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    ? Starting in businesses Pages 2 - 3

    ? Business support & advice pages 4 - 5

    ? Industry Specific Information Pages 6 - 7

    ? Skills, Training & Education Business Links Pages 8 - 11

    ? Business networks & forums Pages 12 - 14

? Business crime Pages 15 - 16

    ? Premises & property Pages 17 - 18

    ? Business & the community Page 19

? Recruitment Page 20

    ? Employment Topics Pages 21 - 22

? Regulatory Page 23

? Trade Page 24

    ? Environmental Issues Pages 25 - 26

? Innovation Pages 27 - 28

    ? Funding & Finance Pages 29 - 30



Welland Enterprise Agency (WEA)

Phone: 0845 050 1050

    Welland Enterprise offer free business advice, workshops and networking events to enable those wanting to start and develop their own business if living or working within the Welland region that consists of:

    ? East Northants

    ? Harborough

    ? Melton

    ? Rutland

    ? South Kesteven

Business Link

Phone: 0845 070 0086

    Business Link provides free services dedicated to helping new and established businesses develop and grow.

    From starting up a new business to established successful companies, some of the areas Business Link can help with include:

    ? Health, Safety & premisies

    ? IT & e-commerce

    ? Environment and efficency

    ? Sale & Marketing

    ? Taxes, returns and payroll

    ? Finance & grants

    ? Employing people

    ? International trade

Women in Rural Enterprise (Leicestershire & Rutland)

Phone: 01952 815338

    WiRE is a national organisation, with over 2000 members, which helps women in rural areas either to start up or expand a business. Annual membership is just ?40 and includes: national quarterly magazine, Local Networks, regularly-updated website with member notice board, virtual network, free listing on the rural marketplace and business resources, access to help on legal issues, PR and media opportunities.


    Shell LiveWIRE

Phone: 0845 757 3252

Shell LiveWIRE Provides

    ? Information, advice and practical support for 16-30 year olds starting up their own


    ? a FREE Essential Business Kit to every caller, tailored to their specific business


    ? one-to-one advice through a national network of local business advisers and young

    business mentors

    ? an interactive web service and idea exchange

    The Princes Trust

Phone: 0800 842842

The Prince's Trust Business Programme provides money and support to help people aged

    between 18-30 and living in England or Northern Ireland start up in business.



Economic Regeneration Team

    (Melton Borough Council)

Phone: 01664 502502

    The Council’s Economic Regeneration Team aims to provide a signposting service to a wide range of business support & advice services.

Economic Regeneration

    Social & Economic Development

    Melton Borough Council

    Council Offices

    Nottingham Road

    Melton Mowbray

    Leics, LE13 0UL


    Business Link

Please see full listing on page 2

Federation of Small Businesses

Phone: 0116 259 7707

    The Federation of Small Businesses are the UK’s largest member lead organisation promoting and protecting the interests of the self employed and small business owners

    within the UK.

    The FSB's East Midlands Area Policy Unit represents the interests of small firms at a

    regional level. Its boundaries mirror the Government's East Midlands region.

    Elected Members and staff work with key bodies such as the Regional Development

    Agency (emda), the Regional Assembly, and the Government Office for the East Midlands

    to highlight issues of concern to small businesses. They also work with them to help

    create an environment that fully supports small business growth and sustainability.

Leicestershire County Council

Phone: 0116 232 3232

The economic prosperity of Leicestershire is very important to the County Council.

    Our website gives details of the role they play in business and investment and the services

    we provide, either directly or with their partners. There is also information on how people

    can do business with the Council.


    Leicestershire Rural Partnership

The Leicestershire Rural Partnership comprises 19 diverse organisations who work

    together to improve the quality of life of those living and working in rural Leicestershire.

    Their aim os to deliver a better quality service to rural areas and to use public money and

    other resiurces more effectively.

    Leicestershire Trading Standards

Phone: 0116 305 8000

Whether your business is already established in Leicestershire, or you are thinking of

    starting-up a new venture in the County, we can help you to 'get it right' first time, by

    providing you with invaluable advice on your responsibilities under current trading laws.

    The advice is confidential and free, and it could save you a lot a money and a great deal of

    inconvenience. We also respond to enquiries from other Trading Standards Services about

    Leicestershire businesses for whom the Service acts as 'Home Authority'.

    Welland Enterprise Agency (WEA) Please see full listing on page 2



Creative Leicestershire

Phone: 0116 267 0017

Creative Leicester Shire is a programme set up by the Leicestershire, Leicester and

    Rutland Arts Partnership. The Partnership consists of all 10 local authorities in the area

    and Arts Council England, East Midlands.

    The programme focuses on the creative economy and aims:

    ? To increase investment, employment and improve access to employment within the

    contemporary arts creative industries sector in Leicester, Leicestershire and


    ? To support contemporary arts based creative industries to work effectively across a

    range of economic and social agendas.

Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS)

    East Midlands

    Phone: 01664 501301

As the leading advisers for manufacturing in the region, MAS East Midlands can provide

    practical, hands-on support focused on improving the bottom line for manufacturing


    Whether you’re looking to improve efficiency, raise productivity, get the most out of a new

    idea or tackle a problem that’s hampering profitability, MAS experts can provide help &

    support. All support is either free or highly subsidised.

Food & Drink Forum

Phone: 0115 8758884

A membership led organisation which stimulates and supports the sustainable

    development of our industry over the East Midlands, the Forum helps to promote and

    support a vibrant and varied food and drink sector. Members range from small cottage

    industries to large-scale manufacturers and from newly-launched start-up firms to well-

    established, traditional businesses.

    Forum Objectives Acting as a catalyst for growth , Being an authoritative industry voice/lobby, Facilitating sustainable change, Developing people now and in the future,

    Providing a hub of information

    The Forum has a range of Projects running aimed at the support and development of food

    and drink businesses across the East Midlands.


The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

    Phone: 0870 890 4333

    The trade association for more than 75 companies in the UK producing prescription

    medicines. Its member companies research, develop, manufacture and supply more than

    80 per cent of the medicines prescribed through the National Health Service (NHS).

    The ABPI also represents companies engaged in the research and/or development of

    medicines for human use. In addition, its general affiliate membership is for all other

    organisations with an interest in the pharmaceutical industry

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU)

    Phone: 024 7685 8500

    The National Farmers’ Union represents the farmers & growers of England and Wales. Its

    central objective is to promote successful and socially responsible agriculture and

    horticulture, while ensuring the long term viability of rural communities.

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

Phone: 08459 33 55 77

Defra is a UK Government Department. Their Mission is to enable everyone to live within

    their environmental means.

    ? Climate change and energy

    ? Sustainable consumption & production

    ? Protecting the countryside & natural resource protection

    ? Sustainable rural communities

    ? Sustainable farming and food

Business Link can also offer information and advice on Industry Specific subjects.

    Please see full listing on Page 2



Train 2 Gain

Phone : 0845 058 6644

A service designed to help businesses get the training they need to succeed.

    The Learning & Skills Council’s Train to Gain service provides impartial, independent

    advice on training to businesses across England. It can help businesses improve their

    productivity and competitiveness by ensuring that employees have the right skills to do the

    best job.

    Train to Gain gives you access to a Skills Broker who will carry out a needs analysis of

    training within your business and help you access what skills your business has now and

    what you will need in the future.

Learning & Skills Council (LSC)

    Phone: 0845 019 4177

The LSC are responsible for planning and funding high quality education and training for

    everyone in England other than those in universities. With a national office in Coventry

    and nine regional offices overseeing the work of local partnership teams throughout the


    The LSC’s vision is that by 2010, young people and adults in England have knowledge and skills matching the best in the world and are part of a truly competative workforce.

    The LSC’s major tasks are to:

    ? Raise participation and achievement of young people

    ? Increase adult demand for learning

    ? Raise skills levels for national competitiveness

    ? Improve the quality of education and training delivery

    ? Equalise opportunities through better access to learning

    ? Improve the effectiveness and efficiancy of the sector

Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA)

Phone: 01709 765444

The Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) is responsible for funding, supporting and

    monitoring the network of Sector Skills Councils (SSCs).

     The SSDA is a non-departmental public body with its main base in South Yorkshire and

    representatives across the UK. The organisation is led by Chair Margaret Salmon and

    Chief Executive Mark Fisher, both of whom were appointed by the Secretary of State for

    Education and Skills.

     An employer-led board provides additional strategic support and advice


Connexions Leicestershire

Phone : 0800 083 3788

    Connexions is a service for 13-19 year olds , living in England (up to the age of 25 for

    young people who have learning difficulties or disabilities or both).

    The service is managed locally by Connexions Partnerships that bring together all the key

    youth support services to help young people overcome any barriers and help them enter

    the world of work.

    Working with them can help your business too. They offer a free vacancy handling service;

    support throughout the recruitment process, offer advice on legislation, apprenticeships

    and even where available offer you interviewing facilities!

Brooksby Melton College

Phone: 01664 850850

A Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in Land Based Services Engineering with

    resources that meet the highest industry standards and boasting a Business Development

    Centre that was one of the first to be awarded the emskills quality Mark, Brooksy Melton

    Colleges team of experts focus on employers and employer based training that includes:

    ? Apprenticeships

    ? Skills Training

    ? Train to Gain

    ? Bespoke Training

    ? Vocational Qualifications

    ? Essential Life Skills including Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL (English for speakers

    of other languages)

They aim to find you a training solution, support your business growth and deliver training

    to suit your business needs.

The Princes Trust

Phone: 0116 253 7824

The Princes Trust is a UK based charity that helps young people overcome barriers and

    gets their lives working.

Through practical support including training, mentoring and financial assistance, they help

    14-30 year olds realise their potential and transform their lives.

Within the County, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service deliver the Team programme as

    a partner of the Prince’s Trust. The programme is a unique 12-week, full time personal

    development programme designed to help young people improve their skills and become

    better equipped for the world of work.


Leicestershire Education Business Company


Phone: 0116 240 7000

    Leicestershire Education Business Company (LEBC) inspires and motivates young people

    by developing partnerships between schools, business and the wider community.

     LEBC has charity status and offers a range of activities which give a focus to young

    people about work, through work and for work, by linking schools and colleges with the

    support of volunteers from the world of business and the wider community. This supports

    young people preparing for the exciting challenges ahead in their working life. Some of

    their activities include:

    ? Enterprise & Employability

    ? Mentoring

    ? TPP (Teacher Placement Programme)

    ? Right to Read

    ? Setpoint - 'one stop shop' for student related information and activities about

    science, technology, engineering and mathematics providing support for businesses,

    teachers and students, from primary to post-16.

    ? Young Apprenticeships

    ? Work Experience

Young Enterprise

Phone: 01949 839206

The Young Enterprise Mission: To inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed

    through enterprise.

    With more than 40 years’ experience, Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading business and

    enterprise education charity.

    Young Enterprise operates through support from the business community and the

    Government. This support is provided in a variety of forms: financial, in-kind, and through

    the provision and encouragement of volunteers. The businesses and volunteers that

    support Young Enterprise take an active role in building a better-motivated, educated and

    enterprising workforce, at the same time making a real difference to the existing lives and

    future potential of young people who live and attend school in their area.

Leicester College

    Phone: 0116 224 2240

For employers looking to raise the standard of their business S4B is a dedicated service

    offering all employers a one-stop shop to all the training expertise currently offered by

    Leicester College.


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