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Direct Coventry-Leicester rail service moves a step closer as part of £2 billion Midlands rail upgrade plans

Plans to reinstate direct rail services between Leicester and Coventry for the first time since 2004 form part of a £2 billion package of improvements...

Midlands Engine deepens ties with China

Ties between the Midlands and China have received a further boost with the signing of a new agreement to promote science and technology co-operation between...

35 Year discovery that changed criminal investigations forever

Images: Dr Turi King, University of Leicester   At 09:05 on Monday 10 September 1984, a discovery in a laboratory at the University of Leicester...

New service will help hundreds of homeless people into work

A new college for people experiencing homelessness is set to open in Leicester’s Dawn Centre in the New Year.   The St Mungo’s Recovery College...

Planning permission for new unit puts JLR in the fast lane to new jobs

Jaguar Land Rover has had planning application for a major new storage unit in Leicestershire approved. The unit is planned for the area around junction...

New labour market dashboards available

We have released our latest labour market dashboards for September 2019. These provide a valuable snapshot of the area.  Information contained in the dashboards relate...

Digital support for SMEs – Information event

Are you missing out on funded digital support. Come along to this event to find out how to sign-up and access fully-funded digital support. BOOK...

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A few facts about employment in our area

£59m

brought into the local economy through the reinternment of Richard III

£500m

is what the textiles manufacturing industry is worth to the LLEP economy

72%

of the East Midlands' Logistics and Distribution operations are in Leicestershire

40,000

people in our area are employed in the Professional and Financial services sector

2,500

creative businesses are based here - the largest cluster outside London