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News & Offers by BID Businesses


Worcester BID provides a variety of offers to its levy paying businesses, employees of BID businesses and members of the public.

  • Cost Saving Opportunities for BID businesses for
    – Energy – Telecoms – Water – Testing – Pest Control – Merchant Fees – Insurance – Advertising – Print & Design –
  • For car parking offers at CrownGate Shopping Centre, NCP Cathedral car park and season tickets at Worcester City Council car parks please click here.
  • Worcester BID’s Coaches Welcome scheme offering a meet & greet service and coach driver vouchers.

For further up-to-date promotions by local businesses also view our social media accounts:

Facebook: facebook.com/WorcesterBID & facebook.com/VisitWorcester
Twitter & Instagram: @WorcesterBID & @VisitWorcester


Worcester Festival Flash Mobs

Who doesn’t love a great Flash Mob?! The Worcester Festival team would love to hear from groups and businesses who are interested in doing Flash Mobs during the festival, i.e. between 10th and 26th August. Basically, it’s normally a public performance of music, dancing, singing, where one person arrives and starts to perform and is gradually joined by the rest of the group. It looks spontaneous but is of course planned. They are really great fun and you get a chance to advertise your group (or business). If you think that you might be able to offer one (or more than one!) during the 17 days, just email Chris Jaeger at chris@worcesterlive.co.uk with some ideas.  For further information about the Worcester Festival, go to www.worcesterfestival.co.uk. The registration deadline is Friday 24th May.

*** Details by Worcester Festival, 05/04/2019 ***


Croft Road improvement scheme to start next week

The scheme which is set to improve traffic flow in the area and provide a safer crossing for those who use this busy road, is due to start next week.

The improvements, which are being completed by Worcestershire County Council, include the upgrade of the existing uncontrolled (Zebra) crossing to a controlled pedestrian and cycle (Toucan) crossing, removal of the existing roundabout near the entrance to the Cattle Market Car Park and an improved road alignment with updated car park access. 

To improve the road alignment ahead of the new crossing being introduced, the current mini roundabout needs to be removed and this is the first work to be completed as part of the scheme.

Whilst this takes place, temporary traffic signals will be required. Once the work to remove the roundabout is complete, the temporary traffic signals will be removed as the majority of the remaining works can be completed off the carriageway without any major impact on traffic.

At the end of the scheme the road will be closed overnight for a few nights from 9pm to 6am for resurfacing works. A diversion route will be signposted for vehicles.

For the duration of the scheme, the access to the Cattle Market Car Park from Croft Road will be closed so vehicles wishing to use the car park are advised to use The Butts entrance.

Pedestrians will be unaffected during the works due to the installation of a temporary crossing and minor pedestrian diversions which will be in place at all times. 

*** Details by Worcestershire County Council, 02/04/2019 ***


Dancefest: Vacancy

Dancefest is looking to appoint an Executive Producer to work in partnership and close collaboration with the Artistic Director and Board

Salary: £14,000-£16,800 for 17.5-21 hours, based on a 35-hour week (£28,000 pro-rata)

Click here to view the job description and apply.




Crowngate News April 2019

Crowngate car park resurfacing

The Crown Estate continues to invest in Crowngate by making improvements to levels 1 and 2 of the car park which will take place from Monday 1 April until the end of May, with disruption to be kept to a minimum.

Overnight work begins from Monday 6 May for approximately three weeks. There will be no overnight entry to the car park between the hours of 6pm and 7am, but the exit will remain open as usual.

Disabled parking bays will relocate to levels 2 and 4 from Monday 1 April until completion. All other levels and designated parking areas will be unaffected.

There will be increased noise during the refurbishment, and you may also be able to detect a non-toxic odour. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. If you have any queries, please contact the Crowngate Shopping Centre team on 01905 610065.

Download the Easter Crowngate opening timesEASTER OPENING TIMES 2019 Crowngate


Planning Consultation about Worcester City Centre

BID businesses are invited to a planning consultation by Worcester City Council about our city centre. This will be at a business breakfast on Monday 8th April commencing at 8.30am, in the Assembly Room at the Guildhall.

Please let Adrian Becker at the City Council know if you wish to attend – Adrian.becker@worcester.gov.uk – as there is a limit on numbers.

This is part of the South Worcestershire Retail & Town Centres Study 2019 being undertaken by Worcester City, Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils. The study will update the Councils’ evidence base in respect of the retail and commercial leisure performance of the defined city/town centres, provide guidance on the ‘need’ for new retail and commercial leisure floorspace, and provide strategic advice to ensure that the town centres remain vibrant and viable locations.

The study will input to the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan Review which will guide development to 2041. The Study will also be used by the South Worcestershire Councils to assist in the determination of potential planning applications for new retail and commercial leisure development.

Read the full article here.


Worcester Riverside Park – Display of Proposals & Consultation

Worcester City Council and Jon Sheaff and Associates will be displaying proposals for improvements to Worcester’s riverside throughout Wednesday 3 April.

The proposals will include ideas for developing a new ‘identity’ for Riverside Park and our plans for improvements to public spaces along the river edge. The Riverside Park project will celebrate the rich history of the River Severn in Worcester and uncover some of the river’s many stories and secrets.

You’ll have the opportunity to drop in to look at these proposals at different places around the city:

– 8:30-10:30: Le Vesinet Parade, between Sabrina Bridge and the viaduct
– 12:00-14:00 South Quay, near the fountains
– 15:00-17:00: Le Vesinet Parade, between Sabrina Bridge and the viaduct
– 18:00-20:00 The Guildhall, Lower Hall

Worcester Riverside park is a 5km long continuous open space running along the east and west banks of the River Severn between Diglis Island in the south and Gheluvelt Park in the north.

*** Update ***

For those of you who were unable to make the Worcester Riverside Park consultation sessions last Wednesday, Worcester City Council have put similar information online for you to review and comment at surveymonkey.co.uk. This will be available until midnight on Monday 15th April. Your feedback will help the council and partners to shape detailed design and costings included for City Council decision at Environment Committee in May.


Buy your tickets now for the Worcester Community Lottery

Tickets are on sale now for the Worcester Community Lottery – a new local lottery to raise funds for city charities and other good causes. The new Worcester Community Lottery gives players the chance to sign up at www.worcesterlottery.org for entry into a weekly draw and to choose which local causes they want to benefit from their subscription.

Players have a one-in-50 chance of winning a prize, up to a maximum of £25,000. Many local good causes have already signed up to benefit from the Worcester Community Lottery and tickets have gone on sale today (March 26) ahead of the first prize draw on April 27. A 32GB Apple iPad will also be on offer to players who enter the first draw.

Read the full article here.

*** Details by Worcester City Council, 26/03/2019 ***



Brexit Drop-in Events by Worcestershire Business Central

Worcestershire Business Central will be holding a series of Brexit Drop-in events. The Worcester session will take place on Monday 18 March, 13:30 – 15:30 at The Guildhall Worcester, WR1 2EY. They will provide businesses with information to help understand and plan for the various scenarios of Brexit. With the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019, the sessions will give local businesses the opportunity to hear from key speakers who will offer relevant information and guidance on preparing for Brexit.

To book your place click here. For the WBC Brexit Toolkit please click here.

*** Details by Worcestershire Business Central, 11/03/2019 ***


Have your say on action to tackle anti-social behaviour in city centre

Worcester City Council is asking city residents and businesses for their views on the potential introduction of new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in the city centre.  The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) can restrict activities in a certain area, thus prohibiting negative behaviours that affect the quality of life of residents and visitors to the city centre. A breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence and can be enforced.

The council is considering introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in the city centre that will address anti-social behaviour experienced by residents and visitors. If introduced, the PSPO will prohibit:

  • Urinating and defecating in public areas
  • Feeding gulls and pigeons
  • Aggressive begging or sitting and standing for the purposes of begging
  • Being under the influence of drugs or illegal highs
  • Skateboarding and cycling in the city centre.

To read the full article and for the link to the consultation, please click here. This consultation closes on 24/04/2019.

*** Details by Worcester City Council, 28/02/2019 ***


Invitation to Annual St Paul’s Hostel Event

Our ‘Worcester Cares’ partners, St. Paul’s Hostel have asked us to invite you to attend their annual event which will outline their services to some of the cities most vulnerable people.

The event will be held on the Wednesday 27th March from 7:30am-9:30am at the Army Reserve Centre, Pheasant Street. Read the full invite here.

You can book your place at the meeting here.

Click here for more information about the Worcester Cares initiative.

*** Details submitted by St Paul’s Hostel, February 2019  ***


Invitation to Worcester Arches Project Open Meeting

You may already be aware that Worcester City was awarded £3 million from the Cultural Development Fund. Through the scheme, Worcester’s railway arches are set to be transformed into a major new cultural destination for the city. In addition to this, a Festivals Hub will be established in the arches, delivering festivals and cultural events across Worcester and supporting the creative industries through skills development and volunteer opportunities.

You are invited to attend an open meeting on Monday 4 March to find out more about the project and the impact it will have on the city.

The meeting will take place from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at the Guildhall, High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY. If you’d like to attend, please book your free place here by 28th February.

The Cultural Development Fund is administered by Arts Council England and we are pleased that representatives will attend the meeting, along with members of the project team. We will be providing further information about plans for the area and will answer questions from attendees. For further information about the fund, please click here.

*** This invite has been sent by Worcester City Council on 12/02/2019 ***


Empowering Future Engineers

HoW College ignites future success following investment for engineering facilities from Worcestershire LEP.

Working in partnership with Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) is set to embark on the first stage of a major capital project in engineering.

Complementing the government’s ‘Year of Engineering’, the initial £1.2million investment will give HoW College’s engineering students access to new and advanced engineering and manufacturing equipment alongside newly created electrical installation workshops and a Centre of Digital Engineering (CODE).

The project has been part funded following a £600,000 investment from Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Growth Deal.

Read the full press release here.

*** Details submitted by Heart of Worcestershire College, 20/01/2019 ***


Balcony Café Tender Opportunity

Museums Worcestershire (a partnership between Worcester City and Worcestershire County Council) is inviting proposals at this stage, for a catering concession at the Balcony Café at Worcester Art Gallery and Museum.
The Art Gallery and Museum is housed in a historic building on Foregate Street in a busy and thriving area of the city. The gallery runs a lively programme of contemporary exhibitions, events and workshops attracting an audience of over 60,000 visitors per year. The gallery spaces are light, bright and welcoming and all areas of the building are fully accessible. The Balcony Café serves as both a tranquil refuge from the hustle and bustle of Foregate Street and a great place to meet friends and family.

To view the tender document please click here.  Proposals must be received by the Museums Business Manager at the Art Gallery and Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DT by 4.00pm on 2nd January, 2019.

*** Details submitted by Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, 05/12/2018 ***


Proposals for the Improvement of The Shambles & Church Street

Opportunity to hear the proposals for improvements for The Shambles and Church Street by Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council.

Tuesday 11th December, 16:00 – 19:00
Wednesday 12th December, 11:00 – 14:00
at The Guildhall Worcester (High Street)

More information can be found at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/shambles

Event details:


*** Details received, 05/12/2018 ***







Business Breakfast at The Hive – 04/12/2018

Haines Watts Business Breakfast – Tuesday 4th December
7.30am – 9.30am, The Hive

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Haines Watts are hosting a free Business Breakfast and networking event with Tim Pearce, Managing Partner of Haines Watts Worcester & Evesham.
This session will explain it all and help you to gain a clear understanding of what can be expected.

To book a ticket please follow this link: http://ow.ly/bu0l30mGm2z

*** Details submitted by The Hive, Dec 2018 ***


Worcester’s festive parking offers for Christmas shoppers

Festive shoppers have been given an early Christmas gift by Worcester City Council – free parking on Thursday evenings and a great deal on Sundays too!

Shoppers taking advantage of late night opening in city shops on Thursday evenings are now able to park free of charge after 6pm on Thursdays each week up to and including 20 December.

On Sundays shoppers can pay for three hours and get the rest of the day free. This offer will run up to and including Sunday 23 December.

Read the full article here

*** Details by WCC, 03/12/18 ***


University’s Sustainability Initiatives Win Two International Awards

Efforts to promote sustainable living in Worcester, led by the University of Worcester, have been recognised with two international awards.

The University joined forces with Worcester City Council and local businesses and organisations, including Worcester Bosch, on sustainability projects, which have now won two silver Green Apple Awards.

The first project was Go Green Week, which featured a week of activities in the City centre designed to get people thinking about what they could do to lead more sustainable lives. The second was Energize Worcester, which works with students and landlords to look at boiler controls in shared student housing.

Read the full story here.

*** Details submitted by Worcester University, 22/11/2018 ***






Ambitious vision for future of Worcester revealed

download (2)New transport routes, parks and public spaces, housing, business premises and a £385 million annual boost to Worcester’s economy are at the heart of a new vision for Worcester by the year 2040.

Consultation is open now on the new City Centre Masterplan, which sees Worcester becoming a national and international tourist destination, and an even better place to live with more employment, housing and leisure opportunities for residents.Residents can have their say on the vision for the Worcester of 2040 proposed in the City Centre Masterplan.

To view the full article and supporting documentation on the City Council website, please click here.

Draft City Centre Masterplan Consultation Document

The deadline for responses is 5pm on November 7.

*** Details by WCC, October 2018 ***



Proposed Changes to the Worcester City Centre Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)

download (2)To improve the environment of pedestrianised areas in Worcester city centre, the Council proposes to make amendments to the existing Traffic Regulation Order along the lengths of the
following roads, designated as public highways:

• High Street
• Broad Street
• Mealcheapen Street
• Pump Street
• Friar Street (part)
• Copenhagen Street (part)
• The Cornmarket (part)
• Angel Place
• Angel Street
• Church Street
• Bank Street
• The Shambles

Please click here to review the document.

The pre-consultation will finish on 28.02.18 and a full report will be published in due course on the website:



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Worcester BID’s Coaches Welcome scheme for a meet & greet service and coach driver vouchers.

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