Leicester Shire Economic Partnership
LSEP’s overarching vision is to create the right economic conditions to ensure Leicester Shire is a great place to live, work and play. We invest £10 million annually so that Leicester Shire is a key component of a flourishing East Midlands.
South Leicestershire College officially launched the Media Centre of Excellence in Television and Film in Belgrave, Leicester on Friday 5th December 2008. Funded by the Leicester Shire Economic Partnership (LSEP), the Centre first opened its doors to students back in February 2008, and since then has gone from strength-to-strength, providing a superb learning environment for individuals wishing to move into the film industry, bringing local and international students together.
This exciting, state-of-the-art centre is in the heart of the community and is the home of many other partners and media distributors such as, leafletdistribution.co.uk, ITV, security companies, Leicester College, Ice Media, and ARY Media and many more. The Media Centre is also home to EAVA FM, a privately owned organisation which is the first multi-lingual community radio station in the UK.
Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Economic Partnership said: ‘The Media Centre of Excellence in Television and Film was funded to give local people the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in the film and television industry, whilst taking advantage of the emerging growth of ‘Bollywood’ culture here in Leicester. This highly innovative centre will be key to the development of the creative industries cluster here in the East Midlands.’
Christine Bullock, Principal of South Leicestershire College said: ‘The hard work at the Media Centre is now really starting to pay off, with South Leicestershire College and Ice Media being short-listed as finalists in the East Midlands International Business Awards recently. This was for the innovative ‘Jewels of Bollywood’ project we ran, where students travelled to India to learn first hand about the Bollywood film industry. This course was so successful that it will be running again in February 2009.’
The Grant for Business Investment (GBI)
The East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) are continuing to offer capital investment funding through the GBI scheme across the whole region, with £8 million of funding available to support businesses in the East Midlands over the next four years.
The GBI scheme, formally known as Selective Finance for Investment in England (SFIE), makes discretionary grants available from the Government to support businesses with investments projects. EMDA are particularly looking for applications that demonstrate how businesses will improve their productivity and skills levels; develop new products and processes and maximise potential opportunities in niche, fast growing or export markets.
Businesses of all sizes can apply, however businesses that are not small or medium sized enterprises (SME’s) can only apply if the investment project is located within an Assisted Area, this can be checked by contacting EMDA.