Love Local Business: Back Worcester traders this Christmas

Sam McCarthy, projects and marketing manager for the BID, said: "We see real value to this campaign as it is critical that we support our local economy by keeping the spend local this Christmas.

"Worcester is made up of over 60 per cent independent businesses who are the heart and soul of our city. Worcester retailers have made it their priority to adapt and embrace the changes to make visitor safety and the ability to shop independent accessible from the comfort of your homes as well as enjoying a safe trip to the city.

"All we ask is that you support our local businesses and respect their changes when you visit them – please wear your face mask and help us to keep Worcester safe."

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Schools and community groups invited to join elephant parade

SCHOOLS and community groups are being invited to be part of Worcester’s second major public art trail in summer 2021, which will see colourful elephants parade through the city’s streets and open spaces.

Worcester’s Big Parade will bring around 60 decorated elephant sculptures to the city for eight weeks next summer, including approximately 30 calves which will have been created by local children, teachers and community group members.

Did you spot the first elephant sculpture in Worcester?

THE FIRST decorated elephant sculpture, named Sundar, had a whistle-stop tour around Worcester yesterday.

Sundar, visited some of the best known spots in the city including Friar Street, Cathedral Square, Foregate Street and even popped in to see the mayor at the Guildhall.

The tour is a pre courser to what is to come next year. Elephant sculptures will line the streets and open spaces for eight weeks in 2021, creating Worcester’s Big Parade – a Wild in Art event brought to the city by St Richard’s.


Worcester BID: 'We're all trying to take care of each other'

Worcester BID says our bars and restaurants are doing all they can to keep visitors safe.

"The surge in independent bars, restaurants and cafes in Worcester city is what makes us stand out against the rest.

From local deli’s sourcing fresh local produce to fine dining and quirky cocktail bars. Worcester is the perfect destination to take a break from our busy lives and rest, relax and refuel.


Hopmarket artists holding outdoor exhibition to spread cheer in Worcester

A COURTYARD shopping centre in Worcester has welcomed a number of artists as part of a city-wide art project.

The Hopmarket is one of the chosen venues for an outdoor gallery of art, organised by Worcester City Council, Worcester BID and Severn Arts.

The initiative – which was launched earlier this month with a theme of Hope and Joy – aims to create engaging and bespoke designs in retail units throughout the city.


Love Local Business: Enjoy Halloween half term fun in Worcester

This half term Worcester has got you covered for fun activities, from Where’s Wally to spooks, scares and ghost stories.

One of Worcester’s oldest buildings is the place to go for Halloween activities. The Commandery, Worcester has over 800 years of history, making it one of the best places to go for spooky activities this October. From Tuesday 27 October through to Friday 30 there will be safe spooktacular events for all the family to enjoy during the half term break.

Children of all ages can enjoy the Ghoulish Ghost Trail and Creepy Craft Bags.




We’re delighted to be able to offer limited places on a FREE Level 3 Certificate in Customer Service City & Guilds accredited training course* to our BID businesses!

If you own or are employed with a BID business and would like to take advantage of this opportunity, you must be available to attend four full days of training spread across the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd October (between 9am to 4.30pm).

This training will cover:

Day One
Principles of Customer Expectations
Impacts on Customer Expectations/Satisfaction

Day Two
Customer Service Problems/Complaints
Supporting Legislation

Day Three
Practising Effective Customer Service
Product Promotion and Services

Day Four
Effective Teamwork
Monitoring of Performance

* In order to benefit from this training, your business must meet the eligibility criteria.  Please contact Shelly on 01905 731612 or at for further details and to book your free place!





Get the most out of your Christmas audience with free Social Media Training!

More Free Social Media Training Dates Released!

We are delighted to be offering more free Social Media Training in time for Christmas!

The focus of the training will be ‘Getting the most out of your Christmas audience’ and will include some exciting hints and tips on things such as gifting ideas and producing digital Advent Calendars!

Course dates:

Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Wednesday 9th October 2019
Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Course times:

10.00am or 2.00pm

Contact Shelly on 01905 731612 or at to book your free place!

'The Times' Christmas Advertising!

'The Times' Christmas Advertising'


This year, we have 4 pages booked in The Times 'EAT' magazine for Christmas!

The edition will be going out on 16th November and will feature our fabulous Worcester independent businesses, explaining why shopping in Worcester is so unique compared to any other city.

We will be putting together a spread creating a 'Worcester Christmas Hamper' made up from our wonderful Worcester independents, ensuring all products are exclusively available in Worcester.

We will then be launching a competition to win the 'Worcester Christmas Hamper', with the winner being announced on Small Business Saturday on 7th December.

All we need from you is a product image and a price; the Worcester BID team will then put the hamper together

Please send images to