About

LLEP Business Gateway and The Leicestershire Textiles Hub

The Leicestershire Textiles Hub is an invaluable information resource for businesses and individuals involved in the textiles sector. Whether you’re a manufacturer, retailer, designer or someone looking to forge a career in this area, we’re here to help you make the most of the available opportunities.

This hub website is the result of a joint initiative brought to you by Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW), the European Social Fund (ESF), and Pera Training.  The LLEP Business Gateway now manages the website. Here’s a quick word on each of them.......

The LLEP Business Gateway is the Business Growth Hub for Leicester and Leicestershire. This ‘one-stop shop’ provides a signposting and referral service to the many forms of local and national business support services available to businesses across Leicester and Leicestershire. It provides information on a range of business topics including: starting a business, growing a business, access to finance, Hiring and Training and Premises and Investing. 

The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme was developed to help improve the skills of employees in small or medium-sized businesses. Fully funded by the European Social Fund, it provided an opportunity for individuals to update their skills and knowledge and for employers to plug their skills gap at no extra cost.  This programme has now closed and further EU funding to support skills development will be available from 2016.

ESF aims to improve employment opportunities in the EU, raise standards of living, and help people acquire the skills needed by business in a competitive global economy.  The next round of local ESF funding will be available from 2016.

Pera Training provides tailored learning solutions to the UK economy and are one of the largest providers in the UK of manufacturing focussed government funded and commercially tailored training programmes.