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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.

Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight 2013 - starts this weekend!!!
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:03am
Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight 2013 - starts this weekend!!!

Restaurants, Cafes, food entrepreneurs, brilliant bakers and champion cheese-makers – are all about to tuck into one of Leicester and Leicestershire's most important culinary events. Gastronomic delights have been lined up right across the county to highlight just how good Leicestershire produce really is. Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight which runs from 21 September to 6 October and is organised by Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council – is giving producers a major forum to showcase their wares.

Events stretch right across the county from Melton Mowbray to Market Harborough, Blaby, the City and North West Leicestershire, Loughborough to Hinckley. This year over 65 businesses are taking part in Food Fortnight which is designed to raise the profile of food and drink in the County and encourage people to support local business.

From Donisthorpe Apple Day to Pie and Ale evening at Hothorpe Hall, cookery demonstrations, bread-making, pasta-making, food fairs and tastings – this year's Food Fortnight has something for everyone. Tuck in !

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

Tilton on the Hill welcomes new affordable homes
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:32am
Tilton on the Hill welcomes new affordable homes

The Leicestershire village of Tilton on the Hill has seen the start of building work for six new affordable homes. Leicestershire County Council, Harborough District Council, Tilton on the Hill and Halstead Parish Council and Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) have teamed together to bring more homes to the area allowing local people to continue living in this rural community.

The project to build six new homes in Tilton on the Hill started in 2008 after the Parish Council conducted a housing need survey, researching the need for affordable housing in the parish, embracing type, design and location of new housing. The agreement for the new properties comprise of two 2 bed houses (one being shared ownership), two 3 bed houses (one also being of shared ownership), one 2 bed bungalow and one 1 bed house.

The investment for the new homes, will receive £100,000 from both Leicestershire County Council and Harborough District Council, with NCHA being selected to develop and manage the new homes.

Councillor Pam Posnett, from the Leicestershire Rural Partnership and Leicestershire County Council said:

"I am delighted that excellent partnership working and a collaboration of funders is enabling these new affordable homes to be built in Tilton on the Hill. They will be a valuable asset for the local community for generations to come, allowing local people to remain within the village."

Post Office Community Enterprise Fund
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 3:48pm
Post Office Community Enterprise Fund

Would you like your Post Office to support a community scheme?

Post Office branches in England (excluding Crown branches) can now apply to receive up to £10,000 to support a new scheme or service for their local community. These could include:

  • Classes in key skills such as reading, languages or the Internet
  • Mentoring and advice service for local small businesses, or display space for local producers
  • Partnership with a local charity to provide a meeting space, notice board and other forms of support
  • A hub or meeting space for community groups involved in local issues, such as neighbourhood planning

If you have an idea you'd like your Post Office to support, download and print the PDF, write down your idea, take it into your Post Office and have a conversation with the sub-postmaster or branch manager about what you could do together to benefit the local community.

Sub-postmasters can find out more including how to apply on subspaceonline.co.uk. Deadline for applications is Friday 18 October 2013.

The Fund is a result of a partnership between the Department for Communities and Local Government and Post Office Ltd. It is limited to supporting a maximum of 20 schemes across the country (England only) in 2013/14.

Winning bids will be selected by a panel compromising Post Office Ltd, Department for Communities and Local Government, and others. Judging will take place in autumn with the successful schemes announced shortly after.

If you have any questions, email communities@postoffice.co.uk.

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:29am
LRP Annual Report 2012-13

The Leicestershire Rural Partnership is pleased to release its annual report for 2012-13.

The report highlights the key achievements over the past year including celebrating 20 years as a partnership, continued support at policy and strategy level and on the ground delivery to Leicestershire's rural communities and businesses as well as the launch of many new initiatives.

Progress against the 'Big 7' rural priorities is updated and case studies showcase the tangible difference partnership working is making to the lives of those who live, work or visit rural Leicestershire.

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