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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 8:41am
Grants to boost productivity in the farming industry

Grants to fund innovative projects for farmers and foresters

Funding is now available under the last phase of European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-Agri) grants.

The funds can be used to boost productivity in the livestock, arable, horticultural and forestry sectors and create ground-breaking new technology – unlocking innovation in the farming industry.

The grants worth between £5,000 and £150,000 will be available for projects for up to three years to encourage new farming techniques, as well as improve the sustainability of the farming and forestry sectors.

Operational groups of two or more members made up of farmers, forest managers, researchers, businesses and NGOs from across the country are welcome to apply for grants.

Workshops will take place throughout September across the country for Operational groups who may be interested in applying.

For more information on the scheme, please visit the Eip-Agri Grants webpage.

Digital Champions - Online Security Session
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 2:42pm
Digital Champions - Online Security Session

Free digital learning session run by Leics Digital Champion Mark Smith!

26th September 10am-2.30pm

East Goscote Village Hall, Long Furrow, East Goscote, LE7 3ZL

If you would like to keep safe online, protect your files, keep out viruses and avoid scams, then here is your chance to learn how for FREE.

The session is for everyone, whatever your level of experience online.

Beginners welcome! Just bring along your laptop or tablet, and join us. Refreshments and biscuits provided.

Only 20 places available, so book NOW by:

Email: deborah.read@leics.gov.uk or Call: Deborah Read on 07711 118398

Mon, 07 Sep 2015 4:46pm
Get Inspired - Careers and Options Fair

Visit Leicester and Leicestershire's largest Careers and Options Fair 2015 for 14-19 year olds-'Get Inspired'

22nd September, 9.30am-2.00pm King Power Stadium, Leicester

  • Open to 14-19 year olds
  • 70+ Exhibitor stands including employers, colleges, sixth forms, universities, apprenticeships, training providers and voluntary groups.
  • FREE entry
  • Access impartial careers advice

From 9.30am to 2.00pm schools and colleges with students aged 14 upwards will be attending (booking essential Call 0870 170 9697 or email inspire@headstorm.co.uk)

From 12.30pm-2.00pm the event is open to other young people aged 16-19 (such as those looking for work or seeking options advice).

Find out more on http://www.llep.org.uk/careersevents

Please note, the event is for young people aged 14-19 only, and is NOT open to the general public (those aged 20 plus). Due to unforeseen circumstances, the event will now finish at 2pm, not 7.30pm as had previously been publicised.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 3:43pm
Food and Drink Manufacturing Apprenticeship Event

The National Apprenticeship Service and the CBI are hosting a special event on apprenticeships for the food and drink manufacturing sector. The event is aimed at food industry businesses who wish to hear more about creating highly skilled apprenticeship opportunities for the workforce.

Friday 2 October 9am – 12pm, The East Midlands Skyway Hotel

Keynote address by Richard Harrington MP, Prime Ministerial Advisor on Apprenticeships

The morning will include expert inputs from the best employers involved with apprenticeships. The day will provide an opportunity to hear more about overcoming existing barriers, such as access to funding for adult apprentices and understanding more about advanced and higher apprenticeships.

With the sector pledging to grow the number of higher apprenticeships by 20% by 2017, the event will equip businesses with the right knowledge to help shape the future skills of the workforce.

The event will be facilitated by David Bell from JCB and Chair of CBI East Midlands and Jenny Conlon from KMF. Richard Harrington MP,Prime Ministerial Advisor will be discussing the government challenge of growing the number of apprenticeships to 3 million by 2020.

For further details and to book your place please register via Eventbrite at https://food-drink-apprenticeship-event.eventbrite.co.uk. Places on a first come first served basis.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 2:46pm
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

The LLEP Growth Programme has now been launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). This scheme aims to support jobs and growth in the rural economy and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

In this call for funding, micro and small businesses in rural Leicestershire will be able to apply for grants of between £35,000 and approx. £140,000 for projects including in the tourism and local food and drink sectors and/or supporting good quality rural workspace and farm diversification.

Grants can cover a maximum of 40% of the total eligible costs of the project, the business will be required to fund the remainder of the project costs using private funding.

Before submitting an application for this funding, applicants will need to be registered for Rural Payments. If the applicant is already registered, they will not need to do this again.

The programme is managed by the Rural Payments Agency on behalf of Defra and any technical questions should be directed to them. The Economic Growth Team at Leicestershire County Council are happy to assist with any more general queries such as about local priorities. Contact details are given below.

More details and information on how to apply are available via the government website at the link below;



Rural Payments Agency

Tel: 03000 200 301 (Rural Payments helpline)

Email: GPEnquiries@rpa.gsi.gov.uk

Matthew Jones

Policy Officer, Economic Growth Team, Leicestershire County Council

Tel: 0116 305 3117

E-mail: matthew.jones@leics.gov.uk

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 3:40pm
Fosse Park Jobs Fair

Do you have friends or family looking for work?

Over 1,800 employment and training opportunities are available at the Fosse Park jobs fair which will be held;

Wednesday 2nd September 2015
11:00am - 3:00pm

The county council, in partnership with Blaby District Council; Jobcentre Plus and Fosse Park management, are holding a job fair above the Food Court at Fosse Park. There will be over 30 companies/organisations including Sainsbury's, Boots, Santander, the Marriott hotel, New Look, Hastings Direct.

There will also be a number of recruitment agencies offering both permanent and temporary jobs, including 350 Christmas jobs at The Disney Store distribution centre at Magna Park.

If family or friends are seeking information on how to get a job please tell them to come along.

Free Workshops

Free workshops will also be held on the following topics;

  • 11.15am – CV Writing
  • 12.15pm – Interview Skills
  • 1.15pm – Starting Your Own Business

The workshops are free to attend but places are limited and anyone who wishes to attend is advised to book a place.

For more information on the jobs fare or to book a place on one of the workshops, please contact;

Heather Bell
0116 305 5541


Ray Hurst
0116 305 5505

Further information is available via the following link; http://www.leics.gov.uk/jobfairs

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 4:23pm
A 10-Point Plan for Boosting Rural Productivity

The government has today released its 10 point plan for boosting rural productivity.

1. Extensive, fast and reliable broadband services
2. High quality, widely available mobile communications
3. Modern transport connections
4. Access to high quality education and training
5. Expanded apprenticeships in rural areas
6. Enterprise Zones in rural areas
7. Better regulation and improved planning for rural businesses
8. More housing
9. Increased availability of affordable childcare
10. Devolution of power

To read the paper, please follow the link below;

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 9:55am
Growth Support Grant Scheme in Charnwood

A grant scheme aimed at supporting the Borough Council's strategic aims for physical and economic growth in Charnwood is now open.

Suitable Projects are likely to include;

  • workforce development initiatives supporting apprenticeships,
  • investment in infrastructure to support job creation and deliver improved accessibility,
  • support for Community Right to Build initiatives related to the delivery of affordable homes, shops and business premises.
  • business networking, training and development schemes,
  • advertising and marketing campaigns and promotions.

Town and Parish Councils, properly constituted community organisations, non-profit making organisations, charities, educational establishments and enterprises and community interest companies may apply.

Applications will be considered in rounds as below;

- Application deadline October 22, 2015: Decision date December 17, 2015

- Application deadline January 21, 2016: Decision date March 17, 2016

For further information, please visit Charnwood Borough Council's website - http://www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/growth_support_grant_scheme - or contact growth.support@charnwood.gov.uk

Woodfuel Quality Standards Training
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:57am
Woodfuel Quality Standards Training

Date; 7th September 2015 At; Melton Mowbray

This one day course introduces woodfuel suppliers and users to the full range of standards and quality assurance schemes in use in the supply chain and how to produce and specify the correct type of fuel. It looks at how to ensure your woodfuel is compliant with the Timber Standard for Heat and Electricity covering the legal and sustainability criteria and the requirements of the Biomass Suppliers List.

Full course content can be viewed here.

Course cost £168.000 (inc VAT) per person which includes Lantra Awards certification fees, handbooks and catering on the day. Funding may be available to help reduce the cost of courses. Please see the contact details below for more details and to book.

Contact; Will Richardson or Erica Spencer at RDI Associates Ltd by telephone on 01765 609355 or by e-mail at will.richardson@ruraldevelopment.org.uk or Erica.spencer@ruraldevelopment.org.uk.

Rural Development Programme Support for Forestry Businesses
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:25am
Rural Development Programme Support for Forestry Businesses

The Forestry Commission in the East of England and East Midlands are promoting free support to forestry businesses thinking of applying for grants within the new Rural Development Programme. This support will be provided by FACE (Forest Advisory Consortium England) of which RDI is pleased to be the lead partner.

Schemes include LEADER and Growth Funds from Local Enterprise Partnerships.

These may offer grants for:

- Equipment for timber harvesting, extraction and primary processing (woodfuel and timber)
-Storage to dry woodfuel
-Business Support
-Cooperation, collaboration and advisory services

During the autumn and winter of 2015 a series of free events (see below) have been organised to inform forestry contractors and owner-producers about the grants and to promote the support being offered. There will be a particular focus on LEADER.

Capacity will be limited and businesses are advised to book a place as soon as possible, only one place per business will be offered in the first instance.

Please e-mail eandem@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or phone Corinne on 0300 067 4583.


Wednesday 7th October 2015 6.30 to 9pm. Red Lion, 43 Welland Rise, Sibbertoft, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 9UD "Pie and pint"

Monday 12th October 2015 6.30 to 9pm. Gosfield Lake Golf Club, The Manor House, Gosfield, Halstead, Essex, C09 1SE. Arboricultural sector special, with buffet

Monday 19th October 2015 2 to 5pm. Marston Vale Forest Centre, Station Road, Bedford MK43 0PR. "Application masterclass"

Tuesday 3rd November 2015 6.30 to 9pm. Woodcocks, Burton Lane End, Lincoln LN1 2BE "Pie and pint"

Thursday 12th November 2015 2 to 5pm. National Forest Rawdon Room, Conkers Visitor Centre, Rawdon Road (B586), Moira, Nr. Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Derbyshire, DE12 6GA "Application masterclass"

Wednesday 18th November 2015 6.30 to 9pm. Admiral Wells, 41 Station Rd, Holme, Peterborough PE7 3PH "Pie and pint"

Wednesday 2nd December 2015 6.30 to 9pm. Crown Inn, Higham, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 6EH TBC "Pie and pint"

"Pie and pint" evening workshops are informal networking opportunities including some short presentations, your chance to ask questions and discuss proposals, with a drink of your choice and some pub grub

"Application masterclass" workshops will go through Countryside Productivity and LEADER grant applications in detail, with opportunities to ask questions and discuss proposals, with tea, coffee and biscuits

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