The latest newsletter from the Worcester City Council Economic Development Team

Finance and Funding

January Lockdown Grants
The following grants are available for businesses affected by the current lockdown which started on 5 January:

Lockdown Business Support Grant - 5 January onwards

National Lockdown second payment cycle - 16 February to 31 March 2021

Discretionary Lockdown Support Grant

 

Other COVID Grant schemes

Tier Two Grants

November lockdown grants

Restart Grants

 

To find more details about the grants and extra information about the budget, the roadmap out of lockdown and more, read the full version of the latest newsletter from the Worcester City Council Economic Development Team.


The staff at Browns at the Quay miss you!

Rich: "We are all looking forward to welcoming back all our lovely customers as soon as possible. All our areas are covid safe and we are taking every possible precaution to keep everyone protected. We are very proud to be an independent local business, and to be a part of this great city's thriving hospitality sector."

Their website: https://brownsworcester.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thequayworcester/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brownsatthequay

If you are a BID business and would like to feature you and your team in the Worcester BID behind the business campaign through social media or in the next Visit Worcester newsletter, email us at info@worcesterbid.com


Now We're Talking with Art!

Now We’re Talking with Art

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, in partnership with Worcester City Council, are creating an outdoor art trail in May featuring work from local artists narrating different mental health issues. The ‘Now We’re Talking with Art’  campaign will provide a walking, accessible trail for the community to enjoy free of charge.

 

Do you have a window space in Worcester City Centre?

The NHS Trust are asking local businesses to let the campaign use their window spaces to help fill the city with colour through installations, fine art, photography, craft, murals and more. Not only will this campaign increase awareness and improve mental wellbeing, but it will also increase footfall in Worcester City Centre along the trail and help the local economy. It won’t cost a penny, but the artwork in your window could help save someone’s life who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, or bring smiles to those who need to know they are not alone.

 

Interested or want to find out more? Email Katherine.wood4@nhs.net

The website https://www.healthyminds.whct.nhs.uk/nwt-art

Facebook: @NowWereTalkingHW (https://www.facebook.com/NowWereTalkingHW)

Twitter: @NowWereTalking_ (https://twitter.com/NowWereTalking_)


Keeping safe and supporting local with Centenary Lounge!

Aasia and the Centenary Lounge team are here for you!

Keeping safe - Centenary Lounge has adjusted its operation to adhere to the new guidelines. For the restaurant when we are open we have the following changes and guidelines in place:

Hand sanitisers will be placed at designated areas throughout the restaurant for ease.
Tables have been placed at a 1metre distance. (Reduced covers from 42 to 26)
Staff will take your order and deliver to your table. After this they will limit their interaction with you, so if you require anything further or have any questions please wave for attention.
If you feel unwell or show any of the main symptoms, please stay at home.
Use the track and trace app on arrival. If you don't have the app then we will take your details via a manual form which meets GDPR requirements.
Contactless/card payment is the preferred choice of payment

For deliveries - we offer a contactless delivery to your order.

More info on our website here: https://centenarylounge.com/centenary-lounge-steams-ahead/

 

Support local - We have produced a lovely hamper, giftware and afternoon tea at home range using many local Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire suppliers. From Croome cuisine for cheese, Franks in Herefordshire for biscuits to Wychbold Fudge for fudge and Oldfields for cider and beer.

Plus many more including Hussingtree Gin and MacNeils.

 

How to shop with us - Currently you can shop with us online from our new website:

https://centenarylounge.com/shop/

For local (Worcester and surrounding area upto 10miles) we are delivering classic and savoury afternoon teas. To place orders get in touch during lockdown via Facebook and Instagram DM or email us at worcester@centenarylounge.com. You can also call us on 01905 724242 and leave a message with name, phone number and brief message about order. Orders to be placed at least 48 hours in advance.

 

If you are a BID business and would like to feature you and your team in the Worcester BID behind the business campaign through social media or in the next Visit Worcester newsletter, email us at info@worcesterbid.com


The RPW doors will open again soon!

Kathy Leather & Beki Farrow cannot wait to welcome you back to Royal Porcelain Works!

“Preparations are in process behind the scenes to bring some wonderful events to the Henry Sandon Hall and our beautiful Courtyard. With high standards and plenty of space for social distancing our wonderful building is a blank canvas for any event. Until we can open our doors again, take care, keep safe and we will see you soon!”

Their website: https://www.royalporcelainworks.co.uk/?doing_wp_cron=1614091052.9783759117126464843750

If you are a BID business and would like to feature you and your team in the Worcester BID behind the business campaign through social media or in the next Visit Worcester newsletter, email us at info@worcesterbid.com


Hear from Hop Lords!

Hear from Hop Lords: how they are currently operating, how you can order and their vision for supporting local in the future!

“We keep as safe as possible by only being open for a few hours every Friday and Saturday afternoon’s 12-3pm and ask people to sanitise their hands-on entry, wear a mask unless exempt and limit the shop to only 2 customers at a time. We only accept contactless payment. I also have the webshop (linked below). All orders placed through the week for home delivery are delivered on Friday’s after 3pm. Delivery is free on orders over £30 within a 10-mile radius of Worcester. I will go further as well if customers get in touch first. We also ship national on next day delivery. We also can offer click and collect at checkout if people want to but if someone is walking into to town to buy to takeaway I think people like to peruse all the stock before choosing. You can do that on the webshop but it’s nice to look at the beers in their physical form with all the lovely artwork on beers nowadays.”

 

“Supporting local has always been important but Covid has made people really understand how important it is. I’ve decided when I get the pubs I have open I’m going to stock as much locally sourced beers, spirits, wines etc etc as I can. There’s some of the best pale ales and IPA’s in the country being made up the road in Cheltenham. Astley vineyard near stourport make exceptional wines. Then there’s chase distillery in Hereford and Piston gin in Worcester. I still think HPA from Wye Valley brewery is world class when it comes to real ale. There’s loads to support locally and I’m going to support them all way more than I have in the past.”

 

hoplordstaproombottleshop.selz.com

 

If you are a BID business and would like to feature you and your team in the Worcester BID behind the business campaign through social media or in the next Visit Worcester newsletter, email us at info@worcesterbid.com


Miss TripelB? They miss you!

“Missing you is our reality right now but sharing the world’s best beers and having fun doing it is our future together. TripelB will return! Keep following us, like and share our posts, and we’ll keep you in touch with all our exciting plans for re-opening!” - TripelB Team

Check out their website to find out more: http://www.tripelb.co.uk/ 

If you are a BID business and would like to feature you and your team in the Worcester BID behind the business campaign through social media or in the next Visit Worcester newsletter, email us at info@worcesterbid.com


Increase your productivity whilst working from home!

Meet Alex and check out The Kiln!

The Kiln provides an affordable workspace for Worcester's remote workers and thriving small business community.

While you can't currently use their space on Copenhagen Street, check out their social media to see their tips on making the most of your home-office setup.

While you're there, why not drop a like, follow and leave a review? Local businesses really value support like this during these difficult times!

Their website: https://thekiln.co/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekilnco 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheKilnCo

If you are a BID business and would like to feature you and your team in the Worcester BID behind the business campaign through social media or in the next Visit Worcester newsletter, email us at info@worcesterbid.com


Keep yourself pampered at home!

Meet Sarah, the face behind Simply Beautiful on St Swithin's Street!
This long, standing established beauty salon and skincare centre is an authorised Dermalogica® stockist and service provider and works with brands using no harsh chemicals or abrasive techniques.
Head over to their page, leave a positive review and use their online shop to get the quality products they use to pamper yourself at home!
If you are a BID business and would like to feature you and your team in the Worcester BID behind the business campaign through social media or in the next Visit Worcester newsletter, email us at info@worcesterbid.com

Show your support for 25 Boutique!

Check out 25 Boutique and meet Becky!

She's been in business with affordable, luxury fashion for almost 15 years on Friar Street with lesser known global brands and that offer “something different”.

While business has had to be temporarily stopped, you can still support her by interacting with her!

You can visit her website and sign up to her newsletter here: https://25boutique.co.uk/

Follow her business on Twitter: https://twitter.com/25boutiqueworcs

If you are a BID business and would like to feature you and your team in the Worcester BID behind the business campaign through social media or in the next Visit Worcester newsletter, email us at info@worcesterbid.com