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Businesses can find out about reducing energy use

BusinessLocal small and medium sized businesses are invited to a free energy efficiency training breakfast, taking place on Tuesday November 5 in Loughborough.

The two-hour workshop, which is provided by Leicestershire District and Borough Councils and Rutland County Council in partnership with Verco, is to help businesses find out more about reducing their energy use.

There is also the chance to find out about opportunities under the Green Deal; Central Government’s initiative to help fund the upfront costs of energy efficiency improvements in England and Wales.

The event is being provided around Big Energy Saving Week as part of a project funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

There are 50 free workshop places available, and businesses will be provided with:
• Expert energy management training
• A ready to use action plan to start saving energy
• Information on how to manage and monitor their organisation’s energy use
• How to identify and implement key energy reduction opportunities
• How to conduct a walk around survey to identify further saving opportunities
• Implement actions identified within the session to save energy and money
• Sources of funding and the opportunities under the Green Deal
• One to one discussions with an expert energy trainer
• Networking opportunities with other local and like-minded businesses
• The opportunity to book in for a free business Green Deal Assessment

The workshop will take place on Tuesday November 5 in the Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, LE11 3EB. Registration will take place from 8:30am, with the workshop starting at 9:00am. The session will finish at 12:00pm with an optional advice surgery with the trainer from 11:30am.

To book one of the 50 free places, please contact Charnwood Borough Council on 01509 634651 or 01509 634937 or email jennifer.roberts@charnwood.gov.uk

Booking is essential by 5pm on Tuesday October 29. Spaces will be allocated on first-come, first-serve basis. The booking deadline may be extended if there are still spaces available.

Workshops offering free business support

Two free workshops offering practical support to help local businesses grow are being held at Blaby District Council on Wednesday May 2.

The Internet Marketeer will offer advice to businesses on using the social media website LinkedIn as a marketing tool followed by a workshop looking at reducing operating costs through energy efficiency, led by Vichag Clean Energy.

The event is part of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Real Life Entrepreneur programme which is running across Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire to give business people the chance to access support and advice.

Businesses will have the opportunity to promote their companies and meet other like minded entrepreneurs as well as finding out about other sessions in the programme.

Councillor Ted Webster-Williams, portfolio holder for policy and partnerships at the Council said:

“Times are still tough for many small businesses and we recognise that access to help and support is important so we are delighted to be working with the FSB to offer this programme.”

The event starts at 2pm at the Council Offices in Narborough.

To book a place visit www.fsb.org.uk or contact Maxine Aldred, FSB development manager on 0116 259 7707.


Enderby Library

Get in gear, check your health, or explore forests at Blaby’s libraries

Leisure and LifestyleOriginally published 4th February 2011

There will be plenty to keep both adults and children entertained and informed, and even a chance to check up on your health, at libraries in the Blaby area this February.

First off, there will be a story time session for children under eight years old at Enderby Library on Saturday February 5th from 11:30am to 12 noon.

Then if you fancy something a little different on Valentine’s Day you can enjoy coffee with a local Magistrate at Blaby Library. Find out more about this important legal position, and even how you can go about becoming one, at this free event on Monday 14th February between 10.30am and 11.30am

An insight into Willesley Wood is on offer two days later on Wednesday 16th February, when the Woodland Trust’s Ian Retson will be giving an evening talk at 7pm on its history and ongoing conservation at Glenhills Library. Tickets for this event cost £2 each and should be booked in advance.

Free health checks are also on offer through the third week of the month in all the area’s libraries, provided by Blaby District Council’s Active Together Team.

Braunstone Town Library: Monday 14th February, 9.30am until 11.30am.
Glenhills Library: Tuesday 15th February, 3pm until 5pm.
Countesthorpe Library: Wednesday 16th February, 10:15am until 12:15pm.
Enderby Library: Wednesday 16th February, 2:30pm until 4:30pm.
Cosby Library: Thursday 17th February, 10am until 12noon.
Glenfield Library: Thursday 17th February, 2:30pm until 4:30pm.
Kirby Muxloe Library: Friday 18th February, 10:30am until 12:30pm.

Over the half term break, fans of Jacqueline Wilson can immerse themselves in the world of her famous tomboy heroine, Tracy Beaker, with Explore Learning events on Wednesday 23rd February.

These fun literacy workshops are for children between seven and eleven years old and take place in Braunstone Town Library between 11am and 12 noon, at Kirby Muxloe Library between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, and at Enderby Library between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. These should be very popular events, so pre-booking is required.

Those looking for a real challenge over half term can take part in the Top Gear learning events, in which children pick up activity sheets from local libraries in preparation for the Top Gear Challenge at Enderby Library at the end of the week.

Teams of children and adults will compete between 10am and 12noon on Saturday 26th of February to design and create the best toy car they can using just the materials provided. Who will be the Top Gear Champion? This free event is for seven to twelve-year-olds and accompanying adults, and is bound to be popular, so spaces should be booked early.

Fitting in with the cars theme, on Friday 25th Feb Explore Learning will be providing another set of workshops, this time on the subject of cars and combining numeracy as well as literacy skills. This workshop is aimed at six to eleven-year-olds and take place at Glenfield Library between 10am and 11am, Countesthorpe Library between 2:15pm and 3:15pm and Cosby Library between 4pm and 5pm.

David Sprason, Leicestershire County Council Lead Member for Adults & Communities, said,

“Events like these across libraries in Blaby keep visitors of all ages stimulated and entertained, and for little or no cost.”

For further details of these and other events, please contact Ali Sheffield on 0116 305 5900, visit the website (link below) or visit your local library.

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Local Groups

Creative writing class in Countesthorpe

Local GroupsOriginally published 11th January 2011

A series of free creative writing workshops based around museum objects starts at Countesthorpe Methodist Church on February 7.

Local poets Mark Goodwin and Steve Carroll are running the weekly sessions, called ‘Voicing Things’, where people will get the chance to speak and write creatively using museum pieces for inspiration.

The informal workshops, supported by Open Museum, Blaby District

Council and WORD! Leicester will finish with an opportunity to take part in a shared performance at The Y Theatre in Leicester.

Sessions run from 6pm – 8pm.

For more information or to book your place contact Arts and Heritage on

0116 2727703 or email hm1@blaby.gov.uk.


Workshop to help small businesses win public contracts

BusinessOriginally published 11th January 2011

People running small and medium sized businesses can get top tips on winning public sector contracts at Blaby District Council on February 16.

The free workshop is being held at the Council’s main offices on Desford Road, Narborough, from 4.30pm – 6.30pm and will help business owners identify contract opportunities, understand and prepare more effective tenders and get ‘bid ready’.

Experts will be giving advice on bidding for contracts at the event which will also include a question and answer session along with information about future tender opportunities.

The Inspire LeicesterShire 2012 Games Legacy Team will also be attending to talk about the latest contracts coming from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and how local businesses can bid for them to create a lasting economic legacy for the county.

Registration starts at 4pm and refreshments will be provided on arrival.

Although the event is free advance booking is essential.

A free and confidential one-to-one consultation with an expert advisor is also available.

Please visit helpline@njm.co.uk or contact Vicky Byers on 0191 284 4949 for more information.