Council plans free workshop programme to support businesses


A new programme of free workshops and drop-in advice sessions has been launched to help local businesses flourish in Charnwood.

It’s the Enterprise inCharnwood programme, and is being run by CASE, a Leicestershire-based business support service. The programme is funded by Charnwood Borough Council as part of the inCharnwood initiative which encourages business growth and new investment in to the borough.

The new programme provides advice and information on starting a business and helping existing businesses to grow. The friendly, impartial, no-commitment approach will be of particular use to people who have always dreamed of setting up an enterprise but for whatever reason are yet to take those first steps.

Workshop topics will include starting a business, finance, managing people and marketing while the drop-in sessions are like a ‘surgery’ where any business matter can be discussed.

Ian Wilson from CASE said: “We are looking forward to working with people in Charnwood who wish to start their own business or take the next step with their existing business.”

Councillor Eric Vardy, lead member for planning and inward investment said: “These workshops are a great opportunity to learn some valuable business skills.

“They will be particularly useful for people who want to run their own business or join with others to set up a new enterprise. The sessions will provide people with the business know-how to feel confident to take those first steps into creating a business, be that as sole-trader, a limited company or social enterprise. The programme will also support existing businesses, to help them continue to grow in Charnwood.”

Enterprise inCharnwood will take place on Wednesdays at a number of locations across Charnwood including Shepshed, Sileby and Loughborough.

For more information or to book a place on a workshop, email: or ring on 0116 222 5010.