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Worcestershire Branch

FSB launches its Small Business Manifesto, 27th October 2014

Peter Luff, MP for Mid-Worcestershire backs small business!
Peter Luff, MP for Mid-Worcestershire backs small business!
Peter Luff, MP for Mid-Worcestershire backs small business!
ctober 2014
Robin Walker, MP for Worcester City backs small business! insert image

 Rt Hon Vince Cable Cable, MP backs small business!

Rt Hon Vince Cable Cable, MP backs small business!

Do you run a business in the Wychavon District?

November business update available here

Could you mentor a University undergraduate?

University of Worcester is seeking support from the local business community.

Mentors will provide practical guidance and support to women starting up their own enterprise.

More information and contact details available here

Worcestershire Economic Update

How is your county doing?

October bulletin reports a reduction in unemployment benefit claimants

More information available here

Worcestershire Parkway Station

Public Consultation Opens 1st October

Various exhibitions are open across Worcestershire throughout October.

View the main document here

Worcestershire Parkway Station

Public Consultation Opens 1st October

Various exhibitions are open across Worcestershire throughout October.

View the main document here

Superfast Broadband in Worcester Progress Check

Superfast Worcestershire Autumn Newsletter available here

Latest programme information available here

Can your local infrastructure cope with Superfast? Check here 'step by step' guide

Have you won the superfast postcode lottery? Check here 'Area Checker against your postcode'
Check your local cabinet status here 'Cabinet Status Pages'

Check how your premises currently connected to the network here 'checker'

Wychavon District Council Street trading consultation

Deadline - 31 December 2014

Wychavon District Council is currently reviewing the way that it controls street trading in its area. Street trading can take place from a static pitch or on a mobile basis and popular examples include catering trailers parked in roadside lay-bys, flower stalls, ice cream vans and mobile sandwich vans.

As part of this process, the Council has published a consultation document - Controlling Street Trading in Wychavon - A Consultation – that can be downloaded from

Councillor David Brotheridge, Chairman of Wychavon's Licensing Committee, said: "It has been nearly 25 years since we last amended the way we control street trading in the district and so it's time for the situation to be reviewed. As part of this review we want to hear from anyone who might be affected by issues relating to the control of street trading including street traders, businesses that operate from established premises, town and parish councils and residents."

If you would like to respond to this consultation, please complete the relevant parts of the consultation document and return it to:

Street Trading Consultation – Wychavon
Worcestershire Regulatory Services
PO Box 866
WR1 9DP.

Alternatively responses can be submitted by email using the subject line "Street Trading Consultation – Wychavon" and sent to

Responses need to be received by 31 December 2014.

Does Worcestershire need a business incubator unit?

What is your opinion?

Worcestershire County Council is working with the Local Enterprise Partnership on a proposition for development of a business incubator in the county. But, do we need it? Before going any further WCC would like businesses to respond to the following short survey so that they can assess the likely demand.

Make your response here (it will take three or four minutes)

Malvern Hills District Council

September Business E-Bulletin

Events, Awards, Training, Grants and more

View the full Bulletin here

Wychavon District Council

August Newsletter – Communicate

Available here

Worcestershire partnership celebrates first birthday with plans to reach 10,000 homes and businesses by end of this year

Nine more areas set to 'go live' this year; Minister says partnership has boosted Worcestershire economy;

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey, today praised the success of the £20 million Superfast Worcestershire programme as it reached its first birthday with plans to make fibre broadband available to 10,000 homes and businesses by the end of the year.

More than 1,400 premises in the county already have access to the technology as a result of the partnership between Worcestershire County Council and BT, which started engineering work at the end of May following careful surveying and planning.

And today Superfast Worcestershire has announced that parts of communities served by exchanges in Romsley, Wychbold, Bishampton, Inkberrow, Astwood Bank, Hanbury and Upton Upon Severn, will be the next to benefit from fibre broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps*. The technology will also be made more widely available in Bromsgrove and Droitwich, parts of which have already been included in the private sector's commercial fibre broadband programme.

Openreach, BT's local network business, has laid 60 kilometres of cabling and installed 14 broadband street cabinets and a further 46 are standing and in the process of being connected.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Superfast Worcestershire has made excellent progress since rollout began a year ago and more than 10,000 homes and businesses will have access to superfast speeds by the end of 2014. I'd like to wish the project a very happy birthday, and thank them for their contribution to the nationwide transformation of broadband currently underway."

Simon Geraghty, Deputy Leader of Worcestershire County Council said: "This latest phase in the project cements our commitment to getting more than 90 per cent of local businesses linked up to high speed fibre broadband. Worcestershire is a good business location and the roll out of high speed internet connectivity will ensure we can compete successfully in the future both nationally and globally. This anniversary is a key milestone in getting to where we need to go as a county and helping local businesses to be able to develop and grow."

Ian Binks, BT's Worcestershire and West Midlands regional partnership director, said: "The rollout for Worcestershire is now well underway and I am pleased to report that we are ahead of plan. It has happened as a result of the hard work and dedication shown by the partners in this exciting project. This is proving to be a very effective partnership, which shows the great power of the public and private sectors working together to overcome challenges and deliver great benefits for the people and businesses of Worcestershire."

The network is open to all fibre broadband suppliers on an open, wholesale basis, ensuring competitive prices for Worcestershire residents and businesses. Superfast Worcestershire builds on BT's commercial fibre roll-out, which has already made the technology available to more than 170,000 premises across the county. Superfast Worcestershire is a partnership between Worcestershire County Council, which has invested up to £8.5 million, with an additional £8.9 million from BT and a further £3.35 million from the Government's Broadband Delivery UK programme.

Local people wanting updates on the fibre roll-out can visit the Superfast Worcestershire website at: and register for further updates, visit the Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter #SuperfastWorcs.

Contact Angela Fitch on 01386 750032