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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.

Cllr. Breckon


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.

For more information on setting up a business or assistance with regulatory matters, visit

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

Bakers Waste Services plan to expand

Bakers WasteEnderby based waste collection and recycling business, Bakers Waste Services, says it plans to expand further following acquisition of Kirby Muxloe business, Berridge Waste Paper.

Bakers Waste specialises in confidential to general waste recycling and undertakes up to 1,400 waste collection jobs every day across the Midlands area.

Berridge is said to have 13 staff turning around £2 million of business a year and the acquisition raises Bakers’ combined staff level to around 100 and will help the Enderby business expand into cardboard and paper recycling.

Bakers has processing facilities in Enderby and Northants and has recently taken delivery of a £140,000 materials handler.

The new enlarged business has 45 vehicles with another six new trucks on order.

Enderby brewer doubles its profits in 2015.

Everard MeadowsAccounts filed at Companies House by Enderby based brewer, Everards, show a rise in pre-tax profits to £3.2 million for the year to September 30th, up from £1.7 million in 2014.

The Leicester Mercury reports the company as saying the results reflected

“strong trading performance in all parts of the business and effective management of costs”.

Turnover was up slightly to £31.6 million.

The brewer, located next to Fosse Park, said healthy trading across its 176 pubs meant sales of beer to licensees frothed 5.1 per cent.

Managing director Stephen Gould said:

“The financial year was strong. It certainly exceeded our expectations.”

He said the sales performance in the year was driven by two major factors.

Mr Gould said:

“Firstly, the vast majority of our pubs were fully let, with an average vacancy rate of four out of 176 pubs throughout the year. That stability means we’re able to work with our licensees to invest in the pubs so that Everards pubs are competing in their local communities.

“So it is a combination of stability and investment that has produced the results you see today.”

He added that like-for-like income from the pub estate grew 3.2 per cent in 2015, compared to the previous year.

Everards, maker of Tiger, Beacon and Original ales, brewed 45,000 barrels of beer last year, up 3.7 per cent on the prior year.

Sales to the pub estate of Tiger Best Bitter, Everards’ leading beer brand, rose 2 per cent last year.

Historically, Everards has grown its pub estate by four or five pubs a year, although last year it acquired just one – The Holly Bush, in Alcester, Warwickshire.

Instead, the emphasis in 2015 was on improving its existing pubs portfolio.

The company refurbished 17 pubs last year, spending an average of £81,000 on each project.

Mr Gould said:

“One of the reasons we have been investing so heavily in the estate is that customers are looking for individuality, provenance and authenticity.

“Pubs that deliver the right experience outperform the market, so we have to invest and support our licensees to do that.

“Over the past 18 months we’ve been reducing the Everards branding so that the pubs are not presented as “the brewery pub”, but with the individual licensee’s personality coming through.

“This is a very important theme in a crowded market.”

Almost half the beer Everards brewed in 2015 was for other companies, as the company sought to maximise sales from its Castle Acres site in Everard Way.

Relocation, and the development of ‘Everards Meadows’

Everards plans to reduce its reliance on third party customers when it relocates its brewery to a new site called Everards Meadows, on land between Soar Valley Way and the county police headquarters at Enderby. (Artist impression at top of news item)

Enderby Parish Council has been consulted with regard to the development proposals and Blaby District Council is currently considering two detailed planning applications, one for the development of Everards Meadows which will include a new Everards office, brewery, innovation centre and tasting rooms, as well as a cafe bar, a restaurant and cycle centre.

The other application is for its brewery site at Castle Acres and has been submitted in conjunction with retail giant Next and the Crown Estate, joint owner of Fosse Park.

The application includes plans for 26 shops, restaurants and cafes, and a big Next store.

It is anticipated that both applications will be determined shortly and Mr Gould said the relocation plans continue to “progress well”.

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