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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:26am
RDPE Growth Programme (EAFRD) - Open Calls

Businesses are now invited to submit expressions of interest for support under the RDPE Growth Programme. The RDPE Growth programme supports projects which create jobs and growth in the rural economy. The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Business in Leicestershire can apply in the following categories:

- Food Processing

- Rural Tourism Infrastructure

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

An information event will also take place on 3rd February 2017, 9:30am - 12:30pm at Harborough District Council. This will be an opportunity to find out more, discuss potential projects and to network with other local businesses. To find out more about the event and to book a place, please see the following link - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/call-launch-european-agricultural-fund-for-rural-development-tickets-31443358933 - or see the attached flyer.

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 9:27am

Call Launch Information Event

- 3rd February 2017, 9:30am - 12:30pm

- Harborough District Council, The Symington Building, Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7AG www.harborough.gov.uk)

In conjunction with the Rural Payments Agency, the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership is holding an event for businesses and organisations wishing to apply for grants from the latest round of EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL FUND for RURAL DEVELOPMENT (EAFRD).

Two EAFRD calls, each up to the value of almost £1m, are due to open locally and they will support projects that relate to:

TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE; capital investments in the creation of visitor attractions, recreational and small scale infrastructure that will increase visitor spend and attract visitors to stay longer.

FOOD PROCESSING; investments that support growth in local food and drink processing businesses and encourage innovation, higher productivity and skills development.

The Rural Payments Agency will be speaking about the national EAFRD programme and application process and local partners will be providing information on priorities for the calls for Leicestershire and other grant funding opportunities (e.g. LEADER Programme).

There will be scope for interested businesses and stakeholders to discuss in more detail potential projects and making application to the programmes as well as networking with other interested parties.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register at: https://eafrdcalllaunch.eventbrite.co.uk.

Free Business Breakfast Event - Blaby District Means Business
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 9:55am
Free Business Breakfast Event - Blaby District Means Business

Businesses are invited to attend the free business breakfast event on Friday 3rd February 2017.

Blaby District Council is hosting the event at the Leicester Marriott Hotel, Smith Way, Grove Park, Enderby Leicester, LE19 1SW starting at 7.30am with the promise of a free tasty breakfast on arrival. The event will finish no later than 9.30am, and complimentary car parking will be available on site.

- Hear the latest business support updates direct from a LLEP guest speaker.

- Hear from two local colleges how SMEs can receive FREE business skills support for employees.

- Find out about funding and support programmes for local businesses.

- An update on the local economy and key developments.

- An excellent opportunity to network with other local business people.

Places are limited so businesses and individuals are urged to book early by contacting Alison Newitt, Economic Development Officer, at Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7765 or email economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk. Please also advise of any special dietary needs.

Please see the attached flyer for details.

Free Seminar - How to Secure Public Sector Contracts
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 2:28pm
Free Seminar - How to Secure Public Sector Contracts

Leicestershire County Council, Harborough District Council, Leicester City Council and the NHS in conjunction with the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce has organised this free seminar, aimed primarily at small firms and the voluntary/community sector operating in these areas.

Venue: The Three Swans Hotel, Market Harborough
Date: 28 February 2017
Time: 8am to 11am

This seminar aims to :

• Focus on public procurement processes and seeks to enable more small organisations to feel empowered about tendering for locally-available work across the county.
• Clarify the process involved, as well as to showcase where the opportunities are to be found - including the support available - and to share some examples of best-practice.
• Clarify some common misconceptions about what the process entails, and to welcome more tenders to help raise quality standards and promote best-value
• Offers an informal opportunity to raise any questions (or concerns) about existing processes, and provides suppliers with an opportunity to ask questions for public buyers to address.

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 4:34pm
Britain's Best High Street

The Great British High Street competition has revealed the nation's best high streets. Twenty-seven finalists now have the chance to impress an expert judging panel and battle it out in a public vote to be crowned Britain's best.

Two Leicestershire high streets are included in the nominations. Both Hinckley and Market Harborough are nominated in the Large Market Town category.

Winners in each category will receive a share of a prize pot worth £100,000, as well as expert training from Google's digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants and a trip to Twitter UK's London office to boost their social media skills.

For more information and to cast your vote before 18th November, please see the following link:


Food & Drink Business Growth Expo
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:01pm
Food & Drink Business Growth Expo

This exciting Food & Drink event will provide business attendees with the opportunity to meet with industry leaders and experts from across the sector.

There will be an extensive Food & Drink business exhibition coupled with a series of six short seminars seeking to address specific industry issues and provide help, information and guidance on growing your Food & Drink business.

The event takes place:

- 16.00-19.00
- Tuesday 25th October 2016
- Brooksby Melton College, Melton Town Campus LE13 0HJ

This is a free event as part of the Leicester Business Festival but registration is essential for seminars.

For further information on the seminar sessions and to book, please see the attached flyer.

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
Tap into Tourism - Free Business Event

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

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
Superfast Leicestershire Survey

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.

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