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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

Help for landlords bringing empty properties back into use

empty propertyHelp is at hand for landlords in the district wishing to give an empty property a new lease of life.

Funding is available for local landlords who have either bought an empty property with the intention to let or own an existing property which has stood empty for at least six months and is in need of repair.

Blaby District Council can provide an empty homes grant and offer a tenant finding service once refurbishments have taken place.

Mrs Harminder Matharu, owner of a house in Kirkland Road, Braunstone Town, is one of the first in the area to benefit from the grant and now has a tenant living in her property.

She said:

“The house had been empty since June 2010. We always had the intention to rent it out but after suffering at the hands of rogue builders we found ourselves in a position where there was no money left to finish sorting the house out.

“The grant funding has helped with renovating the kitchen, bathroom and replacing the door at the rear making the house more energy efficient. If it wasn’t for Blaby District Council we would still we struggling to get the work done.”

The Council’s Housing team also helped Mrs Matharu find her tenant by advertising the property on Homefinder.uk.com, an innovative new website which aims to improve the standard of privately rented properties in Leicestershire.

The team were able to make sure the tenant met certain criteria such as having a good tenancy record and previous references, and listed on the housing register as in medium or higher need of a property.

Mrs Harminder MatharuMrs Matharu said:

“With the Council’s help I was able to find a tenant within two weeks, and unlike agents Blaby didn’t charge any commission. I’m also safe in the knowledge that the tenant has been checked and met criteria set out by the Council.”

Councillor Maggie Wright, portfolio holder for Community Services, said:

“Empty homes can have an adverse affect on neighbours and the community if simply left to fall into disrepair. It is important that these properties are given a new lease of life and are able to provide a home to someone in need. The positive results of bringing empty properties back into use are endless so I’m delighted to see the Council offering support to landlords to accomplish this.”

Blaby District Council has a pot of funding available to bring empty properties back into use.

The maximum amount of funding available per property is a grant or (0% interest) loan of up to £10,000 dependent on circumstances and subject to inspection by a council officer.

The funding is available to address disrepair issues and redecoration at the property and bring the property up to a let-able standard.

For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk/emptyhomes, email emptyhomes@blaby.gov.uk or call the grants and loans department on 0116 272 7536.

Dance sessions for local primary school

Dance sessions will be available for pupils at Danemill Primary School in Enderby, thanks to funding from Active Arts and Blaby District Council.

Active Arts, a voluntary group based in Countesthorpe, works in partnership with Blaby District Council and helps to deliver parts of the Council’s Art Development service.

The joint funding will allow the school to provide taster sessions with the view these sessions can then become self-funded.

Catherine Winterton, Acting Headteacher at Danemill Primary School, said:

“We will be giving the children the opportunity to participate in taster sessions for creative dance week commencing 11th March. The initial classes are funded by Active Arts through Blaby District Council and there will be an extra dance club starting after Easter for the children who wish to continue.”

Councillor David Clements, portfolio holder for Corporate Services, Performance and Leisure, said:

“This is a great opportunity for young people to get involved in dance, not only will they learn new skills, they will keep fit and have lots of fun. If successful this approach could be encouraged at other schools too.”

The sessions will start after Easter and be open to all pupils.