We are hiring!

We are hiring! An exciting opportunity to join Worcester BID as a Business Engagement & Marketing Executive has arisen.

As the Business Engagement & Marketing Executive at Worcester BID you will be responsible for delivering high profile, targeted and proactive engagement with all BID businesses. If you are passionate about Worcester and are keen to make a difference, we would love to hear from you!

You can find the job specifications HERE.

Apply via Indeed, or apply directly to Sam McCarthy with a cover letter and CV to the following email address: sam.mccarthy@worcesterbid.com

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
  • Food Hygiene L2

You may also wish to register for the following training options:

  • Marketing Foundations
  • Website SEO Training
  • Conflict + Physical Intervention
  • Health + Safety with Risk Assessment

These can be found in our April-May date interactive .pdf. This can be found in a later news post.

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.