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Fri, 21 Jun 2019 2:03pm
Community Supported Agriculture

View the leaflet from Standford Hall C.S.A for information on providing health, sustainable food through community connection.

Rural sports clubs, schools and churches to go green thanks to £10 million Clean Energy Fund
Wed, 19 Jun 2019 3:29pm


  • Rural areas could benefit from £10 million fund that has already helped over 150 rural communities become cleaner and more sustainable by generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of nearly 30,000 homes
  • community groups encouraged to save money on energy bills, reduce emissions and make money by selling energy back to the grid
  • renewable projects that have received funding so far include solar panels on Salisbury Cathedral, Frome Town FC and hydroelectric turbines on the River Dane in Cheshire

Rural sports clubs, schools and churches could power their buildings with clean electricity, cut their bills and reduce emissions thanks to a £10 million government fund.

One beneficiary of the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), a project in Frome which included Frome Town FC, installed over 200 kW of solar capacity - enough to power 2,000 light bulbs and strip 333 tons of CO2 being pumped into the local environment. It also generated almost £70,000 for the local community by selling extra solar electricity back to the grid.

New community projects across England are now being encouraged to apply for feasibility grants of up to £40,000 for green initiatives, including solar battery storage, wind, hydro and geothermal heat projects. Viable proposals will also be considered for further grants of up to £100,000 for business development and planning applications, as the government hopes to increase energy self-sufficiency in rural communities and boost jobs in green technology.

It comes just days after the government became one of the first major economies to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050.

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore, said:

It will take all corners of the country and sections of society to help us to tackle climate change on our path to becoming a net zero emissions economy and communities are at the heart of our mission for a greener planet.

This £10 million fund can help sports clubs, churches and schools not only save money and reduce emissions by creating their own clean energy but also make money by selling it back to the grid.

The RCEF has already supported 152 community renewable energy projects in rural areas helping generate around 105,000 kW of electricity – enough to power the equivalent of nearly 30,000 homes. It's also helped generate thousands of pounds for community coffers thanks to selling electricity back to the grid.

In Wiltshire, RCEF funding has helped not-for profit Salisbury Community Energy develop renewable energy projects at 8 sites across the city, including:

  • exploring the possibility of installing solar panels on the roof of the cloisters of Salisbury cathedral
  • a feasibility study into a hydro project at the Mill in the Maltings

Alison Craig, Development Manager at Salisbury Community Energy, said:

Climate change is going to hit us all hard. The flood risk to Salisbury has, according to the most recent Environment Agency data, risen significantly. This makes the move towards making Salisbury zero carbon all the more important. These grants have enabled us to take the crucial first steps in creating green community assets for our historic city.

The RCEF funding, which is to be managed by 5 Local Energy Hubs around England, is designed to catapult rural areas into the 'clean growth' revolution, helping people living outside urban areas benefit from the income-generating potential of renewable energy.

Communities: find out more. Applications for the new scheme will be managed by 5 regional Local Energy hubs across the UK and hosted by a local authority in each area.

Wed, 05 Jun 2019 4:08pm

Rural Community Council (RCC) are searching for the best rural businesses across Leicestershire and Rutland

If you would like to celebrate and promote an excellent rural business in your local community, why not nominate them for a 2019 rural business award.

Nominations for 2019 are open until 30th June at www.ruralcc.org.uk/awards or by returning the form attached. Entry is free of charge but if your business is chosen as a finalist they will be invited to send a representative to receive an award or runners up certificate at an awards dinner on the evening of 10th October at the prestigious Winstanley House in Leicester. Tickets for the event cost £35 + VAT.

Mon, 20 May 2019 9:58am
Sustainable Food (East Midlands) Survey

Across the East Midlands there are a number of cross-sector partnerships developing approaches to more sustainable food, this incorporates - public information, food poverty and diet related ill-health, skills and resources, procurement and catering, the local economy and food waste.

As part of this the Food and Drink Forum are supporting Leicestershire County Council who would like to find out more about how they can support businesses across the East Midlands and would be grateful if you would answer the following short questions - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HCL9ZY9

This survey is open until the end of June.

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 10:41am
East Leicestershire LEADER is open for new Priority 1 (Support for Farm Productivity) Expressions of Interest until 30th April 2019

A limited amount of funding has been made available for Priority 1 projects so East Leicestershire LEADER will open for a final call for Expressions of Interest from 11th April, closing at 5pm 30th April 2019. No further Expressions of Interest will be accepted after 30th April.

All grants offers must be signed by both parties by 30th September 2019 with project completed by December 2020. Grants available between £7,500 and £75,000 for up to 40% of project costs for Priority 1 projects only

1) Support to increase farm productivity by

a) improving the overall performance and sustainability of an agricultural holding

b) improving animal health and welfare

Expressions of Interest for the above priority can only be accepted by 5pm 30th April

Additional guidance for applicants can be found on the East Leicestershire LEADER website: open-calls.html

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the LEADER team via email at: eastleicestershireleader@leics.gov.uk or by telephone on 0116 3056298.

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 12:20pm

Anyone involved in Neighbourhood Planning is welcome to join the Leicestershire Neighbourhood Planning Network. Hosted by Leicestershire County Council, two networking events are held each year which are specifically designed to facilitate the sharing of experiences and best practice – what works, what doesn't and lessons learnt. Events cover a variety of topics and include guest speakers. A key part is the opportunity to network with others groups on various stages of the neighbourhood planning process.

For more information and to book on to the next Neighbourhood Planning Network event on Tuesday 21st May 2019, please visit the Leicestershire Communities website: http://www.leicestershirecommunities.org.uk/np/network-events.html

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 9:00am
Pub is the Hub

Inspired by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2001, Pub is The Hub operates as a 'not-for-profit' organisation dedicated to improving community services and activities. They offer advice and support to communities who are looking to relocate, re-open or introduce vital services and activities in their local pub, as well as to communities considering the options for acquiring their local pub and the range of responsibilities involved.

They facilitate projects by encouraging and helping communities, pub licensees and other interested parties to connect and share their experiences and work together to support and sustain their local services. They also try to help source local funding opportunities for projects.

Visit their website and have a look at the leaflet to find out more information and for contact details.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 1:09pm
LLEP Digital Conference 2019

LLEP Digital Conference 19


Bookings are now open! Delivered in partnership with Superfast Leicestershire, this fully-funded Conference will help businesses across Leicester and Leicestershire make the most of the very latest digital technologies.

When & Where:

11 April 2019

8.30am - 3.45pm

Leicester Racecourse

The Conference aims to attract 500 small to medium businesses from the area to help businesses embrace digital technology and support business growth.

See our action-packed agenda here - we will have a series of presentations from digital practitioners sharing with you the tips and tricks you need to look out for this year.

Simply visit www.leics-digital.co.uk/DGP19 for your chance to book a place, but be quick, spaces are filling up fast!

Need more info?

For help with registering or any queries please speak to Katie Peggs:

Katie.Peggs@emc-dnl.co.uk | 07387 151 590

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:17am

The Prince's Countryside Fund is open for grant applications until February 21st 2019.

The Fund gives out grants twice a year, and projects in rural areas across the UK can apply for funding of up to £50,000 in the spring round of funding.

Set up in 2010 by HRH The Prince of Wales, the charity aims to improve the prospects of viability for rural communities and farm businesses. Every year the Fund gives out over £1 million in funding, and can support projects for up to three years.

The Fund aims to support projects that achieve the following:

- Sustaining Rural Communities

- Improving the prospects of viability for farm and rural businesses

- Supporting Aid Delivery in Emergency and Building Resilience

To find out more and apply, visit: www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grants

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 12:28pm
Free workshop: Researching Export Markets

You Can Export: Researching Export Markets

Barclays House, Dominus Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester LE19 1RP 6 February 2019 , 09:00 – 12:00

Are you missing out on overseas sales because you don't know whether there is a demand for what you have to offer? Or perhaps you just don't know where in the world to start? This invaluable workshop will give you all the information you need to understand the potential for your company overseas.

Of the 2.5 million businesses registered in the UK, an estimated 360,000 who have an exportable product or service mistakenly believe there isn't a global demand for it. That's why we are offering this free workshop to help you investigate where in the world you could be exporting to.

About the workshop:
This interactive workshop will provide an excellent introduction to researching overseas markets, including how to identify the most appropriate territories via market selection and advice on how to conduct desk based and face to face research.

Delivered by a market research specialist, this workshop is not to be missed, providing all the information you need to ensure you make the right decisions on where to target your overseas strategy.

By attending, you'll be able to:
• Understand the key criteria for selecting and prioritising overseas markets.
• Plan, undertake or commission, and report on a market research project.
• Make effective use of the internet and other sources of desk research.
• Plan and undertake market research visits to your target export markets.
• Use market research to gain an in-depth understanding of potential customers and partners.
• Continue to make the most of available advice and support.

You Can Export:
Our masterclass programme for 2018 - 2019 offers you a suite of intensive and lively workshop sessions designed to help you develop and enhance your export success using tried and tested marketing techniques. To view our full workshop listing, please click here.

Click here to register your interest in attending this free masterclass today. Please note that our workshops are only available to companies from the East Midlands region, and that your place is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation from us.

If you have any other queries, please contact us at events@tradeEM.co.uk or call us on 0345 052 4001.

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