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Welcome to the March edition of the Blaby Business Boost

Business Support

Prepare your business for EU Exit
The HM Government website has lots of useful information to help you to understand how leaving the EU may affect your business and what you can do to get ready.

Did you know businesses wishing to continue to import or export goods after the 29th March will need to apply for an EORI number? This will be required in the event of a No Deal exit.

Employing EU citizens, operating in the EU and importing and exporting are just a few examples of the topics covered on this website. Nelsons Law are running a free employment forum on this topic at their Leicester office on 14 March.  

FREE Digital Marketing Seminars for businesses based in Blaby town centre will be on offer shortly. A Launch Event will be held on Monday 1st April starting at 17:30 at Blaby Parish Council offices, 22-24 Leicester Road, Blaby LE8 4GQ. Highly experienced trainers from the Digital Growth Programme will be designing the format of the seminars around feedback received from local businesses.  For more information and to book a place email

LLEP Biz Gateway
Check out the host of advice, guidance, help, news and diary of events available in this "one stop shop" of business support for start up and growing enterprises. 1 to 1 free appointments with a business adviser can also be booked.

Click here to see what is on offer to benefit your business. 

Grants & Funding

Digital Growth
Local SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire operating in business to business sectors can apply for up to £40k towards new technology solutions. Criteria and 65% match applies. Book up for free training workshops so that your firm is up to speed with all things digital.   

Innovation funding through University of Leicester
SMEs looking to develop new products, processes and services can tap into a host of support from the Innovation Hub.

Support for producers
Expert help and funding is on offer to manufacturers through Economic Growth Solutions delivering the Manufacturing Growth Programme. Growth advisors are on hand to carry out a diagnostic check and develop improvement projects.

Skills & Training

Apprenticeships can help to plug industry skills gaps and develop new talent for your business. Check out the benefits to your firm by using your apprenticeship levy or transfer on to another company instead of wasting it.

Need help with recruitment? 
Local FE colleges, universities and providers can promote your vacancies and find your next recruits. Offering work experience is like an extended interview to help you get to know the candidates better. 

Can you inspire the next generation?
Business volunteers are needed to give a few hours to help local schools and prepare students for the world of work. Brockington College are running their mock interview sessions on 15 March from 0830 - 1230  and invite people from lots of different sectors to join in. Call Rakesh Patel 0116 2863722 or email


Health & Well Being

Wellbeing @ work - Get your free business health check 
Despite news that sickness and absenteeism in the workplace has been on a steady decline since 2013, UK businesses still stand to face losses of 4.4 days per employee, per year, at a cost to the UK economy of over £29bn. In Blaby District (plus some areas of the county) free support starting with a health assessment from Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport is on offer to improve the health and wellbeing of your employees.


Surveys - Have your say?

A5 Business Survey
If you’re a business based close to the A5 in North Warwickshire, Midlands Connect wants to hear from you. They are working to understand the importance of the A5 to shape investment and development plans for this strategic east-west route. The survey won’t take long and there’s a £30 Amazon voucher up for grabs for one lucky respondent.  take the survey now!

The information provided is up to date at the time of writing. Readers are advised to contact event providers to confirm details before travelling. 
March  2019

LLEP/Leicester City Council/CiTB
Meet the buyer - CONSTRUCTION 2019
Date: Thursday 14 March
Time: 08:00 - 11:30
Venue: King Power Stadium
Filbert Way
Leicester LE2 7FL

Collaborate, Growing Business Together
Changes to Customs & Trade after Brexit
Date: Wednesday 20 March
Time:  07:30 - 10:00
Venue: Devonshire Place
78 London Road
Leicester LE2 0RA

Network Blaby
Date: Thursday 21 March
Time: 07:30 - 09:30
Venue: Jenno's Coffee House
21 Leicester Road
Leicester LE8 4GR

Digital Growth Programme

Understanding Paid Search & Display Advertising
Date: Thursday 21 March
Time: 09:00 - 16:30
Venue: Ramada Stage Hotel
299 Leicester Road
Leicester LE18 1JW

Blaby District Council/Digital Growth Programme

FREE Digital Marketing seminars - Launch Event (Available to Blaby town centre Businesses only).
Date: Monday 1st April
Time: 17;30
Venue: Blaby Parish Council offices
22- 24 Leicester Road

Digital Growth Programme
Date:Thursday 11 April 2019

Time: 0830 - 1545
LLEP Digital Conference
Venue: Leicester Racecourse

Unemployment Data

Count of JSA claimants January 2019

Blaby District 0.2%
Leicester 0.6%
Leics 0.2%
East Midlands 0.7%
UK 0.7%
Contact us

For more information about this update or to see how we can help you contact the Economic Development Team at Blaby District Council:

Carole Troake, Principal Economic Development Officer
0116 272 7735

Alison Newitt, Economic Development Officer 
0116 272 7765

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