Starting / Growing Your Business

This section is intended for anyone running a business or thinking about starting a business.

Better Business For All

Providing your business with a single point of access into the regulatory system.

Better Business for All is a local partnership between businesses and regulators aimed at removing the regulatory barriers to growth and therefore raising the economic competitiveness of Leicester and Leicestershire.

By complying with regulations, you can:

  • Help your business to provide a high and competitive standard of product that customers trust
  • Help guard your business against liability
  • Highlight any inefficient use of resources

A good understanding of regulation can add value to your business.

Better Business for All provides your business with a simple, single point of access to free advice on business regulations from those best placed to support you, the regulators themselves.

They can provide answers to queries relating to food safety, health & safety, pollution, waste, licensing, taxation, trading standards and fire safety. You can access this advice by ringing 0871 384 3185* or via

* Monday to Thursday 9:00am - 5pm Friday 9am - 4:30pm (Note: Calls provided by BT will be charged at 8p per minute. Mobile and other providers charges will vary and are likely to cost more. All return calls from regulatory services are free.)

Loughborough BID - Business Support Programme

Love Loughborough, in partnership with Charnwood Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council and Business in the Community’s “Healthy High Streets” campaign, has devised a package of support and advice which can be tailored to give new and recently established businesses exactly the boost they need to get them through the difficult early days of a new business.

Here's what's on offer:

  • Help finding premises
  • Access to finance
  • Cut through the red tape
  • jargon busting
  • Training and support packages from retail experts and high street brands
  • Shop front improvement programme
  • Business rates relief and discounts
  • Links to other support networks, including LLEP and local authorities

For more information on the Programme, an Expression of Interest Form and details of the area covered please visit