Business community news

Grants for businesses which have had no funding during recent lockdowns

Published on Friday 15 January 2021

Grants are being made available to businesses in the Harborough district which have NOT received any financial support during the Covid-19 restrictions in November and December 2020.

  • Festive winter scene brought to life in town centre

    Published on Thursday 10 December 2020

    Just in time for the Christmas season, a wintery window scene has been brought to life in Market Harborough.

  • Businesses urged to get ready for end of EU transition on 1 January

    Published on Friday 27 November 2020

    Evidence suggesting that many Leicestershire businesses might not be prepared for the end of the EU Exit transition period has led to calls to action from local community leaders.

  • Free parking on Saturdays in run up to Christmas

    Published on Thursday 26 November 2020

    Shoppers are once again set to benefit from free parking on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas in all council-owned car parks in the Harborough district.

  • More grants launched to help businesses affected by lockdown

    Published on Wednesday 25 November 2020

    Further grants have been launched this week to help businesses in the Harborough district which have been affected by the national lockdown.

  • Grants for local businesses affected by lockdown

    Published on Thursday 19 November 2020

    Businesses in the Harborough district which have been forced to temporarily close under the national restrictions are being urged to apply for a grant.

  • Get funding to employ a young person

    Published on Wednesday 4 November 2020

    Would you like to help a young person take their first step into work?

  • Tourism summit planned to tackle current challenges

    Published on Tuesday 3 November 2020

    A virtual tourism summit is set to bring together hospitality businesses in the district to share ideas on how to overcome the challenges of the current coronavirus pandemic.

  • Roads reopen in Market Harborough after period of closure

    Published on Friday 18 September 2020

    Church Street and Adam and Eve Street in Market Harborough have reopened to traffic following a period of closure.

  • Spot checks for local businesses

    Published on Tuesday 15 September 2020

    Spot checks are set to be carried out at businesses across the Harborough district to ensure they are complying with Covid-19 guidelines.

  • Closed roads to reopen after public feedback

    Published on Friday 11 September 2020

    Road changes, introduced to encourage shoppers back into town centres, are to be relaxed following feedback from the public.

  • Working with business community to plan ‘alternative’ Christmas

    Published on Tuesday 25 August 2020

    Plans are underway to organise an ‘alternative’ Christmas – with a Victorian theme – to give local businesses a much-needed boost.

  • Further monitoring on road changes following survey

    Published on Monday 24 August 2020

    Some changes are set to be made following a survey to gauge public opinion on road changes introduced in town centres – with further observational work set to take place.

  • Centre’s first tenants positive sign for local economy

    Published on Thursday 20 August 2020

    The first tenants have been welcomed into the Harborough Grow-on Centre, and discussions are underway for more companies to join them over the coming weeks.

  • Public views sought on temporary road changes

    Published on Wednesday 22 July 2020

    Residents and businesses are being invited to share their views on temporary road changes put in place as part of the reopening of shops in the Harborough district.

  • Task force visit to help boost high streets

    Published on Tuesday 14 July 2020

    Shop managers and retailers were able to speak directly to a high streets’ expert on Friday when the head of a task panel visited Market Harborough as part of a fact-finding mission.

  • ‘Shop Local’ campaign launched to boost retailers

    Published on Monday 6 July 2020

    ‘We are open and ready to do business’ is the loud and clear message of a campaign being launched today.

  • Temporarily closed road in Lutterworth reopens

    Published on Thursday 2 July 2020

    Church Street in Lutterworth, which was temporarily closed to support the reopening of town centres in Harborough district and enable social distancing, has reopened.

  • Road closure schemes to be amended

    Published on Thursday 2 July 2020

    Temporary road closures, put in place to support the reopening of town centres in Harborough district, are being reviewed and amended following feedback from businesses and residents.

  • Town centre businesses get ready to re-open

    Published on Wednesday 10 June 2020

    Shops and businesses are set to re-open across Harborough district – and ‘helpers’ will be on hand in town centres to promote social distancing and safe shopping.

  • Priority businesses can apply for a discretionary business grant

    Published on Wednesday 3 June 2020

    Local Authority Discretionary Grants scheme launched.

  • Virtual meetings to help business recovery

    Published on Monday 1 June 2020

    Businesses are being asked how the Council, and other organisations, can provide further support as part its drive to help the local economy recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Exemplary support for local businesses continues

    Published on Friday 15 May 2020

    Harborough District Council has now shared out all of its allocated Government funding to local businesses – a total of over £19m – but is continuing to provide further grants which are needed.

  • Council welcomes extra crisis funding for businesses

    Published on Thursday 7 May 2020

    Harborough District Council has welcomed the Government's announcement to provide up to an additional £617m to help small businesses across the UK who may not have qualified for earlier schemes.

  • Council named in top 10 for crisis business support

    Published on Tuesday 28 April 2020

    Harborough District Council has been named as one of the ten best performing local authorities in England for getting urgent financial support to businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Businesses receive urgent financial support

    Published on Thursday 9 April 2020

    More than 550 businesses in the Harborough district, which have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, have already received a share of nearly £8m in emergency support.

  • How working with the armed forces is benefiting business

    Published on Tuesday 17 March 2020

    Businesses and employers ‘joined forces’ at a district-wide event to hear how they can benefit hugely from working more closely with the armed forces community.

  • Spend a 'fiver' and support your local shops

    Published on Monday 10 February 2020

    Hot on the heels of an inaugural campaign in October 2019, a host of local independent shops and businesses across Harborough District are taking part in their second Fiver Fest.

  • Eye-catching signs at train station promote district

    Published on Tuesday 28 January 2020

    New nameplates have been unveiled at Market Harborough railway station to promote the Harborough District as a great place to live, work and visit.

  • Early bird tours excite local businesses at Harborough Grow-on Centre

    Published on Thursday 23 January 2020

    Visitors to Harborough Grow-on Centre (HGC) enjoyed a business breakfast tour, hosted by Harborough District Council, in partnership with lettings agent Andrew Granger & Co, on 22 January 2020.

  • Harborough Grow-on Centre gets creative

    Published on Wednesday 22 January 2020

    Visitors being given an eagerly-awaited tour of new commercial offices in the Harborough district also got a glimpse of some eye-catching artwork on show at the centre.

  • Counting down to the Christmas Light Switch On and Winter Food and Drink Festival

    Published on Tuesday 19 November 2019

    Hundreds of people are expected to attend the annual Christmas Light Switch On and start of a three-day Food and Drink Festival which kicks off later this week.

  • Free December Saturday parking

    Published on Monday 4 November 2019

    As the Christmas season approaches, shoppers in Harborough District can ditch their change as there will be free parking at Council-owned car parks for the four Saturdays in December.

  • BIG Weekend Returns for 2020

    Published on Monday 28 October 2019

    Harborough District Council is delighted to announce that the ‘BIG Weekend’ is returning to the Harborough district with even more venues set to host some top stand-up acts and comedy performances.

  • Support the British Legion at Market Harborough Market

    Published on Thursday 17 October 2019

    Harborough District Council is delighted to welcome The Royal British Legion back to Harborough Market for the annual Poppy Appeal.

  • Community Toilet Scheme comes to district

    Published on Monday 7 October 2019

    People will now be able to pop in and use toilet facilities in shops and cafes in the Harborough District as part of a new scheme helping to boost business and increase footfall.

  • VE Day anniversary celebrations planned

    Published on Friday 4 October 2019

    To celebrate 75 years since VE Day, plans are underway to mark the occasion with exciting events and activities across the Harborough district.

  • Food and drink businesses invited to get ‘Ready for Brexit’

    Published on Wednesday 2 October 2019

    Businesses across the Harborough district, in the food and drink sector, are being encouraged to attend an event to prepare them for Brexit.

  • Boost local economy by spending a ‘fiver’

    Published on Monday 30 September 2019

    Local independent shops and businesses across Harborough District are taking part in an initiative to help boost the local economy.

  • New £6.9million business centre supports growth

    Published on Monday 9 September 2019

    Harborough District Council (HDC) has appointed Andrew Granger & Co Ltd to manage lettings at the new Harborough Grow On Centre (HGOC) at Compass Point Business Park in Market Harborough.

  • New business centre officially named

    Published on Friday 6 September 2019

    A new office development which will help expanding businesses develop and prosper has been officially named.

  • Local company supports popular tourist attraction for the day

    Published on Thursday 29 August 2019

    Volunteers were out in force at Foxton Locks on Friday as part of a pilot initiative encouraging businesses to help out in the community.

  • Have your say on Market Harborough’s future

    Published on Wednesday 28 August 2019

    People are being invited to have their say on the future of Market Harborough town centre at a drop-in event being held in September.

  • New train station posters showcase town

    Published on Wednesday 7 August 2019

    Eye-catching posters have been introduced at Market Harborough train station highlighting some of town’s assets and attractions.

  • Grow on Space project praised as ‘exceptional’

    Published on Thursday 25 July 2019

    The Grow On Space office construction project, in Market Harborough, has been praised as ‘exceptional’ in a new report.

  • Harborough Innovation Centre update

    Published on Tuesday 23 July 2019

    Harborough District Council and the Chair of the Harborough Innovation Centre (HIC) Strategy Board held a productive meeting on Friday 19 July 2019 with the businesses at the HIC concerning occupancy.

  • Council offers flexibility to Innovation Centre occupants

    Published on Friday 12 July 2019

    Harborough District Council will offer more time and flexibility to long-stay occupants of the Innovation Centre to ensure they can relocate to suitable office space.

  • Cemetery restoration investment

    Published on Friday 28 June 2019

    New railings have been unveiled at Market Harborough cemetery after much-needed renovations were carried out to improve the look of the area.

  • All revved up for popular Classic Car Show

    Published on Friday 21 June 2019

    Market Harborough’s Classic Car Show is back and bigger than ever – with fun for all the family and more than 200 vintage vehicles set to line the streets.

  • Tourism guide

    Tourism boost with new website and tourism guide

    Published on Thursday 13 June 2019

    Showcasing the Harborough district’s unique tourism offer is the focus of a new website and handy guide being launched this week.

  • New era for district’s Innovation Centre

    Published on Wednesday 15 May 2019

    Harborough Innovation Centre, which provides office space to new businesses in the Harborough district, is to be managed by the Council from 1 July 2019.

  • Vintage poster for classic car show unveiled

    Published on Monday 15 April 2019

    The new vintage style poster for this year’s Market Harborough Classic Car Show has been unveiled.

  • Cheese and Ale Festival heading to Harborough district

    Published on Wednesday 3 April 2019

    The finest cheeses and ales will be on offer as a new Cheese and Ale Festival heads to the Harborough district this month.

  • Vintage vehicles needed for classic car show

    Published on Wednesday 6 March 2019

    It’s back and set to be bigger than ever! Market Harborough’s hugely popular Classic Car Show returns this year and car enthusiasts are being encouraged to register their vintage vehicles.

  • Creating work opportunities for school leavers

    Published on Wednesday 6 March 2019

    Bringing schools and businesses together to create recruitment, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities was the aim of a business skills event held this week.

  • Time to ‘Invest in Harborough District’

    Published on Friday 1 March 2019

    A major initiative has been launched to showcase the Harborough District as a key location for businesses to invest, expand and prosper.

  • Ceremony marks milestone for ‘Grow on Space’ project

    Published on Tuesday 22 January 2019

    A special ceremony to mark a major milestone during the creation of an innovative new building for growing businesses has taken place.

  • Successful bid generates extra £14m for city and county

    Published on Monday 17 December 2018

    Major plans to unlock an extra £14m for public services across Leicester and Leicestershire have been given the thumbs up.

  • Exciting Grow on Space project progressing well

    Published on Friday 7 December 2018

    A major project set to create around 230 jobs and bring £20million into the local economy in the Harborough district is progressing well.

  • District shines at tourism awards

    Published on Friday 30 November 2018

    Local businesses and the town of Market Harborough have won at the prestigious Leicestershire Promotions 2018 Tourism & Hospitality Awards, held on Thursday 29 November 2018 in Leicester.

  • Local venues to host major comedy talent

    Published on Thursday 1 November 2018

    A major comedy festival is coming to the Harborough district with local venues set to host some top stand-up acts.

  • Grow on Space gets green light

    Published on Tuesday 16 October 2018

    A major project to help businesses expand and grow – set to bring £20million into the Harborough district economy – is set to be created after funding was secured.

  • Popular French market returns

    Published on Monday 15 October 2018

    The much loved French and Continental market featuring larger than life traders is set to return to Market Harborough after the success of last year's visit.

  • October Fest returns to Market Harborough this weekend

    Published on Tuesday 9 October 2018

    The eagerly anticipated October Fest returns to Market Harborough this weekend, featuring a ‘World Village Market’ on the Town Square.

  • MP (and PM!) focused on Lutterworth business

    Published on Friday 14 September 2018

    A special event, focused on boosting businesses in Lutterworth took place on Friday – and even the Prime Minister got to hear about it!

  • Free digital tips boosting local retailers’ sales

    Published on Tuesday 21 August 2018

    Local retailers are being offered expert tips – for free – on how to boost sales and awareness of their business using the internet and social media.

  • MP event gets to heart of business

    Published on Monday 23 July 2018

    People got to hear the latest on how the business landscape is evolving, as well as some of the challenges it faces, at the special event held in the district.

  • Business and its apprentices inspire others

    Published on Monday 21 May 2018

    A village business which has helped apprentices take their first steps into the world of work is hoping to inspire others to follow suit.

  • Love Your Local Market

    Published on Wednesday 9 May 2018

    Harborough District Council is urging everyone to show their local market and its traders a little love during Love Your Local Market fortnight.

  • Innovative loyalty app to boost local retailers and tourism

    Published on Wednesday 2 May 2018

    Local retailers and tourist attractions are being offered free digital support – including the launch of a pioneering loyalty app and help with social media – to help boost their footfall.

  • Lutterworth event will help business start ups

    Published on Wednesday 18 April 2018

    Entrepreneurs looking to start their own business can attend a free masterclass in Lutterworth to get some advice on how to do it.

  • Dragon Slaying at Harborough Market

    Published on Tuesday 17 April 2018

    Harborough District Council is inviting people in the district to visit Harborough Market on Saturday 21 April 2018 for a family-friendly St George's Day performance.

  • Small business commissioner visits district for first time

    Published on Wednesday 28 March 2018

    The Government’s newly-elected Small Business Commissioner joined local businesses at a special breakfast event this week to talk about his role and how he can help.

  • Vote for Market Harborough in the Great British High Street awards

    Published on Thursday 27 October 2016

    Market Harborough has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Great British High Street awards in the ‘Large Market Town’ category.

  • Food for Thought at Harborough Market

    Published on Thursday 17 September 2015

    Harborough Market is offering shoppers the chance to win 50 x £5 market shopping vouchers via their local press to spend during British Food Fortnight.

  • Businesses urged to take up better broadband offer

    Published on Friday 7 August 2015

    Businesses across Harborough district are being urged to take the offer of help to get faster broadband as part of a local voucher scheme.

  • Business Continuity Awareness Week

    Published on Monday 16 March 2015

    Agencies across Leicestershire are supporting this year’s Business Continuity Awareness Week to help businesses prepare themselves in the event of a significant or unexpectected incident or event.

  • New pension laws affecting local businesses

    Published on Monday 9 March 2015

    Local businesses are being urged to attend a FREE event offering advice on important new pension obligations affecting all employers.

  • Funding to provide apprenticeship opportunities

    Published on Thursday 5 March 2015

    Move over Lord Sugar, the district council is looking to take on apprenticeships and is encouraging other organisations and businesses to do the same.

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