Business Support Partners

The Federation of Small Businesses

The FSB are experts in business, offer members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and powerful voice in government. The FSB mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

East Midlands Chamber

The Chamber is the leading business organisation in the East Midlands. With a growing membership of more than 4,000 businesses and 3,000 affiliates, it is the second largest chamber of commerce in the country.

The Chamber offers Members extensive networking opportunities and a wide range of discounted services. The Chamber also works in partnership with many communities, political and funding organisations.

Leicester Employment Hub

Leicester Employment Hub is a three year, £3.9 million business support project for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Leicester and Leicestershire area run by Leicester City Council.  The project commenced on 1st October 2017 and runs to 30th September 2020.

The Hub undertakes a range of activities to drive up demand for the full range of national and local employment and training opportunities. It works directly with local businesses (especially SMEs) to increase demand for:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Work experience
  • Internships
  • Volunteering
  • Work placements opportunities

The project also adds capacity to and complements the work of the Education Skills Funding Agency and local apprenticeship training providers.

Find out about our partner organisations

Leicester Employment Hub

LLEP Business Gateway

The LLEP Business Gateway (Growth Hub) acts as a signposting service across a wide range of topics including: Business start-up training and mentoring; Business growth and expansion plans, recruitment and investing; access to finance, including local and national grants and loans programmes, premises and search for new commercial property, recruitment and workforce skills/training, regulation and compliance.

Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) was formed in May 2011. The LLEP is a strategic body led by a Board made up of local government and business leaders as well as senior education and third sector representatives.

The LLEP’s remit is to drive forward regeneration and growth of the local economy, by:

  • Working with Government to set out key investment priorities for Leicester & Leicestershire
  • Engaging with business, local authorities, Higher education, Further education, the voluntary sector and other stakeholders

  • Facilitating local partnership working and relations with national government
  • Influencing national Government economic policy and spending
  • Investing LLEP funding and aligning partner resources
  • Through its investments, influence and activities ensure positive outcomes for the local economy

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) is your Active Partnerships Team (formally known as a County Sports Partnership, CSP) for physical activity and sport across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

Be part of Leicester-Shire & Rutland ‘Business of Sport Network’ striving to make Leicestershire and Leicester the premier, high performing location for undertaking the business of physical activity and sport.

The network gives you:

  • A single point of access for business support to meet your needs- many of which are free
  • Access to seminars and workshops to help you to grow your business
  • Connect with other businesses, suppliers, buyers, event hosts, venues, clubs, coaches and participants
  • News and updates which affect the sporting economy in Leicestershire and Leicester