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Leicestershire Rural Partnership has a strong history of supporting local businesses and key rural sectors through grants programmes, training and events. We are currently liaising with the newly formed Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership to discuss how we can work with them to support Leicestershire's rurally based, serving and reliant businesses.

Small businesses are extremely important to the rural economy. In Leicestershire 84% of businesses employ less than 10 people and 97% of local businesses employ less than 50 people. As well as supporting these smaller enterprises Leicestershire Rural Partnership has also prioritised the following sectors:

  • Land based sectors including forestry, estates and agriculture
  • Food and Drink production, manufacturing, restaurants and retail
  • Equestrian facilities, services and leisure
  • Visitor economy including attractions, visitor sites, accommodation
  • Creative Industries (see Creative Leicestershire)
  • Knowledge-based businesses

Watch this page or register for e-alerts for more information on future grants, training and events.