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Business Boost Event for Blaby Enterprises
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 8:41am
Business Boost Event for Blaby Enterprises

You are invited to attend a free breakfast meeting, "Blaby District Means Business" on 25 February to share and hear ideas for boosting the local economy, funding opportunities, apprenticeship and skills incentives.

Blaby District Council is hosting the event for local companies at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester starting at 7.30am with the promise of a free tasty breakfast on arrival.

Join us at this first meeting of 2014 when our programme includes:

  • Blaby District Council's free business support pilot for local enterprises
  • Update on apprenticeships, incentives and skills development for employers
  • Guest speakers from Nottingham Business Venture and South Leicestershire College

Small to medium sized enterprises are encouraged to attend to hear news of funding and support programmes that may benefit them and access this fantastic networking opportunity with local businesses and partners.

Book your place today.

Email: economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk

Telephone: 0116 272 7735

New Growth Voucher Programme Launched
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 3:35pm
New Growth Voucher Programme Launched

Overview: A new Government programme running until March 2015 has been launched; designed to make it easier for small businesses to access expert advice. Vouchers are worth up to £2000 each and can be used across a range of business support.

Eligibility: The following conditions must be met to ensure eligibility under the programme:

  • Must be registered in England and running for at least one year
  • Employ fewer than 50 people
  • Not paid for external strategic advice in the past three years
  • The voucher received (max £2,000) must not constitute more than 50% of the total cost. i.e. If the total cost of the support intervention is £3,000- then the maximum claim for a voucher is capped at £1,500 (50%)

It is important to note that not all applicants who meet the eligibility criteria above will receive a voucher. As this is a pilot programme there are also 2 stages of randomised draws, which may rule out some eligible applicants.

Business Uses: The programme is focusing on offering vouchers for the below support areas:

  • Raising finance and managing cash flow: improving financial management skills and strategy
  • Recruiting and developing staff: Employment advice and organisational structure and process advice
  • Leadership and management skills: Improve practices and how to plan strategy for the future
  • Marketing, attracting and keeping customers: Market research and how to reach out to customers
  • Digital Technology: Explore how to reduce costs or improve productivity and online sales

Process: The flow chart outlines the application process. If selected for a voucher, the applicant will have the option to choose a provider from an accredited list managed by Enterprise Nation.

The application form can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-growth-vouchers

Further guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/growth-vouchers-programme-trial-protocol (the above is a summary of the programme; it is advisable to read the full guidance before applying)

Explore Enterprise in Leicestershire
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 5:20pm
Explore Enterprise in Leicestershire

The Enterprise programme, which is run by the Princes Trust, helps people to explore their business ideas, write business plans and start their own businesses or achieve alternative goals in education, training or work.

The Enterprise Programme is for people aged 18-30 interested in the idea of setting up a business who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week.

If you don't fit in to these groups, here's what's on offer from other organisations.

What help could I get?

  • Four day 'How to start your own business' training course (even if you don't go any further)
  • Grants of up to £1500 per to help with business start up costs (namely marketing, equipment, insurances and raw materials).
  • BIS loan averaging £2500 to spend on non-ERDF eligible items e.g. vehicles, training, stock
  • Range of discounted and free support offers for three years
  • Test Trade Marketing Grant of up to £250 to test their business idea
  • Specialist mentor (if needed)
  • One-to-one business planning support with a Trust start-up expert to develop a business plan
  • Support to find out what you do want to do with your life - if you decide Enterprise is not for you, we offer Springboard sessions that aim to keep young people engaged and help them find what they do want to do
  • Depending on location, access to the Link2Business scheme, which includes free coaching, events and growth funding

Find out more about the Enterprise programme

Leicestershire Job Fairs
Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:58am
Leicestershire Job Fairs

Following the success of the last years Job Fairs, the County has announced a further three taking place in the New Year.

Blake Pain, cabinet member for economic development, said: "Boosting the economy and jobs is the county council's top priority. That's why we've set aside £3.2 million from our reserves to support economic development, including business support grants and events such as this, which aim to help people get back into jobs."

The events give people an opportunity to meet employers, training providers and agencies such as Job Centre Plus, district councils and further education colleges.

The events will take place at:

  • Loughborough – The Town Hall on Thursday January 16th 2014 between 11am – 3pm (featuring Care Sector Employers). This event is in partnership with Charnwood Borough Council and Jobcentre Plus.
  • Lutterworth – Wycliffe Rooms; George Street, Lutterworth on Wednesday February 5th 2014 between 11am – 3pm (featuring the Logistics Employers).
  • Hinckley – The Atkins Building, Lower Bond Street, Hinckley on Wednesday March 12th 2014 between 12.30pm – 6.00pm (featuring Construction opportunities)

For further details please contact

Council invests £1m to boost businesses
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 5:12pm
Council invests £1m to boost businesses

Leicestershire County Council is investing £1 million to help struggling businesses raise finance and create hundreds of jobs.

It has set up a £1 million programme with Funding Circle, the UK's leading online marketplace for business loans, to help firms expand and grow.

Known as the Leicestershire local enterprise fund, it was launched after the Leicestershire business survey revealed 55 per cent of small firms were using credit cards to raise funds.

Blake Pain, cabinet member for economic development, said: "Boosting our economy is our top priority but we can't get growth if firms are struggling to raise finance.

"That's why we've launched this easy to access fund – to kick-start the economy, by lending some money from our reserves."

Funding Circle spokesman David de Koning said: "We know businesses are looking to access fast finance in a fair and efficient way. This partnership will see council funds injected into the heart of the business community in Leicestershire, helping to drive growth and create jobs.

"To date, we have already helped lend more than £4m to businesses in Leicestershire and with the council's investment, we expect hundreds more businesses to benefit over the next 12 months."

To be eligible, firms must have a minimum turnover of £100,000 and have been trading for at least two years. Businesses can borrow between £5,000 and £1 million and investors receive an average net return of 5.8 per cent.

For further details of how to apply, see www.fundingcircle.com or contact leicsloans@fundingcircle.com

Leicestershire Village Shop of the Year - 2013 - 2014
Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:21pm
Leicestershire Village Shop of the Year - 2013 - 2014

Supported by the Rural Shop Alliance, Village Shop of the Year, Leicestershire 2014 - is an exciting opportunity to celebrate and draw attention to our valuable village shops, plus win prizes and professional services worth over £4,000.

Throughout the competition organiser Corin Birchall will be making a big splash in the press to remind villagers to Cherish their Village Shops and encour aging Parish councils to get behind their shop's submission.

Entry is easy, whether you are a shopkeeper or a shopper, you can nominate any Leicestershire-based village shop or post office (including your own) by completing the application on the website www.villageshopoftheyear.org

Village shop of the year is not just about the prettiest shops in the county. We also want to know about the stories, the people behind the business, the unique services village shops offer to support their local community. Its about being the heart of the community!

Entries must be received by January 31st 2014 at which a short list will be drawn up.

Visit www.villageshopoftheyear.org for more information.

Climate Change - What's Your Plan?
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:41am
Climate Change - What's Your Plan?

Free Environmental Survey for Leicestesrhire Organisations

Climate Change What's Your Plan is a free environmental survey offered to any organisation within Leicestershire. The aim of the survey is to help organisations improve their energy efficiency, reduce their carbon footprint and ultimately save money on energy bills.

  • Do you want to save money on energy bills?
  • Do you want your business to become more energy efficient?
  • Do you want to increase the environmental credibility of your organisation?

For more information or to arrange an environmental survey, please contact:

David Young, ccwyp@leicester.gov.uk, 0116 454 2291

It’s not too late!! Food Fortnight Final Weekend
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:29am
It’s not too late!! Food Fortnight Final Weekend

Why not get out this weekend and make the most of the final few days of Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight 2013. With a weekend packed full of mouth-watering events there is something for families, filmies and ardent food lovers. Events not to miss include:

  • Cooking Demonstration at Leicester Market, 12:30 Fri 4th October
  • Melton Mowbray Food Festival on Sat 5th and Sun 6th October
  • Foodie Films at the Regal Cinema, Melton on Sun 6th October
  • Community Food Day at Whetstone Pastures Farm Sun 6th October

And there is more …………………

For listings of all the events for fervent foodies to get their teeth into, visit: www.leicestershirefoodfortnight.co.uk

Leicestershire Job Fairs & Business Seminars
Tue, 01 Oct 2013 1:21pm
Leicestershire Job Fairs & Business Seminars

A number of jobs fairs and business seminars are being staged by the county council, to help people access employment and skills.

Blake Pain, cabinet member for economic development, said:

"Boosting the economy and jobs is the county council's top priority. That's why we've set aside £3.2 million from our reserves to support economic development, including business support grants and events such as this, which aim to help people get back into jobs."

The job fairs will give people an opportunity to meet employers, training providers and agencies such as Job Centre Plus, district councils and further education colleges; and the business seminars will provide employers support and guidance on issues such as recruitment and taking on apprentices.

The events will take place at:

  • The George Ward Centre, Barwell, business seminars 2.30pm to 3.30pm and 3.30pm to 7pm jobs and advice on October 8th
  • Fosse Park food court, from 11am-3pm on October 9th
  • South Leicester College, South Wigston, from 7.45am-9.15am for business advice and 10am-1pm for jobs and advice on October 29th

Other fairs are being organised for Charnwood and Harborough and details will follow shortly.

For more information click here.

Bid for cash to boost rural jobs
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 8:42am
Bid for cash to boost rural jobs

Businesses have a chance to bid for a share of £100,000, to boost the rural economy and jobs.

Leicestershire County Council is inviting bids for the latest round of its rural business grants, which were unveiled earlier this year. The deadline is 5pm on October 31.

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

"The first round of grants, earlier this year, supported a range of initiatives, from creating a children's farm to finding new uses for agricultural buildings."

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."

The county council is funding the grants as part of its work to support the local economy.

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

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