A KIDDERMINSTER-based MEP is urging businesses to take advantage of Pie and Pint workshops where they can find out about European Union funding opportunities.

The sessions, which are being held in October and November, will help rural-based Worcestershire companies to find and apply for suitable funding streams available through the EU.

UKIP MEP James Carver, 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.

He said: “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.

“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.

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