Tuesday Training for Worcester BID members

Are you a BID Business? Join Worcester BID for Tuesday Training and let's make Worcester safer together.

Tuesday Training is a 2022 initiative aiming to bring useful and free training courses to Worcester BID members. We want Worcester to feel safe for everyone in both the day and night. We believe it is imperative that health-based training is offered to create a safer community, a safer city and to make your staff feel trained and ready.

We will be running training throughout 2022 for you and your staff to utilise. You may currently sign up to attend the following free training programmes:

  • [AED] Defibrillator Training
  • First Aid
  • Catastrophic Bleed
  • Mental Health

You may also wish to register interest in the following training:

  • Food Hygiene L2

To find out more about how we can support your BID business press here to open the interactive .pdf and explore what we have on offer and what each course entails. Dates and times for each course may also be found in the document attached.

To book, please forward your chosen courses and dates to gloria.hawthorn@worcesterbid.com.

Terms and Conditions:

All training is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. You may sign-up a maximum of two members of staff for each training course.

Park Life

As the Summer starts to transition to the Autumn months ahead, September can often treat us to an Indian Summer in terms of some sunshine and warm temperatures.  It’s a beautiful time in Worcester city centre, all the more so with so much going on.

The new school term is getting underway and the holiday season (such as it is this year) is mostly over, but Worcester is still enjoying a Summer feel.  Look up and around and you will notice the colours of garlands of bunting and swarms of butterflies and pop-up parks around the city, all put in place as part of the city’s recovery from lockdown.

Bunting is stung along shops and buildings in lots of bright colours. In tree branches across the city centre streets, make sure to spot vibrant butterfly decorations in different patterns and colours.   Take a break in the pop-up parks installed at Angel Place, South Quay and Cornmarket, where colourful seating and artificial grassed areas offer a peaceful chill-out zone for residents and visitors to take some time out with a coffee, sandwich or a book.

Samantha McCarthy from Worcester BID says the feedback is really positive: “Delivering projects such as this to enhance the public realm, which is key to support with the recovery of our city post pandemic. Projects such as this will encourage locals and visitors to explore different areas of the city, helping spread footfall and spend.  The butterflies are something new and different and we have been told how joyful it is to spot them unexpectedly in trees around the city centre.

The pop-up parks are a popular, albeit temporary addition to the city.  “My favourite is the park on South Quay,” adds Samantha McCarthy. “It’s the perfect spot to relax by the millennium fountains and watch the swans glide by.”


Insider tip: Grab a take-out coffee and panini from locals’ favourite Pappas in New Street and walk down to Cornmarket to sit and people watch in the pop-up park.


Insider tip:  Take the family to the Hive to have a wander round, find a corner to sit and read and then borrow some books to read at home, then walk over to Angel Place for a chill out in the pop-up park.


Worcester Business Improvement District is a business-led and business-funded body, working to improve and promote Worcester city centre as a place to live, work, visit and invest. As a democratically elected, independent body, Worcester BID enables more than 600 businesses to work collectively to influence and impact on how Worcester city centre is managed and develops. BID has been successful to secure its third term with the objectives to promote, support and enhance Worcester.

Love Local Business: Spend £10 to put £5m into Worcester economy

"IF every person in Worcester spent £10 at an independent business, it would inject over £5million into the local economy" – that's the message as we urge our readers to back the city this Christmas.

We are calling on our readers to show your support for our unique independents by shopping local.

Last week we launched our Love Local Business campaign to encourage people to spend their money locally in the run up to Christmas, to help businesses as they struggle with the impact of coronavirus.

Read more.... https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18809954.love-local-business-spend-10-put-5m-worcester-economy/

Love Local Business: Worcester's best independent food and drink venues

As part of our Love Local Business campaign we caught up with the team at Visit Worcester for tips on the best places to dine, relax and explore in the city. Here's what they had to say.

For those enjoying a staycation weekend away in Worcester or simply an easily accessible day trip, a quiet stroll along the banks of the River Severn or a peaceful wander around Worcester Cathedral, some heritage in The Royal Porcelain Works and Museum of Royal Worcester are a must. But Worcester city is not only the home to so much history (and of course the world-famous sauce), it’s now a hotspot for independent bars and restaurants.

Read more... https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18824977.love-local-business-worcesters-best-independent-food-drink-venues/

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."

Read full article.. https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18798967.love-local-business-back-worcester-traders-christmas/

Funding Updates - Businesses

Support Finder Tool
A new 'support finder' tool has been launched to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to find out what financial support is available to them during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
BCRS Business Loans have announced they have become a delivery partner for the Government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. BCRS have a track record of lending to businesses that are unable to access finance from traditional lenders. They can offer loans from £10,000 to £150,000 with terms up to six years. Under CBILS, interest and lender-levied fees will be paid by the Government for the first 12 months. For further information, visit the website.

Innovation Grants
The UK Government has announced a £1.25 billion government support package to support high growth firms and those focussing on research and development.

The Future Fund will issue convertible loans to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The scheme will be delivered in partnership with the British Business Bank and will launch in May 2020.

Have your views heard: Worcester Market Review

The Assembly Line has been appointed by Worcester City Council to undertake a review of the way the city’s markets are operating. With a number of changes to the market schedules in the past few years, some decline in footfall and the markets’ contract renewal taking place at the end of 2020, the review is looking to ensure that future market arrangements meet the needs of the city for years to come.

Worcester BID supports the review and is seeking the views of BID members to understand what is working well with Worcester's markets, any need for change and if businesses think the current markets add to the city centre's appeal. To share your views, click on the the link to complete a short survey online. It will only take  a few minutes and works across mobile phones and all other devices.

Take the survey

If you would prefer to have a conversation about the markets, you can contact Diane or Ben to arrange it. Ben and Diane will also be in Worcester speaking to shoppers, businesses and market traders over the next few weeks.

The closing date is Friday 6th March 2020. 
Only by hearing what local businesses and residents think can we understand if changes are needed, so we appreciate your input.

Worcester Business School Careers Fair - Thursday 26th March


We are delighted to invite you to our upcoming Business Careers Fair. The fair is a great opportunity to meet some of our best students, raise awareness of your brand and showcase your graduate schemes, or 12-month work placement, 3-6 month internship, or casual work and other opportunities.

The event will run between 11.30am and 3pm at our award-winning University Arena in Worcester. As always, stands are free, and available for businesses with roles for graduates, as well as placements and internships and casual work opportunities. 

You will be provided with a table, chairs and complimentary refreshments throughout the event and lunch. Please do let us know of any dietary requirements when you book. 

Tap into a new pool of talent and meet our highly employable students with a wide variety of skills and from a range of different courses including Business Management, Computing, Accounting, HR and Marketing, as well as International Business and Entrepreneurship, many whom have gained additional work experience via work placements and internships, as well as volunteering and community projects in the local area.


Letter for Businesses and Local Residents

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre 2019 – Useful information from the City Council


·        Thursday 28 November, 12pm-9pm ·        Saturday 30 November, 10am-8pm
·        Friday 29 November, 11am-9pm ·        Sunday 1 December, 11am-5pm

This newsletter is for local residents and businesses to update you on plans for the 2019 Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre. We appreciate your patience during the build-up and staging of the event, and would like to provide information on the local traffic and access arrangements that will be in place.

Your needs are considered at every stage of the planning for the event but we understand there will necessarily be an impact on a number of people affected by the road closures and additional visitors to the city. The entire event team will work to keep any disruptions to a minimum and appreciate your support at this time. Our contact details are at the end of this letter if you have any queries not covered.

The Fayre Area

Stalls will be located in New Street, Friar Street, Pump Street, High Street, the Cornmarket and Cathedral Square. Stalls are selected and managed by our market operator LSD Promotions who have promised Victorian dress, local producers and Fayre favourites with quality products.

As in previous years, we would encourage businesses across the city to get involved with the Fayre as much as possible. You are able to sell goods outside of your premises as long as they are the same as the goods for sale inside your shop (though, as always, please be confident that you trade within your agreed licenses and have the necessary insurance and documentation). Worcestershire Regulatory Services have provided more information on licensing guidance. Please note that the last day for submitting a TEN application for alcohol sales is 13th November 2019.


A full programme of entertainment has been planned for the weekend, with a number of traditional Victorian entertainers lined up to amuse the crowd and plenty of Christmas music as carol singers fill the streets. Programmes will be distributed in the week before the event, please take a copy to see details and timings of entertainment or visit our website: www.worcesterchristmasfayre.co.uk.

Stages will be located in Cathedral Square, Bell Square and at the Cardinals Hat, with additional activities taking place on New Street, the Shambles, The Hopmarket and around the city centre.

Access during the event

The Victorian Christmas Fayre takes place in Worcester city centre and access to this area will be restricted through the opening hours of the event and during stallholder set up and breakdown.

We recommend that deliveries are re-scheduled to times outside of the Fayre where possible. Vehicles will not be allowed access once the road closures are in place so deliveries during this time will need to be brought in by foot.

Please be aware that Cornmarket Car Park will be closed from the afternoon of Wednesday 27 November until the morning of Monday 2 December. Signage will be in place, but businesses are advised to recommend alternate parking to customers where possible. A full list of car parks can be found at www.worcester.gov/parking.

Businesses and residents who normally have access to private off road parking spaces which are inaccessible during the event may be eligible for a FREE parking permit at St Martin’s Gate car park to cover the period of the event. For more information, please contact the team on 01905 722501 or email christmas@worcester.gov.uk.


Road Closures

Full details of the times and locations for the road closures and traffic restrictions are as follows:


Road Closures 2019 Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
27th November 28th November 29th November 30th November 1st December
Angel Place 09:00 - 23:00 09:00 - 23:00 09:00 - 22:00 09:00 - 20:00
Broad Street 09:00 - 23:00 08:00 – 22:00 07:00 - 21:00 08:00 - 23:00
Carden Street Bay suspension only
Cathedral Square Wednesday 27th November 18:00 to Sunday 1st December 23:00
Charles Street 04:00 - 23:00 08:00 – 22:00 07:00 - 21:00 08:00 - 23:00
Copenhagen Street (High Street to Deansway)  

18:00 to 21:00


07:00 - 23:00


08:00 – 22:00


07:00 - 21:00


08:00 - 23:00

Cornmarket 04:00 - 23:00 08:00 – 22:00 07:00 - 21:00 08:00 - 23:00
Friar Street 04:00 - 23:00 08:00 – 22:00 07:00 - 21:00 08:00 - 23:00
High Street (Pump Street to

Elgar Statue)


04:00 - 23:00


08:00 – 22:00


07:00 - 21:00


08:00 - 23:00

High Street (Pump Street to The Cross)  

07:00 - 23:00


08:00 – 22:00


07:00 - 21:00


08:00 - 23:00

Mealcheapen Street 04:00 - 23:00 08:00 – 22:00 07:00 - 21:00 08:00 - 23:00
New Street 04:00 - 23:00 08:00 – 22:00 07:00 - 21:00 08:00 - 23:00
Pump Street (Charles Street to The Shambles)  

04:00 - 23:00


08:00 – 22:00


07:00 - 21:00


08:00 - 23:00

Pump Street (The Shambles to High Street)  

09:00 - 23:00


08:00 – 22:00


07:00 - 21:00


08:00 - 23:00

Queen Street (St Nicholas St - The Trinity)  

Wednesday 27th November 18:00 to Sunday 1st December 23:00

The Shambles 07:00 - 23:00 08:00 – 22.00 07:00 - 21:00 08:00 - 23:00
The Trinity & Queen Street Thursday 28th November 04:00 to Sunday 1st December 23:00
Union Street 04:00 - 23:00 08:00 – 22.00 07:00 - 21:00 08:00 - 23:00


Dedicated stewards will work with West Mercia Police to try and help anyone with legitimate access needs in the areas covered by road closures.

To try to minimise the impact on traffic, a Park and Ride service will be in operation from County Hall on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December. All visitors will be encouraged to use these where possible. In addition, Fayre stallholders have been offered car parking outside of the city  centre to alleviate the impact on local residents and visitors.

Community Carol Service and Opening Ceremony

We would like to invite you to attend the Community Carol service taking place at Worcester Cathedral from 4.45pm to 5.15pm on Thursday 28 November. This will be followed by a procession to the Victorian carousel in the Cornmarket.

Thank you from us

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre benefits the whole county of Worcestershire in a variety of ways and contributes an additional boost to the economy of more than £7.3 million a year. However, we are aware that not everyone enjoys or gets a direct benefit from the event and we could not run this event without the support and understanding of locals who we know can be inconvenienced.

If you would like to speak to somebody before the event or during the trading hours of the Fayre, please contact the Fayre team on 01905 722501 or email christmas@worcester.gov.uk.

We hope that you will join us at the Fayre and enjoy the event!