Open For Business

Support and opportunities for businesses in Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council is ‘Open for Business’ helping companies across the region to access and take advantage of the wide range of fully funded business assistance programmes available.

Whether you are looking for support to start a new venture, expand your current business, or develop innovative, new product ideas, our Open for Business programmes are here to help get you started.

Open For Business programmes aim to grow the local economy by providing support to Worcestershire businesses who need advice, consultancy and funding to take their business to the next stage.

These programmes are delivered by Worcestershire County Council’s Growth and Investment Team through a network of trusted third-party providers, connecting you with the people who can help you most.

Ever wondered if electric cars would be good for your business?

Need some advice on how to fund your business growth?

Want to cash in on energy-efficiency savings or make sure you’re hitting environmental regulation targets?

Open For Business programmes

Proof of Concept

Offers support for businesses to investigate, advance, commercialise and protect early stage innovative ideas.


Elevate is an exclusive and unique offer for successful applicants to gain high quality, specialist business support to help their business go much further. 

Clean Growth Worcestershire Sustainability

Over the last few years Worcestershire County Council and its partners have supported businesses to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions, develop low carbon technologies and innovations. These improvements have gone hand in hand with helping businesses to reduce costs and improve competitiveness


Low Carbon Opportunities Programme

Free consultancy and grants either for SMEs to install renewable energy systems, or for SMEs (including start-ups) undertaking development of new carbon products/diversifying into the low carbon market.

Enterprising Worcestershire

There are three elements to this programme; a core business start-up offer, support for early stage businesses and support for high growth start-ups. This support includes 1-2-1 sessions, workshops and grants.

Business Energy Efficiency Programme

Provides grants and free energy efficiency assessments to SMEs enabling them to improve energy efficiency and profitability, while reducing carbon emissions.

Find It in Worcestershire

Offers local businesses the opportunity to meet with suppliers at monthly meetings.


Brings innovators together, acting as a catalyst to create connections and collaborations across the diverse business landscape of Worcestershire. Believing that great things happen when people get together.

Worcestershire Business Loan Fund

Supports growing Worcestershire based businesses who’re unable to access finance from traditional lenders.

Worcestershire Leader Programme

Growing Worcestershire’s rural economy, supporting job creation, business start-up and growth.


Find out more about Open For Business

Our Open for Business programmes are here to help get you started.

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01905 677 888

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