EU Exit (Brexit) advice for businesses and residents

Webinars to support businesses before the transition period ends

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. The webinars will provide information on key actions for businesses in these sectors. Please note there is an issue when accessing using the Microsoft Edge browser. We recommend you use an alternative web browser to book on to these webinars.

In addition, there are webinars for exporters of animals and products of animal origin to the EU including labelling.

'EU exit' (or 'Brexit') is the impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU).

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered a transition period. From 1 January 2021 new rules will apply to the United Kingdom.

The Government has been preparing for any outcome from EU exit negotiations and has been implementing a programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready from day one in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome.

Visit the Government's EU Exit web page for more information

EU exit advice for businesses

The Government has designed this step-by-step Get ready for Brexit guide to help businesses prepare for EU exit and the potential 'no deal' scenario.

You will need to prepare to continue trading with EU businesses.

Local business advice

If you run a local business and would like to speak to us about business planning for EU exit please contact the business support team us using the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page or calling us.

The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce has a variety of free training courses running in the coming months to support businesses with various aspects of the EU Exit.

EU citizens in the UK - advice

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.

These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.

Visit the Government's EU Exit web page for more information and to apply to stay in the UK

EU Settlement Scheme

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.

Leicestershire County Council EU Settlement Scheme is one of the local authorities that are providing a document scanning service for people applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

This service is available to resident EU citizens with a valid EU passport, and to their non-EU citizen family members with a biometric residence card issued by the UK.

Read more about the Leicestershire County Council EU Settlement Scheme document scanning service

UK citizens in the EU - advice

The Government EU Exit web pages include advice specific to where you are living in the European Union.

Prepare for EU Exit if you live in the UK

Visit the Government's EU Exit web pages for information on:

  • Going and being abroad
  • Work
  • Transport
  • Environment
  • Business and industry
  • Education, training and skills

Economic Regeneration Team

The regeneration team looks to work across both the public and private sectors to drive economic growth in Oadby and Wigston. It is our aspiration that the Borough of Oadby and Wigston is a place where businesses start-up, grow and expand. We recognise that, to achieve the economic objectives we need to work closely with our local community, the business community and with key support agencies and funders.

The aims of the Economic Regeneration Strategy 2015-2020 (PDF Document, 8 Mb) are:

  • Local investment in place
  • Local investment in business
  • Local investment in people
  • To work in partnership to fulfil the economic potential of the area

Key Functions of the Economic Development Service

  • Project delivery - delivering key regeneration sites.
  • Lead organisation - for employability, worklessness, enterprise and skills.
  • Business development - including, organisation of business seminars in partnership; relationship management with priority businesses and clusters; liaison with business support organisations and the coordination of activity and response to investment enquiries.

A Guide to Development and Occupier Opportunities

The borough of Oadby and Wigston is one of seven district councils in the County of Leicestershire. It is located south-east of Leicester City Centre and is home to more than 55,000 people most of whom live in the towns of Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston.

Our vision for the Borough is threefold:

  • To be vibrant, diverse and prosperous
  • To attract and sustain entrepreneurship, business growth and investment
  • To offer equality of opportunity in education, skills and employment
  • In achieving this vision it is important to foster an environment of partnership and collaboration where private and public sector come together to invest in the future of Oadby and Wigston and make it a great place to live, learn, work and play.
  • In this prospectus we:
  • Set out the vision Investor Prospectus - Vision (PDF Document, 471.68 Kb)
  • Highlight factors that contribute to success Investor Prospectus - Factors that Contribute to Our Success (PDF Document, 1.89 Mb)
  • Offer opportunities for development, investment and relocation Investor Prospectus - Opportunities for Development (PDF Document, 549.67 Kb)

For further information contact the Economic Regeneration Team

Recruiting and Training Staff

Starting a Business

Starting a business can be an exciting time and it is important to make sure that at this fundamental stage of businesses’ development you get the right advice. The following sites provide information, advice and support to start, maintain and grow your business.

Business Grants and Loans

A range of business grants and loans may be available for innovation, diversification and growth of your business.

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council Sports Facilities Fund

Sports facilities grant application

Sports Facilities Fund Terms and Conditions (PDF Document, 212.34 Kb)

South Wigston Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme - South Wigston Shop Front (PDF Document, 433.46 Kb)

Business Finance Support (External site)

Manufacturing Growth Programme (External site)

Supporting SME Manufacturers to grow by identifying, understanding and removing barriers to growth and enabling sustainable business improvement

What is the LLEP Business Gateway?

The Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) Business Gateway.

Grow your business with expert advice, support programmes, finance opportunities and free workshops from the business gateway growth hub.

Whether you have just started your business or been trading for a while, you can access free and impartial information on the business support available across Leicester and Leicestershire, all in one place.

The business support landscape can be confusing as programmes and offers change regularly. We save you time by simplifying the process and referring you to the most appropriate support for your business. Our expert advisers open the doors to industry contacts and the support programmes available.

Get in touch today and discover the support available to grow your business:

- Call 0116 366 8487 or email your enquiry to
- Follow us on Twitter @bizgateway or LinkedIn: business gateway growth hub
- Sign up for the latest business support programmes, news updates, and workshops: www.bizgateway.org.uk/subscribe/

Events, Conferences, and Facility Hire

Events (External links)

Leicester Business Festival 28th October- 8th November 2019 (External links)

View the conference and meeting room facilities available in Oadby and Wigston.

Leicester Racecourse offers an outstanding venue for conferences, weddings and private events. The Kube event space is ideal for large scale exhibitions, conferences, weddings and events.

Leicester Conferences are a leading corporate events venue and conference centre venue in Leicester, who are able to provide a bespoke offer, whether it is a large corporate conference, a team-building day or even a private dinner. They have two sites in Oadby; Oadby Village and Stamford Court.

South Leicestershire College offers a range of facilities for community groups and businesses.

Overview of Business in the Borough

We are trying to improve our ability to work with businesses in the borough and to do this we need a greater understanding of your business and your particular needs so that we can provide you with the relevant information and support (e.g. latest news, funding and grant opportunities, etc.) to grow and prosper. Please take a few minutes to add your business to our database.

Add Your Business

Last updated: Friday, 20 August 2021 11:42 am