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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.

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:10am

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire is leading a Building Better Opportunities; Rural Social Inclusion bid with its partners, Leicestershire County Council and the Rural Community Council.

Building Better Opportunities is jointly funded by The Big Lottery and European Social Fund. £2.425m is available over 3 years to support disadvantaged people in rural Leicestershire move closer to or into employment and to help those furthest away from the labour market to become more job-ready.

If you think your organisation might be interested in being part of this consortium or for more information, please see the link below.

- http://www.valonline.org.uk/delivery-partner-rural

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest to be part of this consortium is 5pm 12th April 2016.

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 2:07pm

This May, Donnington le Heath Manor House will be reopening as a fully furnished family home from the early 17th century and we are looking for volunteers to join our team as either House Interpreters or Gardening volunteers.

More information about the roles can be found at http://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/jobs-and-volunteering/volunteering/volunteer-with-leicestershire-county-council.

In April we will be holding introduction sessions for the public at the Manor House for both of these volunteering opportunities. This is a chance to meet the Heritage experts and find out more about the house, its grounds and the roles.

The House interpreter volunteer registration will be on Wednesday 6th April at 10am- 12 noon.

The Heritage Garden Volunteer Registration will be on Sunday 24th of April 2-4pm

See the attached poster for information on how to register and for more information.

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:03am

The Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have published a Call For Evidence. It seeks evidence on how the planning system can better support rural life and invites ideas about how the planning system could further support sustainable rural life and businesses.

The call for evidence provides the opportunity for those with an interest in rural areas, especially farmers and other businesses operating in rural areas, to tell government how the planning system is working in rural areas and how it could be improved.

For more information, please see the government website - https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/rural-planning-review-call-for-evidence

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 1:43pm

The Woodland Creation Capital Grant is now open for applications.

It offers farmers and other land managers up to £6,800 per hectare to plant and protect young trees plus £200 per ha (for ten years) maintenance support for eligible schemes.

Applications should be submitted to Natural England by 31 March 2016 (although applicants must request a map from Natural England by 24 March 2016).

For more information, please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/countryside-stewardship-woodland-creation-grant-manual-2016

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