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Business owners in Wyre Forest have grouped together to offer free services to start ups as part of a ‘Pay it Forward’ initiative.

Wyre Forest Enterprise Champions, working with the local council, is a group of established businesses that have pledged to offer free services to support National Enterprise Week (17 – 23 November).

The scheme is open to pre-start and new businesses (up to 1 year of trading), based in the Wyre Forest district. They will be able to apply for a range of services and products such as photography, ICT support, public relations, produce merchandise and print. Businesses can apply for one, several or all of the packages on offer.

Wyre Forest Enterprise Champions is a group of businesses that have connected through North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR), the shared service for business from Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils.

Terry Livesey, photographer is one of the contributors to the scheme. Terry said

“This scheme was born out of our desire to encourage a stronger, local business community, to recognise the support that they (and we) have received starting their businesses and to “pay it forward”. 

Cllr John Campion, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration said

“We are delighted to support local businesses with this scheme. It is exactly the sort of initiative we want to nurture and we hope new start ups will take us this excellent offer. We have assisted the businesses to structure the scheme, have developed a promotional plan and application process, will be promoting the scheme and will be administering the application process.”

“The businesses that receive the free support will benefit from publicity to promote the scheme and be in a position to give credit to those businesses that are providing the free support. It is a win-win situation and we applaud the prospect of the virtuous circle that will result.”

Find out more and apply to take part in the pay it forward scheme online for support.Pay It Forward4

Enterprise Champions – Pay it Forward with:

Henry Pepper PR Offer
A two hour PR advisory session for a new business including brainstorming, how PR works to their advantage, social media etc.

Athena Offer
Supply T-shirts/polo shirts with their name/logo on them.

Rotary Printers Offer
Supply a free logo design and artwork for their business start-up package.

KBBS Accounting Services Offer
2 Months free Xero licence with setup and 2 hours free accounting advice.

Painters Solicitors Offer
One hour of free legal advice regarding business start up.

Mend My Computer Offer
The selected business will be given two hours of free computer advice.

2 hours of business coaching

Terry Livesey Photography
1 day photography services including studio time, on-site photography and editing of final images. Marketing advice, including the best use of images, will also be provided.

Wyre Forest District Council