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Partners that work with Visit Worcestershire

Local Partners

Visit Worcestershire work in partnership with many local partners to ensure that visitors are aware of everything the county has to offer them as well as local residents. We work alongside these partners to ensure the key messages for the county are delivered to all audiences and that duplication is removed where possible.

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

Established in the 1830's during the industrial revolution, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce remains a dynamic member-led, not for profit organisation. It works to support the local business community and specifically the 1400-strong network of member businesses.

Whilst the nature and scale of what we do has changed over time, today we still work to strengthen the position of our members and ensure that the interests of local businesses are heard.

At the heart of our business is a desire to see member businesses flourish. Growth and prosperity is the key to sustainable communities and our comprehensive support will provide added value for your business regardless of your size or stage of development.

We are a private company but we are also a social enterprise that re-invests any surpluses in the development of support for our members.

Our membership remains truly representative of the diverse community across Herefordshire and Worcestershire with over 50% of members employing less than 10 staff.

Visit Worcestershire is a service that has been delivered by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce since 2011. It sits well with the business aims and objectives being very similar.

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- The Worcestershire Growth Hub

Worcestershire.Business.Central is a single point of contact for all Worcestershire business support needs - whether it be for start-ups, growing businesses, developing skills, finding property, networking or finance. With a dedicated helpline, web presence, and enquiry system, Worcestershire.Business.Central brings all available business support into one place.

The Worcestershire.Business.Central website also offers an events calendar, an online business directory & business newsletter to help businesses to network and take advantage of trading opportunities.

The first Growth Hub in the West Midlands

Growth hubs bring together public and private sector partners to promote, co-ordinate and deliver business support. They provide a mechanism for integrating national and local, public and private business support provision so it is easy for businesses to access. They are locally driven and locally owned.

Worcestershire.Business.Central was awarded Growth Hub status in July 2014 – the first in the West Midlands – during a visit by Matt Hancock MP (Minister for Skills and Enterprise).

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Worcestershire LEP

Worcestershire LEP's task is to shape the best business environment for the county, stimulate growth of the local economy, encourage inward investment, boost enterprise and job creation and actively promote Worcestershire as an exceptional place to work, live and prosper.

Worcestershire LEP is led by private sector businesses in partnership with the public sector – comprising Worcestershire County Council and the six district councils of Worcester City, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest and Wychavon.

Worcestershire is a beautiful and historically important county with much to offer the tourist market. Worcestershire LEP works closely with Destination Worcestershire to encourage visitors to the county, with all the benefits that this brings to the local economy.

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Worcester Ambassadors

The Worcestershire Ambassadors are a group of individuals who share in common a passion for the County of Worcestershire. The aim of the Ambassadors is to promote Worcestershire as a place to Work, Live or Visit.Membership is made up volunteers each of whom live and/or work in the County of Worcestershire. They currently have around 190 members most of whom are very successful business owners/directors or representatives of the arts, sports and media.

The Ambassadors have a common enthusiasm to create a county to be proud of.

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Worcestershire County Council

Worcestershire County Council is one of the largest and most progressive employers in the region. Our communities are at the heart of everything we do and as such, they have shaped our four priorities:

•   Open for Business
•   The Environment
•   Children and Families
•   Health and Well-Being

We are a local authority with big ambitions for the future. Collaborating innovatively with a wide range of partners, we are committed to delivering a World Class Worcestershire - a county with a prosperous economy, thriving communities and an environment we can all be proud of.

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Worcester City Council

Worcester City are committed to improving the Cathedral and University city as a highlight of the county. They are interested in promoting the city as a great place to work live and play and recognise the historical connections the city offers visitors as well as sports and culture.

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North Worcestershire District Council

Raise the profile of North Worcestershire as a visitor destination in partnership with Visit Worcestershire, Tourist Information Centres and other strategic organisations that promote and invest in tourism.

Support, where possible, successful and growing visitor attraction and accommodation provider businesses that deliver a quality service and provide a skilled workforce.

Support and encourage, where possible, relevant events and activities to attract people into the various parts of the area.

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Click here to see the Bromsgrove Borough Council website.

Click here to see the Redditch Borough Council website.

Malvern Hills District Council

Malvern Hills District Council aim to raise the market profile of the Malverns and build stronger partnerships to effectively promote, manage and invest in tourism across the three towns and surrounding borders. To also enhance the tourism product and visitor experiences in the Malverns – including quality food and drink, accommodation, attractions, events and activities.

They aim to provide access and understanding of the culture, heritage and landscape of the area and also support successful businesses across the visitor economy which deliver quality service, including improving the skills and training of those working and volunteering in the visitor economy.

Click here to see the Malvern Hill District Council website.

Click here to see the Malvern Hills visitor website

Wychavon District Council

Wychavon District Council support the diverse visitor attractions of the North Cotswolds, Vale of Evesham, Droitwich Spa and The Archers rural connection.

Click here to see the Wychavon District Council website.

Click here to see the Wychavon visitor website.

Worcester Business Improvement District

Worcester Business Improvement District (BID) has been in operation since April 2010 and is a non-for-profit organisation with the aim of improving the trading conditions for the businesses who contribute a BID levy.

The aim of the BID projects is to boost the profile of Worcester and its businesses as the perfect place in which to shop, eat play and live all year round.

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Worcestershire Arts Partnership

The Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP) began in 2010 as a way of bringing together the many different stake holders of the arts in the county. It now has five working sub groups and engages actively with over 80 arts organisations and artists in the county.

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Worcester Heritage Partnership

Worcester Heritage Partnership is a group of heritage venues within and just outside of Worcester. Through working together the Group aims to promote the city's rich and varied heritage.

Worcester Tourism Association

The Worcester Tourism Association consists of locally based retailers, hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, tourism associations, local attractions and museums. They also collaborate with the main providers of tourism infrastructure, Destination Worcestershire, Worcester Business Improvement District (BID) and the City and County Councils.Their aim is to improve the tourist experience in Worcester by providing a focal point for information, helping our members to improve their tourism offering and being a forum for members to discuss ideas and practical solutions to the problems of small business.

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