Latest news & events

12 Nov 20182018 AGM & Pre-Christmas pie night

Tuesday 27th November 6:30pm The Kings Arms, 187 The Moor, Coleorton, Coalville LE67 8GD   Members: £15 Non-members: £20   Agenda Welcome Approval of last year's minutes (click here to read them) Reports President's Report Treasurer's Report Election of Committee President Vice President Treasurer Secretary 3 committee members Plans for forthcoming year & Members' forum Any Other Business Close   Time & Location We aim to meet around 6:00pm and start the ... (click to read more)

06 Nov 2018Car parking in Ashby

Do you run a business in Ashby - and need to park there regularly? This scheme may help you... ... (click to read more)

19 Oct 2018Realise the Potential of your Sporting Business

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) are running an event to introduce businesses in the sport, fitness, physical activity and leisure sector to the wealth of cutting edge opportunities available through Leicestershire’s three universities. This event is part of the Leicester Business Festival and the LRS Business of Sport Network. Realise ... (click to read more)

23 Aug 2018East Midlands Chamber to scrutinise 'No Deal' Brexit

The East Midlands Chamber is to scrutinse a 'No Deal' Brexit - click here for the full story. ... (click to read more)

06 Jun 2018Guest speaker Chris Bradshaw QGM

Super excited to announce our guest speaker at the annual lunch will be Chris Bradshaw QGM. Chris is a Search and Rescue Winchman Paramedic Technical Crew Instructor, former Royal Marine Commando and RAF Aircrew and one time Medical Emergency Response Team Paramedic. Chris was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in 2013 ... (click to read more)

22 May 2018North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce Annual Lunch

Bookings are now being taken for the North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce Annual Lunch on Friday 29th June at Zamanis in Ashby.  £20.00 for members (discount code sent) and £25.00 for guests (plus small booking fee).  Please follow the link to reserve your place Looking forward to seeing you there! ... (click to read more)

13 May 2018Bank of England Summary

Please find attached the following link to the May Inflation Report; this will include PowerPoint slides and Excel sheets containing the final charts and tables. Additionally, please find a link to the visual summary which covers the main elements of the Inflation Report. Furthermore please find the below link to the pdf ... (click to read more)

16 Feb 2018Digital Growth Conference

Hurry ... places are filling up fast! Have you booked your place yet for the Digital Growth Conference 18: explore the future, taking place in Leicester on 15 March? Delivered in partnership with Superfast Leicestershire, this action-packed Conference will include a keynote presentation from TED-Ex speaker Andrew Grillfollowed by talks from ... (click to read more)

08 Feb 2018Inflation Report - February 2018

Bank of England inflation Report - available here ... (click to read more)

18 Jan 2018New funding available for SMEs in Leicestershire

Chamber Event to kick start your 2018! 23rd February 8.00am Breakfast Event Stephenson College NEW funding available for SMEs in Leicestershire Guest Speakers Andrew Bridgen MP With an update on the National scene and how the ‘Midlands Engine’ can help grow the economy. Lewis Stringer from The British Business Bank With information on NEW funding available for ... (click to read more)

11 Dec 2017Digital Growth Programme

As part of the Digital Growth Programme there is a workshop on Wednesday 13 December called ‘Growing Your E-Commerce Business’ in Hinckley, Leicestershire at the Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa.  If you are interested in attending you can book onto the workshop that is listed on the website -  The website ... (click to read more)

11 Dec 2017Village Shop Grant scheme

There is still money left for the Village Shop Grant scheme being delivered by Leicestershire County Council. The settlement needs to have less than 7000 population, and village businesses can get up to £3,000 for help with projects. Please click on the below link for guidance notes -  For more information please ... (click to read more)

04 Nov 2017AGM - 2017 & Minutes from 2016

AGM Date & Time Tuesday 5th December 6pm for 6:30pm start   AGM Location De La Zouch Restaurant, Market Street, Ashby Meet from 6pm to start the meeting at 6:30pm. Please order (and pay) for a drink from the bar as you arrive.   AGM 2017 Agenda Welcome Approval of last year's minutes (click here to read them) Reports President's Report Treasurer's ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2017The Manufacturing Growth Programme

The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) is an ERDF funded programme to provide support for growth focused Manufacturing businesses.  The programme works with small and medium sized companies with less than 250 employees in the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire regions. MGP is designed to stimulate the growth of aspiring manufacturing ... (click to read more)

20 Sep 2017Next Meeting: FREE Training & Grant Funding - 11th October

FREE TRAINING - YES FREE! Wednesday 11th October 5:30pm The Hermitage Park Hotel, Coalville   Members: Free Non Members: £5 (pay on arrival) If you are interested in hearing about FREE training for your staff or GRANT funding to help your business to grow - then you should attend this meeting. We have the following speakers: Shereen Richardson Interserve FREE fully funded training ... (click to read more)

15 Sep 2017Enterprising Town Centres – Free Workshops

Free workshops to help businesses prepare for Christmas. As part of the Council’s Enterprising Town Centres programme, town centre business owners across North West Leicestershire can learn how to make the most of the festive period at a series of free workshops. North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is working with ... (click to read more)

14 Sep 2017Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)

In January 2017 Defra launched £120m RDPE Growth Programme calls for the following EAFRD socio-economic projects Food Processing Tourism Infrastructure Business Development (no separate Business Development call currently available in LLEP area) Open until January 2018 for Expressions of Interest   Full information in these slides ... (click to read more)

14 Sep 2017 Free workshops to help your Business become Digitally Ready

For a range of free workshops to help get your business digital ready - including lots of information on content for websites - see this website. ... (click to read more)

11 Sep 2017Disability Confident

NWLDC in partnership with JCP and Stephenson College would like to invite you to an event on Friday October 27th on raising the profile of the Disability Confident Employers Initiative which encourages companies to employ people with disabilities or health conditions. It will be a breakfast event and it is part of the ... (click to read more)

11 Sep 2017Creative Leicestershire

For all those creative businesses in the district this might be a helpful way to promote business – Creative Leicestershire, one of our partners, has a directory for businesses and it is free to join.   The website page you need to go to is: Please share the link with anyone ... (click to read more)

01 Sep 2017Upcoming LLEP Business Gateway Workshops

Strategic Recruitment for Companies looking to Grow Thursday 7th Sept 8am - 11am Click here if interested > How do you do your own PR and Video Marketing Tuesday 19th Sept 2017 8am - 11am Click here if interested > Click the graphic for the download. ... (click to read more)

31 Jul 2017Grants available for Business Development, Food Processing and Tourism Infrastructure

In January 2017 Defra launched £120 million of RDPE Growth Programme funding through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).   Calls are currently open, inviting Expression of Interest (EoI) applications for Tourism Infrastructure, Food Processing, and Business Development projects. The funding is intended to create jobs and growth in the ... (click to read more)

07 Jul 2017Coalville Heroes

Thank you to all members and guests who came to the Annual Lunch last Friday. We were excellently hosted by La Torre in Coalville. One of our speakers - the Coalville Heroes project has asked us to share their Facebook page and brochure. If you can help this excellent local ... (click to read more)

24 Apr 2017Two funding programmes to support the growth of SME businesses across the District and within our Market Towns

Information on TWO funding schemes: Enterprising Town Centres Enterprising Town Centres is a brand new, unique grant programme created by North West Leicestershire District Council to support local independent town centre businesses to invest, grow and create new local employment.  The aim of the programme is to support the growth of town ... (click to read more)

19 Apr 2017Skills Support for the Workforce

Please see information below - free training for Leicestershire small businesses. You can download the PDF here - or find out more: ... (click to read more)

27 Mar 2017Meet Leicestershire Police & Crime Commissioner

Meet Leicestershire Police & Crime Commissioner Tuesday 25th April 5:30pm Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth   Our speakers Lord Willy Bach, Leicestershire Police & Crime Commissioner Inspector Helena Bhakta, NWL Neighbourhood Policing Commander Sam Hancock, Nottingham's Police Pre-Crime Manager - Cyber Crime Times & Locations We aim to meet at 5:30pm for refreshments, with the meeting starting at 6pm. We're ... (click to read more)

24 Mar 2017New Chief Executive for North West Leicestershire District Council

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has appointed a new Chief Executive. At a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 21 March 2017, councillors agreed to appoint Beverley Smith, who will join the authority in early June. Bev Smith is currently Chief Executive at Mansfield District Council in Nottinghamshire, a role ... (click to read more)

17 Mar 2017Industrial Strategy consultation

Friday 17 March marks 'one month to go' until the Government's Industrial Strategy consultation period closes. This is an opportunity for business people across the region to have their say, help shape the Industrial Strategy and create an economy that works for everyone. We'd very much appreciate it if you could ... (click to read more)

15 Mar 2017LLEP Open Call - EOI submissions

It has been agreed that the LLEP will be reviewing the LLEP Open Call pipeline of projects again, therefore, we are now actively encouraging the submission of new project Expressions of Interest.   The information on our website is in the process of being updated, however, if you are aware of ... (click to read more)

15 Mar 2017Influencing the Government's Industrial Strategy

FROM EAST MIDLANDS CHAMBER: Just a short note to let you know that the Chamber is brokering a business consultation session on 11 April 2017 (3:30-5pm) concerning the Government’s current Industrial Strategy – this is an opportunity to influence; determining the key assets and strengths of the region, that will ... (click to read more)

04 Mar 2017Commercial Fire Safety Event

Following the recent fire at Corah’s in Leicester city we are hosting a free event to provide local businesses with reassurance and advice on commercial fire safety. This has even more relevance after the sad events in Ashby earlier this week.   The event is at:- Warning Zone Frog Island Leicester LE3 5AG Wednesday 8th March at ... (click to read more)

01 Mar 2017Collaborate: Growing Business Together - New Business Support Project

The Collaborate project is a comprehensive business growth programme for Leicester and Leicestershire. If you’re looking to grow your business, then the ‘Collaborate’ project is here to help. Collaborate: Growing Business Together - New Business Support Project Additional support and finance is available to Leicestershire businesses. This new project will offer ... (click to read more)

01 Mar 2017£12.4m infrastructure loan scheme has relaunched!

A Government-backed loan scheme to assist transport and infrastructure projects has re-opened for applications through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP). The LLEP has relaunched the fourth round of its £12.4 million ‘Growing Places Fund’ (GPF) which is open to developers, local authorities and businesses, to apply for short ... (click to read more)

01 Mar 2017Unlocking Potential - Free Breakfast Networking event Friday 31st March 2017 8.00 - 9.30am - City Hall, 115 Charles St, Leicester.

We are holding a Free Breakfast networking event on Friday 31st March for employers within Leicestershire to look at reducing unemployment further by tackling recruitment barriers such as skills, qualifications, health conditions and criminal convictions. Ingeus are a prime contractor of the Justice Contract, ‘transforming rehabilitation’ This is the government's ... (click to read more)

08 Feb 2017Bank of England Inflation Report

Below is a link to the Bank of England February 2017 Inflation Report The MPC summary and minutes can be found on the following link ... (click to read more)

27 Jan 2017LLEP Business Gateway Digital Growth Programme Launch: Leicester & Leicestershire Launch Events

Knowing the true value presented by new technology and understanding what is right for your business can be a daunting challenge making it all too easy to miss out on making the difference needed to improve your business. That is where we come in. The LLEP Digital Growth Programme is ... (click to read more)

13 Jan 2017The biggest FREE business event of it's kind in the Midlands

It takes place on the 16th February 2017, at Donington Park Great Speakers, up to 4000 delegates and over 220 exhibitors in 6 themed zones It started with a business event and has grown to a movement which engages people who Love Business and pulls together all the organisations who can ... (click to read more)

13 Jan 2017Funding and grant opportunities across North West Leicestershire

These meetings are always out most popular. The wealth of information and opportunities discussed really helps the businesses in the room. Following previous meetings, several members have made successful grant and funding applications - and continue to do so. Our speakers Barrie Walford, North West Leicestershire District Council - Funding Opportunities David Wright/Jackie ... (click to read more)

13 Jan 2017‘Green BELLE’ by Leicester City Council

Businesses apply for the grant through an Expression of Interest, followed by a Full Application.  A ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document and Business Support Organisation factsheet is attached for your information. Please share to your networks. Green BELLE is offering 50% match-funded grants of £1,000 to £10,000 to fund energy efficiency measures ... (click to read more)

17 Nov 2016Superfast Broadband

On behalf of Leicestershire County Council – Superfast Broadband team, I would like to invite you to attend the Superfast Leicestershire Stakeholder Forum on Monday 5th  December 2016 (Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Council Chamber, 6pm to 8pm ). Refreshments will be served from 5:45pm.   This event is open ... (click to read more)

15 Nov 2016HS2 - The view from East Midlands Chamber

News from East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) HS2 station hub confirmed for Toton East Midlands Chamber reaction The Government has this morning announced its preferred route for HS2 Phase Two from the West Midlands to Manchester and Leeds, including a station hub at Toton, in the East Midlands. Reacting to the long-awaited ... (click to read more)

14 Nov 2016AGM 2016

Tuesday 6th December 6:00pm The Kings Arms, Coleorton £10 members £15 non-members We will charge on the door - receipts will be available. We must know numbers by: Friday 2nd December. Email: Agenda Welcome Approval of last year's minutes President's Report Treasurer's Report Election of Committee   -  President   -  Vice President   -  Treasurer   -  Secretary   -  3 committee members Plans ... (click to read more)

14 Nov 2016LLEP & Natwest - Cybercrime Workshop - protect your business

Did you know one in ten people in England and Wales have been victims of cybercrime in past year!  Cybercrime now makes up 40% of all recorded criminal incidents according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) Attend this FREE workshop to learn about the latest cyber crime threats and how ... (click to read more)

14 Nov 2016Power to Change - Community Business Fund Opens for Round 3

The Power to Change Community Business Fund is currently accepting applications from existing community businesses in England. The £10 million Community Business Fund is providing grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 over three funding rounds to help existing locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact ... (click to read more)

14 Nov 2016Ramp it up

From the Ramp It Up campaign: We are inviting local communities around the UK to help businesses in their neighbourhoods make their establishments more wheelchair friendly through an interactive new contest on Facebook. Throughout the month of November, users can upload a photo of a local business for a chance ... (click to read more)

28 Oct 2016Encouraging GDP figures show continued growth

News from East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire): Encouraging GDP figures show continued growth Growth in the economy has slowed only marginally since the EU referendum. Figure released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics showed GDP increased 0.5% in quarter three (July to September). Adjusted figures for quarter two had shown growth ... (click to read more)

26 Oct 2016Area Review

Please find below an invitation to take part in the consultation process for the Area Review.   As part of the Leicester and Leicestershire Area Review Process, the Department for Education would like to consult with local providers and employers about their views on skills training provision and future demand.   Please find ... (click to read more)

22 Oct 2016Jobs Fair

NWLDC are holding a Jobs Fair on Friday 28th October from 10am – 2pm at Stephenson College, in partnership with JobCentrePlus.  There will be advice and guidance available on the day with over 25 companies offering more than 2,500 jobs. ... (click to read more)

22 Oct 2016Government generated Business Perception Survey

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13 Oct 2016Food and Drink Business Growth Expo

An excitng B2B Food & Drink event will provide business a endees with the opportunity to meet with industry leaders and experts from across the sector. There will be an extensive Food & Drink business exhibition coupled with a series of six short seminars seeking to address specific industry issues ... (click to read more)

13 Oct 2016Growing Places Fund (GPF)

Fourth round of the LLEP's Growing Places Fund is now live: The LLEP is now inviting expressions of interest for the fourth round of the Growing Places Fund (GPF) from developers and other applicants for schemes which are currently stalled or development proposals which can be accelerated with an injection of GPF loan capital ... (click to read more)

27 Sep 2016VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence for all English tourism businesses will take place in spring 2017 and applications are currently open with a closing date of 14 October 2016.   If you know of any businesses that would be interested in applying, please direct them to the official website: which ... (click to read more)

26 Sep 2016Enterprising North West Leicestershire Grant Programme

North West Leicestershire District Council would like to invite you to the Enterprising North West Leicestershire Grant Programme celebration event.   The event will be held at the Yew Tree Lodge Hotel at Kegworth on Thursday October 27th 2016 between 5pm – 7pm, with light refreshments and a variety of drinks ... (click to read more)

08 Sep 2016Cash boost for cleaner, greener vans and lorries

Transport Minister Andrew Jones announces £19 million funding to help freight industry cut vehicle emissions and unveils accreditation scheme. Up to £19 million will be available to support the freight industry’s efforts to reduce vehicle emissions, Transport Minister Andrew Jones announced today, 30 June 2016. The money will help fleets of ... (click to read more)

18 Aug 2016Defra’s Food Tourism Grant Scheme

UPDATE - 8th September 2016 This is the alert to advise that Defra’s food tourism grant scheme ‘Championing Great British Food Tourism’ is now live, open for applications until 26 Sept 2016. Please read the detail provided on this 2 page cover note first, which has been posted on the Great ... (click to read more)

12 Aug 2016Princes Trust - Step Up Grant now available

NOW LIVE....... The Princes Trust – Talent Match Leicestershire ‘step up’ grant is now live. Business across Leicestershire are being encouraged to apply for Grants of £2500. The grants are targeting businesses in North West Leicestershire, Hinckley and Melton who can provide paid jobs for local unemployed young persons between the ages ... (click to read more)

12 Aug 2016Details emerge for apprenticeship funding beyond April 2017

From East Midlands Chamber: The Government has this morning published more details about how its apprenticeship levy will work. It had already been announced that firms with payroll of £3m and over would have to pay an additional 0.5% to the levy. The details released this morning show that the levy will ... (click to read more)

10 Aug 2016Pitch Up Leicester

Information for the next generation of sellers – are you ready to knock our socks off? Pitches at the ready – now’s your chance to become part of the UK’s number one curated online marketplace. Whether you have a successful business already, or just an idea rattling around inside your ... (click to read more)

08 Aug 2016Strategic Growth Plan

Information about how to get involved in the Strategic Growth Plan for Leicester and Leicestershire: The nine local authorities in Leicester and Leicestershire and the Local Enterprise Partnership are starting work on a Strategic Growth Plan.  The first stage in the preparation of the plan is the Strategic Growth Statement.  This ... (click to read more)

03 Aug 2016Purple Flag for Ashby

The Purple Flag Accreditation Scheme was launched in October 2009 by the Association of Town Centre Management in association with partners in central and local government, the professions, police, business and industry.   Just as the Blue Flag is an indicator of a good beach, Purple Flag is the indicator ... (click to read more)

29 Jul 2016Business must be the focus of Brexit talks

FROM East Midlands Chamber ( Brexit negotiations must focus on getting the best possible deal for UK business, according to bosses. In the five weeks since the historic vote, East Midlands Chamber* and British Chambers of Commerce have canvassed opinions from company owners, directors and managers about what they want to ... (click to read more)

05 Jul 2016Superfast Leicestershire Broadband

On behalf of Leicestershire County Council – Superfast Broadband team, I would like to invite you to attend the Superfast Leicestershire Stakeholder Forum on Tuesday 19th July 2016 (Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Council Chamber, 6pm to 8pm ). Refreshments will be served from 5:45pm.   The agenda will include: ·         ... (click to read more)

06 May 2016Business Leaders' Breakfast

The LLEP are organising their next business leaders breakfast for 26 May with a transport theme. Detail via this link: ... (click to read more)

03 May 2016Business Continuity

Please find below an invitation to a FREE business continuity seminar and workshop on Tuesday 17th May to Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016. ... (click to read more)

20 Apr 2016Bank of England Summary

Summary of Business Conditions: ... (click to read more)

18 Apr 2016Euro IN / OUT Debate

On 23rd of June, the United Kingdom will vote on whether to remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union. The North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce is hosting an ‘In or Out’ debate. This is your chance to hear the opposing views and put your questions ... (click to read more)

15 Apr 2016Jobs Fair - Swadlincote 28th April

For information on a jobs, training and skills fair - click here. ... (click to read more)

11 Apr 2016National Living Wage Briefing

For information, The East Midlands Chamber is running a (free) information seminar to support Leicestershire businesses concerning the requirements of the new National Living Wage legislation, which came into force at the beginning of the month – I’d be grateful if you’d cascade the details (below) to members of ... (click to read more)

08 Apr 2016Friday May 13th - A day to tackle your Business issues without fear!

Local networking group NLB are organising a morning for business leaders to come along and speak to other business leaders about any issues they're facing in business. There'll be no selling - no pitches - no formal 'networking'. Its Free - its at the fantastic Heartwood Conference Centre in ... (click to read more)

04 Apr 2016Could you be a Community Business Leader?

We have been sent details of a new charitable Trust which was set up to support, develop and grow community business across England.  Full details can be found on their website: ... (click to read more)

11 Mar 2016Cutting Red Tape

If you're interested in helping the government cut red tape for businesses - see the information here: ... (click to read more)

17 Feb 2016Apprenticeship Networking Event for Local Businesses

Find out how your business could benefit from taking on an apprentice in 2016 Apprenticeship Networking Event for Local Businesses Monday 14 March, 5.30-7.30pm County Hall, Glenfield More information - here ... (click to read more)

10 Feb 2016Clean for the Queen

From North West Leicestershire District Council: Many businesses, parish councils, community groups and organisations across the district are busy organising litter picks in North West Leicestershire.  This has been happening for a number of years and this year Keep Britain Tidy are promoting a special campaign ‘Clean for the Queen’ ... (click to read more)

25 Jan 2016Bank of England - Agents' Summary

The monthly Agents' summary is available now on the Bank of England website - click here. ... (click to read more)

25 Jan 2016Healthy Workplaces Programme: Fully Funded for North West Leicestershire Businesses

Healthy Workplaces Programme: Fully Funded for North West Leicestershire Businesses: Limited Spaces Remaining! North West Leicestershire businesses that would like to increase productivity and boost their bottom line, by looking after the health and wellbeing of their employees, would benefit from a fully funded programme worth over £4000. Over the past ... (click to read more)

25 Jan 20162016 Meeting Schedule

The Executive Committee have met and have some great plans for 2016. Our members' meetings have been scheduled as follows: Tuesday 1st March (updated!) Tuesday 24th May Friday 1st July (lunch) Tuesday 27th Sept Thursday 27th October (updated) (Young Entrepreneur 2016 Winner) Tuesday 6th Dec (AGM) Obviously as the year moves on these dates are subject ... (click to read more)

17 Dec 2015Premiership Sponsorship opportunity

Ravenstone Juniors Football Club have been invited to hold flags at a Leicester City FC vs Manchester City FC (top of the table clash) game  on December 29th. To help cover the costs, Ravenstone Football Club are looking for local business, or businesses, who would want to sponsor the ... (click to read more)

08 Dec 2015Council signage proposal for Coalville

Following consultation with the Chamber and other stakeholders in Colaville the new proposal for brown tourist signage around Coalville is available to view here.   If you have a comment - please get in touch with the Chamber.     ... (click to read more)

08 Dec 2015"Idea to Enterprise" - Women and Broadband Programme

Have you ever had a great idea for a business, but never got beyond the idea?  Did you take a career break, but are now ready to get back to work? Have you already started your own business, but feel it’s time to move to the next level?  Do ... (click to read more)

08 Dec 2015Tourism in NW Leicestershire

Leicestershire County Council and  Leicester City Council have appointed consultants, Blue Sail to undertake a review of the current tourism support and as part of this review we would wish to obtain the views of as many tourism businesses in the area as possible. We would be most grateful if ... (click to read more)

25 Nov 2015Autumn Statement

The Chancellor has just finished issuing his Autumn Statement, but is it what you wanted? A week ago we asked you, if you could be Chancellor for the day what one policy would you announce to improve the economy for UK businesses? We've had huge interest so thank you to everyone ... (click to read more)

16 Nov 2015Young Entrepreneur Announced

 The Young Entrepreneur Award for 2015 was announced on Friday at the Radisson Blu Hotel Castle Donington. The £1000 award was presented to Billy Chamberlain by Andrew Bridgen MP.  John Merison President of the Chamber spoke of the importance of inspiring young people in the area to become Entrepreneurs ... (click to read more)

13 Oct 2015Bank of England Open Forum Survey

On 11 November, the Bank will be bringing together stakeholders in financial markets at an Open Forum.  Representatives from financial markets, industry, the media, academia, civil society and the policymaking communities will participate on the day, in London at the Guildhall, and at events hosted in Birmingham and Edinburgh, ... (click to read more)

18 Sep 2015Leicester Business Festival-Enterprising Grant Drop in Day

Enterprising North West Leicestershire grant  funding - Drop in day Tuesday 27th October 2015 - 8:30am to 5:30pm North West Leicestershire District Council has recently launched a new £500,000 small grants programme to support SMEs to grow and create new jobs. Grants are available between the value of £5,000 and £25,000 to SME’s ... (click to read more)

02 Sep 2015Scania Fuel Clinics

You may be interested to know that Scania (the commercial vehicle and engine manufacturer) are hosting two free business workshops designed to support Leicestershire SME’s that operate a fleet of vehicles.  The free Fuel Clinic will focus on supporting local businesses and their drivers to become more efficient with ... (click to read more)

27 Aug 2015Chamber supporting better Tourist Signs for Coalville

John Merison Chair of the North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce was interviewed on East Midlands news this morning (Thurs 27th Aug) discussing the councils recent changes to the Brown Tourist Signs for Coalville, The signs are seen as to vague and could damage local economy >> BBC NEWS EAST ... (click to read more)

26 Aug 2015Get a boost with a Health and Wellbeing Small Grant

Local community groups are being urged to apply for a North West Leicestershire Health and Wellbeing Small Grant to receive funding of up to £250 to help get people active and improve their health. North West Leicestershire District Council wants to encourage more people to get moving with a particular focus ... (click to read more)

12 Aug 2015Small Business Commissioner Consultation

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) recently published its  Small Business Commissioner consultation. The discussion paper  can be found at Please send your responses to, clearly marked as a response to the ‘Small Business Commissioner’ by 21 August 2015 Open consultation Small Business Commissioner role This discussion paper sets out the government’s current ... (click to read more)

10 Jun 2015News from East Midlands Airport

As some of East Midlands Airport's valuable partners and stakeholders, we are pleased to be now able to let you know that the final set of Sustainable Development Plan documents have been published and are now available on the Airport's website. This is following the publication and public consultation ... (click to read more)

06 May 2015North West Leicestershire District Council announce new grant funding

Business Focus Team at NWLDC announce the launch of a new grant funding programme for businesses. Grants between £5,000 and £25,000 are available to small and medium sized businesses in North West Leicestershire that are planning to invest in projects that will allow the business to grow and create new jobs for ... (click to read more)

15 Apr 2015Auto Enrolment - Pensions presentation

Many thanks to Kevin Cunningham of Bleathwood IFA for his informative presentation on Auto-Enrolment Pensinos and what it means for Employers earlier this week at our regular meeting. Many of you requested the presentation - so Kevin has very kindly provided it. You can download it here. ... (click to read more)

09 Apr 2015LLEP Papers on Development in and around Leicestershire

Background Place Board in January 2015 agreed a methodology to guide the determining of priorities for future infrastructure investments (attached as Appendix 1).  In addition, at an earlier Place Board it was agreed that an initial audit of key future infrastructure requirements would be initiated to identify proposals which could ... (click to read more)

19 Mar 20152015 Member meetings

The provisional dates for our 2015 meetings are: 14th April 9th June 8th Sept 3rd Nov AGM - Dec ... (click to read more)

16 Mar 2015Changes to Coalville Police Station and Front Enquiry Service

Our Ref:HB/jb Date:11 March 2015 Dear Sir/Madam Changes to Coalville Police Station and Front Enquiry Service We are pleased to have accepted North West Leicestershire District Council’s offer to run a shared front enquiry counter service at the council offices. The minor building work to accommodate us is due to commence and is ... (click to read more)

24 Feb 2015February Members Meeting

Teamwork Inspired Journey bringing success to Leicestershire, was the theme of this first 2015 meeting of North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce members. Over Thirty local businesses heard Andrew Walker of The Fleet Auction Group (FLAG), Andrew Bridgen MP and Graham Hill of Stephenson College talk about a used ... (click to read more)

13 Feb 2015Latest Star Signing !

Latest star signing !   We are delighted to announce that Tom Perry has joined the Crestline Design Team. Working under the direction of our Studio Manager, Amie Roe, Tom will be a valuable member of the creative team working primarily on our two ‘specialisms’.   Managing Director, James Turner said ‘Allied to ... (click to read more)

06 Feb 2015ERDF Catalysing Growth funds

We've just been made aware of new funding made available to support growing business in Leicestershire. Due to success of the LLEP Regional Growth Fund grant scheme, the LLEP have been successful in securing some further ERDF Catalysing Growth funds. If you have a business expansion or training  project that needs ... (click to read more)

29 Jan 2015LLEP Gateway - LIVE!

LLEP Gateway hub to help with business advice In case you didn’t know already the Local Enterprise Partnership Business Gateway website is now up and running – with plenty of information for businesses aiming to grow in 2015 and beyond. Click here for a link to the growing your business page ... (click to read more)

27 Jan 2015NWLDC Business Breakfast

Are you a business around Moira, Measham and Appleby Magna? Moira, Measham and Appleby Magna Breakfast Meeting Tuesday 10th February 2015 8am - 10.30am Best Western Appleby Park Hotel, Appleby Magna, DE12 8LN North West Leicestershire District Council would like to invite your company to join us at a breakfast event with other ... (click to read more)

21 Jan 2015AGM 2014 minutes

The minutes from our 2014 AGM can be found at the link below. 2014 AGM Minutes ... (click to read more)

21 Jan 2015Buy Local Survey

Members - and any NW Leicestershire-based business... please take a couple of minutes to complete this survey on your experience with the NWLDC Buy Local initiative. Many thanks! Take the survey >   ... (click to read more)

16 Jan 2015First meeting of 2015

Our first meeting of 2015 will be held on: Tuesday 17th February - 5:30pm for 6pm at Fleet Motor Auctions, Coalville Speaking at the event will be Andrew Walker from Fleet, Andrew Bridgen MP and Graham Hill from Stephenson College on a scheme that is setting the standard for overseas used vehicle sales. More ... (click to read more)

19 Dec 2014Christmas Fund raising

The Chamber has agreed to donate along with members of North West Leicestershire's premier networking group (Networking for Local Businesses - NLB) and chamber member Fleet Auctions have raised a total of £610 for the local charity Toys on the Table. This charity ensures that local children who may ... (click to read more)

18 Nov 2014Curry, Networking and AGM

NEXT MEETING: Thursday 4th December 5:30pm for 6pm For our final meeting of 2014 we are holding our AGM. Following the business of the annual general meeting there will be the opportunity for informal networking with other members and guests and we'll enjoy the cuisine of De La Zouch in ... (click to read more)

26 Oct 2014University of Derby launch new capital grants programme

The University of Derby launched a new capital grants programme open to SMEs across the East Midlands. The emerging programme will be targeted towards the following growth sectors: Transport Equipment Manufacturing. Medicine/Bio-Science. Construction. Food and Drink Manufacturing. Logistics. Low Carbon.   The total funding available is £16 million, with individual grants of between £15,000 and £1 million available. ... (click to read more)

10 Oct 2014LLEP RGF Funding closing

We have received notice from the LLEP that they are closing the RGF funds expression of application process on Friday October 17th as the funding is oversubscribed. Please can you inform your networks that businesses that have outstanding EOIs or wish to make an application have until 17th to do ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2014October mtg: BuyLocal update and LLEP Funding

TUESDAY 14th OCTOBER After an inspirational September meeting where we awarded £1,000 to our Young Entrepreneurs... we've got a great October meeting planned. We've arranged the following speakers: Mandip Rai, LLEP - talking about the City Deal and other Funding available to businesses. Christine Fisher, NWLDC - giving us an update on ... (click to read more)

17 Sep 2014£1,000 Awarded to Young Entrepreneurs

17 year olds Tracy Mumbi and Michelle Chirwa-Goacher were awarded £1,000 by North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce at their first Young Entrepreneurs’ Awards night. The award was presented by Andrew Bridgen MP at the Heartwood Conference Centre in Coalville. The winning business, KenziCreations, will offer tutorials on hair, make up, ... (click to read more)

15 Aug 2014NWLDC - Twenty for Seven

Do you have a new and exciting project that will make a huge difference to your community? Does it have that creative ‘wow’ factor that will make people want to know more? This is your chance to win £20,000 for your local project within North West Leicestershire – and applications are ... (click to read more)

29 Jul 2014Launch of Business Focus on Enforcement - First business led review goes live today!

A message from Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) | Department for Business, Innovation & Skills You will recall that at the last Business Focus Group meeting, there was a fair amount of uncertainty about the programme.  I am pleased to confirm that subject to agreement at the LLEP Executive (Weds ... (click to read more)

28 Jul 2014Young Entrepreneur Award Presentation Evening

The North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce will be proudly awarding the 2014 Young Entrepreneur Award on Tuesday 16th September 2014 5.30pm at The Heartwood Conference Centre in Coalville. The winner will receive £1,000 towards their business, a years membership of the NWL Chamber and have the opportunity to be ... (click to read more)

21 Jul 2014Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Grants for business

Guest Speaker – Sue Tilley – Economic Growth and Investment Manager at the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership. This event will take place on Tuesday 29th July, 5:30pm for 6pm at emh group (Memorial House, Stenson Road, Coalville LE67 4JP).   The Speakers Sue Tilley Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Sue will be giving us ... (click to read more)

12 Jun 2014A FREE growth programme for local businesses

North West Leicestershire District Council and the Federation of Small Businesses are teaming up to deliver a series of free business support workshops. Over the next 7 months there will be 7 different themed events aimed at supporting local business to develop and grow. Each of the events will be hosted ... (click to read more)

16 May 2014Grants Funding Summary for Leicester and Leicestershire

See attached document for full information, including sector exclusions. Grants under £25,000 Available in Leicester City through the ‘Enterprising Leicester’ programme: Grants are available from £1,000-£5,000 for SMEs who have been registered less than 12 months and NOT trading, or from £2,000-£25,000 for SMEs who are registered and trading. Grants can be used ... (click to read more)

15 May 2014Bank of England - Summary of Conditions

A link to the Bank of England's Summary of Conditions is found below: ... (click to read more)

28 Apr 2014Bank of England - Summary of Conditions

A link to the Bank of England's Summary of Conditions is found below: ... (click to read more)

16 Apr 2014Regulatory Services Enforcement Policies Consultation

NWLDC are undertaking a consultation on Regulatory Services Enforcement Policies - click here to read more and take part in the consultation > ... (click to read more)

02 Apr 2014Fund 101 is back

The Fund 101 funding competition is back and inviting small businesses to apply for up to £500 of funding from PayPal to start or grow your business. The deadline for applications is April 21st. Entries received on or after April 21st will be considered in May applications. The competition ends completely on June 30th. Further details ... (click to read more)

24 Mar 2014Walk your way to business success

Business savvy employers are being encouraged to attend a series of Net-walking sessions as part of national Walk to Work Week in May. The events will be held on Tuesday May 13th at Snibstone Discovery Park in Coalville (8am start) and on Thursday May 15th at Bradgate Park in Newtown ... (click to read more)

20 Mar 2014Coalville Jobs Fair

Andrew Bridgen MP is supporting a jobs fair in Coalville on Friday 11th April - for more information follow the links below: Coalville Jobs Fair poster Coalville Jobs Fair Exhibitor booking form ... (click to read more)

19 Mar 2014Win £1,000 for your business idea

Between 16 and 23? You could win £1,000 from North West Leicestershire Chamber for you business idea! Click here to find out more > ... (click to read more)

17 Mar 2014Regional Growth Fund - Rounds 3 and 4

Please click here for a summary of the capital grants available from LLEP - between £25,000 and £1m ... (click to read more)

14 Mar 2014Civic Dinner and Green Footprints Awards 2014

The Chamber have booked a table at the Green Footprints Awards and Civic Dinner on Friday April 4th at the Radisson Blu, East Midlands Airport. Click here for the Menu and information. If you'd like to join our table - please get in touch with John Merison directly - ... (click to read more)

14 Mar 2014Cycling - and how it can benefit your business

On Tuesday 25th March, Go Travel Solutions are facilitating a Cycle Forum at the Fleet Auction Group in the Training suite. To book:   Discover the business benefits of promoting workplace cycling and the range of resources to support this. More and more people are taking up cycling. Businesses can benefit. Promoting cycling helps to improve the health ... (click to read more)

28 Feb 2014Government Support for High tech and SMEs

High tech small and medium sized companies (SMEs) that want to grow need to take full advantage of Government support. This workshop consists of a selection of 20 minute presentations followed by 10 minutes of questions on the following topics: HMRC (R&D tax credits, Patent Box) including introductory sessions and an ... (click to read more)

19 Feb 2014Lloyds Banking Group announces £250 million support for Flood Victims

Lloyds Banking Group has announced a £250m fund to provide fee free lending for businesses and farmers, as part of a range of measures for businesses and individuals affected by the floods across Britain.  The fund will be open across Britain from today, and businesses can apply through Lloyds ... (click to read more)

19 Feb 2014Ashby's Big Tidy Up

Volunteers are being encouraged to come forward to help with ‘Ashbys Big Tidy Up’. In association with NWLDC Street Action Team, Ashby Town Council and Keep Britain Tidy ‘Big Tidy Up’ Campaign a litter pick is being organised. For the last 3 years Ashby Carpets has organised a community litter ... (click to read more)

16 Feb 2014Bank of England - Summary of Business Conditions

Please use the link below to access this month’s publication of the Monthly Summary of Business Conditions in the UK, as reported by the Bank’s Regional Agents. If you should experience any problems accessing the document, please contact the Agency.  ... (click to read more)

08 Feb 2014Fit 4 Business Challenge

Through his ‘Fit 4 Business Challenge’ role promoting active travel, Mat Richardson is currently organising springtime events for workplaces in the Coalville and Loughborough areas featuring active travel advice, Dr Bike health checks,   and sustainable travel clinics offering personal travel planning advice.  All of these services are fully funded through ... (click to read more)

06 Feb 2014February meeting update

Thank you to all members and visitors who attended this month's meeting at Stephenson College. We hope you found the presentations informative - and learnt something about the various ways you can ensure your business has the skills in place that it needs for growth in 2014. Please find here, information ... (click to read more)

30 Jan 2014Growth Vouchers

There's a new Government programme running until March 2015; designed to make it easier for small businesses to access expert advice. Vouchers are worth up to £2,000 each and can be used across a range of business support. Vouchers are available for the following: Raising finance and managing cash flow: improving financial ... (click to read more)

23 Jan 2014Leicester Gives back

Everyone knows a young person looking for work. That’s why Care Training East Midlands (soon to be CT Skills) have kick-started the ‘Leicester Gives Back’ campaign. Over the next 100 days, we aim to get 100 young people into 100 jobs or Apprenticeships. Click here for more information > ... (click to read more)

23 Jan 2014Bank of England - Summary of Business Conditions

Please use the link below to access this month’s publication of the Monthly Summary of Business Conditions in the UK, as reported by the Bank’s Regional Agents. If you should experience any problems accessing the document, please contact the Agency.  ... (click to read more)

23 Jan 2014North West Leicestershire’s seat at the Personal Debt Summit

With the highest insolvency levels in the county and among the highest in the country, North West Leicestershire is fighting back to financial fitness – a local parish councillor, Sue Morrell, is representing the District at the Personal Debt Summit in London today.  Sue is the first delegate funded ... (click to read more)

23 Jan 2014£200,000 Funding and Mentoring Package Launched for UK Retailers

Launched this week, the Worth Foundation Fund aims to identify and reward the best new retail ideas in the UK, offering funding and mentoring support to the 'most talented' retail entrepreneurs. The overall competition winner will receive: £3,000 in cash; 12 half day mentoring sessions with Paul Soanes or Alex Johns of ... (click to read more)

13 Jan 2014Fit 4 business Challenge

North West Leicestershire District Council are offering free training to employees of local companies to become  leaders for walking or cycling in their organisation or within their local community. Click here for more information > ... (click to read more)

16 Dec 2013Small Business : Great Ambition

This document outlines the Government’s intention to support small businesses through a number of key policy areas (including Growth Hubs). ... (click to read more)

12 Dec 2013Funding meeting update

Thank you to all members and visitors who attended the December NWL Chamber of Commerce meeting which was held at The Royal Hotel, Ashby on Tuesday evening. For those that were unable to attend, from feedback we have had so far, the meeting appears to be one of the ... (click to read more)

06 Dec 2013Bank of England - Summary of Business Conditions

The Bank of England's monthly report is out. Click here to read it. ... (click to read more)

06 Dec 2013Health and Safety made easy

Health and Safety Made Simple, the Toolbox and associated risk assessment tools have been packaged under a new HSE ABC brand to identify them as the trusted and complete set of simple, relevant advice and tools for SMEs, aimed particularly at office based activities, the service, retail and beauty sectors.  HSE is working ... (click to read more)

23 Nov 2013AGM- 2013 - minutes

The minutes of our AGM, held on Tuesday 8th October can be read here. Logos And don't forget you can download your 'Member of NW Leics Chamber' logos by logging in to the website - and visiting this page. ... (click to read more)

13 Nov 20132014 meeting schedule

We've tried to plan ahead with our 2014 member meetings. We intend to try and stick to the Tuesday evening where possible. So, for 2014 our meeting schedule is: Tuesday 4th February Tuesday 1st April Tuesday 3rd June Tuesday 9th September Nov/Dec meeting will be announced soon. More details for the meetings will be sent ... (click to read more)

10 Nov 2013APPG’s third inquiry

Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Local Growth, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Enterprise Zones, we are delighted to introduce the report of the APPG’s third inquiry, which considers whether LEPs – and government, both local and national – are ready to rise to the challenge of delivering local growth. Click ... (click to read more)

31 Oct 2013Launch of Virgin StartUp offering Financial Support to England's Young Entrepreneurs

Virgin StartUp is a new initiative aimed at entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30 who are living in England and looking for help and finance to start a business. This is a nationwide government-backed programme of finance, advice and support. The programme offers loans of between £250 and £25,000. The ... (click to read more)

23 Oct 2013Economic Growth Plan for North West Leicestershire

The Council is in the process of preparing an Economic Growth Plan for North West Leicestershire and is seeking your participation. The purpose of the plan is to: Direct local economic development activities and investment Raise the confidence of the business and private sector in local delivery Connect into the Government agenda ... (click to read more)

17 Oct 2013Bid for cash to boost rural jobs

Businesses have a chance to bid for a share of £100,000, to boost the rural economy and jobs. Leicestershire County Council is inviting bids for the latest round of its rural business grants, which were unveiled earlier this year. The deadline is 5pm on October 31. County cabinet member Pam Posnett, ... (click to read more)

09 Oct 2013Climate Change - What's Your Plan?

Leicester City Council are offering free environmental surveys that could save you money on your utility bills. The ‘Climate Change What’s Your Plan?’ project offers a free environmental survey to any organisation in Leicester and Leicestershire. The aim of the survey is to help organisations improve their energy efficiency, reduce ... (click to read more)

17 Sep 2013Jobs Fair at Stephenson College

Stephenson College, Leicestershire County Council and the Job Centre are holding a Jobs & Careers Fair on 27th September. The Jobs Fair will bring together businesses and employment opportunities from a number of sectors across the District. The agenda for the day is as follows: From 12noon – 13:00 employers are ... (click to read more)

05 Sep 2013Meet the Buyer with NWLDC

The Council are currently investing millions of pounds in modernising thousands of council homes in the North West Leicestershire District through the Decent Homes Improvement Programme. More than 800 homes have already benefited from new windows, doors, heating systems, kitchens, roofs, bathrooms and rewires and it is anticipated that ... (click to read more)

29 Aug 2013Funding source for small businesses

Fund101 targets UK-based entrepreneurs looking to turn an idea into a new business and existing small companies wishing to purchase equipment to help take their enterprise to the next level. Administered by Enterprise Nation, the programme is designed to assist those who are looking for relatively small amounts of capital ... (click to read more)

25 Jul 2013Start-up Loans

If you are aged between 18 and 33, live in England and want to start your own business - read on! Loans are available to help you create the business of your dreams. The minimum loan is £500 and whilst there's no definite limit the average loan size is £3,500. Full ... (click to read more)

03 Jul 2013August meeting with Andrew Bridgen MP

STOP PRESS: Places are filling up fast - so please reserve your seat now, if you haven't already!   The next North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce bi-monthly meeting is to be held on Tuesday 13th August at AB Produce, Measham. As we've promised - we intend to move these meetings around ... (click to read more)

12 Jun 2013Chamber Meeting 11th June at The Palace Community Centre, Ibstock

As promised, the most recent Chamber event was held on the 11th of June at The Palace in Ibstock - keeping with the theme of engaging with businesses across the entire North West Leicestershire region. Thank you to all those members and guests who came along with a special ... (click to read more)

20 May 2013Business Development Grants for Leicestershire

Businesses across Leicestershire are being encouraged to apply for a business development grant up to £150,000.  There will be a one-off event to give you the inside track on the Regional Growth Fund and the opportunity to speak directly with funders. The event will be held on Wednesday 5th June at ... (click to read more)

08 May 2013Next meeting: Ibstock

Our first meeting in Ibstock was a great success - read all about it here.       The next North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce bi-monthly meeting is to be held on Tuesday 11th June at The Palace Community Centre, Ibstock. As we've promised - we intend to move these meetings around the district ... (click to read more)

19 Apr 2013Sponsership of Ashby 7s Rugby & Beer Festival

CRESTLINE are delighted to be sponsoring the 10th Anniversary Ashby 7s Rugby Tournament & Beer Festival on the 11th of May 2013. After such a wonderful day last year we had no hesitation in being associated again this year, especially as any proceeds from the day again go to ... (click to read more)

18 Apr 2013Launch of Business travel Network for Coalville

Free event for all North West Leicestershire businesses at Stephenson College from 10.30am on Wednesday 1 May 2013 A new scheme to help businesses in Coalville and North West Leicestershire discover how they can reduce their costs and grow business benefits though sustainable travel is set to be announced. Business Travel ... (click to read more)

17 Apr 2013Free workshop on offer for businesses

An evening of thought-provoking presentations from a variety of experts within the green sector - discussing the issues surrounding energy and ways to improve your company's use and performance. Book here - via Eventbrite: Presentations from: Climate Change and Energy Prices Graham Truscott - Director of Air Fuel Synthesis Energy Benchmarking and Efficiency Mark ... (click to read more)

17 Apr 2013National Walking Month and the Coalville Strolls leaflet

When: Tuesday 7th May 3pm Where: Stephenson College, Coalville Speakers from Stephenson College, Leicestershire County Council and the NHS will formally launch the initiative which aims to encourage people to put their best feet forward, explore Leicestershire and boost their fitness. Walking Month celebrates walking and all its benefits including saving money, ... (click to read more)

17 Apr 2013Bank of England - Summary of Business Conditions

Please use the link below to access this month’s publication of the Monthly Summary of Business Conditions in the UK, as reported by the Bank’s Regional Agents. ... (click to read more)

16 Apr 2013Chamber goes from strength to strength

The North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce is going from strength to strength - and this was evident at this month's meeting.  The meeting saw members come together for a range of presentations. The meetings are always well received - with a short period of informal networking before getting down ... (click to read more)

05 Apr 2013Start up loans for young people

Spring are a Delivery Partner for Start Up Loans - a government initiative to provide young people (aged 18-30) with low interest loans to start their business. The loans are available via Spring to young people living across Leicester City and Leicestershire County with a viable business plan. Clients get access ... (click to read more)

02 Apr 2013NW Leicestershire Civic Dinner

The North West Leicestershire Annual Civic Dinner is being held on Friday April 26th at the Radisson Blu hotel in Castle Donington. The dinner will also include the Green Footprints Challenge Awards. Full information on the event can be found here. If you are interested in attending as a Chamber member on ... (click to read more)

02 Apr 2013LLEP key statistics for North West leicestershire

The LLEP (Leiester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership) has a number of key statistics for our region - you can review them all here. ... (click to read more)

22 Mar 2013April NW Leicestershire Chamber members' meeting

After a successful February meeting we are now finalising the details for our April meeting which will be held at Stephenson College on Tuesday 9th April - 5:30pm for 6pm start. We have the following speakers planned: David Hughes, Head of Regeneration and Planning at North West Leicestershire District Council Stephenson College The ... (click to read more)

26 Feb 2013Grant funding available for Manufacturing businesses in Leicestershire

Grant funding (25%) is available for manufacturing businesses in Leicestershire from Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership. Sue Tilley from the LLEP spoke about the scheme at this month's Chamber meeting (held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Castle Donington). The minimum grant is £25,000 and the maximum is £150,000. Aplpicants will ... (click to read more)

13 Feb 2013UK Dept of Trade & Investment - newsletter

The latest copy of the Department of Trade & Investment newsletter is available here to download. ... (click to read more)

08 Feb 2013New Brand Launch for Crestline

Some say 'a change is as good as a rest.' Some say 'don't change for changes sake.' We say.....we like change ! We are delighted to have launched our new brand which now features across our website / emails / brochures / promotional items / exhibition displays / personnel clothing and just about ... (click to read more)

06 Feb 2013February Chamber meeting

As mentioned at our pre-Christmas get together we are planning a February meeting for members and anyone interested in becoming a member of the North West Leicestershire Chamber. We have however changed the date of the February meeting. This is due to our original date falling not only in Half ... (click to read more)

05 Dec 2012A perfect mix of business and pleasure...

Please see the information below from Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce.....   A PERFECT MIX OF BUSINESS AND PLEASURE... Leicestershire's favourite Italian returns to King Power Stadium for the Barnsley game on Saturday 8 December to take over our Fusions Restaurant kitchen. The San Carlo story first began in 1992 when Carlo Distefano opened ... (click to read more)

21 Nov 2012Bank of England Agents' Summary of Business Conditions

The most recent Agents’ summary of business conditions from the Bank of England can be read by clicking here. (November 2012) ... (click to read more)

19 Nov 2012Chamber getting heard

Last week our President, John Merison, attended a business growth & support group meeting alongside representatives from the Council, the LLEP and other local and national organisations. The meeting is a part of the local strategic Partnership where a large group meet to discuss ways improving business conditions in our area. As ... (click to read more)

15 Nov 2012Bank of England Inflation Report - November 2012

This week the Bank of Englad released its latest report on the state of the economy - and in particular inflation. The full report can be read in this document on the Bank of England website > ... (click to read more)

12 Nov 2012Results from our survey

Back in October we asked members and potential members for their opinion on what we, as a Chamber, should focus on. After all - its Your Voice, Your Vision - Our Goal. We're pleased to present the results of the survey here (click the graph for a larger version): The committee ... (click to read more)

09 Nov 2012Leicestershire Chamber Annual Luncheon - 7th December

Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce are hosting their Annual Luncheon on Friday 7th December 2012 at Leicester City Football Club. Comedian Milton Jones will be speaking at the event and there will be a Charity Prize Draw in aid of VISTA. For more details see the flyer here.   ... (click to read more)

06 Nov 20122013 Business Charity Awards

Business Charity Awards - 2013 Round Open to Entries Organised by Third Sector Magazine, the Business Charity Awards recognise the outstanding contribution made to good causes by UK businesses. Entries are accepted from any corporate company based in the UK that is working in partnership with registered charities, not-for-profit organisations, social ... (click to read more)

06 Nov 2012£10,000 'Local Business Accelerator' cash to be won

Organised by the Newspaper Society and fronted by Deborah Meaden from Dragon's Den, this competition is running in around 425 regional and local newspapers in England to find the most promising, growing businesses between 1-5 years old. The winning company will receive £10,000 plus a package of professional support including ... (click to read more)

26 Oct 2012Buy Local event update

It was great to see such good support for our 'Buy Local' event with NWLDC at Stephenson College on Thursday evening. We had a presentation from the council's Chief Executive, Christine Fisher, who set out the Council's aims with the Buy Local project. Make sure you register on the website to ... (click to read more)

16 Oct 2012Access to finance

The Chamber has been asked by NWLDC for their views on the lack of access to finance by local businesses and organisations. We've been invited to provide feedback from our members - so please let John Merison know what you'd like us to pass on to the Council and ... (click to read more)

09 Oct 2012Buy Local event

Great News for all North West Leicestershire based businesses! NWL District Council wants to 'B​uy Local' where possible. Want to win business from NWL District Council? Chief Executive - Christine Fisher & the North West Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce invites you to an after work 'Buy Local' event - 25th October 5.30pm ... (click to read more)

01 Oct 2012Better Business for All

Better Business for All is Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership's (LLEP) response to the government's priority of reducing the regulatory burden on business. It has been set up to encourage business growth by making business regulations easier to access and understand. Better Business for All is a local partnership between ... (click to read more)

19 Sep 2012Bank of England Agents' Summary of Business Conditions

The most recent Agents’ summary of business conditions from the Bank of England can be read by clicking here. (September 2012) ... (click to read more)

01 Sep 2012Parking refund scheme for Coalville

FREE CAR PARKING will return to Coalville from early October for spending shoppers in the town thanks to a brand new car park refund scheme. From October, shoppers will be able to receive a refund on their car parking ticket by making a minimum purchase from participating stores and presenting ... (click to read more)

20 Aug 2012Financial support for businesses to manage resources efficiently

From the Leicester City Council website ( £1000 grants* are available to Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) to help improve their resource efficiency with the following measures: Energy efficiency measures Renewable technology IS014001 or other Environmental Management System accreditation Energy/environmental training e.g. staff awareness, fleet management Two-days Specialist consultancy e.g. feasibility study Or we can ... (click to read more)

20 Aug 2012Social Incubator Fund

On behalf of the Minister for Civil Society, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Social Incubator Fund, which is now open to applications. This £10m Fund (administered by the Big Lottery Fund) will invest in c.10 social incubators to help develop a credible pipeline of social investment ... (click to read more)