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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.

Photo: Chadwicks
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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sales-and-getting-customers-tickets-14293633643

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

Rise and shine with business breakfast event

council-officesLocal businesses are invited to attend a free breakfast meeting in September to share ideas for boosting the local economy, and hear about the latest funding opportunities and business news from Blaby District Council and partner organisations.

Blaby District Council is hosting the “Blaby District Means Business” event on Tuesday 30 September at its main offices on Desford Road in Narborough.

The meeting starts at 7.30am with the promise of a free tasty breakfast on arrival followed by a brief speaker programme with topics on funding for local small to medium sized firms, free social media programme from PERA Training to help grow your business plus an update on local support from the Federation of Small Business.

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

“The Council is running these events for the benefit of local businesses. A range of government grants are available to help create jobs and generate growth. The timeframe for applying is running out and we want Blaby businesses to benefit before the window closes in March 2015.

“Small to medium sized enterprises are encouraged to attend to hear how to access these grants as well as discover the wider range of support which is available.”

The programme includes speakers from PERA Training and the Federation of Small Business, plus the chance to network with local business people.

Places are limited so interested parties should book early to reserve their place by contacting Tom McGowan, Economic Development Officer at Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7765 or email economic.development@blaby.gov.uk

Photo: Tom Croft and EH Smith manager Jaimie Airey

Tigers legend Tom Croft joins celebrations as EH Smith launches £100,000 development

Photo: Tom Croft and EH Smith manager Jaimie Airey
Tom Croft trying his hand at building a Porotherm clay bock wall under the guidance of EH Smith Leicester branch manager Jamie Airey

A three-month redevelopment programme of the Enderby, Leicester branch of Builders’ Merchants EH Smith has been launched by the company’s CEO, John Parker, with customers also joining in the celebrations at a hog roast event with England and Leicester Tigers RFU star Tom Croft.

Tom built an impressive wall from Porotherm clay blocks; took on some of Leicestershire’s most competitive builders at darts and signed rugby balls for fans as young as three years old during the event, which saw more than 200 Leicestershire tradesmen joining in the celebrations.

The £100,000 redevelopment, which comes at a time of strong growth for the construction sector in the region, also sees thousands of EH Smith’s most popular items reduced in price and a move to fixed pricing for the first time in the company’s ninety-year history.

The redevelopment has doubled the number of product lines and introduced Good, Better and Best product options.

It also emphasises one of EH Smith’s USPs: its highly knowledgeable and experienced employees who offer specialist advice in areas such as bricks, timber, civils, and landscaping.

John Parker, Chief Executive of EH Smith said:

“This £100,000 redevelopment has transformed our site in Leicester, to meet demand, at a time when the construction industry is really starting to take off.
“We’ve opened up the site to make it easier for builders and other trades to drop in and pick up what they need – as well as having the traditional option of delivery to site. We’ve also price-matched our products against our competitors and broadened our ranges to make sure we offer an unbeatable service for builders, decorators, plumbers and engineering firms across Leicestershire and beyond.”

Tom Croft with Lurein Wilson
Tom Croft signs a rugby ball for young fan Lurein Wilson, aged 3

John added:

“Our customer base is up by 30% over the past twelve months. This is a strong indicator of growth in the region, but also evidence of EH Smith’s strength during the ongoing national brick shortage, attracting builders who are finding it impossible to get the bricks they need elsewhere. EH Smith currently has over 13 million bricks in stock.”

EH Smith is one of the Midlands’ oldest family businesses.

The company has operated in the region since 1922, and now has nine branches spanning from Leicester in the East Midlands across to Birmingham in the West Midlands and the Black Country, as well as branches in Essex and Hemel Hempstead.

The branch at Enderby, in Leicester, has been operating since 1978. It employs 51 people from the local area and serves a broad customer base from the Leicestershire construction trades, including builders, plumbers, carpenters, landscaping specialists and engineering firms undertaking large scale civils projects.

EH Smith notably supplied the drainage and civil engineering materials enabling the very first stretch of the M1 to be built.

EH Smith staff with Tom Croft
Tom Croft (centre) with some of the 51 employees of EH Smith Leicester


EH Smith Enderby: Group photo
Tom Croft (centre) with some of 200 Leicestershire builders who came to the hog roast, including Stephen Boyfield of Tamborough Construction, Leicester; Warren Spalding and Bradley Heggs of GB Civil Engineering, Leicester; Michael Sheppard of Hi-Gear, Enderby; Mark Loverage of Dakin & Loverage, Narborough and John Lavelle, Lavelle Developments of Oadby.


Business boost event success

Marriott Hotel, Enderby, LeicesterOver 50 businesses and partner organisations working in Blaby District attended an event to share ideas for boosting the local economy, funding opportunities and apprenticeship incentives.

Blaby District Council hosted their second “Blaby District Means Business” event for local companies at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester and has plans to develop and run further business networking and information sharing events.

The next event is planned to be held in May.

Cllr. Greenwood

The meeting included a brief speaker programme with topics on growth, priorities for economic development, funding and skills-training programmes, incentives on offer to help employers to recruit an apprentice, and the chance to network.

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

“The Council recognises that local businesses can benefit from the support from ourselves and our partner agencies, and they may not know what help is out there for them.

“By holding these events we are hoping that every business who attends leaves knowing that the opportunities are out there to help them achieve growth. We would encourage small to medium sized enterprises to get in touch with us to hear news of funding and support programmes that may benefit them.”

Further details on funding and support for growing businesses are available from Carole Troake, Economic Development Officer at Blaby District Council on 0116 2727735 or email economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk

Free support for Blaby District enterprises

cogsLocal growing businesses can benefit from a free package of business support worth up to £500 to help kick start their expansion and improvement plans.

Details of the Growth 4 Enterprise scheme will be shared at the “Blaby District Means Business” event on Tuesday 25 February, at the Marriott Hotel, Leicester.

The free support package includes a business assessment, followed by one-to-one professional advice and access to a choice of training master classes.

The scheme will be open to applications from independent small firms located in Blaby District who have plans to develop and grow and currently employ less than 50 staff.

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

“The Council is providing funding so that ten ambitious independent firms can access a bundle of free business support and get on the right track to success and growth.

“We recognise that our local businesses can benefit from support and encourage them to attend our local business breakfast to find out more.”

Blaby District Council is working in partnership with Nottingham Business Venture to run this pilot business support scheme.

The “Blaby District Means Business” meeting starts at 7.30am with the promise of a free tasty breakfast on arrival followed by a brief speaker programme, with news of apprenticeships plus free skills development and support programmes for businesses in the area.

Book your free place for the breakfast meeting by emailing economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7735.

For more information please visit www.blaby.gov.uk/business-grants-and-loans