2 Oct 2017

Grant providers gather to support region’s businesses

The Leicester Business Festival (LBF) is the region’s largest business event and aims to drive economic growth across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for the benefit of all who live, do business and work there.

With 154 events taking place between 23 October to 3 November 2017. The festival represents the prosperity, innovation and growth that shows the region is at the heart of UK Business.

As part of the LBF, we are excited to announce the Digital Growth Programme will be holding a series of FREE action-planning workshops and advice at the Grant Providers’ Showcase – Access to Finance events.

Our full day action-planning workshops are designed to support local SMEs with increasing their digital skills, covering a range of topics from Social Media and Website Planning to Cyber Resilience and International Marketing. Delivered by industry experts, the workshops are free of charge to attend for eligible businesses and provide you and your business with the latest digital knowledge and techniques.

To book onto any of the action-planning workshop, please click on the links below or visit the Leicester Business Festival website

24 Oct - Understanding Paid Search & Display Advertising – City Area
25 Oct - Integrating Social Media into your Business (Part 1) - Hinckley
27 Oct - Converting Website Visitors into Sales – City Area
31 Oct - Data & making the most of Business Relationships – City Area
1 Nov  - Integrating Social Media into your Business (Part 2) - Hinckley
3 Nov  - Online Marketing for Local Business – City Area

As well as workshops, the Digital Growth Programme offers SMEs access to grant funding from £2,000 to £16,000 (subject to conditions), to support them with business growth and development through utilising and exploiting new digital technology. Our Digital Business Adviser will be on hand to offer free advice at the Grant Providers’ Showcase events across Leicester and Leicestershire. Each showcase event will include a five minute overview from each of the grant managers as well as a choice of two short workshops for you attend and learn more about the financial support available.

For more information about the Grant Providers’ Showcase click here or to book a place please click on the links below. 

24 Oct - Grant Providers’ Showcase – Coalville
25 Oct - Grant Providers’ Showcase – Melton Mowbray
30 Oct - Grant Providers’ Showcase – Hinckley
2 Nov - Grant Providers’ Showcase – Market Harborough
3 Nov - Grant Providers’ Showcase – City Area
At all the Grant Providers’ Showcase events there will be grant teams from Collaborate for Growth, Digital Growth Programme, Green BELLE, NBV Grants and the Manufacturing Growth Programme. East Leicestershire LEADER and North West Leicestershire District Council will also attend their local venues. To attend any of the Grant Providers’ Showcase events, businesses should be trading business-to-business and have less than 250 employees.  

For more information about the Leicester Business Festival please visit their website or contact Events and Engagement Officer, Kam Atker on 07971 403 786 or by email 

Amazing workshop, provided tons of information about creating content - it's a must for any busy small business owner!

Rashpal Rai, Wellbeing Works, Derby

Best workshop I've been to, so relevant and current

Laura Bruce, Steel City Marketing, Sheffield

Really impressive workshop, with great in depth practical advice and examples. The explanation of hidden feature on social media was very useful and I will be going away from the session looking at building and executing a full social media strategy for my business. Thank you again for providing me access to workshop and the information if delivered.

Wossicon Brown, Sheffield

In addition to helping develop my digital presence, these workshops are helping me reshape and refocus my business

David Primrose, Synergy Food Ingredients, Melton Mowbray

I really appreciate the Digital Growth Programme and have benefitted from previous workshops and seminars. Now that my knowledge in this area is growing I am looking forward to attending more seminars so that I can build on my knowledge and skills

Dorinda Miller, Into Deeper Waters, Nottinghamshire

Before, Google Analytics was a bit of a minefield, but I now feel more confident to use it in the way that works best. Looking forward to future courses!

Emma Daley, SortRefer, Derby

The workshops exceeded my expectations! A huge amount of useful information delivered in a straight-forward, practical and professional way. I am leaving the day with lots of ideas for implementation and looking forward to attending the next workshop

Kate Brudenell, Hawthorn, Melton Mowbray

Really informative workshop, lots to take away and apply to our own site. This is a brilliant service on offer and I’m extremely grateful to be able to attend these workshops

Emma Bradley, Bradley Brown Internet, Nottingham

The GDPR seminar was fantastic and I have already to action certain points within marketing strategy.

Barry Aldridge, TidyCo Ltd, Derby

A massive thank you to Liam and the programme - an insightful and very engaging workshop. I particulary found the hashtag elements useful.

Efficiency North, Sheffield

The GDPR seminar was fantastic and I have already to action certain points within marketing strategy.

Barry Aldridge - Marketing Manager, Tidyco Ltd, Derby