How we can help...

The Business Growth Team are here to help you with every aspect of your business. This includes meeting future customers and colleagues through our networking events and brushing up on your business skills with our workshops.

If you’re just starting out you can access our incubation facilities in the Business Lounge at the Phoenix Square Workspaces (T&Cs apply). Download the application form here, get it to us by the last Friday of the month and subject to availability, and an informal interview, you may be able to access the space free for 6 months! 

The team are always available to provide bespoke one to one business growth support whether you need to get your head around your finances, pricing or marketing etc

Networking Events

Local creative business owner Ross McMinn hosts the inaugural Set The Bar creative network meeting with guest speakers from across the sectors 



Sew Sociable, Leicester's fashion and textile networking event, hosted guest speakers from the The Great British Sewing Bee.



Awarding winning author Rod Duncan and publisher Marc Gascoigne discuss how to make money from creative writing as part of the Creative Writers networking event




Meet the Team

Russ
Next year Russ will celebrate 40 years owning and running businesses from a sole trader to a company director and CEO of a multi-million pound operation. This also includes the last 10 years supporting and developing a range of other businesses first as a business consultant, advisor and mentor and now as a qualified business coach.

This hands-on business experience and being a qualified coach has enabled him to effectively support and develop the creation and growth of 100s of successful businesses from all sectors, including social enterprises.

His personable and pragmatic style, helps business owners and managers achieve their professional and personal objectives. He does this by helping them to unblock the barriers to their success, helping assess their options and enabling them to take the actions necessary to succeed.

Likes: Fly fishing, supporting Leicester City Football Club and copious amounts of red wine to dull the pain of not catching and not winning or to celebrate catching and winning of course!


MattMatt has worked in business support for 15 years, helping businesses of all sizes and ages to grow and become sustainable.
Matt has worked with companies across the city and county from all sectors, helping many companies apply for grants, tenders and loans. Matt has an understanding of how businesses work and how to secure funding that is right for them.

This knowledge combined with an understanding of business support provision across the city means Matt is able to offer high quality support to every business he works with.

Outside of work, Matt is a Leicester City Season ticket holder. To help cope with this disappointment, Matt is also a fan of fine food and fine wine.



ChrisChris has worked in the creative sector in Leicester in various capacities for the last 10 years- you’ve probably seen him around. His degree provided a foundation in many different creative fields from animation and film production to web and games design. Since graduating he’s been organising and performing in many creative guises and knows a good fair chunk of Leicester’s creative types.
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