Worcester City Runs Breakfast Club with the legendary Paula Radcliffe MBE

Join us at the @worcesterrun Breakfast Club: a networking event with a twist that give's you all the information you need to get involved with the Worcester City Run. 

 

BREAKFAST
CLUB
FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2023
8AM - 10AM

 

Jog, walk or just enjoy a coffee whilst networking at Wildwood.

Take it at your own pace.

Fancy a jog or walk? You will be joined by athletics legend’s Steve Cram CBE and Paula Radcliffe MBE as you make your way along the river path to the marina before circling back for breakfast and a hot drink.

Chat to Steve, Paula and the team about how you can get involved in our exciting plans for 2023.

 

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New grant available for Worcester retail businesses

Worcester City Council has launched a new grant to help businesses and organisations which are either moving into empty premises or looking to make improvements to their existing building. 

The Retail Enhancement Grant will help fund interior renovations as well as improving the frontages and accessibility of empty and occupied retail units across Worcester. The grant is available for units used for purposes such as retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care services or provision of financial services.

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 access.  Businesses must be able to make a ‘cash match’ contribution of at least 50% towards the costs of the proposed renovations.

The project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  The Retail Enhancement Grant is part of Worcester City Council’s allocation of £2.96m.

The scheme is designed to encourage longer-term occupation of vacant retail premises and improvements to existing shops to complement the wider investment in public realm and help ensure Worcester remains an attractive place to visit.

Cllr Robyn Norfolk, vice chair of Worcester City Council’s Place & Economic Development sub-committee, said: “This is a great new initiative which will help retail and other similar businesses across Worcester. Increasing occupancy of vacant premises and enhancing the appearance of existing shops should help attract footfall and ensure that the city centre and other shopping areas remain vibrant and attractive places to visit.”

The new Retail Enhancement Grants build on the Property Enhancement Grants that were delivered through the Future High Street Fund for properties in The Cross and Angel Street.  However, the new grant is for retail properties anywhere within Worcester.

For further information or to request an application pack, contact the Worcester City Council Economic Development team either by email economy@worcester.gov.uk or call 01905 722106.


Could you be our new Safer Streets Officer?

We are hiring!

Worcester Business Improvement District are hiring a Safer Streets Officer to work within the Worcester city centre.

Could you be a good fit? The role would see you working closely with our city partners including West Mercia Police, Worcester City Council, Worcester Cares, and businesses to deter crime and anti-social behaviour with a primary focus on safer streets. You would be a visual and consistent presence in the city, sending a clear message that we have zero tolerance for crime of any sort in the city centre.

If this sounds like you, please read the full job description here:

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To apply, please email a CV and cover letter to BID CEO, Sam McCarthy: sam.mccarthy@worcesterbid.com

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Worcester’s Close the Door campaign helps businesses stay Open4Business

Worcester is staying Open4Business by closing its doors: a new Close the Door campaign is in full force. The joint initiative from Worcester BID, supported by Worcester City Council, is set to save businesses money and reduce the city’s contribution to CO2 emissions, simply by shops closing their doors whilst trading during winter periods.

At a time when energy bills are at an all-time high, Worcester BID is helping businesses with simple energy-saving techniques that are being promoted to customers and shoppers through simple initiatives such as informative window and door stickers. These stickers are being distributed to businesses across the city centre and are designed to prompt customers to close doors behind them.

 

Plantamamita, Reindeer Court, Worcester
Ware, Reindeer Court, Worcester
TripelB, Copenhagen Street, Worcester

 

Sam McCarthy, CEO of Worcester Business Improvement District (BID) said, “Businesses within the city are open for business and to support with the increasing energy bills, they will be keeping their doors closed this winter period. We encourage shoppers not to be put off by the closed doors and to understand that this supports the businesses to remain trading by reducing additional costs.”

Whilst this is a simple technique to keeping the heat in and reducing energy usage, research from Cambridge University found that shops that keep doors open consume twice as much electricity as businesses which do not. Businesses that close their doors save up to 10 tonnes of CO2 and can cut their annual energy bills by up to half. This is the equivalent of driving 25,000 miles – the distance from Worcester to our twin city of Le Vesinet, France, and back, nearly 30 times!

Close The Door Window Sticker displayed in local business, The Kiln.

 

This simple Close the Door initiative will help businesses save money on their energy bills and reduce the city’s consumption of energy, leading to lower CO2 emissions.

Worcester City Council’s Councillor Louis Stephen suggested the scheme and said, “The cost-of-living crisis, caused by high energy bills, is affecting local businesses just as much as Worcester residents. The open for business initiative is a great way for customers to support local shops by understanding why business doors are closed during the cold winter months.”

Help support your high street this winter by closing the doors of businesses displaying the sticker.

If you would like a window sticker for your business. Please contact Worcester BID via info@worcesterbid.com

 


NEW - City Council Grants for Business Improvements

Worcester City Council has just introduced a new grant for retail properties. The grants are funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and are part of Worcester City Council’s allocation of £2.96m.

 

If you have a retail unit, you could be given financial support towards making improvements to internal appearance, frontages, and accessibility of empty and occupied retail units across Worcester.  

 

Businesses/organisations can apply for a maximum of £12,000 towards costs of occupying a previously empty retail unit or £6,000 for improvements to internal appearance, frontages, and/or the accessibility of occupied units. Eligible expenditure can include building works, premises refurbishment, fixtures and fittings, signage, installation of ramps and other associated costs to either bring the empty unit back into use or improve the internal appearance, frontage, or accessibility of occupied units. 

 

Businesses/organisations must be able to make a ‘cash’ match funding contribution of at least 50% towards the cost of the proposed project/investment.

 

Applications are encouraged to be submitted as soon as possible. 

 

Please note that you may be contacted regarding your application and changes.

 

Please contact the Economic Development team on either 01905 722106 or email economy@worcester.gov.uk for more information.


Student Discounts Galore!

Are you a student? Make the most of your student card in the city centre at the following places

FOOD

M&S – 25% off food on the go (UNIDAYS)

Zizzi (High Street) – 20% off Monday-Thursday (UNIDAYS)

Yo Sushi – 20% off when you dine in (UNIDAYS) – Limited Time Only Check UNIDAYS Website for up to date details

Pizza Express30% Off Food Sunday – Thursday (UNIDAYS)

Bills20% Off total bill Sunday to Thursday (UNIDAYS)

GreggsFree Sausage Roll, Vegan Sausage Roll or Sweet Treat – When you buy any cold Sandwich Deal! (Show student card in store)

Hotel Chocolate – Redeem a 10% student discount with Student Beans. Hotel Chocolat Discount Codes | Voucher Codes

BEAUTY

Boots – Boots offer students a 10% discount. The discount is valid online and in-store, with a Boots Advantage Card.  Present your valid student ID in-store to have your student discount linked to your Advantage Card.

House Of Fraser – 10% off year round with Student Discount Apps. See more here: Student Discounts | Exclusive Student Offers | House of Fraser

Superdrug – Superdrug offer students a 10% discount. The discount is available in-store only, and you’ll need to present your student ID alongside a Superdrug Health & Beautycard.

*Superdrug’s Online Doctor is also providing a 10% discount for students on all products and services with the code: STUDENT10

Perfume Shop15% Off (UNIDAYS) Student Discount | The Perfume Shop

The Body Shop – The Body Shop offers a 15% student discount on all products, so you can treat yourself to your self-care favourites without breaking the bank. (UNIDAYS)

 

FASHION

Accessorize – (High Street): Get 10% off full price items. (UNIDAYS)

House Of Fraser – 10% off year round with Student Discount Apps. See more here: Student Discounts | Exclusive Student Offers | House of Fraser / (Student discount on Beauty Products | The Body Shop®)

Moss -10% Student Discount at Moss – Student Discount (moss.co.uk)

Jingo (Pump Street): 10% off full price all year round.

Pandora – 50% off any order over £99 with Student Beans (account required).

 

HAIR

Avant Garde Hair & Beauty50% off your first visit, 25% off your second visit and 15% off every visit after (Get the discount here Student Discount Hereford & Worcester Hair & Beauty Salons (agsalons.com))

Inspiration Hair – £10 off your first visit (Hair Salon New Client Discount Voucher – Worcester (inspirationhair.co.uk))

 

OTHER

Paperchase – Paperchase offer students a 10% discount.

Smiggle – Get the 10% off Smiggle student discount code with your first purchase & Newsletter Sign Up.

Cornish Bakehouse – 10% off (Check offer before purchase as varies).

Waterstones10% (Show your card at the till).

The Kiln (Copenhagen Street) – Enjoy a student/graduate discount (50% discount for 6 months).

Worcester Tourist Information Centre (High Street): Make the most of a 10% offer on all gifts.

Museum Of Royal Worcester – Student entry reduced rate = £6.50

 

 

Take a look at NUS TOTUM and UNiDAYS, alongside other ways to look out for student discounts like Student Beans and StudentDiscount.co.uk.


Peter Cooks Bread joins the Hopmarket

There is a new venue just about to officially launch in the Hopmarket and they want to celebrate their opening with you!

So what is Peter Cooks Bread?

"Our key principle is ‘Sharing the Joys of Real Bread’ and this means bread with no improvers, using organic flours, wholegrains, and mostly wild yeast in our breads. Nearly all our breads have themselves won great taste awards or worlds baking awards with the depth of flavour resulting from our 3 day fermentation process.   Our pastry products are also made with the same focus on flavour and texture making our pastries stand out from the crowd. Once you have tried one of our pastries it is hard to accept anything less.

At this time of year we also have our Christmas specials including our own Stollen with fruit soaked in Chase Marmalade vodka, which comes in either bite size or loaf. Our own mince pies using our shortcrust pastry, with our Peter Cooks Bread mincemeat, with either the classic pastry top or our own delicious frangipane."

The Hopmarket Peter Cooks Bread launch party and free tasting event will take place this Saturday (10th December) between 10am and 12 noon. Pop down to see celebrity chef and presenter Marcus Bean Chef, opening the sparkling new shop at 3 The Hop Market, Worcester, WR1 1DG.

Definitely not one to be missed.

Find event details on their Facebook page by pressing here!


Worcester secures £2.96m Government investment

Worcester City Council has secured £2.96 million to invest in the city from the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

 

The money will be used for a wide range of initiatives in the city, including boosting Worcester’s profile as a visitor destination; support for community schemes, the arts and business; and energy efficiency.

 

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is the successor to the European Structural Fund, and this funding allocation builds on the City Council’s previous success in securing more than £40 million from national schemes including the Future High Streets Fund and the Towns Fund.

 

Councillor Chris Mitchell, Joint Leader of Worcester City Council, said: “This is good news for the city, and demonstrates continued support from the Government for the improvements and developments that we are making in Worcester.

 

“Community groups, businesses and creative organisations will benefit from the initiatives that this £2.96 million will support, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to supporting communities in terms of levelling-up.”

 

Part of the UKSPF investment will be used to support Worcester’s growing reputation as a visitor destination. There will be promotions and campaigns to attract more visitors, additional signing to help them explore the city, and improved access to the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum.

 

Support for communities will include an expansion of the City Council’s community grants programme, and the establishment of a heritage forum and a separate arts and culture forum, both of which would also be able to award grants.

 

Additionally, the City Council will commission a feasibility study into creating a new facility for applied and creative arts in Worcester.

 

To support the city’s businesses, £150,000 will be used to back research and innovation, and part of the UKSPF money will be used to pay for energy-efficiency assessments of business premises and grants for energy improvements.

 

This latest award of Government funding is the latest in a long line of public investments in the city.

 

Improvements to the northern part of the city centre, including the development of a new arts centre in Angel Place, are being made thanks to £17.9 million from the Future High Streets Fund.

 

An allocation of £19.6 million from the Towns Fund is supporting a range of projects, including the new Kepax Bridge and other boosts to walking and cycling; the redevelopment of Isaac Maddox House in the city’s Shrub Hill quarter; and a new construction skills training centre in Dines Green.

 

The redevelopment of the city’s Victorian railway arches as The Arches – Worcester project, which has created new creative business spaces and will soon bring a new walking and cycling route from Foregate Street station to The Hive and the riverside, has been possible thanks to a successful £3.7 million bid to the Cultural Development Fund.

 


Worcester is ready to light up for Christmas

Christmas is coming to Worcester – with the festive lights being switch on in a fun-packed family event on Saturday 26 November.

This year there will be more streets lit up in the city than ever before, including – for the first time – seasonal illuminations on New Road to create a closer link between the festive offers in both the city centre and St John’s.

This year’s Christmas lights are a joint effort between Worcester City Council and Worcester BID – and with low energy LED bulbs being used, this festive season will also be better for the planet.

Free and fun for all the family, the big switch-on event begins at 4pm on Saturday 26 November in Cathedral Square, with Radio Wyvern hosting live music performances from local band Split Second, school choirs, and characters from the Swan Theatre’s pantomime cast of Cinderella. The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson, will help to switch on the lights.

If Worcester residents have all been good boys and girls this year, Father Christmas might also make a special appearance.

This year’s colourful festive lights will, for the first time, extend into New Road, and Worcester BID will be supporting lights in Reindeer Court, Lower Broad Street, New Street, Friar Street, The Hopmarket and The Shambles. The latter location will have overhead festive lights for the first time, while the New Street and Friar Street lights will feature purple colours to reflect Worcester recently securing the purple flag in recognition of it being a safe night-time destination.

There will also be a trail of 12 ‘light boxes’ to be explored around the city centre, each hiding an image of one of the 12 days of Christmas. Visitors will be able to use the torch on their mobile phone to reveal the image inside each box.

Councillor Robyn Norfolk, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council’s Place and Economic Development Committee, said: “At a time when many cities are scaling back their Christmas plans, I’m very pleased to announce that Worcester’s festive lights will be better than ever. And, for the first time, the illuminations will take in New Road, creating a colourful seasonal link between our two busiest shopping areas in the city centre and St John’s.

“Despite the pressures that people are under at the moment, we hope the Christmas lights will encourage shoppers and visitors into our city and help our local businesses to enjoy a successful festive season.

“The family-friendly switch-on event on 26 November in Cathedral Square will be packed full of great free entertainment and will kick-off a fantastic programme of seasonal fun – with more to be announced very soon!”

All of Worcester’s Christmas illuminations this year will be low-energy LED lights – with over 80,000 individual LEDs in use around the city. These are kinder to the environment and are also around 85% cheaper to run.

Sam McCarthy, CEO of Worcester Business Improvement District (BID), said: “Worcester BID’s focus this year for the Christmas lights has been around the sustainability and running costs of the scheme. We have focused on ensuring that whist the lights capture the spirit of the season and help visitors and shoppers to enjoy the city centre, everything – including the LED bulbs, use of phone torches that are already charged, and quantities of lighting – has been chosen to be more sustainable this year than ever before, across many busy and popular city zones.”

This year’s extensive programme will bring Christmas lights to the main shopping streets in the city centre and St John’s, and include the traditional brightly-lit tree on the New Road roundabout.


A brand new Escape Room experience opens at The Commandery, Worcester

  • New Escape Room opens at The Commandery, Worcester, Saturday 5 November
  • Booking live now on commandery-quest.co.uk
  • Commandery Quest has been created by 12Volt: Games Studio who have created escape rooms for the award winning Shepton Mallet and Shrewsbury Prisons, as well as props and interactives for Escape Live's Horrible Histories experience.

There will be an exciting new way to experience history at Worcester’s Commandery from November when The Commmandery’s brand new Escape Rooms are launched.

Commandery Quest, created by 12Volt: Games Studio, is based on the traditional escape room experience which invites participants to complete a challenge by tackling a series of puzzles against the clock.

The Commandery is in the heart of historic Worcester, just minutes from the High Street, riverside and many pubs and restaurants, with convenient parking opposite in King Street.

Commandery Quest invites teams to explore The Commandery like never before. The Escape Room is based in the Commandery attics which are off the normal visitor route.

The Escape Room story is based around the Commandery’s role as the Royalist Headquarters in the English Civil War. Teams of 2 – 6 players will become museum curators, battling against the clock they will solve a series of puzzles to find Charles II’s lost treasure before infamous thief Arty Snitch catches up with them.

Commandery Events Officer Helen Manning says: “We are so excited to present this Escape Room with a difference – actually set in one of Worcester’s most historic buildings. We look forward to seeing if teams can rise to the challenge and beat Arty Snitch to the treasure.”

The Commandery has recruited special Games Masters to greet teams and help them with their search.

 

Booking is open now at www.commandery-quest.co.uk, or for more information please call The Commandery on 01905 361821.