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Healthy Workplaces Programme
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 9:55am
Healthy Workplaces Programme

Leicestershire businesses that would like to increase productivity and boost their bottom line, by looking after the health and wellbeing of their employees, can benefit from a fully funded programme worth over £4000.

Over the past three years the programme, which is delivered by The Fit For Work Team and funded by Leicestershire County Council, has helped more than 60 local businesses enhance their business reputation, retain their most talented staff, and save up to £40,000.

If you would like to find out more about the programme, please contact Andrew Harris Andrew.harris@fitforworkteam.org or call 07816681281

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 1:10pm
East Leicestershire LEADER - Now Open for Business

East Leicestershire LEADER is now open for business. Until midday on Monday 29th Feb, small and micro businesses and some community groups can apply for funding from the East Leicestershire LEADER programme.

In this call, the programme is looking to fund projects which create jobs and help to grow the economy in one of the following 3 Local Priority areas:

Local Priority 1: Well connected and innovative land-based businesses supported to improve their productivity and exploit diversification opportunities.

Local Priority 2: A growing food and drink sector producing and promoting high quality local foods.

Local Priority 5: Active and inclusive communities that are able to help provide local services.

Grants of between £2,500 and £35,000 are available to fund up to 40% of the eligible costs of a project. This is a competitive process and not all eligible projects will receive funding.

For further information, please see the East Leicestershire LEADER web pages or call 0116 305 9010.

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 9:54am
Space Solutions for Precision Farming

January 26th 2016
University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus

"to Boldly Grow" - A FREE one day workshop to explore the state-of-the-art in satellite and geospatial technology for the farming industry.

The workshop will be of interest to anyone involved in farming or with interests in rural matters such as: land owners; policy matters; crop development companies; food and drink companies; environmental organisations & equipment makers.

For more details and to book a place visit the events page at www.grace.ac.uk

to Boldly Grow Workshop (PNG, 608 Kb, 503x723)
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 2:26pm
LEADER funding in Hinckley and Bosworth Borough - still time to apply!

Small and Micro-businesses can still apply for funding from the North Warwickshire and Hinckley and Bosworth LEADER Scheme.

The programme is open to farmers, growers, foresters, community groups and local micro and small businesses in rural parts of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough. Projects must be delivered within the LEADER geography and support the local rural economy by creating new jobs or increasing the number of visitors to the area.

The North Warwickshire and Hinckley and Bosworth LEADER Programme is now open for applications under three priorities:

- Micro and small enterprise, including farm diversification
- Farming Productivity
- Forestry Productivity

The deadline for Outline Applications is 4th January 2016. Interested persons are required to contact the North Warwickshire and Hinckley & Bosworth LEADER Programme Team to discuss their project ideas before completing an application form.

For more information and contact details, please see the North Warwickshire and Hinckley & Bosworth LEADER website - https://www.northwarks.gov.uk/erh/site/index.php

North Warwickshire and Hinckley & Bosworth LEADER Programme - Now Open for Business
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 9:25am
North Warwickshire and Hinckley & Bosworth LEADER Programme - Now Open for Business

North Warwickshire District Council and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have together secured £1.416 million of European funding through the LEADER Programme (2015-2019). LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

The money will be allocated to businesses, groups or organisations that can demonstrate a benefit to the local rural economy. To be successful, applications must contribute to the creation of jobs or the development of businesses in the rural areas.

The first call for applications is now open

This call is for projects from farmers, foresters and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. The deadline for outline applications in this first round is the 4 January 2016. Further applications to deliver projects relating to rural services, tourism, cultural and heritage activities will be invited from next year.

To discuss a potential project idea or to receive an outline application form, contact the LEADER Programme Team at North Warwickshire Borough Council, on 01827 719356 or email leaderproject@northwarks.gov.uk Alternatively visit the Facebook page at: /NWHBLEADER

Hinckley and Bosworth Rural Conference
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 9:16am
Hinckley and Bosworth Rural Conference

1st December 2015, 10.00am – 3.30pm, Bosworth Hall, Market Bosworth

This is the inaugural annual rural conference for the Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth, which will focus on the key challenges and priorities for rural localities, creating a forum for sharing, learning and planning, to inform an annual rural work programme, within the context of an agreed Rural Strategy.

The programme for the event will focus around a number of high level priorities for the Borough:

  • Access to services and facilities
  • A Responsive and Enabling Planning and Policy Framework
  • Rural Housing Delivery
  • Countryside & Environment Protection and Enhancement
  • Economy and Enterprise
  • Community Safety, Empowerment and Action

Please see the attached flyer for more details on the issues to be covered at the event.

To book your free place, please contact Edwina Grant, Strategic & Community Planning Officer, Edwina.grant@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk Tel 01455 255629. Please specify any specific dietary or access needs.

Please note there will be ample space for those wishing to present an exhibition stand/table. Please confirm requirements with Edwina as soon as possible, and no later than one week prior to the event.

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 4:15pm
East Leicestershire LEADER Funding - Current Call Closing Soon

We are now over half way through the first call for East Leicestershire LEADER funding. Apply Now!

If you are a micro-business or a small tourism business in the East Leicestershire LEADER area, you can now apply for between £2,500 - £35,000 to grow your business and support jobs and the local economy. To find out more about this call for funding, please visit our open calls page. This call closes on 29th November 2015.

There will be further opportunities to apply between now and 2020. Please see our funding timetable for more details.

East Leicestershire LEADER is a European funding stream aimed at creating growth and jobs in the rural economy. Funding for each of the following 6 LEADER priorities will be made available at different times throughout the LEADER programme:

  • support businesses with less than 50 employees
  • support farm diversification
  • boost rural tourism
  • increase farm productivity
  • increase forestry productivity
  • provide rural services
  • provide cultural and heritage activities

To find out more about the East Leicestershire LEADER programme, including to check if you are in an eligible location, visit east-leicestershire-leader.html. Alternatively, you can contact the East Leicestershire LEADER team at eastleicestershireleader@leics.gov.uk or 0116 305 62 98. Twitter users can stay up to date with the programme by following @EastLeicsLEADER.

Leicester And Leicestershire Excellence In Tourism Awards
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 3:23pm
Leicester And Leicestershire Excellence In Tourism Awards

Gold awards were presented to 13 tourism businesses at the fifth annual Leicester and Leicestershire Excellence in Tourism Awards 2015. Gold winners and Highly Commended finalists received their awards at the ceremony on 5 November 2015, hosted by Leicester Shire Promotions and held at Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel.

The winners in each category were:

Accommodation Provider of the Year

  • Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel - Gold
  • Kilworth House Hotel - Highly Commended
  • Best Western Plus Ullesthorpe Court Hotel & Golf Club - Highly Commended

Tourism Event of the Year

  • Melton Mowbray Victorian Fayre - Gold
  • Foxton Locks Festival - Highly Commended

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre - Gold
  • Stoneywell - Highly Commended
  • The Boilerhouse - Highly Commended

Taste of England Award

  • The White Peacock - Gold
  • 34 Windsor Street - Highly Commended
  • National Space Centre - Highly Commended

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • King Richard III Visitor Centre - Gold
  • Curve - Highly Commended
  • National Space Centre - Highly Commended

Access for All Tourism Award

  • Attenborough Arts Centre - Gold
  • National Space Centre - Highly Commended

Sustainable Tourism Award

  • Horseshoe Cottage Farm - Gold

Tourism Pub of the Year

  • The Belper Arms - Gold

Business Tourism Award

  • imago - Gold

Tourism Experience

  • King Richard III Reinterment - Gold
  • Hawkwise Falconry - Highly commended

Holiday Park of the Year/Self Catering Provider of the Year

  • Eye Kettleby Lakes - Gold
  • The Dandelion Hideaway - Gold

Bed and Breakfast Award

  • Badger's Mount – Gold

Winners on the night will now be re-judged for the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016. In the 2015 VisitEngland awards, four local businesses made it through to the finals including Gold Award winner, Hotel Maiyango, as well as The Dandelion Hideaway, The Exchange and the National Space Centre.

The Excellence in Tourism Awards were held as part of the Leicester Business Festival, which runs from 26th October until 6th November 2015.

SHIRE Community Grants
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 1:58pm
SHIRE Community Grants

If you are a local charity, community group, social enterprise or local/parish council and you work with vulnerable or disadvantaged people, you may be able to apply for a SHIRE Community Grant.

There are two SHIRE Community Grant Schemes:

Your SHIRE Community Grant;

Groups can apply for up to £2,500.

This will fund projects which contribute to one or more of the six themes;

1. Encouraging vulnerable young people to achieve their potential
2. Encouraging healthy lifestyles, including physical activity and healthy eating
3. Supporting older people to live in the community
4. Supporting vulnerable people in the community
5. Supporting carers
6. Addressing financial vulnerability

- See www.leicestershireforums.org for more details

SHIRE Community Solutions Grant

Groups can apply for up to £10,000 for activities which benefit vulnerable people/groups through early intervention and prevention activities.

- See www.leics.gov.uk/shiregrants for more details

Further Information

For more information about the grant schemes, or to discuss a potential project, please contact:

Andy Hayes or Noel Singh
Strategy, Partnerships & Communities
Chief Executive's Department
Room 300 B, County Hall
Tel: (0116) 305 7269 or (0116) 305 7020
Email: shiregrants@leics.gov.uk

Information about alternative funding is available via the Funding Toolkit:

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:42am
Rural Business Funding (LLEP Growth Programme/EAFRD) - application deadline approaching

There is now less than one month to apply to the LLEP Growth Programme (EAFRD).

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 £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

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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