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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 4:20pm
East Leicestershire LEADER - Proud to be a Part of the Leicester Business Festival 2015!

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.

Posted:
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 4:26pm
From Idea to Enterprise - Business Support for Female Entrepreneurs

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

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Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:09am
Reminder - LLEP Growth Programme (EAFRD)

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;

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/business-support-call-in-leicestershire-21rd15bs0001

Contacts;

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

Posted:
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 9:51am
Leicester Business Festival

The inaugural Leicester Business Festival (LBF) will run from Monday 26th October to Friday 6th November 2015. The LBF will host two weeks of business events across the county.

As part of the Business Festival, the Leicestershire Rural Partnership will be hosting the Launch of East Leicestershire LEADER. The event will take place at The Coplow Centre, Billesdon, Leicestershire LE7 9AR on Tuesday 27th October 2015, 19:00-21:00. 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.

East Leicestershire LEADER is a programme of grants which will be available to small and micro-sized businesses and communities in the Melton and Harborough districts, as well as parts of Charnwood and Blaby districts. The event will also feature an overview of the LLEP Growth Programme (EAFRD). More information and for how to book your place, please visit the Oakleaves Website.

Superfast Leicestershire will also be taking part in the Festival. Team members will deliver a session on 'Increasing Access to Superfast Broadband' during the Digital Conference & Expo on 5th November 2015 at Leicester Tigers.

Blaby District Council will hold a Blaby District Means Business Event on the 28th October from 08:00am at the Marriot Hotel. The event will feature a business 2 business exchange session for local firms. For more information, please contact economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk.

More information on the LBF, as well as a full calendar of events is available via the Leicester Business Festival website – www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com

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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.

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Posted:
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

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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.

Posted:
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.

Posted:
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;

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/business-support-call-in-leicestershire-21rd15bs0001

Contacts;

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

Posted:
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
heather.bell@leics.gov.uk
0116 305 5541

or

Ray Hurst
ray.hurst@leics.gov.uk
0116 305 5505

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

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