The next steps for Worcester’s Scala arts venue are due to be discussed

Following the decision by the Members of Worcester City Council to halt the existing plans for the proposed renovation of the Grade II listed Corn Exchange and Scala in the city centre, independent consultant Candice Pearson has been appointed to engage local stakeholders to discuss next steps and encourage expressions of interest in the site.

 

Worcester City Council was awarded funding as part of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund to renovate these two historic buildings in Angel Street into a new 500-seat flexible theatre with complementary gallery space, as well as a café dining area.

 

Unfortunately, escalating costs meant that the original project could no longer be completed within budget and so the Council is seeking views from stakeholders whilst work continues.

 

The Joint Leaders of Worcester City Council, Councillors Lynn Denham and Marjory Bisset, said: “We would like to hear from local leaders and influencers across all sectors, and especially the arts, with ideas for how to best fulfil the ambition to restore and bring back into economic use these two remarkable buildings. If that sounds like you, please head to www.scalaworcester.co.uk to get involved.

 

“Our aim is to create a vibrant destination venue that will enrich Worcester’s cultural scene, helping to increase footfall and bring new private sector investment into the area, in turn creating employment opportunities for local people.”

 

Ms Pearson said: "Significant funding is available to restore these two locally iconic buildings, offering an unrivalled opportunity to enhance the city's cultural life, not to mention boost the local economy. I implore all dynamic teams and ambitious individuals with exciting ideas and viable business plans for how to make these buildings operational once again to join the conversation and perhaps make their dreams a reality."

 

As well as one-to-one meetings, interested parties and business prospects can share their views via an in-depth survey available at www.scalaworcester.co.uk, as well as attend one of three public consultation events.

 

Tours of the site can also be arranged, and stakeholders can express their interest by contacting Scala@cp-pr.org.

 

Under the original plans, Worcester Theatres were to operate the new Scala, while the Swan Theatre would have become a venue for community arts activities. The Swan Theatre will now continue to operate in its current guise under the management of Worcester Theatres and has already confirmed its regular schedule for the foreseeable future, including several performances from the city's many community theatre groups.


Take our comprehensive Public Perception Survey and have your say on the City

Worcester BID is undertaking a Public Perception Survey that will guide support procedures implemented across Worcester in the coming months and years.

 

Your city experience matters to us. We value your input on your experiences in the city – from modes of transportation to your safety concerns, and even specific locations that you think require improvement. Please share your thoughts with us.
We value your time and as a token of appreciation, you'll be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £100 voucher to a Worcester city centre business upon completion of the survey.
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City Council Growth Grants Released - Applications now Closed Until April

Please note that applications to Worcester City Council are currently closed until April 2024. Applications for the Start Up and Growth Grants will open again in 2024. 

Business Growth Grant – Worcester City Council

Worcester Business Growth Grant: Helping Your Growing Business Succeed

If your business has been trading for more than a year, you can apply for a grant of up to £2,500 (if home-based) or £5,000 (if in commercial premises). The grant, which requires a minimum of £1,000 matching funds from your own resources, can be used towards one-off expenses to help your business grow. These expenses can include equipment, machinery, website construction, building works, premises refurbishment, fixtures and fittings, software, and other similar costs. The minimum grant is £1,000 and must be matched from own resources. This means your project must cost a minimum of £2,000.

To be eligible for the grant, your business must be based in Worcester, and you must demonstrate that you need the grant to move forward with your project. Only one grant is available per business or applicant.

Funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the Worcester Business Growth Grant is part of Worcester City Council’s allocation of £2.96m. To receive an application pack or for more information, contact the Worcester City Council Economic Development team at economy@worcester.gov.uk or call 01905 722106.

If your business operates from retail premises, you may also be eligible for the Retail Enhancement Grant. The grant provides up to £12,000 for businesses moving into an empty unit and up to £6,000 for improvements to the internal appearance, frontage, or accessibility for those already in a retail unit.

Find out more – Click Here!


Worcester businesses are on their marks for new Worcester running challenge

The 2023 Worcester City Runs has teamed up with Worcester Business Improvement District (Worcester BID) to launch the Worcester BID Business Challenge and recruit runners to take part in the Worcester City 10K on Sunday 17 September.

The Worcester City Runs have always attracted participants from the city’s business community and the Worcester BID Business Challenge aims to boost that further by offering incentives to firms that get involved. To take part, at least three employees from a company need to sign up for the Worcester City 10K, but the more who take part, the better, with a special prize on offer for the business with the highest number of runners. On the day of the 10K, the times of the first three athletes across the finishing line who represent the same firm will be added together and the team that registers the lowest combined total will be crowned winners of the Worcester BID Business Challenge.

Worcester City Runs founder Steve Cram comments:

“We’re delighted to be working with Worcester BID on this initiative, which can help build team relationships and inspire people in the workplace to be more active.”

Left, Samuel Meese, right, Joe Daly.

Samuel Meese, assistant manager at PureGym, Worcester, adds:

“The team at PureGym, which includes personal trainers and managers from around the region, is delighted to be getting involved with the Worcester City Runs. We have a team running in the 10k and taking part in the Worcester BID Business Challenge, but also, PureGym will be supporting all the runners with a warm up before the race, and then cool downs and stretching afterwards in the Runners Village.”

 

HCR Team

Zoe Atkinson, Head of IT Training and Resources IT at HCR Solicitors in Worcester who are entering a team into the Worcester BID Business Challenge says:

We are so pleased to have an HCR team entering the Worcester BID Business Challenge.  As part of this we are supporting HCR’s Worcester office’s chosen charity which is the Myriad Centre.  In preparation for the Worcester Run, we have started weekly running club sessions which are well underway in preparation for the big day.”

Places are now available on the Worcester City Half Marathon, 10K and Young Athletes Run, at www.worcestercityrun.com. Places on the Worcester City 10K cost £26.50 for runners in affiliated clubs and £28.50 for unaffiliated runners. When entering the 10K, entrants will find the option of joining a Worcester BID Business Challenge team, or creating one from scratch, which they can invite other colleagues to join.


Supporting Safer Nights!

Worcester Safe Space is coming soon!

Worcester Safe Space is brought to you by Worcester BID and supporting partners West Mercia Police, West Mercia Police Crime Commissioner, Worcester City Council, University of Worcester, Worcester Street Pastors to support a variety of people in Worcester’s night time economy who may not require emergency care, but may benefit from a safe space to talk, be provided with support, advice, first aid and have an opportunity to be listened to in a safe environment.

 

The Safe Space will provide the following services:

  • Paramedic
  • Mental health support
  • Street Pastor welfare support
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Taxi finder support
  • Security alarms and drink StopTopps
  • Mobile phone charging
  • Change of clothes
  • Bottles of water

 

The Safe Space will run every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night from 22:30 to 04:30 and may also run on other busy nights such as Bank Holidays, Welcome Week and other big events in the city.

Friday and Saturday nights are often the busiest time in the Emergency Department and we want to reduce the number of people attending A&E by diverting them to more appropriate services.

We are hopeful that this service will reduce the pressure on emergency services, enabling them to give faster service to the community.

 

Why is the project so important?

  1. It provides measurable improvements to the city centre offer
  2. It reduces costs to the ambulance service, police and hospital by looking after individuals who could become vulnerable, signposting people to alternative sources of help such as community care, charities and GP services
  3. It supports a human dimension to care, that current emergency staff are struggling to give due to time pressures
  4. It provides understanding, compassion and a personal service that leaves a lasting positive impression of Worcester, meaning every person leaves having had the best support and the best time possible
  5. Creates another layer of support to care for individuals in the most appropriate way
  6. It will reduce city centre crimes (burglary, robbery, theft from person, vehicle crime) by providing a visible deterrent and a safe space for vulnerable people to go.
  7. It will increase local area trust in the concept of a ‘Safe Night Out’ due to the partnership between BID, police, City Council, University, businesses in the NTE and other organisations.

 

Follow Worcester Safe Space on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

 


The Worcester Carnival is back!

Worcester Carnival will return on Saturday 1st July 2023.  Save the date!

Last year Worcester Carnival had over 30 groups participating in the parade and over 40 stallholders.  They are looking forward to at least as big a show again this year!

Carnival Village will be open 11am – 7pm with stage performances, stalls and fairground and the parade will start at 3pm.

This year, theme is “Our Colourful World”.

For more information on what to see on Carnival Day click on Visit Us.

If you are a central business or resident, please see the councils letter for more information regarding road closures and times here:

Local Resident_Business affected by Road Closures - Letter 2023


Celebrating Worcester's Heritage

Worcester is abundant with historic buildings, museums, traditional cosy pubs and an eclectic mix of independent shops and eateries.

Exploring Worcester's heritage is as easy as A... B... C...

Our Heritage month spans the month of June.

Find out more about places to Visit by following us on our Instagram page ->

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Fancy reading our A-Z that's appeared in The Metro, Worcester News, Worcester Berrow, Midlands Living and Live 24 Seven?! Find the designs below or pick up a hard copy.

Live 24 Seven is out now and Midlands Living can be picked up on June 30th!

To top off Heritage Month, Worcester BID's TV advertisement will be going live on the 16th of June at 5PM. Want to watch, join us to see the premiere on YouTube by pressing the link below and setting a reminder! The countdown will start at 4.59!

Thank you to Anja Potze Fine Jewellers', Felicity, for being the voice of the advertisement!

https://youtu.be/CinK3hdt9I4

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It is your time to Visit Worcester!


Bringing you the all new Taste Worcester and City Staff Card!

Be part of Taste Worcester!

NEW TO WORCESTER, OCTOBER 2023

Sign Me Up!

What is Taste Worcester?

Taste Worcester is a month-long celebration of food bought to you by Worcester BID and Visit Worcestershire. Registered venues across the city centre will be putting on £5, £10 and £15 menu items, as well as special menus during this period. To put that in perspective, your £5 item could be a starter or a pudding and your £15 item, a main. You can offer just one of these, or all 3! You could also offer a special menu made up of items available for Taste of Worcester! It is up to you.

Customers will be able to stamp a card each time they participate by eating at a venue during this time. A full stamp card will enter them into a prize draw for a city centre hamper!

When will it be?

October 1ST-31ST 2023

What are the perks?

Participating in the Taste of Worcester will link you to the event page as a partnering business of the event. You will also be promoted in PR and marketing in the lead up to the event and during the
event by Worcester BID and Visit Worcestershire. New people will likely try your venue and return after the event! It is a great way to grow your awareness.

T&Cs:
Participating venues must provide their chosen menu items for the entirety of October. Venues will be required to stamp visitors cards that purchase from your Taste of Worcester menu to allow prize draw entries.

How do I sign up?

Fill out the attached form via a desktop/laptop, save your filled out form and press the email button to email it back to us or send it via info@worcesterbid.com! Please ensure you attach the form to the email.

Sign Me Up!

What else can I get involved in as a foodie venue?

Be part of the City Staff Card and increase your footfall during the week!

Sign Me Up to be a City Staff Card Venue

What is City Staff Card?

The Taste of Worcester City Staff Card will be launched this summer and will run all year round. The aim of the card is to increase the number of people dining out in our city at lunchtime.

This card will entitle staff of city centre businesses to a 10% discount on the total food bill in participating venues, MONDAY-THURSDAY.

If you would like to be part, let us know and we will add you to the database ready for launch!

Why become a participating venue?

Improve your lunchtime uptake by offering a discount to people who are already in the city every day of the week for work! Increase your business’s awareness and contacts with the local business community. Your venue will be displayed on a list of participating venues that will link to your business website.

T&Cs:

All registered businesses must offer the blanket discount of 10% off all food, when shown the city staff card, on the total bill whilst registered as a Taste of Worcester, City Staff Card participating venue.

How do I sign up?

Fill out the attached form via a desktop/laptop, save your filled out form and press the email button to email it back to us or send it via info@worcesterbid.com.

Please ensure you attach the form to the email.

Sign Me Up to be a City Staff Card Venue


MEET THE ARTISTS

Worcester BID has been busy making over the city with artwork on electric boxes and signposts!

Want to know more about the artists? Visit their socials by pressing the link below.

PRESS HERE TO MEET THE ARTISTS


Innovative Solar Butterfly to Stop in Worcester as Part of World Tour

A butterfly-shaped trailer, powered entirely by the sun, will be making a stopover in Worcester this summer as part of a world tour promoting solutions to stop global warming.

The Solar Butterfly was developed by Lucerne University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland and is the world’s largest fully functioning ‘tiny’ house powered by solar energy and pulled by an electrical vehicle. Its creators are driving around the world, across 90 countries over four years, powered only by solar energy in the hope of raising awareness of the climate crisis.

It will be travelling through the UK this summer, stopping off in Worcester on June 1st, before continuing on to Canada, USA, Mexico and Central America.

The Solar Butterfly will be on display in Cathedral Square in the City before spending the night at the University of Worcester to re-charge before continuing its tour.

During the day there will be a chance to see the 80-square-metre solar panel covered trailer, which powers the Tesla vehicle towing it, and take part in a climate quiz while also learning about solutions to stop global warming.

Members of the University’s and Worcester City Council’s Sustainability teams will also be on hand to talk about their work.

Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability at the University of Worcester, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Solar Butterfly World Sustainability Tour here in Worcester. This fascinating concept will help to keep the climate crisis at the front of people’s minds and help them to learn about the things we can all do to stop global warming.”

The Solar Butterfly began its adventure amid dramatic alpine vistas at the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland. The first phase of the project – which has been largely crowdfunded, along with support from corporate sponsors – will take it on a six-month, 22,000-kilometer (13,670-mile) trip across 32 countries in Europe.

Louis Palmer, the brains behind the Solar Butterfly, who, in 2007 became the first person to drive around the world in a solar-powered car, says the purpose of the trip is to highlight climate crisis solutions that already exist – and inspire others to take action.

“The message is that it’s possible to save the planet,” he said.

Find out more about the Solar Butterfly project at www.solarbutterfly.org