? 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
STARTING IN BUSINESS
Welland Enterprise Agency (WEA) www.wellent.co.uk
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
? South Kesteven
Business Link www.businesslink.gov.uk/eastmidlands
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) www.wireuk.org
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 www.shell-livewire.org
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
? an interactive web service and idea exchange
The Princes Trust www.princes-trust.org.uk
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.
BUSINESS SUPPORT & ADVICE
Economic Regeneration Team www.melton.gov.uk
(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.
Social & Economic Development
Melton Borough Council
Leics, LE13 0UL
Business Link www.businesslink.gov.uk/eastmidlands
Please see full listing on page 2
Federation of Small Businesses www.fsb.org.uk
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 www.leicestershire.gov.uk
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 www.oakleaves.org.uk
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 www.leics.gov.uk/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) www.wellent.co.uk Please see full listing on page 2
INDUSTRY SPECIFIC INFORMATION
Creative Leicestershire www.creativeleicestershire.org.uk
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) www.mas-em.org.uk
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 www.foodanddrinkforum.co.uk
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 www.abpi.org.uk
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) www.nfuonline.com
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 www.defra.gov.uk
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
SKILLS, TRAINING & EDUCATION BUSINESS LINKS
Train 2 Gain www.traintogain.gov.uk
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
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) www.lsc.gov.uk/Regions/EastMidlands
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) www.ssda.org.uk
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 www.connexions-leics.org
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 www.brooksbymelton.ac.uk
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:
? 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 www.princes-trust.org.uk
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 www.leics-ebc.org.uk
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
? 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 www.young-enterprise.org.uk
Phone: 01949 839206
The Young Enterprise Mission: To inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed
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 www.leicestercollege.ac.uk
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