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Malvern Hills Enterprise Scheme

The aim of the scheme is to support new and young businesses in the Malvern Hills district. The scheme will encourage the occupation of vacant commercial premises, help regenerate town centres, stimulate entrepreneurship, create new jobs, and enhance the sustainability of new businesses.

Pre-start businesses and new businesses that have been trading less than 36 months can apply for a grant of up to £500, or up to £1,000 if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • The business is in or moving into premises that are liable to business rates
  • The business employs or will employ 2 or more FTE employees (in addition to the applicant)
  • The business operates in the low carbon economy
  • The grant will be used towards expenditure that supports the business’ environmental sustainability

The grant must be match-funded, pound for pound (at least), from the business’s own resources. Only capital expenditure on an approved project/investment is eligible.

Apply for the Malvern Hills Enterprise Scheme.

Malvern Hills Growth Grant

The aim of the scheme is to support growing businesses based in Malvern Hills district and enable them to make a step change in their development. Growing businesses that have been trading for at least 3 years can apply for a grant of up to £2,500 which must be match-funded, pound for pound (at least), from the business’s own resources. Only capital expenditure on an approved project/investment is eligible.

The scheme is aimed at businesses that are not able to receive support through other European funded schemes (these typically support businesses that predominantly trade with other businesses). Malvern Hills District Council reserves the right to refer the applicant to a more suitable scheme where appropriate.

Only businesses which show specific promise and clearly demonstrate how the award will make a measurable difference will be recommended for the grant.

Funding is limited, applications that demonstrate one or more of the following will be prioritised:

  • Job creation
  • Premises expansion
  • Farm diversification
  • The applicant business is a rural enterprise
  • The applicant business operates in the low carbon economy
  • The grant will be used towards expenditure that supports the business’ environmental sustainability

Apply for the Malvern Hills Growth Grant.

Malvern Hills Upskilling Grant

The Malvern Hills Upskilling Grant helps businesses with the cost of apprenticeships and other training schemes. The grant provides funding of up to £1,000 (pro rata over 12 months) to help with the business cost of training new staff. These can be apprenticeships, graduates or other. An extra £1,000 is available if a trainee, initially employed on a training contract, is taken on as an employee.

Businesses can claim up to two upskilling grants in each financial year, up to a maximum of £10,000 over a five-year period.

Visit our upskilling and training page for more information.

We also deliver the Upskilling Bursary Scheme which helps apprentices and trainees access work and training. Apprentices and trainees can claim up to £500 a year to help with travel costs and up to £300 for equipment and clothing. 

Malvern Hills Town Centre Support Scheme

This scheme is now closed for new applications. The aim of the scheme was to support independent traders within the five town centres of the Malvern Hills district during the recovery stage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please keep an eye out for a future re-launch of the scheme.

Enterprising Worcestershire Grant

Enterprising Worcestershire is a grant fund that has been designed to create new jobs or contribute to an increase in turnover in start-up and early stage enterprises. The fund offers grants of £1,000 up to £15,000, representing 40% of the total project costs.

If you are a Worcestershire based business, and meet all the eligibility criteria below you may wish to apply for the Enterprising Worcestershire Grant Fund.

  • Worcestershire based Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s)
  • Trading for less than 36 months at the point of application
  • Meet the De Minimis State Aid regulations
  • Be trading at least 70% Business to Business
  • Organisations must be able to provide evidence of the availability of funding for the project (60% provided by SME)

Some items such as recurring revenue costs are not eligible for grant funding.

Proof of Concept 

Worcestershire ‘Proof of Concept’ has been designed to support local businesses to develop innovative new products and processes. Support is offered to applicants that aim to investigate, advance, protect and commercialise early stage innovative business ideas. The principal objective of the Proof of Concept fund is to encourage SME investment in innovation, creating products and services that are new to the company or new to the market.

The programme offers grants of up to £100,000, representing 40% of the total project costs. All costs must be external to the company and are claimed retrospectively. Worcestershire County Council delivers the grant fund in partnership with Central Technology Belt. Find out more information about Proof of Concept.

Business Energy Efficiency Programme

Up to £20,000 available to help you lower your energy bill!

The Business Energy Efficiency Programme offers free energy efficiency assessments which could lead to grants for businesses who wish to use their energy more efficiently, reducing costs and improving environmental credentials.

Find out more about the Business Energy Efficiency Programme.

Low Carbon Opportunities Programme

FREE low carbon innovation and renewable energy generation support and grants available!

The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme has two distinct strands:

  1. Renewable Energy Generation – supporting businesses to consider and install technologies such as Solar PV and Battery Storage, Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps, Biomass and Combined Heat and Power.
  2. Innovation for Low Carbon – helping businesses develop and commercialise products and services that will save carbon. This can be around market testing, demonstration products, prototypes, manufacturing scale up, intellectual property rights etc.

The new programme will provide 80 Assists in Worcestershire and £1,040,000 grant funding to businesses (includes £200,000 for Shropshire SMEs).  

Businesses will receive a free assist followed by the option to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 at 40% intervention rate.

For information about the programme visit the Business Central website which has a range of case studies or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Rural businesses can claim up to £3,500 to upgrade their broadband to a Gigabit capable connection (without the need for a match funding contribution). Find out more about the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Here2Help Business 2.0 - Sustain and Grow

Grants of up to £15,000 providing up to 40% of project costs, are available to eligible Worcestershire SMEs operating B2B that;

  • Can evidence the impact of Covid-19 across the business
  • Have a project to help address the challenges brought by the pandemic e.g. diversification, improved productivity OR
  • Have a project necessary to capitalize on opportunities created by covid
  • Have not previously received a Here2Help Business grant

Find out more about the Sustain and Grow Grant.

Here2Help Business 2.0 - Graduate Recruitment Grant

Available to eligible businesses to enable them to create a graduate role for a recent graduate resident in the county. The grant will contribute 40% of gross salary costs for the first 6 months to a maximum of £5000.

Find out more about the Graduate Recruitment Grant.

Here2Help Business 2.0 - Agriculture and Horticulture Business Grants

A limited number of capital grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 (40% match funded) are available to provide support for Worcestershire agricultural and horticultural businesses to increase mechanisation on agricultural holdings.

Agriculture and Horticulture Business Grants.

Elevate Worcestershire

The Elevate Worcestershire programme is a growth support offer for established, successful businesses with the vision and opportunity for significant further growth. The programme is flexible and will offer a variety of support packages to meet a range of business needs and sector specific challenges.

Aimed at aspiring SME’s ideally trading for a minimum of 3 years and employing 5 plus employees, the programme can offer specialist business support to:

  • encourage and enable growth
  • review processes and improve productivity 
  • look at sector specific barriers to growth and support SMEs to achieve their growth potential

Elevate currently offers generic growth support as well as specific industry support around Manufacturing Supply Chain, Digital Technology and Automated Manufacturing and Creative Tech.

On completing the support there will be the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help implement the actions and bespoke business plans that have been developed.

Elevate Worcestershire programme.

Three Counties Agricultural Society Bursary Scheme

Three Counties Agricultural Society Bursary in Memory of Joe Henson MBE supports those within the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire venturing into further education in agriculture or related subjects.

Three Counties Agricultural Society Bursary

Farming in Protected Landscapes Funding

Defra is offering funding for projects in England’s Protected Landscapes through the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme including the Malvern Hills AONB. It is for one-off projects and is not an agri-environment scheme.

The programme is time limited: it opened in July 2021 and is due to end in March 2024. Funding is available for projects that reflect at least one of the four Farming in Protected Landscapes programme themes:

  • Support NATURE recovery
  • Mitigate the impacts of CLIMATE CHANGE
  • Provide opportunities for PEOPLE to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritage
  • Protect or improve the quality and character of the PLACE

Help is available to discuss and complete applications. Please contact Sash Warden Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) Officer Tel: 01905 844686 Mob: 07873 616395 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who can give 1:1 help with your application. Read from a selection of case studies on the MHAOB website.