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Enterprising Town Centres Grant Programme

Enterprising Town Centres - Now CLOSED.

Please note that the scheme is now closed for all new applications.  It may re-open in the near future therefore please do contact the Business Focus team, as we are still interested in your business plans and can offer other avenues of support.

North West Leicestershire District Council has launched a unique funding and support programme to support the growth of SME businesses across the District and within our Market Towns.

Retail Workshops

A series of free retail traders workshops are taking place in 2018. Further information about these workshops and how to register to attend can be found on our events and training web page. 

Enterprising Town Centres grants

Enterprising Town Centres is a brand new, unique grant programme created by North West Leicestershire District Council to support local independent town centre businesses to invest, grow and create new local employment.

The aim of the programme is to support the growth of town centre businesses, to encourage new businesses to occupy vacant properties and to enhance the unique character and identity of our town centres.

It is hoped that the grants will help stimulate increased spend, footfall and occupancy and enhance the unique offer within our town centres and Coalville Market Hall.

Enterprising Town Centres will target grant funding between £500 and £25,000 to small independent businesses within our town centres of Ashby, Castle Donington, Coalville, Ibstock, Kegworth and Measham.

To view the town centre boundaries, please click on the relevant town map –

Ashby town centre boundary map (PDF Document, 0.35 Mb)

Castle Donington town centre boundary map (PDF Document, 0.31 Mb)

Coalville town centre boundary map (PDF Document, 0.44 Mb)

Ibstock town centre boundary map (PDF Document, 0.25 Mb)

Kegworth town centre boundary map (PDF Document, 0.52 Mb)

Measham town centre boundary map (PDF Document, 0.17 Mb)

If your business is based in a village within North West Leicestershire that is outside of the town centre, the Council has launched a new Village Shop Grants Scheme that will run alongside Enterprising Town Centres. 

The Village Shop Grants Scheme will offer grants between £1,000 - £3,000 to help improve shops that provide essential goods and/or services to their surrounding area.

If you would like to know more about the Schemes and to see if you are eligible, please see the following documents -

Enterprising TC Eligibility Criteria (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)

Enterprising TC FAQs (PDF Document, 0.14 Mb)


If you are interested in applying for an Enterprising Town Centres small or large grant, or a Village Shop grant, you will need to complete and submit an Expression of Interest first of all. 

Once we receive your Expression of Interest, we will check it with the eligibility criteria and may then invite you to submit a Full Application. 

We suggest that you read the Full Application before you complete and submit the Expression of Interest, so that you understand what information you will need for a Full Application.

ETC EOI Application form 2017 (PDF Document, 0.19 Mb)

ETC Full Application form 2017 (PDF Document, 0.23 Mb)

If you are interested in applying for a Golden hello grant, you will only need to complete one application form.

Golden Hello Application form 2017 (PDF Document, 0.2 Mb)

Support Workshops

In addition to the grant funding, Enterprising Town Centres will also deliver a series of business advice workshops that will provide specialist advice and training, targeting traditional retail businesses, cafes, restaurants,  bars and town centre businesses from across the District.

If you are interested in attending the workshops, please contact the Business Focus team on or 01530 454609 and a member of the team will add you to a provisional list.  Once more information becomes available about the workshops you will be contacted in the first instance to advise you of details.

Enterprising North West Leicestershire

Due to the overwhelming interest and success of the Enterprising North West Leicestershire grant scheme, this programme is now closed for all new applications. 

In 2015 North West Leicestershire District Council launched the innovative Enterprising North West Leicestershire grant fund.  This was a fund exclusively to help support small businesses in North West Leicestershire to grow and create more jobs.  Because of it's success the scheme was relaunched in May 2017, however all funds have now been provisionally allocated.

Please note that all applications were on a ‘first come first serve’ basis and existing applications are currently being dealt with.

If you are interested in this scheme, please do still contact the Business Focus team and we may be able to offer an alternative solution and advise of other suitable funding opportunities for your business.


If you’ve read the eligibility criteria and FAQs but still have questions on the grant scheme, please contact our Business Focus team on or 01530 454609.

Previous recipients

Following the success of the 2015 Enterprising North West Leicestershire programme, we spoke to successful applicants about the difference the grant scheme has made to their business. 

In the video below, Charles Blyth & Co talk about their grant (see 'related information' on this page for more videos).

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