WORCESTER businesses are being encouraged to take advantage of a workshop where residents can find out more about European Union funding opportunities.

Worcestershire MEP James Carver is urging rural business representatives to take advantage of European Union funding opportunities, by learning more at the pie and pint workshop sessions being held in October and November.

The MEP, who represents the county along with the wider West Midlands and is a member of the European Parliament’s regional development committee, said a range of EU funding opportunities are available.

“Until the end of the Brexit negotiations when we leave the EU the UK will continue to be a net contributor and it’s important that British firms take advantage of the funds acquired largely through the contributions of our taxpayers,” said Worcester resident Mr Carver.

“These workshops are a great idea and I hope businesses will take advantage of the chance to talk to experts who can inform them of the details and provide support in drawing up bids.”

Firms that have already benefited from similar funding will also be on hand to share their experiences of the funding process and to outline the benefits to their businesses.

The workshops will take place on Thursday, October 12, at Evesham United Football Club, Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium, and on Thursday, November 2, at Leysters and Middleton Village Hall, Leysters.

They are being run in partnership between Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Country Land and Business Association, National Farmers’ Union and the Worcestershire County Council LEADER Programme.

To register a place on the Pie and Pint workshops call Worcestershire Business Central on 01905 677 888 or email info@business-central.co.uk