Cosby Parish Council

Serving the people of Cosby

Clerk: Les Phillimore
76 Springwell Lane, Whetstone
Leicester LE8 6LT

Tel: 07802 303936

Latest news for local businesses

Latest news for local businesses

Blaby Business Survey

We recently invited businesses in the district to take part in our survey to find out what help and assistance you have asked for and received from us.

The survey has 11 questions in total and should only take a few minutes to complete. Your views are important to us and will help shape what we can offer, so please let us know by taking part.

The survey deadline has been extended to close of business on Friday 5 March 2021.

Business Recovery Roadmap

From Monday 8 March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift and the government's four-step roadmap offer a route back to a more normal life.

The roadmap outlines how lockdown restrictions will be eased - the full roadmap document is available to view on the government website.

Business Breakfast

Come along to our next virtual Business Breakfast on Wednesday 24 March starting at 8am.

Get a better understanding of some of the major themes effecting businesses right now: the EU exit, continued effects of the pandemic, supporting local businesses and retailers, plus more information on the latest initiatives available.

Find out more and register your attendance on the Business Gateway website. Once you register, you will be sent a separate email prior to the webinar with the joining instructions and link.

Lateral flow testing stations if you cannot work from home

If you are a key worker and cannot work from home, you are eligible for a lateral flow test. These tests are available to identify those who are asymptomatic and could spread the virus to those they interact with at work, or family. By getting tested you can help to reduce transmission.

Leicestershire County Council has opened six rapid test centres, including one at Blaby Social Centre, Blaby.

The rapid testing – led by the county council's public health team – is only for those who don't have symptoms and aren't already isolating. This type of testing can help to quickly identify individual positive cases and stop the spread of infection.

Anyone who currently cannot work from home and is eligible, can book a test at

Support schemes and grants

The Government has announced as part of the Budget that additional grant funding will be available for businesses. We are awaiting further clarification and guidance on this and what the criteria will be. It will be a number of weeks before these grants will open and we will update the Reliefs and Exemptions page on our website in due course.

Additional Restrictions Main Scheme Grant
This grant closed to businesses on the 15 January 2021. The team has been working through applications since the grant scheme closed and continues to do so. Businesses may already have been notified about their application and if it was successful, you may have been contacted to ask for additional supporting information and there are still applications being processed. This has all been taking place since the closing date and if you have not yet been contacted you will be in due course.

Local Restrictions Support Grant Payments
If you are a business that automatically received the Local Restrictions Support Grant payment up to the 15 January 2021, and are currently mandated to close and on the local rateable listing, and still meet the criteria for this grant, then payments will be made automatically to you for the period 16 February 2021 to the 31 March 2021. If you have not applied for this grant payment, but do meet the criteria, then you can apply by completing the online application form on our reliefs and exemptions webpage. (scroll down to the purple button that says Support Grant).

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – Fourth Grant

At the Budget it was confirmed that the fourth SEISS Grant will be set at 80% of three months' average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment, capped at £7,500. This grant will take into account 2019 to 2020 tax returns and will be open to those who became self-employed in tax year 2019 to 2020. The rest of the eligibility criteria remain unchanged. Find out more information and how to apply on the government website.

EU Exit support for businesses

The Business Gateway Growth Hub has launched a free telephone support line to support businesses following the end of the EU Transition period.

The Growth Hub has a comprehensive support package in place to help businesses understand the actions they need to take to continue trading with Europe. This includes meeting with a expert practitioner for tailored 1-1 advice, and a variety of webinars on offer that businesses can sign up to.

To find out more visit the Business Gateway website.

Are you ready to future-proof your food or drink business?

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing many food and drink businesses to diversify, develop new products or services, and access new markets to survive, which means having to learn new processes and skills.

The Business Gateway Growth Hub and its delivery partners have put together a comprehensive package of free support to link food and drink businesses with industry experts.

Find out more on the Business Gateway website.

Funded support for fashion and textiles businesses

The fashion and textile manufacturing sector is incredibly important to Leicester and Leicestershire.

Like many other sectors, the industry is experiencing challenging times, so the Business Gateway Growth Hub has created a comprehensive package of support to help businesses survive, recover and grow. This includes:

  • Dedicated 1-2-1 advice
  • Access to industry experts
  • Action-Planning workshops
  • Online support clinics and more
Find out more on the Business Gateway website.


The next Census is taking place on Sunday 21 March. Everyone must complete and provide accurate information, as it helps decide how services are funded in your area.

Businesses are asked to encourage their employees to complete the Census and to get in touch with the Enterprising Blaby Team should you wish to display a poster.

Blaby District Annual Tourism Summit

Local tourism and hospitality businesses are invited to join our first Annual Tourism Summit taking place on Tuesday 23 March, 2pm - 4.30pm.

The Summit will reflect on the challenges faced in the past year and look forward towards preparing to re-open, recover and rebuild following the pandemic. This will include a look at how you can get involved in future exciting tourism projects and how we can all work together to create unique and bookable experiences to bring visitors to the district.

Please email the Leisure Team for further information and to register your place.

Digital Health Check

Find out where technology could fit into your business and improve your performance, profits and people by answering a few simple questions on your digital strengths and weaknesses.

The Digital Health Check will also help you find gaps in your business's digital performance, and get you the advanced support you need to take the next step.

Blaby Business Hub

Our Business Hub is on hand to offer dedicated help and support to local firms during the crisis and as we progress out of it.

Our team can help with resources and information on a range of issues to help your business, and together with local partners, we will continue to review the support we can offer. If you would like to discuss the support available, including Covid secure working, please get in touch with us by completing the form on the Business Hub webpage.

Posted: Mon, 08 Mar 2021 16:54 by Les Phillimore

Tags: Blaby District Council, COVID-19, CoronaVirus, Covid