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Local Business Supply Chain Initiative - Free Event
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:08am
Local Business Supply Chain Initiative - Free Event

A free event for businesses will take place at Horiba MIRA Ltd, Watling Street, Nuneaton on Wednesday 26th October 16.00-18.00.

The event will be a chance to for businesses to network and seek opportunities for working together.

Businesses at the event will find out how to:

- Promote opportunities for your business to both sell to and procure goods and services from companies in the area, including the MIRA Technology Park.

- Strengthen and support the local supply chain to maximise the benefits to existing businesses in the local area.

- Identify strengths in the supply chain as a marketing asset to new companies moving into the area.

Places at the event need to be booked by Monday 24th October and you can do so via www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EHKEII.

More information is available via the attached flyer.

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 9:40am

Budding entrepreneurs, rural businesses and farmers looking to diversify are invited to tap into Leicestershire's tourism trade.

A free session to help businesses grow and develop is being held from 4.30-6.30pm on Monday, 31, October at Melton Borough Council's offices, Burton Street.

It has been organised by East Leicestershire LEADER programme which launched last year to support rural business and tourism across Melton and Harborough, plus parts of Charnwood and Blaby.

Councillor Blake Pain, Leicestershire County Council's cabinet member for economic development, said: "Recent figures show Leicestershire's tourism is worth almost £1.1 billion, so this is a great opportunity for budding business men and women to tap into the market.

"I'd encourage all rural businesses to take advantage of session that will see a range of experts come together to help boost business in rural Leicestershire."

All are invited to the free event to find out more about the practicalities of setting up and running a tourism business.

A range of professionals from the Tourism industry will be able to answer questions about practical issues such as marketing, planning permission, environmental health and more.

This event is taking place part of the Leicester Business Festival. Returning for a second year, the festival, organised by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, will comprise of over 120 events over the two weeks from 24 October – 4 November 2016.

The event is free to attend, but limited spaces are available. Tickets can be booked online at the Leicester Business Festival website www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com

For more information contact Charlotte Long on 0116 305 6298 or email eastleicestershireleader@leics.gov.uk

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 1:01pm

The Prince's Countryside Fund provides more than £1m in grants each year to projects across the UK. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy.

The scheme seeks applications to support activity that results in a long-term positive impact on rural communities by helping the people that live and work in the countryside.

The grant programme currently aims to tackle the following key rural issues:

  1. To improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses
  2. To sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy
  3. To support aid delivery in emergency and building resilience

The programme is open for applications twice a year. The current application period closes on Thursday 13th October.

For more information, details on eligibility and to apply, please see the Prince's Countryside Fund Website - http://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:31am

We want your feedback

Leicestershire County Council and BT are inviting parish councils to share feedback on the Superfast Leicestershire project which is bringing fibre broadband access to 85,000 homes and businesses across the County. Your comments will help us understand what's most important to communities and if there are ways we can improve.

You can complete the survey up until midnight on Sunday 2 October 2016.

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 1:16pm

The second round of the Community Minibus Fund has been launched by the Department for Transport.

The total value of the second round of the Community Minibus Fund is £2 million and is open to educational organisations and community groups, including community transport operators, across England.

Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP, announced the funding in Market Harborough, where he handed over keys to a new minibus to successful bidders Harborough Community Bus.

The second round of funding is now open, and will close on 2nd December 2016. The fund will be managed by the Community Transport Association, the membership association for community bus operators across the UK, who will provide advice to all bidders.

Information on the application process, including an application form and detailed guidance on eligibility, can be found on the Community Transport Association's website.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 9:49am

The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence will take place in spring 2017 and applications will open in late August with a closing date of 14 October 2016.

In partnership with Leicester Shire Promotions, VisitEngland is pleased to announce a free workshop on the awards. The workshop will be an opportunity for your business to discover more about the award categories, application process and what the judges look for in a winning business. The session will also cover 'Managing Guest Expectations and Online reviews', so would be of interest to any accommodation provider, visitor attraction, restaurant or pub operator.

What will be covered?

  • Meet the VisitEngland team and learn more about what makes a winning business
  • Find out what judges look for when judging a business
  • Find out more about the application process, the rules and the new categories
  • Managing guest expectations and online reviews

Time 10.30am - 1.00pm

Wednesday 7th September

Curve Theatre

Maximum two places per business. Please book here

Please note: Lunch is not included. Tea, coffee and pastries will be provided.

If you have any dietary requirements, please email: workshops@visitengland.org.

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:07am

Tourism Businesses are invited to apply for the Leicester and Leicestershire Tourism Awards 2016.

There will be a new format this year including entire new categories and awards. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 30th November.

The application process has been simplified and should take no longer that 45 minutes to complete.

The applications process is now open and will close at 5pm on 12 September 2016. Judging closes on 31 October with a Gala Awards Ceremony to be held on 30 November. For more details and to download application forms, please visit www.goleicestershire.com/trade/TourismAwards2016 or contact Elizabeth Furniss on 0116 225 4073 or via email at elizabeth.furniss@l-p-l.com.

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 2:03pm

Superfast Leicestershire Stakeholder Forum

Tuesday 19 July 2016 , 6pm – 8pm

This event is an opportunity for community broadband groups and Parish Councils to speak to the broadband team and find out more about the upcoming stages of the project.

The agenda will include:

  • Update on Contract 1 Deployment
  • Contract 2 (Superfast Extension Programme)
  • Universal Service Commitment – Satellite Scheme
  • Final 4% / Additional Potential Funding and New Technology
  • Q&A Session

For more information on the event and how to register, please visit: http://www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/

Free Business Breakfast Event
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 1:18pm
Free Business Breakfast Event

Blaby District businesses are being invited to attend the popular free breakfast meeting next month to share ideas for boosting the local economy.

The Business Breakfast event takes place on Friday 15 July at Santander's Corporate Centre on Carlton Park, Narborough. A free breakfast is on offer for the bright and early start time of 7:30am.

Advice and discussions on helping to shape local plans to drive economic growth will once again form a focal point of the morning.

Business Breakfasts have proved to be a successful networking event for local district businesses, and has strengthened Blaby District Council's working relationships with local companies.

With places limited businesses are being encouraged to book early by the Economic Development team via economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk, or call 0116 272 7765.

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:26am

Grants of between £2,500 - £25,000 are available for charities, community organisations and groups, who aim to enhance the sustainability of their community buildings through establishing, enhancing or expanding local community services and/or providing essential amenities across a rural community. Up to 100% of the total project costs can be awarded to projects who intend to deliver a project that has a positive impact on the local economy.

The grants are part of the North Warwickshire and Hinckley & Bosworth LEADER Programme.

The call for projects opens on 25th April 2016 and an Outline Application must be received to the LEADER inbox leaderproject@northwarks.gov.uk before the deadline of 10th June 2016.

Prior to the call opening in April, potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their project ideas with the LEADER team to discuss eligibility. A sample of the Outline Application is available on the website https://www.northwarks.gov.uk/erh/downloads to view for information purposes only.

Costs could include:

  • Construction or improvements to buildings
  • The purchase of new equipment and machinery (not consumables)
  • Costs for architect, engineer, consultation fees, but these can not exceed more than 15% of the total project costs

Costs which are not eligible include:

  • Computers, software or printers
  • Salaries
  • Access to broadband
  • Planning permission costs
  • Finance charges, or insurance

Please note, projects which are approved at the outline stage will be invited to complete a Full Application. The earliest a project will be able to start project work is mid September 2016. You must not commence any project related activity before you have signed a funding agreement.

To discuss a project, or to find out more, please contact the North Warwickshire and Hinckley and Bosworth LEADER Team on 01827 719 271 or e-mail leaderproject@northwarks.gov.uk.

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