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Rutland County Council selects Casepak to continue delivering quality recycling services

Casepak, one of the UK’s leading recycling companies with sites in Enderby and Braunstone, has been awarded a three year contract to process 3,800 tonnes per annum of Rutland County Council’s mixed dry recyclables.

Rutland County Council put the contract to process the county’s dry mixed recyclables out for tender earlier this year, and Casepak won following a competitive selection process.

The contract, which started at the beginning of May 2017, will continue for a period of three years.

Casepak started its partnership with Rutland County Council in 2011, and the latest deal will see it continue through to 2020.

Dave Brown, Director for Places (Environment, Planning and Transport) at Rutland County Council, said:

“We are pleased to be working with Casepak on what is an important service area for the Council. Rutland is consistently ranked among the top performing local authorities in the country when it comes to recycling and we’re confident our partnership with Casepak will allow us to carry on this good performance.”

As part of the contract, Casepak will process a variety of waste materials including glass bottles and jars, paper, cardboard, metal packaging, aluminium foil, plastic packaging (excluding black plastics), plastic bottles and cartons, and household batteries.

Recyclable materials will be collected through a co-mingled kerbside collection from nearly 17,000 homes in Rutland. Rutland currently boasts a 59% recycling rate.

Georgina Cullen, Business Development Director at Casepak, commented:

“We are delighted to continue our long-standing and valued relationship with Rutland County Council. Over the past six years, Casepak has helped the council to exceed its recycling targets and it is very encouraging to see Rutland consistently among the top performing local authorities for recycling.”

The collected recyclables will be taken to Casepak’s £21 million MRF (Material Recycling Facility) located on the Braunstone Frith Industrial Estate, Leicester, where it will be sorted and processed.

Casepak’s MRF has the capacity to process up to 150,000 tonnes of material each year, recovering 95% of the material processed.

The MRF has exceeded standards set by the Code of Practice and produces Technically, environmentally and Economically Practicable compliant outputs.

Casepak continue to work with Rutland County Council
Casepak continue to work with Rutland County Council

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Marriott Hotel in Enderby to host Business Breakfast event

District businesses are being invited to attend the popular free breakfast meeting next month to hear all the latest news about business support and funding.

Blaby District Council’s Business Breakfast event will take place on Friday 3rd February at The Leicester Marriott Hotel, Grove Park, Enderby LE19 1SW.

A free breakfast is on offer for the bright and early start time of 7:30am.

Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership will be attending to discuss the latest services available to local businesses, along with information on grant and funding programmes.

Representatives from South Leicestershire College and North Warwickshire & Hinckley College will also explain how SMEs and Micro Businesses can receive free training for employees to help develop and sustain their business.

Councillor Lee Breckon Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy Portfolio Holder, said:

“Business Breakfast meetings are events we are immensely proud to host for local enterprise.

“They have proved extremely popular with local businesses and it is vital to continue our good working relationships with them.”

With places limited businesses are being encouraged to book early by the Economic Development team via or call 0116 272 7765.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Jobs and Skills Fair back at Fosse Park

Job Seekers graphicThe popular annual Jobs and Skills Fair will give jobseekers the chance to find local people work and training opportunities.

Taking place on Wednesday 28 September from 10:30am-2pm on the mezzanine level of the Food Court at Fosse Park, the event brings together local employers and support services under one roof.

Working with Job Centre Plus, Fosse Shopping Park and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, Blaby District Council has worked with its partners to offer the fair for the seventh year in a row.

Over 560 jobseekers attended last year’s event, which will also have practical help and advice and organised workshops for anyone looking to improve their future development.

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Councillor Lee Breckon, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“The Fair is an excellent event for anyone looking for a job to meet local employers and to see the vacancies available within the district.

“We encourage local businesses to reserve a place for the day and enjoy the networking benefits and the chance to meet hundreds of keen and eager people on the day.”

This event is FREE to attend with pre-registration open from Friday 23 September via

Any businesses interested in attending can e-mail or call 0116 272 7765.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Providing easier business services wins award for partnership

image004A county-wide scheme supporting business growth has won two national awards.

Blaby District Council is part of the The Leicester and Leicestershire Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership, involving LLEP Business Gateway, the Federation of Small Businesses, Chamber of Commerce, regulatory services, the fire service and councils across the county.

The partnership was set up to help businesses cut through red tape and provide advice to grow, along with information on grants available. It has also raised standards, benefitting consumers and the public.

At the National Better Business for All Awards, the Leicestershire partnership picked up two honours, including the Judges’ Award for Leading the Way.

The Judges’ Award recognises the partnership’s work as it was the first of its kind in the country and led the way for others to follow.

The partnership has proved to be a pioneer, with at least 17 other areas of the country have adopting their own BBfA since initial setup.

A Special Contribution Award was also given to the chair of the partnership’s steering group.

Jon Wells, Group Manager for Regulatory Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“Being a part of this group has given us the opportunity to draw on the expertise of our partners, making not only the way we work more efficient but reducing demand on businesses within our district.

“The pack we have produced has made setting up a business easier, removing the regulatory burden. This, along with the training of officers, will ensure that the small and medium enterprises in our area will be able to flourish.

“I’m proud for our council to be involved with such a successful partnership.”

Alan Twells, Head of Regulatory Services at Charnwood Borough Council and chair of the Regulatory Services Partnership, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to receive national recognition for the partnership’s work.

“Regulatory Services are often seen as enforcers of the law, but that is only one part of the job. We have a lot of contact with businesses and in recent years we have started to use that contact very effectively to help them as well.”

Judges praised the Leicester and Leicestershire partnership for being instrumental to the success of other schemes.

They also said it had used innovation in developing awareness training and shown the significant impact the programme has had on businesses.

Examples of assistance from the partnership include the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, where partners have actively helped those who want to raise their standards and overall rating.

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Meet, eat and greet at ninth Business Breakfast event

IMG_0374Businesses in the Blaby District and Leicestershire are being invited to a free breakfast meeting next month to share ideas for boosting the local economy.

The networking event will be the ninth that the council has run over the last two years, with business news from Blaby District Council and partner organisations.

The Business Breakfast event will be held on Tuesday 1 March 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, Junction 21 Approach, Leicester LE19 1WQ.

Beginning at 7:45am with a free breakfast on arrival, representatives from the council will present the latest business news.

There will also be a presentation on cyber crime, and how businesses can best protect themselves against one of the biggest new threats to business.

The ever-popular speed networking session will also take place, giving businesses the chance to get to know other organisations quickly.

Councillor Tony Greenwood, portfolio holder for Planning and Economic Development at Blaby District Council, said:

“We’re proud to offer the business breakfast and showcase the support available from the council and partner organisations to help local businesses achieve strong growth.

“The fact this is our ninth event emphasises that these are excellent networking opportunities, with businesses telling us how valuable attending has been.”

Places are limited so businesses/Individuals are being urged to book early by contacting A.k Khan, Planning Policy and Economic Development Officer, on 0116 272 7765, or email