The LRP works closely with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) so that plans to deliver growth in the city and county are aligned with plans for growth within rural areas. This will include the LRP supporting the delivery of various European Union economic programmes.
East Leicestershire LEADER
The LEADER Programme is a well-established method of delivering Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding at the local level and is a source of European funding that will support the development of rural areas over the period up to 2020.
The LRP has been successful in its East Leicestershire LEADER bid; more information is available at the links below;
Village Shops Support
This scheme offers grants of up to £3,000 to Post Offices and village shops selling essential fresh produce to improve the range, quality and accessibility of services in the local community. Funding is available to develop and upgrade existing services and to help establish new shops and services including community shops.
Case Study - Kibworth Post Office
Kibworth Post Office
Leicestershire County Council launched its new Village Shop Support service in November 2011. The service is focussed on ensuring that Village Shops and Post Offices can receive expert retail advice (provided by Kerching Retail) to help improve their profitability so as to retain these vital services within our rural communities. The service has already supported over 60 businesses.
Under new ownership, Kibworth Post Office had an opportunity to re-establish itself, protecting it from potential closing and moving the sorting office to Market Harborough.
Kerching worked with the new ownership to redesign the store in a modern and fresh way, introducing new products and services, whilst maintaining the charm and character of a village Post Office. The retail space was increased significantly to allow for broadening of the product range.
Diversification would ensure the longer-term viability of the Post Office, whilst clever design ensured the store didn't become sterile and maintained its heritage. The Post Office was also successful in getting a grant of £3,000 to help fund extensive work on the store's interior.