worcester have allowed us to deliver sought after work experience placements to students in a range of business areas. Not only do these programmes provide young people with a valuable insight into the world of work, but also with a chance to gain practical and hands on experience, and discover how a commercially-driven organisation operates.”

If you’re interested in engaging with the College’s work placement programme please contact

Jackie White via jwhite@howcollege.ac.uk

***January 2017 – Heart of Worcestershire College***

Opening of new business on the High Street Cote Brasseries


9 JANUARY 2017
The start of the New Year brings with it added excitement for Côte Brasserie, who will
be opening a 160 cover restaurant on Worcester High Street in early January. Côte
have invested £1 million in creating their chic Parisian-style brasserie, which will bring
further dining choice for both locals and visitors to Worcester, as well as providing
around 50 new jobs in the area.
Located a short walk away from the banks of the River Severn and Worcester
Cathedral, Côte champions all day dining. From lazy weekend breakfasts to special
celebration dinners, business lunches and relaxed family meals, there is something
for everyone
Côte Restaurants CEO, Alex Scrimgeour says, “We are thrilled to be opening right
in the centre of Worcester and we look forward to bringing our friendly, professional
service and great value food to this thriving town. It’s a wonderful way for Côte to
begin 2017.”
Guests will always find classic brasserie favourites such as steak frites and tuna Niçoise
on the menu, along with a tempting selection of desserts. Côte’s must-try crème
caramel is a house speciality. Seasonal, monthly-changing specials and weekday
lunch and early evening menus ensure there is always something new to delight both
regular and first-time guests. At £10.95 for two courses and £12.95 for three courses
the weekday lunch and early evening set menu provides outstanding value, lending
itself perfectly to a quick lunch or relaxed dining. The extensive French wine list is
reasonably priced and features wines from a number of independent producers
across France.
Served until midday on weekdays and 1pm at weekends, Côte breakfasts are muchloved
by their guests and well-celebrated on social media. The renowned eggs
Benedict with homemade Hollandaise and the French breakfast with Côte’s awardwinning
boudin noir, are particular menu favourites.
Accredited by Coeliac UK, Côte is proud of its comprehensive and delicious gluten
free menu, which has received high praise from diners, the press and Coeliac UK
itself. Côte maintains high standards in gluten-free food preparation and staff
training and understands how important it is to be able to offer people who follow a
gluten-free diet, reliable and safe dining.
Due to the requests of many devoted guests, Côte launched a loyalty programme in
summer 2016. ‘Côte Rewards’ members earn treats throughout the year, as well as
receiving a joining gift of a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy when dining. The
more visits made to Côte, the more rewards to be gained, which can be earned and
redeemed at any Côte Brasserie.
“Robust French flavours and brilliant value for money”
– ENDS –

***January 2017 – Cotes Brasseries***


OLLY MURS to perform Open Air Concert at Worcestershire County Cricket Club on Sunday 25th June as part of his huge 2017 Summer Tour!


Worcestershire County Cricket Club will welcome Olly Murs on Sunday 25th June, performing as part of his huge Summer UK Tour.

Following on from his spring arena tour, Olly Murs, one of British music’s biggest stars, announces his biggest headline shows yet; 22 outdoor dates across the UK, starting on Friday 2nd June through to Saturday 19th August 2017.

Olly Murs said, “I am thrilled to play outdoors at Worcestershire County Cricket Club. Outdoor shows are so much fun and I am looking forward to performing my biggest songs on my biggest outdoor tour!”

2016 has been another incredible year for Olly Murs which has seen him celebrate his fourth successive No.1 Album ’24 HRS’, becoming the most successful solo artist ever to come from the X Factor. New single ‘Years and Years’ is the new album’s centre piece; an expansive, explosive, spine-tingling belter and follows the radio favourites ‘You Don’t Know Love’ and ‘Grow Up’ which Olly recently performed on the X Factor.

Before his huge summer tour, the spring of 2017 will see Olly play 23 UK shows including three O2’s and the opening night of the Teenage Cancer Trust shows, confirming his reputation as one of Britain’s very best live performers.

Since Olly shot to fame in 2009, he has recorded four multi-platinum albums, produced four Number 1 singles with total record sales exceeding 10 million. ’24 HRS’ is the follow up to the acclaimed million selling album ‘Never Been Better’.

Jon Graham, Managing Director of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, said “We are delighted that an artist of the stature of Olly Murs is coming to New Road in 2017, it’s a major coup for the club. To get the opportunity to stage a concert involving the current number one selling artist, someone who is incredibly popular and an unbelievable showman is brilliant news and amazing profile for our ever-growing events side of the business.

” Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live, promoter said, “We are delighted to be working with Olly Murs on his UK Summer Tour! Olly is one of the best male solo artists in the UK and the perfect artist for our venues. We expect each show to have a great party atmosphere and look forward to hearing his most popular hits.”

Tickets at Worcestershire County Cricket Club are priced at: £39.50 + booking fee & postage fee (General Admission) and £55.00 + booking fee & postage fee (Platinum enclosure).


Tickets are all standing. Disabled Tickets are available directly from the venue but are very limited.

Hospitality Packages are also available!

*** December 2016 Worcestershire County Cricket Club***


No Wobble because they have won Dobble…Again  

We are thrilled to announce that Wise Owl Toys in Charles Street is the biggest seller of the game ‘Dobble’ of all the independent shops in the UK for 2015 for the third year running! Wise Owl Toys owner, Mark Stewart, was naturally delighted to beat all the competition once again. ‘We love the game, so demonstrating it in our store was something that came naturally to us. We thought Worcester would have been saturated by now but that’s certainly not the case. To be “The Tops” three years running is amazing.’





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