Superfast broadband for Blaby villages

171-superfastThe first homes and businesses in Blaby District to benefit from the county council’s £18.8m Superfast Leicestershire partnership with BT can now get high-speed fibre broadband.

New green roadside cabinets have been installed to make the new technology available to parts of Countesthorpe, Huncote and Whetstone.

More than 250 additional households and businesses across the three areas are now able to contact their internet service provider to sign up for fibre broadband – and the roll-out continues.

It builds upon BT’s extensive commercial roll-out in Blaby District, which has already made fibre broadband available to more than 53,000 homes and businesses.

Blaby District Council leader Ernie White said:

Cllr Ernie White

Cllr Ernie White: Fantastic news for residents and business

“This is fantastic news for residents and business owners in our district. I’m pleased to see superfast broadband is available to more properties in the three villages, and look forward to it being rolled out further across the rest of the area.”

Pam Posnett, the county council’s cabinet member for broadband, said:

“It’s great that we’ve started work in Blaby.

Superfast broadband makes a real difference to the strength of our communities and local economy and I look forward to hitting our eventual target of 62,000.”

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director of next generation access, said:

“Online shopping is increasingly big business with experts predicting nearly five billion pounds will be spent online during the festive period this year.

It’s therefore extremely pleasing that more and more homes and businesses in the Blaby district are now well placed to take advantage of their first Christmas with superfast speeds.”

The Superfast Leicestershire partnership has already provided more than 10,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire with access to fibre broadband.

By the end of March 2016, it’s anticipated more than 62,000 premises in the county, including more than 6,400 in the Blaby District, will have access due to the programme.

The high-speed network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all internet service providers, offering Leicestershire households and businesses the benefit of real choice from a highly competitive market.



BT - Openreach logoBlaby District Council is contributing £50,000 towards the Superfast Leicestershire project, along with other local authorities, with the remaining funding coming from Leicestershire County Council (£5.1m),

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme (£3.4 million) and £1.2 million from the European Regional Development Fund. BT is also contributing £9.1 million towards the overall cost of the Superfast Leicestershire deployment.

So far, engineers from Openreach, BT’s local network business, have laid more than 127 kilometres of fibre cables and installed 55 new roadside fibre broadband cabinets as part of the project.

Speed benefits for all

Benefits of fibre broadband include faster download and upload speeds; the ability to access the internet via multiple devices without experiencing a slow connection, faster downloads of films and music, a better online gaming experience, improved file sharing for businesses, solutions based on Cloud computing and being able to work more flexibly.

For more information about the Superfast Leicestershire project, visit

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Parking Free Shopping Spree in Blaby District

free car parkingChristmas shoppers visiting Blaby and Narborough will be able to park for free on Saturday 6 December as part of a campaign to boost business for local shops in the run up to the festive season.

Blaby District Council is supporting the Small Business Saturday campaign and offering free parking in council run car parks in Blaby Town Centre and Narborough village to encourage people to shop local and stay longer.

Cllr Tony Greenwood, portfolio holder for Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy, said:

“The first Saturday in December is always known to be one of the busiest days for Christmas shopping. I want to encourage people to visit their local shops and support local business.

“This year we are encouraging people to swap the busy queues and traffic for some more relaxed retail therapy in our local centres. There are lots of gifts in store from local independent shops and free parking means you can stay longer at no expense.”

The national campaign is organised by the Forum of Private Business and is supported by Blaby District Council as one of a range of initiatives used to boost and regenerate local centres.

For more information contact Carole Troake, principal economic development officer at Blaby District Council at or call 0116 272 7735.

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Free business training workshops for Blaby District firms

Photo: Grove Park gatewayLocal firms in Blaby District have the opportunity to sign up for free training to give their enterprise a boost for growth.

Blaby District Council together with NBV Enterprise Solutions are running two free workshops at the council offices in Narborough, offering businesses the chance to learn about promoting their products and services, and how to win customers more effectively.

The workshops will also cover ways to manage cash flow and how to become more financially savvy.

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Cllr. Tony Greenwood. Photo: Chadwicks

Councillor Tony Greenwood, portfolio holder for Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy, said:

“Blaby District Council is pleased to work together with NBV Enterprise Solutions to offer local businesses training, support and advice to help them develop, grow, and give them a better chance of making a success of their enterprise.”

The free sessions run from 9.30am until 3.30pm –
• Sales and marketing – Monday 8 December 2014
• Financial planning – Friday 16 January 2015

To reserve a place visit

For more information about NBV Enterprise Solutions and the sessions visit or call 0844 887 2568.

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Leicester City legend to kick-off Blaby Christmas festivities

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Steve Walsh: His book ’50 Shades of Blue’ will be raffled on the night

Christmas celebrations in Blaby this year will see Steve Walsh, former Leicester City football legend, turning on the village’s festive lights at Johns Court shopping precinct.

The big switch on will take place on Friday November 28 at 6.30pm, which will be followed by late night shopping until 8pm. There will also be free parking all day in council car parks.

Steve has also kindly donated a signed copy of his latest book ’50 Shades of Blue’ which will be raffled on the night and all of the proceeds donated to this year’s nominated charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Christmas celebrations start at 9am with a festive Farmers’ Market in the main street. Then from 5pm come and try out the new ice skating rink, just £2 a go.

There’s also the chance to meet Disney’s Frozen characters Elsa and Olaf in Edmonds & Slatter Opticians, meet Santa and his reindeer and collect your free Christmas gift, a Christmas craft tent, street musicians, fun fair rides, bouncy castle, hog roast, hot dogs, burgers, and doughnut stands.

For more information contact Vicki Jepson, Blaby Parish Manager at or call 0116 278 4728.

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Centenary celebration for Blaby Farmers’ Market

080-farmers-marketThis weekend will see Blaby Farmers’ Market reach its 100 successful event in the district.

Leicestershire Food Links, a not-for-profit organisation, and Blaby District Council have been working in partnership to run the markets, and to celebrate will be handing out free cake on Saturday 22 November.

The monthly market offers a range of food including meats, speciality breads, cheeses, pies, cakes, and eggs. It is usually held in the Enderby Road car park from 9am to 2pm on the fourth Saturday of each month.


Cllr.Greenwood: “…an appetite for fresh local produce”

Cllr Tony Greenwood, portfolio holder for Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy, said:

“The Farmers’ Market is certainly a good news story for Blaby. It attracts hundreds of shoppers and makes Blaby a busy and bustling town centre on market days. It shows there is an appetite for local fresh produce from local producers.”

There will also be a Farmers’ Market on Friday 28 November to coincide with the Christmas Lights switch-on in Blaby, taking place on Lutterworth Road from 9am to 2pm.

There will be no market in December; the next one is taking place on Saturday 24 January 2015.

For more information contact Pete Cailey, Market Manager at Leicestershire Food Links, on 07811 160 200.

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