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Start-up and growth

Local businesses are key to Leicester's economic growth and prosperity. We want to help you start, run and expand your business here.

Licences and permits

There are a number of licences and permits that need to be registered by law. Find out about the different types of licences and permits, the application process and whether you may need more than one licence.

Business rates

Business rates (more properly known as the national non-domestic rates) are a national tax to help fund the cost of local services. A dedicated page for business grant funding application will be live Tuesday 7 April 2020.

Health and safety

We promote health and safety in Leicester and help to safeguard employees in the workplace and reduce the risk of harm to members of the public.

Trading standards

We enforce and promote trading standards to protect the well-being of our citizens and encourage businesses to prosper.

Do business with us

We want to create significant opportunities for small businesses, social enterprise and voluntary and community organisations in Leicester.

Commercial property and land

We are the largest property owner in the city. Our range of properties to let includes industrial units, shop premises, offices, managed workspaces and grazing land.