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Tourism Partnership launches in district

A new tourism partnership promoting how the District of Blaby is a great place to visit has launched at the Leicester Marriott Hotel in Enderby.

MPs for the area Alberto Costa and Edward Argar joined Leader of Blaby District Council Councillor Terry Richardson and other guests at the Marriott to officially launch the partnership, which is supported by local businesses across the district.

Tourism Launch group photo

Working with Leicestershire Promotions Limited, Blaby District Council’s partnership will see it commit to develop a Tourism Plan which aims to increase local tourism, boost the economy and make information about attractions in the district more widely available

With Fosse Shopping Park drawing over eight million visitors a year, Meridian Leisure, one of the most popular out-of-town entertainment destinations in Leicestershire and three major hotel chains in the centre of the district, tourism to the local area boosts employment opportunities and drives the local economy.

Just a few miles south in the district’s rural heartland, over 3,000 people are expected to visit the district in April, as local BMX club the Leicester Huncote Hornets will be hosting two rounds of the 2018 British Cycling BMX National Championships at their European-standard track in Huncote. Stoney Cove, the UK’s National Diving Centre in Stoney Stanton also attracts thousands of visitors to the district every year, along with venues such as Kirby Castle and Stanton Lakes.

Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, said: “I am really delighted to support the launch of Blaby District Council’s new Tourism Partnership. I know the District Council have been working very closely with some brilliant local businesses to bring this partnership to fruition.

“While I’m proud to say that the District already attracts millions of visitors a year, their ambitious tourism plan will draw even more visitors to the area and will place Blaby firmly on the tourism map.”

Edward Argar, MP for Charnwood, said: “”It is great to see Blaby District Council taking such a strong lead in promoting all that is best about our area at this event to launch the new Tourism Partnership for Blaby.

“The partnership and the Tourism Plan it will develop represents a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the amazing landscape, tourist attractions, events and heritage that make Leicestershire and Blaby so special, and such a great place to visit.”

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “The District of Blaby truly is the heart of Leicestershire. We are fortunate to have some of the largest businesses in the country based here, fantastic retail opportunities, great places to stay, as well as some beautiful open spaces.

“This Tourism Partnership will boost not only the economy, but help to promote some of our lesser-known attractions to the benefit of businesses and local residents.”

Jo Dempster, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Leicester Marriott Hotel and Chair of the Tourism Partnership said: “Following a lot of partnership activity and discussions over the last few months, it’s a great step that the Blaby Tourism Plan has launched.

“This is the start of a very exciting time for the district, its residents and visitors to the area. We look forward to the opportunities the plan will bring.”

The new website has joined with businesses from across the district and includes information on the biggest attractions, heritage sites and places to stay for people visiting the area. For full details visit www.exploreblaby.co.uk.

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 economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7765.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Best of Blaby District celebrated at 13th annual Achievement Awards

An evening of celebration took place at the Marriott Hotel in Enderby, when nine people and groups within the District of Blaby were recognised for their hard work.

The finalists and their families joined other special guests and sponsors on Thursday 29 September to enjoy the evening as the unsung heroes of Blaby District were honoured. BBC Radio Leicester’s Ed Stagg hosted the ceremony.

Finalists included 16-year-old Meg Seagrave, three-time British Champion in roller skating, taking top honours in the Compulsory Figure, Freeskating Youth and Combined Youth competitions. Her incredible efforts saw her crowned Young Achiever of the Year.

In the Good Friend/Good Neighbour category, Stoney Stanton-based Gill Leverton-Taylor took the award.

Gill has spent many years selflessly taking care of her neighbours and making their lives better.

In Category B, Fliss Middleton was crowned as Volunteer of the Year. Her many volunteering exploits include organising Company at Christmas, which offers over 30 isolated people a dinner and companionship on Christmas Day.

Glen Parva Community Library became this year’s best Community Group. The volunteers have turned their library around since becoming community led, increasing membership by 272% and becoming a hub for the Glen Parva residents.

Cllr Maggie Wright
Cllr. Maggie Wright

Councillor Maggie Wright, Deputy Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

“We are extremely proud to host these awards as they give us a fantastic opportunity to recognise all those who do so much good in Blaby District.

I want to congratulate all the finalists for the selfless and outstanding work they do, as well as thank our incredible sponsors for making the evening possible.”

The awards are funded entirely through the generous sponsorship of Blaby District-based businesses: Main sponsors Casepak, Staging and category sponsor Fosse Shopping Park, along with category sponsors Marriott Leicester, Ford and Slater and Westleigh Partnerships.

Full list of winners and runners up:

  • Good Friend/Good Neighbour
    Winner: Gill Leverton-Taylor (Stoney Stanton),
    Runner-up: Robert Benford (Blaby)
  • Volunteer of the Year
    Winner: Fliss Middleton (Glen Parva),
    Runners-up: Stuart Howe (Narborough) & Trevor Hincks (Braunstone Town)
  • Young Achiever of Year
    Winner: Meg Seagrave (Stoney Stanton),
    Runners-up: Simran Sangherra (Braunstone Town)
  • Best Community Group/Community Achievement
    Winner: Glen Parva Community-led Library,
    Runner Up: Littlethorpe Community Association
Award winners pictured
Jane Toman, Chief Executive of Blaby District Council (back left), Cllr Maggie Wright, Deputy Leader of Blaby District Council (back right), Meg Seagrave, Young Achiever of the Year (front left), Gill Leverton-Taylor, Good Friend/Good Neighbour winner (front right)

For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk/awards, email public.relations@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7577.

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