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Wed, 10 Oct 2018 12:45pm
How healthy are you and your business? - FREE LBF EVENT

As part of the Leicester Business Festival, How healthy are you and your business? is a FREE event and is your opportunity to hear from a panel of experts on topics aimed at maintaining the health of your farming business (and the health of the farmer as well!). Delegates will receive updates on the latest changes and tips on how to improve their business going forward.


Please see attached for the full programme. Registration is essential.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:54am

The UK Government has released its latest, and last, batch of technical notices on the implications of a "no deal" scenario for UK businesses.

There are 24 new technical notices, bringing the total to 77. Topics include; Driving and transport, Farming, Importing and Exporting, Labelling products and making them safe, Meeting business regulations, Regulating energy, Regulating veterinary medicines, Travelling between the UK and the EU.

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 9:41am

The Prince's Countryside Foundation has published its Recharging Rural Report on the sustainability of remote rural communities.

The lack of affordable housing is the top challenge facing remote rural communities, according to new research by the Prince's Countryside Fund.

You can read the full report here: http://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/research/recharging-rural-2

Rural skills Training 2018/19
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 9:26am

The Conservation Volunteers help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places, through their own environmental projects and through their network of 2,000 community groups.

A number of short training courses and workshops covering a wide range of practical, organisational and ecological skills are available to book onto and you will receive a TCV certificate on successful completion of your course.

Please see the attached leaflet for full details.

Free Event - Agroforestry and Environmental Enhancements on Farms
Wed, 05 Sep 2018 9:01am

Leicestershire County Council and the Woodland Trust invite you to a free Agroforestry and Environmental Farm Enhancements workshop and site visit on 11th October at the Allerton Project, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Full details and booking information can be found in the attached flier.

Wed, 29 Aug 2018 1:53pm

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), in partnership with Leicester City Council & Leicestershire County Council, have commissioned Element Energy and Cambridge Econometrics to develop and deliver an Energy Infrastructure Strategy and Implementation Plan for the LLEP area. The Energy Infrastructure Strategy will set the level of ambition and guide investment in this sector, which has been identified as one of the LLEP's priority sectors for economic growth. The strategy will identify a set of opportunities for low carbon projects across the LLEP area and will contain an Implementation Plan.

The strategy will take into account national and local policies and will be based on extensive research into current energy use and future energy scenario modelling to identify opportunities and barriers to the growth of the sector as well as key priorities and projects. It aims to encourage further engagement and raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities for Leicester and Leicestershire's energy system and will inform the Energy Infrastructure Strategy and, in turn, the Local Industrial Strategy.

The Energy Challenge Paper, is an intermediate output and forms a key part of the development of the Energy Infrastructure Strategy. It is based on stakeholder engagement, desk-based research and discussions with the steering board. Stakeholder engagement has been undertaken with a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from local private and public-sector organisations. It has been carried out through bilateral consultations, email correspondence and a workshop for mostly public-sector organisations. The aim of this paper is to further engage key stakeholders and raise awareness of the challenges for Leicester and Leicestershire's energy system.

The LLEP invites partners and stakeholders to respond with their comments on the Energy Challenge Paper by emailing marcin.szymanski@llep.org.uk or andy.rose@llep.org.uk before 31st August.

Monthly Funding Information Bulletin - August 2018
Fri, 10 Aug 2018 1:54pm

Please see attached a document with a list of grants and funding opportunities for August.

Although the information includes grants/funding opportunities for Voluntary & Community Sector Groups and Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises, we have also included details of grants/funding programmes, which Local Authorities may also be eligible to apply for.

This document can also be accessed via the Leicestershire Communities website

For Economic Growth funding (including funding for businesses and EU funding opportunities), please go to the LLEP website.

Tue, 22 May 2018 10:18am
East Leicestshire LEADER final call 1st June - 31st August 2018

East Leicestershire LEADER will open for a final call for Expressions of Interest on 1st June, closing at Noon 31st August 2018. No further Expressions of Interest will be accepted after 31st August. Funding is currently available for projects across all priorities but this will be a competitive process:

All grants offers must be signed by both parties by 29th March 2019 with project completed by December 2020. Grants available between £7,500 and £75,000 for up to 40% of project costs in most cases across all priorities:

1. Increasing farm productivity

2. Supporting micro and small businesses and farm diversification

3. Boosting rural tourism

4. Providing rural services

5. Providing cultural and heritage activity

6. Increasing forestry productivity

Expressions of Interest for the above priorities can only be accepted by Noon 31st August

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.

Fri, 11 May 2018 1:42pm


RDPE Growth Programme (EAFRD)

The LLEP Growth Programme - also known as EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) - is a European funding stream aimed at developing the rural economy. The funding programme is administered by the Rural Payment Agency.

Business in Leicestershire can apply in the following categories:

- Food Processing

- Rural Tourism Infrastructure

- Business Development

Please note that the current deadline for Expressions of Interest is 31st May 2018.

Further information about the sort of projects that can be funded by the programme, eligibility and how to apply are available via the Rural Payments Agency website - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme

Thu, 03 May 2018 3:28pm
The Rural Business Awards 2018

Businesses urged to enter the Rural Business Awards 2018

Local businesses are being reminded that entries are now open to the 2018/19 Rural Business Awards but only until 31st May 2018 – enter now to showcase your business.

The awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 13 categories - ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Outstanding Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Rural Education or Training Business - decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.

For the first time since launching in 2014, the Rural Business Awards will host a series of regional finals in the North, East, Midlands, South East, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October 2018, ahead of the Grand Final next February, where winners from each category in every region will be announced.

The entry process is designed to be as simple as possible to support business owners with a limited amount of time. All entries are submitted online and can be edited anytime up until the final entry deadline of 31st May 2018. The entry cost is £50+VAT.

To enter, or for more information about the 2018/19 Rural Business Awards, visit: www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk

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