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Business Advice

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Contact NWedR North Worcestershire Economic Develoment and Regeneration, which is a shared service between Wyre Forest and Bromsgrove District Councils and Redditch Borough Council. This service provides business support, encourages inward investment, connects people to employment and training and supporting development of key sites and investment in infrastructure.
 
 
Starting or Growing your Own Business
In Wyre Forest, a package of business support is available through two growth Hubs -
 
Worcestershire Business Central.
 
 
Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, Growth Hub
 
 
 
General Business Information
 
Finditinworcestershire is Worcestershire's online business community and aims to boost the area’s economy by giving local businesses, social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations the support and contacts they need to pitch for and win bigger contracts. Registration is FREE

Gov.uk
The place to find government services and information.

The Insolvency Service
Their enquiry lines provide initial information on insolvency and redundancy legislation and procedures, including details of the work of the official receivers and redundancy payments offices.

Department of Work and Pensions
The Department provides benefits and services for a wide range of people.

Acas
FREE help and advice with employment relations whether you are an employer or an employee.

Business Rates
Find out more about your business rates here, including any questions about business rate relief available for small businesses.

HM Inland Revenue and Customs
Information and Advice for businesses and corporations, employers, individuals and employees.

Trading Standards
Useful information for consumers and businesses.

Member Organisations

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
A Network that directly serves not only its member businesses but the wider business community.

Federation of Small Businesses
UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

Destination Worcestershire

Destination Worcestershire is a not for profit organisation with all revenue raised through membership put towards promoting the county as a tourism destination to the domestic and international tourism markets.

Citizen's Advice Bureau
Help to understand your employment rights, dismissal and benefits, insolvency payments, income-related and contributions-based job seekers allowance, and redundancy.

Gov.uk
Government website that offers advice on

  • redundancy
  • advice for people of working age from welfare into work,
  • helping employers to fill their vacancies
  • advice on training, learning and the world of work

Financial Advice

Business Debtline
Offers a helpline that provides businesses with FREE, confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.

National Debtline
The helpline provides FREE confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.

StepChange Debt Charity
If you’re struggling financially get in touch with StepChange Debt Charity. Their expert advisors give free debt advice and offer realistic solutions. You can contact their debt Helpline free, on 0800 138 1111.

Payplan
Access to a full range of FREE debt advice and FREE debt solutions.

Useful Contacts

Legal Aid Agency
Work in partnership with solicitors and not-for-profit organisations to provide information, advice and legal representation to people in need.

Energy Saving Trust
A non-profit organisation that provides FREE, local, impartial advice tailored to suit you. They also offers advice to the business and public sector on sustainable development and greening your fleet.

Kidderminster Library
The local library offers a variety of information and online access to British Standards and Kompass (British information for UK purchasers and suppliers), as well as FREE internet access.

Carbon Trust
Advice on saving energy, renewable energy and other low carbon issues to the private and commercial sectors.

Stress

Local GP Surgery
Offers support, advice and can recommend treatments such as talking therapy or counselling.

Samaritans
Offers confidential and emotional support to those experiencing personal crises, and help with managing stress.



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