The LLEP area is home to around 42,155 VAT and PAYE registered businesses (11,965 based in Leicester and 30,190 in Leicestershire). The majority of these businesses (94.8%) employ less than 20 people and most businesses have a turnover below £250k.
Our local businesses reported that they are confused about how to access the support that they need to grow and they believe the business support is fragmented and inconsistent in quality. So we have worked closely with Business Council members and representatives of the wider business community to identify ways to transform the provision of business support in the local area.
In 2014, we launched a business growth hub support service called the LLEP Business Gateway.
All information, advice and business support is now handled through the LLEP Business Gateway. The service is fully funded so offers a free and impartial 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
- Employment and skills
- Regulation and compliance
- International Trade
Visit the LLEP Business Gateway site for more information