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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 our 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, 7.82 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

New Development: Horsewell Lane Pavillion (expected to be completed by the beginning of July)

Horsewell LaneHorsewell Lane

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 co-ordination of activity and response to investment enquiries.

A Guide to Development and Occupier Opportunities

OWBC Investor Prospectus

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:

For further information contact the Economic Regeneration Team

Recruiting and Training Staff

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Leicester Employment Hub (External link) provides advice, support and pathways for employers to hire job seekers through;



Work experience



Work placement opportunities

Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) (External link) helps to equip local people with the relevant skills that local businesses need, helping them into career pathways.

Leicester Jobs Fund Grants support employers with up to £2,500 to create new apprenticeships and work placements for people from disadvantaged groups.

Starting a Business

Starting a bus

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.

UK Government (External site)

LLEP Business Gateway (External site)

Federation of Small Businesses (External site)

East Midlands Chamber (External site)

Startups (External site)

NBV Enterprise Solutions (External site)

Business Companion (External site)

Business Grants and Loans

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

South Wigston Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme - South Wigston Shop Front (PDF Document, 432.16 Kb)

Manufacturing Growth Programme (External site)

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


Other funding sources are listed below:

Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) (External site)

Leicestershire County Council (External site)

Leicestershire Rural Partnership (External site)

Grants Online Local : Leicester (External site)

UK Government (External site)

UK Government – Innovation (External Site)

Innovate UK (External site)

East Midlands Chamber (External site)

Business Growth Fund (External site)

Federation of Small Businesses (External site)

Princes Trust (External site)

First Enterprise (External site)

Sir Thomas White Loan Charity (External site)

Funding Circle (External site)

NBV Enterprise Solutions (External site)

Energy Advice Line (External site)

Research and Development (R&D) tax reliefs (External site)

What is the LLEP Business Gateway?

The Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) Business Gateway is a ‘one-stop shop’ growth hub for all of your business needs.

The Gateway provides information on forms of business support available from local and national partners across a wide range of industries and sectors for those already in business or looking to start a new business. Information on growing your business, accessing finance, locating premises, hiring and training employees and investment opportunities is available.


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 conferencing, 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.

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