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Mon, 12 Mar 2012 3:40pm

Complete a broadband questionnaire and help us to transform your internet experience in rural areas.

The internet is transforming the way that we live, work and play. It is driving business innovation and growth, ensuring that people can access services, and is opening up new opportunities for creative learning.

Not all business and communities, however, are able to take advantage of these opportunities. Whilst some urban areas are able access super-fast broadband and a range of digital services, other, more rural, areas struggle with the most basic of internet functions.

Broadband connectivity is emerging as a critical issue in Leicestershire. We believe it will help ensure the future sustainability of our rural communities and, as a result, have included it as one of our BIG 7 priorities within our Leicestershire Rural Framework.

It is estimated that over 190,000 residents mainly in rural areas, will not receive improved broadband as part of BT's national rollout programme. This includes 89,000 residential households and at least 3,800 businesses.

The LRP is supporting the County Council to ensure broadband is improved across the County. Through our Broadband Leicestershire programme we are working partnership with public, private and voluntary sector organisations to identify and deliver the connectivity needs of communities, businesses, and public sector organisations.

Our vision is to deliver super-fast broadband to all premises in Leicestershire by 2017, subject to securing necessary funding. Initially we want to deliver to over 90% by 2015. To help achieve our 2015 target the County Council has allocated £4m to match the Government's £3m allocation. District council have also committed to support the programme and we are in discussing additional funding. A further £300,000 has been allocated to deploy better broadband in the most remote rural areas. Deployment of super-fast broadband will commence during 2013.

As part of the programme it is critical we understand current issues and future broadband aspirations.

We need your support. Please visit www.leics.gov.uk/broadband and complete our questionnaire and help us to help you transform your internet experience. Our survey will be open until the 30th April 2012. We will report on our findings in May. When you complete our survey please register to receive our quarterly newsletter.

To discuss your local broadband issues or for a hard copy of the questionnaire contact Matthew Kempson broadband@leics.gov.uk 0116 305 6179

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:50am
Leicestershire Rural Conference 2012

'Foundations for the Future' - Thursday 1st March.

Leicestershire Rural Partnership is holding its Rural Conference at Scalford Hall in the heart of Leicestershire's picturesque countryside.

The Leicestershire Rural Business Web Training Programme
Thu, 27 Oct 2011 4:39pm
The Leicestershire Rural Business Web Training Programme

Places are still available on the Leicestershire Rural Business Web Training Programme in various locations around the county.

All courses are free and will include tea, coffee, biscuits and all course
materials – just bring yourself!

For more information and to book a place see the attached PDF

The 3 Rs: Rural Services, Rural Communities, Rural Economies
Thu, 27 Oct 2011 4:20pm

A one day course for people involved in rural England is being held at
Nottingham Trent University on 8 December 2011.

For more information and to book a place please see the information in the attached PDF.

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 3:27pm

Grants are still available through the Inspire Leicestershire Programme to assist Leicestershire's rural businesses.

The grants fall into 3 categories – The Workspace Development Grant (up to £15,000) Visitor Development Grant (up to £10,000) and Equestrian Development Grant (up to £10,000).

Full details can be found at: www.oakleaves.org.uk/rural-business-grants

If you have a project or idea and think your business could be eligible please contact Heather Bell (heather.bell@leics.gov.uk ) or Sarah McCartney (Sarah.mccartney@leics.gov.uk) for more details and they will be happy to help you through the process.

Get in touch now to make the most of this exciting opportunity, all funds need to be spent by November 2011.

Wed, 20 Jul 2011 2:56pm

The Ride Leicestershire & Beyond area covers over 1,000 square miles of beautiful English countryside dotted with castles and stately homes, picturesque stone villages and market towns.

Offering miles of off-road bridleways, permissive routes and toll rides, horse riding provides a fabulous way to explore the area.
Previously branded Ride Welland, the Ride Leicestershire and Beyond project has now been incorporated into Leicestershire Promotions www.goleicestershire.com, and has been extended to cover new developing areas for equestrian businesses, particularly in The National Forest. The new site will benefit from added functionality, promotion and a greater number of online visitors.

Visitors to the site will be able to:
o Plan a riding holiday, day ride or find somewhere new to hack!
o Check out accommodation providers and eateries that welcome horses.
o Find local equestrian services, including vets, farriers and livery yards.

Local businesses can add their details for free, helping to promote their services to local and visiting horse riders.

For more information please visit: www.goleicestershire.com/ride-leicestershire

Rural Community Council - Job Vacancies
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 12:22pm
Rural Community Council - Job Vacancies

The Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland), a partner organisation of the LRP, is looking to appoint two part time Community Development Officers to join thier successful Rural Action Team based in Leicester and covering primarily Melton and Hinckley & Bosworth Districts.

These appointments will help communities with Community Development and in the delivery of Big Society outcomes. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently demonstrating high degree of initiative are essential. Access to a car is required. To start as soon as possible after selection.

The job specification and application form can be downloaded at the RCC website. Alternatively, you may request an pack to be sent to you by calling 0116 2662905.

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 3:31pm

Through the Inspire Leicestershire Programme there are a number of grants available to assist Leicestershire’s rural businesses. The grants fall into 3 categories – The Workspace Development Grant (up to £15,000) Visitor Development Grant (up to £10,000) and Equestrian Development Grant (up to £10,000).

Full details can be found at: http://www.oakleaves.org.uk/rural-business-grants.html

Please contact Heather Bell ( ) or Sarah McCartney () for more details.

Leicestershire Rural Framework, 2011-14: Consultation
Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:27am

There is only one week left to comment on the draft Leicestershire Rural Framework, 2011-14.

Please let us know what your future priorities for rural Leicestershire are. This information will help inform the allocation of existing and future resources available through the Leicestershire Rural Partnership.

Full details on the consultation are available on our Rural Framework webpage.

Alternatively please contact Matthew Kempson (matthew.kempson@leics.gov.uk, 0116 305 6179

Melton Mowbray Country Fair - 26th June 2011
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:39am

The LRP is encouraging you to enjoy a taste of the countryside at Melton Mowbray Country Fair on Sunday 26th June 2011.

A truly traditional event with plenty to see and do complimented by the annual baking competition – the Melton BIG BAKE supported by the Real Bread Campaign and Fair attendees

There is on offer lashings of local food and drink and a chance to make or bake in our onsite bakery with amazing bakers Vincent Talleu and Paul Jones.

A chance to watch a range of rural crafts demonstrations, visit animals soft and scary or just relax with a cream tea and listen to the music all in the wonderful setting of the Town Estates Parks in the centre of the "Rural Capital of Food" Melton Mowbray. LE13 0PT.

Dogs are very welcome and can enter the Novelty Dog Show sponsored by Mars with plenty of prizes for owners and dogs.

10am – 5pm Free parking nearby. Adults £5.00 Children 5-16 £1.00 Under 5 FREE Family ticket 2 adults and 2 children £10.00

Tickets available on the day.

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