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Enterprising Town Centres – Free workshops

Free workshops to help businesses prepare for Christmas

As part of the Council’s Enterprising Town Centres programme, town centre business owners across North West Leicestershire can learn how to make the most of the festive period at a series of free workshops.

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is working with international retail consultancy firm Kerching! to bring five two-hour masterclass sessions to the district.

The founder of Kerching! Corin Birchall, speaks across Europe and the USA sharing tips and tricks on how to attract new footfall, increase average spend and create new shopping habits and behaviours among customers.

Independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurant owners from Ashby, Castle Donington, Coalville, Ibstock, Kegworth and Measham town centres are being encouraged to get ready for Christmas by signing up for free.

All the sessions take place between 5.30pm and 8pm:

  • Ashby - Thursday 21 September at the Royal Hotel, Station Road.
  • Coalville - Thursday 28 September at Hermitage FM, Memorial Square.
  • Castle Donington  - Tuesday 3 October at the Castle Inn, High Street.
  • Measham – Thursday 12 October at AJ’s Cafe, High Street.
  • Ibstock – Thursday 19 October at Ibstock Business Centre, High Street.

Free tickets are available on a first come first serve basis and can be booked at or by calling 01530 454609.

Coalville Job and Skills Fair 

Up to 40 companies with hundreds, if not thousands, of opportunities will be at the Coalville Job and Skills Fair on Tuesday 10 October.

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The fair, organised by North West Leicestershire District Council in partnership with Jobcentre Plus Department for Work and Pensions and Stephenson College, is aimed at helping anyone who is unemployed to find work, to assist those looking to make a career change and to find those opportunities as well as helping employers find the staff they need. 

Businesses are being encouraged to snap up the remaining free stalls available at the fair by getting in touch with the council.

Last year more than 25 companies of all shapes and sizes, including Marks and Spencer, Amazon and Tesco were at the fair advertising more than 2,500 jobs for people of all skill levels.

The latest fair on October 10 is expected to attract even more interest, and will take place at the later time of 4pm to 7pm, to give better opportunity for those already in employment to also attend.

It is not just a job fair either; with a host of advice available from the council, National Careers Service, Jobcentre Plus and the college itself.

A free shuttle bus will run between the clock tower in Memorial Square and Stephenson College on the day. The college has also offered its crèche for free for those parents visiting the job fair so they don’t have to worry about their children as they’re looking for their next career opportunity.

For more information, or to register your interest in having a stall at the fair, please contact Heather Bell at North West Leicestershire District Council on 01530 454822 or email

Jobs Fair flyer 2017 (PDF Document, 0.18 Mb)

Leicester Business Festival 

Tickets to the Leicester Business Festival, taking place between 23 October and 3 November, are now available to book.

Around 150 events will form a packed programme in the third annual Business Festival to take place in Leicestershire.

The Leicester Business Festival, partnered by Leicester Castle Business School is the region’s largest business event. It will include many different seminars, conferences meetings and webinars that will appeal to businesses of all shapes and sizes from sole traders and micro-businesses to employees in large corporate organisations.

Over 95% of the events are completely free to attend, although tickets must be booked in advance and are available on a first come first served basis.

There are hundreds of different events in the programme from key sectors including communications, marketing and business support, professional and financial services, retail and food and drink to tourism and hospitality, logistics, creative industries and much more.

The final programme will be released on 3rd October in the Leicester Mercury.

The Business Festival is also supported by well-known business organisations including East Midlands Chamber, LLEP Business Gateway, the Federation of Small Businesses, Highcross Leicester, Brewin Dolphin, Leicester Racecourse and IBM. Other supporters include East Midlands Trains, IOD, De Montfort University, Leicester University and media partners, Capital FM, Global Radio and the Leicester Mercury.  Book online

  • Disability Confident Event

During the Leicester Business Festival, NWLDC in partnership with JCP and Stephenson College are holding a breakfast event

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On Friday October 27th  NWLDC, JCP and Stephenson College are raising the profile of the Disability Confident Employers Initiative which encourages companies to employ people with disabilities or health conditions.

With such low levels of unemployment many companies are struggling to recruit staff, and by seeing the advantages of becoming a Disability Confident Employer, hopefully many more opportunities could be accessed by this group of the workforce.

Speakers include:
Bev Smith (Chief Executive of NWLDC); Anne Danvers (DWP); Nigel Leigh (Principal of Stephenson College) will give a short welcome to the companies – followed by people with disabilities speaking about the difference getting a job means and companies who have benefitted from employing people with disabilities and health conditions. Speakers will include Theresa Malcher of Marks & Spencer Distribution with the closing speech by Andrew Bridgen MP.

Companies will find out how through 'Access To Work' they can get funding to help with adaptions etc.

Bookings can be made through the Leicester business Festival website - it is a free event but spaces are limited so sign up now.

The event will be held at Stephenson College, Coalville starting at 8.15am with refreshments, with speakers from 8.30am until 10.15am.

If you have any queries please contact Emma Kendrick or Lynn Coyles at EMMA.KENDRICK@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK or LYNN.COYLES@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK or phone 01530 503884.

  • Access to Funding Event

Various funding opportunities available for businesses, as part of the Leicester Business Festival

On Tuesday 24th October, financial support will be available to help grow businesses. This is a rare opportunity to meet a number of grant providers in Leicester and Leicestershire – all under one roof! Grant providers will be present from: Digital Growth Programme, Collaborate for Growth, Green BELLE, NBV Grants, Manufacturing Growth Programme, East Leicestershire LEADER programme and North West Leicestershire Grants.

There will be a choice of five venues and dates where our speakers will give a short pitch about each grant - in no more than five minutes. Then you can attend two workshops for more details.

Please Note: These events are funded by the European Regional Development Fund and partner organisations. To attend, businesses must -

  • Be in Leicester or Leicestershire
  • Trading business-to-business
  • Be an SME (small or medium enterprise with less than 250 employees)

The contact email is or for any enquiries 

Bookings for this event can be made through the Leicester Business Festival website.

  • Leadership & Management Skills Courses 

NWLDC is supporting a course in Leadership & Management Skills run through the European Programme and delivered by CASE.CASE logo

There is an introductory session on Wednesday October 25th for the business owners. The target audience is employers/business owners who are interested in developing staff who have potential to take on leadership and management roles.

North West Leicestershire District Council is keen to help small businesses grow by making the most of the existing resource most businesses have – employees.  This workshop is for all small businesses (including the self-employed) to find out what the Council can offer to businesses in the area.  Participants will be introduced to a bite size Leadership and Management seminar, which is a taster of a four week course on offer in Coalville, which is free to employees and owners of micro-businesses. Please click here for more information on these courses.

There are 4 sessions on Wednesdays: November 1st; 8th; 15th; 22nd for employees. These are to be held between 3pm – 7pm (times to be confirmed). All to be held at the NWLDC offices in Coalville.

You can also book a place onto these courses through the Leicester Business Festival website.

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