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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 4:00pm
Revised RDPE Growth Programme Offers (EAFRD)

Revised RDPE Growth Programme Offers (EAFRD)

Revised RDPE Growth Programme Handbooks have now gone live on gov.uk (link to the page here) where further guidance about how to apply can be found.

The main changes in the Handbooks are:

  • The deadline for receipt of 'expressions of interest' has now been extended to 31 May 2018
  • The final date by which all projects must be finished, paid for and complete grant claims submitted is given as 31 December 2020
  • There are now 3 offers open in the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership area for funding of at least £35,000:
    • Food Processing grants to help rural food and drink businesses that process agricultural and horticultural products grow and create more jobs
    • Tourism Infrastructure to support projects that will encourage more tourists to come, to stay longer and to spend more money in rural areas
    • Business Development grants are for investments that create jobs and grow micro and small businesses in rural areas

The handbooks include information about each type of grant, as well as:

  • who can apply
  • how and when to apply
  • which specific activities can (and cannot) be claimed for

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will assess all expressions of interest and will look for projects that meet the national and local priorities for funding and will decide which meet the criteria the best. This means grants are not awarded automatically to an applicant. There is a rigorous 2-part application process (starting with submitting an 'expression of interest') to tell RPA about the work to be funded and how the grant could help. If RPA assesses that an expression of interest is suitable, they will invite the project to submit a full application. Contact details for the RPA are as follows:

Posted:
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 1:49pm
Current East Leicestershire LEADER funding call closes on Friday 1st December

The closing date for Expressions of Interest for the LEADER programme in East Leicestershire is 12pm (Midday) on Thursday 1st December 2017 for projects in the following priorities:

  • Farming - Farm Productivity or Farm Diversification – Grant funding between £7,500-£75,000
  • Support for small and micro businesses (non-agricultural) - Grant funding between £7,500-£75,000
  • Food and drink - Grant funding between £7,500-£35,000 (anything above refer to EAFRD Growth Programme)

Expressions of Interest for the above priorities can only be accepted until Noon on Friday 1st December 2017

East Leicestershire LEADER will remain open for Expressions of Interest for projects from the following priorities:

  • Forestry - Grant funding between £2,500-£75,000
  • Rural Services - Grant funding between £2,500-£75,000

Additional guidance for applicants can be found on the East Leicestershire LEADER website: open-calls.html

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the LEADER team via email at: eastleicestershireleader@leics.gov.uk or by telephone on 0116 3056298.

Posted:
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 2:37pm
Collaborate - free business advice, capital grants, events and an inward investment service

Collaborate Growing Business Together

Collaborate is a business support project offering free business advice, capital grants, events and an inward investment service to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Leicester and Leicestershire. We can support SMEs in the following sectors:

  • Food and drink manufacturing
  • Creative industries
  • Textile manufacturing
  • Low carbon
  • Logistics and distribution
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Professional and financial services
  • Engineering and advanced manufacturing

Capital grants from £5,000 to £25,000 are available for organisations looking to grow, made up to 33% of the project cost. This could be used for premises improvement or expansion, computer hardware, tools or machinery.

Businesses must have been trading for at least 12 months and sell business-to-business. Eligibility criteria applies.

If you are looking for help to move your business forward, contact Collaborate for an informal discussion with a sector specialist, see more here: www.llepbizgateway.co.uk/collaborate

This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and partner organisations: Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and the Food and Drink Forum.

Keep in touch with Collaborate through our social media channels:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CollabforGrowth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CollaborateforGrowth

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company//collaborate-for-growth

Posted:
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 3:36pm
Digital Growth Programme

The Digital Growth Programme managed by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) in partnership with Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils, is a programme part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Its aim is to support businesses to grow by utilising digital technology through interactive events, strategic planning workshops, awareness-raising seminars, one-to-one support, mentoring and grants.

We hold a range of FREE seminars and action-planning workshops that provide you and your business with the latest digital knowledge and techniques from planning a website and social media, to ecommerce and cyber resilience. To view all our workshops please click here

Join us at our next awareness-raising seminars on:

23 Nov 2017 | Getting Ready for GDPR | The Belmont Hotel

14 Dec 2017 | Visual Marketing with Instagram and Pinterest | Mercure, The Grand Hotel

24 Jan 2018 | Data and Making the Most of your Business Relationships | iGem Conference Centre

7 Feb 2018 | Visual Marketing with Instagram and Pinterest | Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel

27 Feb 2018 | Data and Making the Most of your Business Relationships | Mercure, The Grand Hotel

The programme also provides grant-funding opportunities of up to 40% - available between £2,000 and £16,000* - for businesses that are looking to grow their business through utilising digital technology. Ongoing support is available to SMEs through the programme, with free advice from dedicated digital business advisers. For more information about our grants please click here

To register onto the Digital Growth Programme please visit: www.leics-digital.co.uk or for any queries please contact:

Kam Atker

Events and Engagement Officer – Leicester City

Email: kam.atker@emc-dnl.co.uk

Phone: 07971 403 786

Dimple Chauhan

Events and Engagement Officer - Leicestershire

Email: dimple.chauhan@emc-dnl.co.uk

Phone: 07387 141 590

Posted:
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 3:06pm
East Leicestershire LEADER has reopened for Expressions of Interest

Farms, businesses and community groups are invited to submit bids to the LEADER grant scheme which aims to boost East Leicestershire's rural economy and create jobs.

The scheme reopened for expressions of interest on Monday 25 September

LEADER, part of the European Union's Rural Development Programme, was launched locally in 2015 to support rural business diversify and grow across Melton and Harborough, as well as parts of Charnwood and Blaby. Grants of up to £35,000 are available and in some cases £75,000 could be awarded.

Rupert Harrison, Andrew Granger & Co Surveyors and Chair of the East Leicestershire Local Action Group, said: "Supported by businesses the East Leicestershire LEADER programme is one of the top performing in the region, we have helped numerous businesses to improve and expand their services and products which will ultimately create local jobs, benefit local supply chains and bring visitors to the area."

Pam Posnett, Cabinet Member for environment at Leicestershire County Council and Chair of the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, said: "I want to encourage farms, businesses and communities to apply for a share of this fund. Since opening for applications in 2015 we have supported 13 projects from across East Leicestershire, distributing £300,000 of funding. In the last round of applications which closed in July a further 14 projects have been invited to complete a full application. £500,000 of funding is still available for projects up until March 2019."

K & A Watchorn and Sons Farm in Waltham on the Wolds, was successful in receiving LEADER funding, used the money to purchase farming equipment. Will Watchorn said: "Gaining LEADER funding to purchase a Cattle Handling system has drastically improved our efficiency and improved safety for our cattle."

Applicants have until Friday 1December to make expressions of interest for farm productivity and diversification, small food and drink businesses, small and micro businesses. The call for forestry businesses and community projects increasing access to rural services remains open with no closing date currently set.

More information and expression of interest forms can be found at open-calls.html

Posted:
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:13am
SHIRE Grant Funding for Carers Projects

An opportunity has presented itself through Leicestershire County Council's Adults & Communities Department, to help community organisations in Leicestershire to provide support to carers.

Additional funding will be administered through the Council's existing SHIRE Community Grants programme, to enable more community-based support to be provided to carers.

A maximum one-off grant of up to £5,000 is available for community projects in the 2017-18 financial year, which can deliver activities to support carers with the following:

  • to feel less isolated and better supported
  • to enable them to continue to undertake caring responsibilities
  • to have a life outside of caring
  • to reduce incidences of carer breakdown
  • to enable carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities

Please note that the existing SHIRE Community Grants Application Process and Guidance Notes will be used for the purposes of applying for grants for such projects.

For more information about how to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to deliver projects which support carers in Leicestershire, please go to the Leicestershire Communities website.

The next deadline for applications is Monday 31st July, with further deadlines to follow on Monday 25th September and Monday 27th November.

Posted:
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 2:06pm
Grants Available for Food Processing and Tourism Infrastructure

In January 2017, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs launched the latest call for funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

In Leicestershire, Expressions of Interest are invited from Tourism Infrastructure and Food Processing projects. The aim of the funding is to create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

Details of the eligible activities and who can apply are in the relevant applicant handbooks here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme

The Rural Payments Agency delivers the grants, working with Local Enterprise Partnerships across England. The calls remain open until January 2018, subject to the availability of funds.

Further information is available via:

Blaby District Means Business - Free Business Event
Posted:
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 2:38pm
Blaby District Means Business - Free Business Event

Local businesses and organisations are invited to attend Blaby District Council's next network meeting and enjoy a free tasty breakfast.

This will take place:
Time: 07.30 am
Date: 11th July 2017
Place: Leicester Hilton Hotel, Junction 21 Approach, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE19 1WQ

The event will be a chance to:
• Find out about funding and support programmes for local SMEs.
• Receive an update on the local economy and key developments.
• Find out news of the Digital Growth Programme from the East Midlands Chamber and about energy saving grants.
• Network with other local business people.

Places are limited so it is advised that you book early to confirm a place. Details of how to do so are included in the attached flyer.

Posted:
Mon, 12 Jun 2017 1:24pm
East Leicestershire LEADER opens for new applications

Rural businesses are invited to submit bids to the LEADER grant scheme which aims to boost East Leicestershire's rural economy and create jobs.

The scheme opens for expressions of interest from Monday 12 June.

LEADER, part of the European Union's Rural Development Programme, was launched locally in 2015 to support rural business and tourism across Melton and Harborough, as well as parts of Charnwood and Blaby. Grants of up to £35,000 are available and in some cases £75,000 could be awarded.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire County Council said: "I'd encourage rural businesses and communities to apply for a share of this fund. Since opening for applications in 2015 we have supported 13 projects from across East Leicestershire, distributing £300,000 of funding. £1 million of funding is still available for projects up until March 2019."

Langton Brewery, was successful in receiving LEADER funding, used the money to install two new brew and fermenting tanks. Alistair Chapman from Langton Brewery said:LEADER funding has enabled us to increase our brewing capacity to meet increased demand for our beers".

Priorities for the latest round of bidding are tourism businesses, small food and drink businesses, small and micro businesses, forestry businesses and community projects increasing access to rural services.

More information and expression of interest forms can be found at www.oakleaves.org.uk/east-leicestershire-leader

Posted:
Tue, 30 May 2017 2:08pm
Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Achievement Awards 2017

The RCC has announced the Leicestershire and Rutland Rural Achievement Awards 2017. The awards are part of the RCC's work to promote excellence in all aspects of communities and in highlighting Leicestershire and Rutland as an excellent place to live and work.

Nominations are sought from community groups, parish councils, charities, businesses and the general public. If you know of an excellent parish council, volunteer, business, community building, library, community service or group or an individual worthy of praise for their actions and contribution to the local community, please get in touch with the RCC using the details given below.

The award categories are:

  • Parish Council Award
  • Unsung Heroes Award
  • Best Community Building/Facility Award
  • Best Community Service Award
  • Best Community Library Award
  • Best Community Engagement Award
  • Enterprise Award

More details on each category can be found via the document attached.

Application deadline: 5pm Wednesday 12th July 2017

Awards Dinner: Thursday 26th October 2017 at The King Power Stadium, Leicester

For further information or to request a nomination form, please go to see: www.ruralcc.org.uk/awards or e-mail: awards@ruralcc.org.uk. If you wish to discuss the Awards please call Allyson Jeffrey on 0116 278 1443 or 07803 126807

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