If you have a food or drink business in Leicestershire, don’t miss the opportunity of getting involved in this year’s Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight.
Over 55 individual businesses took part in last year’s initiative to raise the profile of food and drink in the county – and there were a staggering 75 individual food-based events for people to visit. Businesses reported increased footfall and sales and more importantly their visibility in the community was raised with a national and local PR campaign, online listings on the dedicated website and entry into the Leicester Mercury Events Guide – which is all free to the businesses and community groups taking part.
Work on this year’s Food Fortnight has already started and Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council are calling for all food and drink businesses or community groups in Leicester and Leicestershire to get in touch. Could you hold a special event? Could you offer customers tastings of local produce or hold demonstrations? Could you offer a special offer or promotion during the Fortnight? What could you do to raise the profile of your business by being involved in this year’s Food Fortnight? Could you organise an event for your local community – perhaps celebrating its local or heritage foods? We are open to ideas and would love to hear from you.
Comments from some of last year’s businesses: More »
Pete Gardner, Chocolate Alchemy, Loughborough
“Every chocolate tasting session I did was fully booked and I promoted it with a poster in my shop window for a couple of days on top of the promotion in the Leicester Mercury and online. I would definitely do it again next year as it is a very good way for me to promote my business in the run up to Christmas.”
Ted Tann-Watson, Organiser of Donisthorpe Apple Day
“We had a turnout of over 300 people to our event – the best ever. We were delighted with the coverage both in the Leicester Mercury events guide and on promotional posters and fliers, which really helped encourage visitors to our event, from all over the County. I would definitely take part in the Food Fortnight again in the future.
Jessica Edmonds, Born and Bread – Bread-making Demonstrations, Hinckley
“My event was booked up immediately the Events Guide came out. I would definitely take part in Food Fortnight again as it really helped to raise my profile.”
For information about getting involved in this year’s event, please contact Rachel Dorsett, Silver Pear Communications on 01476 879215 or 07584 166629 » Less
Eastre Bunny Hunt - find the Easter Bunny and win an EGG!
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DEADLINE APPROACHING - Hinckley - Cash for your Community!
Leicestershire County Council has made available £320,000 per year for local communities to invest in local improvement of their choice. The funding is available through the 25 Community Forums.
This Community Forum Budget is not a regular grant fund, because local residents are involved in all aspects of the process and they will be making the decision which projects should receive a share of the funds.
Community groups can put forward project ideas for which they are seeking funding. All those project proposals are then made available on the forum’s website so residents can view and comment on them. The community groups and other local residents then come together for a Decision Night to discuss the projects and vote for their favourites. More »
All proposals will benefit from advice by a panel of experts, including advice on further sources of funding.
Don’t miss out! Dates for your diaries:
Submit a Project Proposal by: 22nd May 2013
View and Comment from: 23rd May 2013
Register your interest to attend by: 12th June 2013
Decision Night: 19th June 2013
Information about how to apply, view and comment on projects and register your interest to attend your local Decision night is available on your forum home page. You can also call 0116 305 7034 for more information. » Less
** Help the people in Leicestershire improve their lives in 2013 **
You are invited to the premiere of Think Leicestershire. This is a unique project by Leicestershire based organisations who would like to give something back to the people and community they work and live in.
Think Leicestershire is for people who are passionate about making a difference & contributing to the community and economy of Leicestershire. We would be delighted if you would join us and other like minded, people from the area to launch this new and innovative project. More »
Think Leicestershire is the inspiration of Andy Gilbert, Group MD of Go MAD Thinking (Go Make a Difference) and former Entrepreneur of the Year at the Leicestershire Business Awards and this is his gift to the people of Leicestershire.
We want to equip the people in the community with practical skills that can have an immediate effect but are also sustainable and will deliver long term benefits for all. Residents and businesses will also be given the opportunity to become one of a 1000 world-class trained community coaches to help support the project.
Discover more about the project that will inspire the people living and working in Leicestershire to achieve better results in their work, business and personal lives. Come along and enjoy this special show with special guest appearances, a professional youth theatre and musical group showcasing extracts from their fore coming concert ‘Les Miserables’’ and more.
Please join us on the 4th of March 2013, at 3.00pm – 5.00pm, at The Y Theatre, East Street, Leicester. Come and help make even more of a difference to the communities of Leicester and Leicestershire and to ensure 2013 is the year of success!
Discover more about Think Leicestershire by watching the inspiring 2 minute video at www.thinkleicestershire.co.uk
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