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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 9:44am

The first call for East Leicestershire LEADER funding is now open. The call will be open for 6 weeks, closing on 29th November.

This call is focussed on two of East Leicestershire's local priorities:

Local Priority 1: A thriving short-stay destination for people interested in: fine food and drink, culture and heritage, field and outdoor pursuits

Local Priority 2: Networked home-based businesses and micro enterprises with confidence to grow

If you have a project which supports one of these priorities, this call could be for you!

Grants of between £2,500 - £35,000 are available, which could pay for up to 40% of the eligible costs of the project.

The funding could contribute to a number of costs, including;

  • Construction costs
  • Purchase of equipment or machinery
  • Processing and marketing of products
  • Acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights, trademarks
  • Marketing and promotion as part of a larger project
  • Capital costs for supporting events/festivals

For further details and to apply, please see the Oakleaves website.

Launch Event

As part of the Leicester Business Festival, we will be holding a Launch Event on Tuesday 27th October, 19:00-21:00 at The Coplow Centre, Billesdon LE7 9AR. The event will be a chance for businesses to hear more about LEADER and how they can apply. There will be a funding workshop with the LEADER Project Manager and the following local organisations will be on hand to give information to applicants;

- Superfast Leicestershire
- Leicestershire Promotions
- Federation of Small Businesses
- National Farmers Union
- Shire Grants
- East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

Please see the event page for more details. The event is free to attend, please e-mail matthew.jones@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 305 3117.

Local Business Supply Chain Initiative Networking Event
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:18am
Local Business Supply Chain Initiative Networking Event

Date: Monday 26th October 2015
Time: 4.00pm – 6:30pm
Venue: HORIBA MIRA Ltd, Watling Street, Nuneaton CV10 0TU

This is a FREE event to encourage businesses to network and seek opportunities of working together. The MIRA Technology Park offers a unique opportunity to develop a supply chain from within local businesses.

Find out how to;

- Promote opportunities for your business to both sell to and procure goods and services from companies within the cross border 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 Wednesday 21 October

Please book by visiting: www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/FDHGIL

For more information email: regeneration@hinckley‐bosworth.gov.uk

East Leicestershire LEADER Launch
Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:24am
East Leicestershire LEADER Launch

We are happy to announce that East Leicestershire LEADER will be open for business from this Monday, 19 October.

From 9am on Monday, Outline application forms will be available to download from the website http://www.oakleaves.org.uk/east-leicestershire-leader.html along with a useful applicant handbook. This first call for applications will be mainly focussed on tourism projects and micro businesses and will be open for 6 weeks. For more details on who can apply and the call priorities, please see the website.

Launch Event

The first ever Leicester Business Festival is starting on 26th October across Leicestershire, bringing with it an array of the very best in business events, including the East Leicestershire LEADER Launch Event on 27th October at The Coplow Centre, Billesdon, Leicestershire LE7 9AR.

This will be a chance for businesses who are interested in LEADER to find out more about the process and how they can apply for funding. The Rural Payments Agency will give a short presentation on the LLEP Growth Programme, which closes on November 27th.

The event will feature expert speakers as well a LEADER funding workshop and chance to network and share experience with other local businesses. Attendees will hear case studies from successful projects which have previously received similar grant funding.

A number of organisations including: LLEP Business Gateway; East Midlands Chamber of Commerce; Leicestershire County Council SHIRE Grants; Superfast Leicestershire; Leicestershire Promotions; and National Farmers Union will be in attendance to provide information to attendees.

A timetable for the event is available at the Oakleaves Website.

To book a place or to find out more, please e-mail matthew.jones@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 305 3117.

You can now keep up to date by following @EastLeicsLEADER on Twitter!

Major Infrastructure Supply Chain Event
Wed, 14 Oct 2015 3:28pm
Major Infrastructure Supply Chain Event

Monday 2nd November 2015 – 11.00 till 14.00 hrs
The Dock, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NU

LLEP Business Gateway invites you to attend a Major Infrastructure Supply Chain event, which is a free event organised as part of the Leicester Business Festival.

LLEP Business Gateway have joined with HS2, Transport for London and Network Rail to present local businesses across the Midlands the opportunity to hear about their investment strategies, and help businesses to understand how they can seize opportunities to become part of their supply chains.

Construction for HS2 is planned to start in 2017, and contracts are already being let. Transport for London and Network Rail have multi-billion pound improvement programmes over the next 20 years. These major infrastructure projects are of national consequence, and represent very real possibilities up and down the country for all businesses to benefit from opportunities created within their supply chain.

Together these infrastructure providers will create thousands of business opportunities. Their requirements for goods and services will span many sectors, many services, will be suitable for businesses of all sizes, and will be generated over a number of years.

Their procurement requirements will be passed down to their prime contractors and throughout the many tiers of their supply chains, so the opportunity to hear about what they are looking for and when and how these opportunities can be accessed is not to be missed.

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:26am

The Leicester Business Festival is a unique, national festival of business that highlights Leicestershire's vibrant, dynamic, multi-faceted and multi-cultural business community. The Festival is taking place from the 26th of October to the 6th of November all over Leicestershire.

Melton Borough Council is proud to be part of the LBF, hosting the event "Introducing the Melton Food Enterprise Zone" on Wednesday 4th of November from 09:30am to 12:30pm. The event is free to attend and is being held at MBC offices, Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH.

As the only one in Leicestershire and with only 17 in England, the Melton Food Enterprise Zone is a flagship Government initiative for economic growth to boost the food and drink industry. It aims to better integrate the local food supply chains, enhancing food security without compromising sustainability. Farms and food & drink businesses will be enabled to add value to their products and diversify, achieving greater growth.

The event is aimed to introduce the project to all interested parties, explaining the different benefits that it will offer as well as the timelines and processes to follow. It will include a consultation activity that will provide the stakeholders with an open space for discussion that will be used as valuable input to shape the direction and focus of the FEZ.

For more information on the Leicester Business Festival please visit www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com. To find out more about the Melton Food Enterprise Zone, visit www.meltonfoodenterprisezone.com or contact Jorge Castro from the Melton Borough Council at jcastro@melton.gov.uk; Tel: +44 (0)166 450 2363

North Warwickshire and Hinckley and Bosworth LEADER Launch
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 9:45am
North Warwickshire and Hinckley and Bosworth LEADER Launch

As part of the Leicester Business Festival, an event will be held to celebrate the launch of the North Warwickshire and Hinckley and Bosworth LEADER programme.

Date: Thursday 5th November
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Venue: Bosworth Hall Hotel, The Park, Market Bosworth CV13 0LP

The event will be a chance to find out how to apply for LEADER grants of between £2,500-£35,000. These grants will support micro and small businesses, community groups, farmers and foresters in the LEADER area.

Grants through North Warwickshire and Hinckley and Bosworth LEADER will be available to help projects which grow a business, increase jobs, alleviate issues faced by rural communities and improve the local rural economy.

To book a place or for more information, contact Emma McKay - LEADER Development Officer, North Warwickshire Borough Council leaderproject@northwarks.gov.uk - 01827 719 356 - www.facebook.com/NWHBLEADER

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 2:03pm

From 30 September, farmers have a single phone number to call for questions to the Rural Payments Agency or the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

The Rural Services Helpline aims to make it easier and simpler for farmers in England to get advice and guidance from government.

This is now a single phone number that farmers can call for any questions they want to direct to either the Rural Payments Agency or the Animal and Plant Health Agency. The new helpline will also coincide with improvements to GOV.UK to make it easier for farmers to access services and find information.

This is part of bringing the two agencies' services closer together to create one point of contact for farming advice. By Summer 2016, this approach will be extended to see farm inspections combined with mandatory checks.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:

"Our food and farming industry is already an economic powerhouse, worth over £100 billion a year and supporting 1 in 8 jobs. I want to support our farmers to grow more and sell more British produce, and the new single farm helpline will make it quicker and easier to get the information they need from government and concentrate on producing world class food.

Whenever farmers have to talk to government – about their CAP payments, animal health inspections or environmental stewardship scheme - we want to make it as simple as possible. Through the Single Farm inspection Taskforce we will make further cuts to the number of farm visits – saving businesses millions of pounds and countless hours."

From 30 September 2015 farmers can contact the helpline on 03000 200 301 Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm.

For more details, please see - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/single-helpline-for-farming-advice

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 4:20pm

The first ever Leicester Business Festival is starting on 26th October across Leicestershire, bringing with it an array of the very best in business events, including the East Leicestershire LEADER Launch Event on 27th October at The Coplow Centre, Billesdon, Leicestershire LE7 9AR.

As Leicester is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the UK, the festival has been created to showcase all the best that Leicester has to offer in business. Led by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), in partnership with Champions (UK) plc, the festival is set to be an annual event which looks to bring more economic growth across the region.

The East Leicestershire LEADER Event will give businesses a chance to learn more about this funding programme and how they can apply. There will also be a chance to network with other local businesses and agencies and an overview of the LLEP Growth Programme (EAFRD) will be given.

Leicester has one of the most diverse business environments, being one of the largest economy bases in the East Midlands. The city and county is host to 33,000 businesses and 435,000 employees and with the population reaching over 1 million spread across the LLEP area, with excellent links it is the perfect area for business to thrive.

The new festival will feature events, seminars, conferences and plenty more for businesses to be a part of and receiving exciting opportunities for their companies.

Alister de Ternant, Chair of the Leicester Business Festival says of the event, "This festival is a celebration of business prominent at the national level, with events run by businesses, for businesses. This is not about politicians or the public sector, more a chance for people and businesses to come together, exchange ideas and talk about moving business forward in the county."

With a multitude of great companies supporting the Festival, including Headline Sponsor the University of Leicester, Affiliate Partners Aon, Santander, AXA PPP and Mattioli Woods, as well as extensive media coverage planned on social media, through media partners Leicester Mercury and Smooth Radio, the stage is set for what will be a ground-breaking occasion for the county.

The Leicester Business Festival takes off on the 26th October up until 6th November with the aim of showing off Leicester and the area's business acumen to the UK, as well as the world.

Don't miss the East Leicestershire LEADER Launch Event on the 27th October, 19:00-21:00 at the Coplow Centre, Billesdon – we can't wait to see you there.

For more information on the Leicester Business Festival, the events taking place, or how you can get tickets, please take a look at: www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com

For more information on the East Leicestershire LEADER Launch Event, please go to the Leicestershire Rural Partnership's website. The event is free to attend, if you wish to book a place, please e-mail matthew.jones@leics.gov.uk.

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 4:26pm

A free business programme for budding businesswomen is being launched by Leicestershire County Council's Superfast Leicestershire project.

The Idea to Enterprise programme will provide advice and support to Leicestershire's female entrepreneurs on growing their business ideas.

The programme is free to women living in the county of Leicestershire.

Programme detail:

  • An informal, face to face consultation to talk through your specific ideas, needs and obstacles
  • 2 telephone sessions with your own professional business mentor
  • Group business coaching for a half day
  • A networking and confidence building training day
  • Financial planning and business advice
  • Up to 3 digital training days covering topics like using social media, online sales, digital marketing, blogging for business and cloud computing
  • A conference day on 18 March 2016 with inspirational talks from business women, seminars on a range of business topics, and advice for how to continue to drive your business forward after the programme has finished
  • Email advice and information sheets from all the training sessions on the programme
  • Peer support and networking with other business women in your local area.

For more information please visit the Superfast Leicestershire Website.

Idea to Enterprise runs until 31 March 2016, places are limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To register, or to find our more, please email: deborah.read@leics.gov.uk

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:09am

The deadline for applications to the LLEP Growth Programme (EAFRD) is less than 2 months away.

This call seeks applications that support jobs and growth in the rural economy and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

The deadline for outline applications is: 27th November 2015 at 1700hrs.

In this call for funding, micro and small businesses in rural areas can apply as well as farmers or members of the farm household who wish to diversify into non-agricultural activities. Grants of between £35,000 and €200,000 (approx. £140,000) are available 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 can assist with general queries such as about local priorities. Contact details are given below.

Application 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

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