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Publicly funded business support is at a point of significant change.

The Government has indicated that central funding for local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) nationwide will be withdrawn at the end of March 2024. Consequently, the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) is now identifying and transitioning core functions to alternative accountable bodies.

LBV will be working closely with key local organisations in 2024 to help shape the local business support landscape and ensure that our members are informed of the latest developments and opportunities.

Read more about the LLEP status.

LBV has compiled a list of organisations below to help local businesses looking for support or finance options going forward. Please note this is not a definitive list but a summary of the main providers of business support.

 

Business Gateway Growth Hub

Contact details:

T: 0116 454 2917 E: [email protected]

National Business Support Helpline: 0300 456 3565

Business support

Finance options

 

Barclays Eagle Labs

Free to access activities and resources focusing on business growth and scale-ups. Read more information.

 

De Montfort University

Placements, internships and recruiting graduates – contact [email protected]

Using funding to create a new capability within your business – contact [email protected]

Upskilling your workforce – contact [email protected]

 

East Midlands Chamber

A full range of business support and business growth initiatives. Read more information.

 

Loughborough University

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/schools/business-school/

 

Microsoft

Training and experts to give you support to get the most from Microsoft tools. Read more information.

 

Natwest

Free to access activities and resources focussing on business growth and scale-ups. Read more information.

 

University of Leicester

https://le.ac.uk/enterprise

 

Microsoft

Training and experts to give you support to get the most from Microsoft tools. Read more information.

 

If LBV members have any further questions, updates or comments, please get in touch with us at [email protected]. We are particularly keen to hear of ways that local business support could be more effective in the future. This will help to inform LBVs engagement with key stakeholders.

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