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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 2:23pm
Leicester Business Festival - how to host an amazing event

Businesses across Leicester and Leicestershire are being offered the opportunity to find out how to get the best out of the Leicester Business Festival (LBF) through their events.

Business Festival organiser, Associate Events, is running a free workshop on Thursday 13th July to assist businesses with the event organisation process. This is taking place from 2pm-3.30pm, at Leicester Castle Business School- home to LBF headline partner, DeMontfort University.

Alister De Ternant, Managing Director of Associate Events said, "The workshop is for any business or organisation in Leicester and Leicestershire and is completely free to attend. "We want to people to use this time to come find out more about the Business Festival and how to put on a really useful business event with stimulating, engaging content that will be attractive to the audience and that people will want to attend.

"This is a great chance to ask lots of questions about the process and to get a real understanding of how organisations can get the most out of running events in the Leicester Business Festival."

Scott Knowles, chair of the LBF Steering Group said, "The Leicester Business Festival is now in its third year and going from strength to strength. Already we have had nearly 30 applications to run events of all descriptions, from pop-up MailChimp and data protection workshops to building an active workforce and preparing for the future property letting market.

"However, the application process closes on 31 August and that is why we've set up this event now, to allow time for applications from anyone wanting to run an event but not quite sure of the best way to approach it."

As well as a comprehensive overview of the event process, there will be opportunities for questions as well as one-to-one discussions from 3.30pm.

The event is free and being run on a first come, first served basis. Numbers are limited so registration is essential. Click here or email hello@associate-events.com

This year, the Leicester Business Festival is taking place from 23rd October to 3rd November. More information is available at http://www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com/

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 3:04pm

People from across Leicester and Leicestershire are being invited to sign up for a variety of rural skills courses that aim to improve local greenspaces and wildlife and reconnect people with the natural environment.

Courses on offer include pond wildflower identification, wildlife gardening and dry stone walling, and are aimed at people with little or no experience, or people who want the opportunity to develop and improve their skills. Other courses will be on offer later in the year including hedgelaying and bush craft skills.

Anyone is welcome to attend the courses, with discounts being offered to those who live in a partnership area, which covers Blaby, Charnwood and Hinckley and Bosworth, as well as those on job seekers allowance.

The courses on offer over the summer are:

Wildflower identification: 1 July, Thornton reservoir area. £30/£20*

Learn to identify common British species blooming near the beautiful Thornton reservoir, with some fascinating insights into folklore and traditional uses. This course is accessible for mobility scooters and buggies.

Wildlife gardening: 5 August, Markfield. £30/£20*

Wildlife habitats are declining across the UK, but 18% of our urban landscape is made up of gardens. Learn how to better use yours to encourage wild species - without upsetting the neighbours!

Dry stone walling: 9 and 10 September, The Outwoods, Charnwood. £70/£60*

An introduction to this ancient craft. Attendees will learn how to recognise the different types of stone and their role within the building process of the wall. Taking this forward we will strip down and repair a section of tumbledown wall rebuilding it back to its original state.

For more information visit www.lesswaste.org.uk/events

Booking is essential, so to ensure a spot on any of these courses please contact TCV on 0116 271 0178 or c.forty@tvc.org.uk

*partnership discount applies to anyone living in Blaby, Charnwood or Hinckley and Bosworth district.

Courses are supported by Leicestershire County Council, Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

Blaby District Means Business - Free Business Event
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.

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

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

Fri, 26 May 2017 1:27pm
East Midlands Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey

Businesses are being urged to take part in the Chamber's
Quarterly Economic Survey (QES).

The Chamber's Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) for the second three months of 2017 asks businesses how they have fared in the three months to the end of May and expect to fare in the three months from the start of June, including whether they expect their prices to rise and are considering increasing wages.

There are additional questions this quarter to determine relationships between growth and recruitment, planned investment in staff training and what factors might influence investment in training.

To take part in the survey please follow the link - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Z2J3ZVJ

The closing date is 12th June 2017.

Thu, 11 May 2017 1:13pm
Volunteer 4 Good

Volunteer 4 Good is an Environmental Volunteering Partnership Project for people aged over 50. A huge range of opportunities are available at various times across Leicester and Leicestershire on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May

It will provide an opportunity to:

meet new people

improve your local environment

do something different

learn a new skill

You will need to register to take part. This can be done on line www.consultations.leicester.gov.uk/communications/v4g or by phoning 0116 4544469

More information: http://consultations.leicester.gov.uk/communications/v4g

Tue, 09 May 2017 2:29pm

If you would like to hear more about the LEADER funding that will be available in East Leicestershire area from 12th June, please book a place below. This event will be of particular interests to businesses, farmers, landowners and community groups who are interested in applying for funding for projects that deliver one of these priorities:


Food and Drink


Rural Services

This event has taken place. For more information please visit here.

For more information about the event please contact us or either email at: eastleicestershireleader@leics.gov.uk or by telephone on 0116 3056298

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 1:45pm
PechaKucha Event

PechaKucha is back with 20 images in 6 minutes presented by a host of inspirational creatives.

This event will be held at Seed Creative Academy in Leicester on Thursday 4th May 2017, 18.00-20.00. Guest presenters include:

Jon Prest, Creative Director of Seed Creativity. www.seedcreativeacademy.co.uk

Jo and Franne - Directors of A Dozen Eggs. www.adozeneggs.co.uk

Jiten Anand - Director of Inspirate. www.indiansummer.org.uk

Liz Clark - Dancer - Turned On It's Head. www.turnedonitshead.org

Barry Bulsara - printmaker and designer http://barrydbulsara.com

A PechaKucha presentation has 20 slides, each of which displays for 20 seconds before moving on to the next slide. For this reason, PechaKucha is sometimes referred to as 20x20 presentation.

This event will be suitable for creative people and businesses and anyone interested in learning more about the speakers listed.

For more information and to book, please visit - http://www.creativeleicestershire.org.uk/events/32991688027/

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 2:54pm
Mick George Community Fund Information

The Mick George Community Fund:

  • provides grants of between £5,000 and £50,000
  • projects need to be within 10 miles of a landfill site – NB this is anywhere within the blue boundary line on the interactive map on the web site
  • its linked to the landfill communities fund so a third party contributor will be required
  • grants are for community based projects in line with the landfill communities fund
  • community based organisations, trusts, charities and local authorities can apply
  • grants will be available for capital improvement works to public amenity projects. Examples may include:
    • •Village halls
    • •Village greens
    • •Public playgrounds
    • •Sports fields and facilities
    • •Nature reserves
    • •Community centres
    • •Cycle paths
    • •Country parks
  • The next deadline is 27th Sept 2017
  • Please speak to the grant officers before applying

Please see web links for more info:



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