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New Homes Bonus for Somerby
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Fri, 31 May 2013 9:39am
New Homes Bonus for Somerby

Seven new affordable homes in the village of Somerby, Leicestershire, opened this week, exactly a year after work originally started on the site.

This scheme is the second affordable housing scheme to be supported by funding from the County Council's New Homes Bonus; the first was opened late last year at Sapcote in the District of Blaby.

The County Council contributed £188,000 towards the £927,650 total cost of the scheme, other funders included Melton Borough Council and Nottingham Community Housing Association, who will also manage the homes.

The new homes are the result of long-running consultation work with local residents and Somerby Parish Council, and a pledge from all partners involved to address the long-standing need for affordable housing in this rural area.The 7 houses built will enable 7 families and/or couples to live in Somerby, and it is hoped that they will enjoy and thrive in their new homes.

Rural affordable housing is a key priority of the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, recognising the importance of enabling local people to live at a price they can afford within their local community.

LRP Chairperson, Cllr Pam Posnett, said:

"I am delighted that excellent partnership working and a collaboration of funders has enabled these new affordable homes to be built, they will be a valuable asset for the local community for generations to come, allowing local people to remain within the village"

Leicestershire County Council leader, Nick Rushton, said:

"I'm proud that the county council has provided £188,000 of New Homes Bonus funding to help local families to afford to live in the village."

Councillor Byron Rhodes, Leader of Melton Borough Council said:

"This development represents an achievement both for affordable housing delivery and partnership working. The scheme was part-funded by Leicestershire County Council, Nottingham Community Housing Association and Melton Borough Council who contributed £87,000 and has delivered much needed affordable homes to local people."

Launch of £100,000 fund for rural businesses
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Tue, 28 May 2013 1:21pm
Launch of £100,000 fund for rural businesses

Rural Leicestershire businesses can apply for a share of a £100,000 fund, which is being offered by the county council. The grants are open to small companies working in the land based, food and drink, tourism and creative sectors which want to grow. They are issued by the Leicestershire Rural Partnership as part of its work to boost the rural economy and jobs, with a bidding deadline of Wednesday 10th July.

County cabinet member Pam Posnett, chairman of the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, said: "Small firms are the life-blood of our economy and I hope that rural businesses will take advantage of the grants, to help them develop and grow."

Rob Morton, proprietor of the Hallaton-based Bottle Kicking Cider Company, received a grant last year. He said: "The assistance the Leicestershire Rural Partnership has given us has been invaluable. We have been able to carry out our expansion plans with confidence, and we are now in a position to fulfil the increased demand for our cider."

For further information concerning the rural business grants, please download an application form and accompanying notes from www.oakleaves.org.uk email peter.mclaren@leics.gov.uk or phone Peter McLaren on 0116 305 3910.

Posted:
Thu, 09 May 2013 3:06pm
Big Society Grant Fund 2013-14

Helping communities to help themselves

Following the success of the 'Big Society' Grant Fund in 2011-12 and 2012-13, Leicestershire County Council is pleased to announce a continuation of the Grants scheme in 2013-14.We hope to hold the first Grant Panel meeting by the end of June 2013.

The Big Society Grant Fund (£340,000) is intended to support grassroots, community and voluntary organisations to develop ideas, projects and initiatives which will help to make the Big Society a reality at a local level. More information on grant criteria and the sort of projects which would be eligible can be found at www.leics.gov.uk/bigsociety

Support and guidance will be available throughout the application process. Please contact the Grants Officers to discuss your application and to confirm dates of Panel meetings, along with any relevant closing dates for applications or supporting documents.

Contact Tel: (0116) 30572690

Email: bigsociety@leics.gov.uk

Web:www.leics.gov.uk/bigsociety

Dementia Awareness Events
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Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:12am
Dementia Awareness Events

Developing Dementia Friendly Communities

Creating "Dementia Friendly Communities" is an important initiative which will bring about positive changes for people living with dementia. As part of that initiative the "Dementia Friends" campaign has been created. This is about giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference to people living with dementia. It is a national campaign, run by The Alzheimer's Society and funded by the government.

A number of events are being held across the county in partnership with Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council.

Tuesday 21st May 2013,10.30am – 1.30pm @ The Atkins Building, Hinckley

Wednesday 22nd May 2013,16.00pm – 19.00pm @ Town Hall, Leicester

Thursday 23rd May 2013,10.30am – 1.30pm @ The Three Swans Hotel Market Harborough

In order to attend one of the Dementia Friends Information Sessions you will need to register your interest by clicking here.

RCC Rural Advice Session
Posted:
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:05am
RCC Rural Advice Session

Thursday 9th May 2013

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Swan House Business Centre, The Park, Bosworth Hall Estate, Market Bosworth CV13 OLJ

As part of our Rural Advice Service contract with Leicestershire County Council, we are able to give initial advice and guidance through the delivery of our Rural Advice Sessions, to people and communities living and working in rural Leicestershire on a range of rural issues, including developing and improving local services and facilities, community consultation, action planning and project development.

The RCC Rural Action team will enable participants the time to explore some of the issues faced by rural communities in Leicestershire and provide them with the knowledge, skills and experience required to undertake practical projects to address local needs. This could include community consultations, Community Led Plans (Parish Plans) or Neighbourhood Plans and how these relate to the new Localism Bill.

Feedback from previous participants on what they had found most useful included:

"The opportunity for sharing of experiences from others was beneficial to my own locality"

"Understanding RCC resources available" "Wider insight into localisation issues"

Attendance is free of charge but with limited spaces available it is advisable to book early to ensure your place.

Places can be booked:

ONLINE:www.ruralcc.org.uk/event-bookings

E-MAILruraladvice@ruralcc.org.uk TEL: 0116 2662905

Or by returning the attached booking form to: RCC Rural Action Team, Community House, 133, Loughborough RdLeicesterLE4 5LQ

The Princes Countryside Fund - open for applications
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Fri, 12 Apr 2013 3:41pm
The Princes Countryside Fund - open for applications

The Prince's Countryside Fund gives grants to projects that help support the people who care for the countryside. It is supported by a unique collaboration of businesses working together to secure a sustainable future for British agriculture and the wider rural economy.

It provides grants of up to £50,000 to projects that are tackling one of five key issues. The grants will aim to improve service provision in rural areas, support rural enterprise, support farming businesses, and provide training opportunities for young people and educating people about the value of the countryside.

So far £1.7 million of grants has been donated, supporting 45 projects across the UK and helping over 20,000 people.

The fund will open for applications on Monday 8th April until Friday 18th May. Please visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk for information on how to apply and the eligibility criteria.

Leicestershire Food Fortnight 2013
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Thu, 11 Apr 2013 3:31pm
Leicestershire Food Fortnight 2013

If you have a food or drink business in Leicestershire, don't miss the opportunity of getting involved in this year's Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight.

Over 55 individual businesses took part in last year's initiative to raise the profile of food and drink in the county – and there were a staggering 75 individual food-based events for people to visit. Businesses reported increased footfall and sales and more importantly their visibility in the community was raised with a national and local PR campaign, online listings on the dedicated website and entry into the Leicester Mercury Events Guide – which is all free to the businesses and community groups taking part.

Work on this year's Food Fortnight has already started and Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council are calling for all food and drink businesses or community groups in Leicester and Leicestershire to get in touch. Could you hold a special event? Could you offer customers tastings of local produce or hold demonstrations? Could you offer a special offer or promotion during the Fortnight? What could you do to raise the profile of your business by being involved in this year's Food Fortnight? Could you organise an event for your local community – perhaps celebrating its local or heritage foods? We are open to ideas and would love to hear from you.

For information about this year's event and how to get involved, please contact Rachel Dorsett, Silver Pear Communications on 01476 879215 or 07584 166629 Email: rachel@silverpearcommunications.co.uk

SPARK Business Initiative
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Thu, 04 Apr 2013 2:54pm
SPARK Business Initiative

We need your support to SPARK entrepreneurism and ignite business growth in the district of Harborough!

Spark is a new initiative which aims to provide access to valuable, high quality business support to ignite business ideas and growth aims and turn them into commercial realities.

The business support is in a range of forms. These include an interactive, informative website with downloadable fact sheets and videos, workshops, seminars, drop in surgeries and business coaching. We will also be running a business idea competition with prizes and cash funding to kick start growth plans.

Spark is for anyone running a business or dreaming of running a business in the Harborough District.

For more information and contact details please click here.

Draft Carbon Reduction Strategy - An opportunity to comment
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Thu, 04 Apr 2013 1:35pm
Draft Carbon Reduction Strategy - An opportunity to comment

Leicestershire Together is a partnership made up of the county's major public service budget holders such as local councils, the police and the health service. Leicestershire Together is committed to ensuring that:

Our contribution to climate change is reduced and there is a high resilience to climate change

In response to this partners have prepared a draft Carbon Reduction Strategy and are seeking your views on it prior to its adoption and the development of an implementation plan.

For more information including details of the plan and how to comment please click here.

Energy Efficiency and Green Deal Business Event
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Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:50am
Energy Efficiency and Green Deal Business Event

Save Your Business Money

A FREE event providing money and energy saving advice for businesses will be held on Friday 12th April, 9am - 12noon at Harborough Innovation Centre, Conference Room, Market Harborough, LE16 7QB.

Booking is essential by 5pm on Friday 5th April 2013. To book a place please call Jonathan Hodgson on 07786276557 or email j.hodgson@harborough.gov.uk.

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