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Energy Efficiency and Green Deal Business Event
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.

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 1:12pm

The third round for Expressions of Interest under the RCBF is now open from 22 March to 24 May 2013.

The £20m Fund is delivered as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The RCBF is jointly funded by Defra and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and provides grants to communities to establish super-fast broadband in hard-to-reach rural areas which may not receive deployment through the main public investment programme - also referred to as the Final 10%.

Full details of how to apply to the third round can be found in the Applicant's handbook available on the web link below. It is strongly recommended that you read the Applicant's handbook carefully as it contains important detailed information which will guide you through the application process before completing the Expression of Interest Form, also available via the same web link. http://rdpenetwork.defra.gov.uk/funding-sources/rural-community-broadband-fund

Please contact broadband@leics.gov.uk or the Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland) if you are considering applying.

More information on the countywide Broadband Leicestershire project is available at www.leics.gov.uk/broadband.

Partners hold double celebration event
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 9:07am
Partners hold double celebration event

The Leicestershire Rural Partnership (LRP) enjoyed a 20th anniversary at a special event held at the Belvoir Brewery, Old Dalby, this week and honoured its Chairman for more than 10 years, County Councillor, Mrs Lesley Pendleton

Invited guests heard contributions from LRP officers and members, past and present, and from local groups and businesses that have benefited from partnership support over the years.

Special tribute and thanks were paid to Mrs Pendleton, who will be retiring as LRP Chairman later next month. Addressing the gathering of almost 50 people, Chairman of the County Council, Mr Peter Lewis thanked Mrs Pendleton for her commitment and dedication to partnership working in rural communities across the county.

LCC Chairman said: "I would like to extend my sincerest thanks for your dedication and hard work. You have supported a wide range of projects, from Post Offices in Churches to Village Shops in pubs. Our communities have benefitted from high quality Rural Affordable Housing schemes and improved village facilities. Whilst rural businesses have been supported to diversify and grow."

Mrs Pendleton thanked colleagues for their tributes and good wishes and urged partners to continue working with local residents to identify and resolve community issues and support development and growth of rural businesses.

Mrs Pendleton said: "I am very proud of what together we have achieved, and am confident that with your commitment and support the LRP will continue to serve our rural communities well."

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 4:59pm

This year's RCC Rural Action Seminar is confirmed to take place at County Hall from 5:15pm till 8:00pm on Tuesday 16th April.

This year focussing on Big Society - Rural Advice

The annual event, funded by the LRP, is open to Parish Councils, Village Hall Committees, Community Groups, businesses and individuals from across Leicestershire and Rutland, will provide a varied insight into local projects, new initiatives, support services, and funding opportunities.

Doors will open at 5:15pm with an opportunity to network, enjoy a buffet, and browse a market place of displays and information stalls from local projects, services, and funders provided until presentations commence at 6:30pm. Speakers currently confirmed for the evening include Pub is the Hub & The White Horse Pub (Seagrave), The Plunkett Foundation, as well as representatives from a range of local community based projects and initiatives.

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

Places can be booked online at www.ruralcc.org.uk/event-bookings , via e-mail - ruraladvice@ruralcc.org.uk, or by calling the RCC Rural Action Team on 0116 2662905.

If your organisation or group is interested in providing a display or information stall at the event, please contact the RCC Rural Action Team via the e-mail or telephone number detailed above.

More information about the Big Society Rural Advice Service can be found here at www.oakleaves.org.uk/big-society--rural-advice-servic.html or at www.ruralcc.org.uk/rural-advice-service

Landscape Partnerships – Heritage Lottery Fund
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 9:21am
Landscape Partnerships – Heritage Lottery Fund

The Landscape Partnerships programme is for schemes led by partnerships of local, regional and national interests which aim to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character throughout theUK. Grants can be applied for from £100,000 to £3million.

A partnership approach is central to developing a successful scheme with partnerships expected to be made up of regional, national and local organisations with an interest in the area, community groups and members of the community.

To apply for a grant, you must identify an area of countryside that has a distinctive landscape character and is recognised and valued by local people. The area of countryside should be no smaller than 20 km² and no larger than 200 km².

The deadline for first round applications is 31st May 2013. For further information please visit:


FSB Conference 2013 at the Curve
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 5:06pm
FSB Conference 2013 at the Curve

The Federation of Small Businesses invite you to join 600+ business people from around the UK at the FSB Annual Conference.

On Friday, 22nd March, a line-up of business speakers and senior politicians from the Coalition Government and the Opposition will give delegates pause for thought throughout the day.

On Saturday, 23rd March, chaired by Naga Munchetty, Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth and Nicky Morgan MP for Loughborough together with Leicester Mercury Business Editor Ian Griffin and FSB National Policy Chairman Mike Cherry will form a strong Question Time style panel.

See attached document for booking details

Free advice, support and training to help social enterprises
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 3:34pm
Free advice, support and training to help social enterprises

The Social Enterprise Way Leicestershire programme has been commissioned by Leicestershire County Council to support and develop social enterprises within the county of Leicestershire.

SEW Leicestershire provides a package of free advice, support and training to assist existing social enterprises to grow and develop, and to help groups and individuals who are considering setting up a social enterprise and would like to explore the possibilities.

For new social enterprises we can provide:

  • Advice and support to help you to set up
  • Assistance with registering and choosing the right legal structure for your business
  • One-to-one sessions providing help in areas such as marketing, finance, employment law and more

For existing social enterprises we can provide:

  • Help with growth and expansion
  • Advice on day-to-day operational issues such as personnel management, bookkeeping, procurement and more

SEW Leicestershire also offers grants of up to £1,000 to support Leicestershire social enterprises with business growth and development, which are administered by the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation. To find out more about the grants or to apply please visit http://www.llrcommunityfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-funds/social-enterprise-fund/

To find out more about the programme, please visit the Leicestershire County Council's page at: http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/community/bigsociety/bigsocietysocialenterprise.htm

New guide outlines business support
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 3:05pm
New guide outlines business support

A new guide to how the county council can support businesses and economic development in Leicestershire has been launched.

Known as Supporting Businesses, the online guide highlights how the council, working with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership and others is providing support, advice and funding for a range of activities, including:

• Supporting businesses

• Investment in infrastructure, employment sites and housing

• Apprenticeships and training

• Providing support for tourism and creative industries

• Business mentoring

• Inward investment

• Support to understand planning and regulations

• Economic intelligence and research

The economy of Leicestershire and Leicester is worth £17.6 billion – the largest in theEast Midlands– with more than 22 million consumers within a three hour drive.

Blake Pain, cabinet member for economic development, said: "We've designed this guide to show the wide range of practical support that businesses can obtain.

"The county council, using its influence, knowledge and resources, will work to further unlock the area's economic potential and create new opportunities both for local businesses and companies wishing to invest and locate here."

For further details, see http://www.leics.gov.uk/supportingbusinesses.htm

or contact business@leics.gov.uk

Business Planning Week
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 8:37am
Business Planning Week

Are you a small or medium sized enterprise that needs help in developing your business plan?Business in Youhttp://businessinyou.bis.gov.uk/ andYour Business Matters http://www.your-business-matters.com/ are running a National Business Planning Week from 11th to 17th February, 2013.

Participants will create a personal business plan, one day at a time with the help of seasoned experts, free resources and an interactive community forum. AllUKowner-managed businesses and start-ups are invited to register with this free initiative by going to:


Fri, 25 Jan 2013 1:58pm

Assessment of Support for Community Buildings in Leicestershire

Leicestershire County Council recognises that Village Halls and Community Centres are highly valued facilities at the heart of communities. They provide local people with a place to meet where news, information and ideas can be exchanged, views expressed and actions discussed and agreed. They also provide the base from which services for the local community are offered, often by local community groups and where people meet for social, recreational and educational events and activities.

The County Council supports community buildings because of their value to local communities and currently provides a range of assistance including Grants, advisory and support services and web services such as the LeicestershireVillagesand Parishes website. In order to ensure that future support is most effective in helping to maintain and develop community building services the County Council is currently considering the focus of its support and where existing as well as any additional resources might best be directed. Your views are essential in shaping the outcome of this review and, ultimately, influencing the availability of resources to support community buildings in Leicestershire.

For the purpose of this survey, we consider aCommunityBuildingto be a building that:

- is operated on a not-for-profit business model and the running of which is governed by a Board of trustees, Management Committee or Parish Council

- offers space for other community groups and organisations to use either regularly or on an ad-hoc basis.

For example: Village Halls, Church Halls ,Community Centres, Memorial Halls, Village Institutes, Scout Huts

Buildings that are purpose built and used for sport and leisure such as sports clubs & pavilions and leisure centres are not within the scope of this survey.

If your group or organisation is responsible for the management of a community building we would be grateful therefore if you would complete this short survey.


Consultation Period: Ends January 31st 2013

Who can get involved?: Representatives of groups or organisations responsible for the management of Community Buildings.

How can I get involved?: If you would like further information please contact: Community and Places Team: Telephone: 0116 305 7269

E-mail: andy.hayes@leics.gov.uk

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