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New Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme open to UK SMEs

23 March 2020

Delivered by the British Business Bank through 40+ accredited lenders and partners, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support the continued provision of finance to UK smaller businesses (SMEs) during the Covid-19 outbreak.


City Centre Director’s Report – February 2020

17 March 2020

Read the latest report on news, update and developments in Leicester city centre.


Take-off for Leicester as Space City!

13 March 2020

The space sector is the core foundation of the industrial strategy for Leicester, the LLEP local industry strategy prospectus and the Midlands Engine Vision for Growth. At LBV’s Space City event on 13 March 2020, members and other attendees had an opportunity to hear from the University of Leicester’s Dr Grant Bourhill, Chief Executive of Science Parks, and Professor Richard Ambrosi, Deputy Director, Space Research Centre who talked about the plans for Space Park and how local organisations could benefit from it.


Smart Cities – what is Leicester doing and why should your business care?

4 March 2020

At our February 2020 event, LBV hosted a debate to discuss the impact of the Smart City strategy and practices on local businesses. Attendees explored how data collection underpins this strategy, how it is identifying new ways in which to benefit the citizens of Leicester, and how their companies could find new business opportunities in a ‘Smart City’.


Government outlines new freeports plan

11 February 2020

A consultation has been launched setting out the plan, aiming to reveal the location of the new zones at the end of this year so they can be open for business in 2021.


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