21 August 2019

Midlands Connect responds to HS2 review announcement

“HS2 must go ahead in full – scrapping it or de-scoping it would be a disaster for the Midlands” – Maria Machancoses, Midlands Connect Director Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, has responded to confirmation that a government review of HS2 will decide the project’s future by the end of 2019: “The massive benefits of…

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21 August 2019

Chancellor accelerates Brexit preparations for businesses

HMRC is making efforts to try to ensure businesses are ready to trade post-Brexit by automatically enrolling companies in an important customs system and doubling the numbers registered. More than 88,000 VAT registered companies across the UK will be allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number in the next two weeks in order…

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20 August 2019

Network membership brings huge benefits to food and drink businesses

Food and drink businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire are invited to join the Food and Drink Forum Network. Since 1998, the Network has assisted with investment of around £40 million of public funds in the food and drink sector. Membership grants businesses some great benefits, including the latest news on funding and grants. other information…

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19 August 2019

Improve – the simple, affordable staff training app designed for SMEs.

Running a successful business is about getting the best out of people. But the world of training and development isn’t well-set up for SMEs. That’s where Improve comes in. They know that SMEs don’t have the time, budget or patience to deal with presentations in lengthy business training courses. However, keeping up-to-date with regulations is…

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19 August 2019

LLEP Energy Infrastucture Strategy features in LEP Network newsletter

The LEP Network, the over-arching organisation linking all Local Enterprise Partnerships, has featured Leicester and Leicestershire in its monthly newsletter. The piece focuses on our Energy Infrastructure Strategy, and the plans we’re putting in place to reduce carbon emissons and invest in green technology. One of the lesser-reported aspects of the current climate crisis is…

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15 August 2019

MEIF Debt Finance provides Advance Tapes with a £600,000 funding package

MEIF Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), has provided Advance Tapes International Limited (“Advance Tapes”), a manufacturer of pressure sensitive adhesive tapes, with a £600,000 loan. The funding package will support the Leicester company’s ambitious expansion plans, helping it develop its extensive product portfolio and also providing working capital as the firm enters…

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14 August 2019

Leicester’s King Richard III Visitor Centre on Lonely Planet Ultimate list

The team at Leicester’s King Richard III Visitor Centre are celebrating after being included on Lonely Planet’s Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist. Lonely Planet ranks the top 500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for the first time in the ultimate UK travel hitlist. Visitor Centre Director, Iain…

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08 August 2019

Free health checks for construction workers

Employees of construction firms in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can benefit from free workplace health checks, thanks to a fully-funded project from the University of Nottingham to support companies in the Midlands.   The University’s health check roadshows are open to any staff member, who can choose from a range of optional and confidential checks such…

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07 August 2019

Space Park Leicester plans receive lift-off

Planning permission approved for Space Park Leicester, the landmark industry-academic initiative. A new purpose-built space park in Leicester has just received planning permission approval for the first phase of construction. The £100 million park will create a world leading hub for space and space-enabled industries to flourish. Space Park Leicester will be home to some…

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02 August 2019

The search is on for the East Midland’s most outstanding small businesses and self-employed people

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is beginning its search for the best of the small businesses in the East Midlands as entries open for the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020. There are just under 180,000 small businesses and self-employed in the region. Small businesses are being urged to enter before the closing date…

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