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News and features from Harborough District Council -  June 2023


Phil Knowles
Leader of Harborough District Council 

I am delighted to introduce my first residents’ newsletter as the new leader of Harborough District Council.

Following the district elections in May 2023, the new cabinet is comprised of councillors from The Liberal Democrats, The Labour Party and The Green Party, after we came together to form a coalition to run the council.

We have an excellent team – a team determined to work to deliver the very best for the whole of Harborough district.

Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to vote in the elections. You can find local councillor and contact information and see when council meetings are taking place and how to watch or read the meeting minutes online.

You can also read details about the new chairman.

Coming up in June is the Great Big Green Week, a national campaign which celebrates and boosts community action to tackle climate change and protect nature. 

We also have Lutterworth Job Fair and the launch of the Big Community Switch

I look forward to seeing you at some of these exciting initiatives. 



Annual Council May 2023

Cllr Phil Knowles is the Council Leader and Cllr Barbara Johnson, is the Chairman.

With thanks to Andy Carpenter for the photo.


Coronation grant success in Harborough district

The Council awarded a total of £20,000 to 45 community projects across Harborough district to mark the recent Coronation. 

The Coronation Community Grant Scheme was set up to help voluntary and not for profit organisations within, or that benefit, Harborough district with projects that enable better health and wellbeing as a lasting commemoration of the Coronation of King Charles III.

To be successful organisations that applied had to have a charitable or community goal and be constituted. The grant did not cover core running costs or salaries.

Communities were also able to apply for a grant to celebrate The Coronation Big Lunch on 7 May'23 or The Big Help Out on 8 May'23.

Funding of up to £500 was awarded to a range of projects in the district, including gardening equipment, community seating, sports equipment and more! 

Find out more

Good Boost for health in Harborough

Harborough Leisure Centre is taking part in an exciting project funded by UKRI (UK Research Institute) who are looking to transform gyms and leisure centres into community MSK (musculoskeletal) hubs.

Good Boost is a specialised therapeutic exercise program which is focused on transforming any space into a therapeutic place by using tablets that can be adapted to land-based or water-based exercises.

The exercises are geared towards helping people who suffer from various types of MSK conditions such as lower back pain, ligament damage, osteoarthritis etc. The NHS has officially approved the programmes as being in line with their guidelines and standards.

Good Boost programmes are specifically tailored to each individual participant, suiting their own needs, and according to their own ability and health condition.

The sessions are available to anyone who feels they would benefit from exercise intervention. They are also available to anyone that is currently on the Harborough Exercise Referral Programme.

If you would like more information please contact Nick Evatt, Active Communities & Well-being Manager:  

Find other activity sessions online:

Lutterworth Sports Centre
Market Harborough Leisure Centre


Former bank makeover in Lutterworth

A former bank in the centre of Lutterworth has been transformed having been wrapped in vinyl to encourage potential new tenants and improve the look of the town.


Cllr Sarfas and Cllr Gair, ward councillors for Lutterworth East, at the vinyl-wrapped property in Lutterworth.

By working with specialist designers, we have created the impression of fully furnished premises (in this case, a restaurant theme), to show investors what the former Lloyds Bank could look like for a thriving business.

If you are interested in considering taking on the lease of this property, please email the economic development team at who will connect you with the commercial agents.

Please do get in touch if you know of any long-standing vacant town centre retail units in Harborough district which could potentially benefit from a similar facelift. Please email:

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Time to enjoy a Fitcation  


Where will your adventures take you this summertime? Longer, warmer days are coming and there are plenty of exciting adventures to be enjoyed locally in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Why not take a Fitcation to experience active escapes right on your doorstep. With adventure, family and adrenaline experiences, there's a whole host of sporting activities and breaks for everyone, from driving a hovercraft or tank, flying a glider, quad biking or axe throwing! 

If you're a Harborough district tourism business who would like some free support in boosting your customer reach - contact us now at: or sign up for our free Tourism e-newsletter.

Find a Fitcation!

Get on board with Great Big Green Week


The Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature. Every year, people come together to unleash a wave of support for action to protect the planet. 

This year Great Big Green Week is being held from Saturday 10 June - Sunday 18 June 2023.
By coming together and making small changes in our everyday lives to live more sustainably we can make a difference to the future of our planet. 

Sustainable Harborough will be holding a launch event as part of Harborough Green Carnival. There will be a 'Green Street' at the showground at Symington's Recreation Ground from 12 noon on Saturday 10 June where there will be a host of stalls featuring all things green and sustainable.

Please do come along and see all the wonderful local groups that are doing so much to tackle Climate Change.

On 15 June'23 we are holding an open meeting for our community to find out more about our Climate Emergency Action Plan.

There are a wide range of inspiring events taking place in Harborough district. Please do get on board and show your support. 

If you are holding an event in Harborough district during Great Big Green Week let Sustainable Harborough know.

You can also add your event to a map or find other events nationally.   

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Roses fit for a king

Symbolic roses have been planted in the Rose Garden in Welland Park, Market Harborough to commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III.

The Coronation Rose is Floribunda species that is fit for a king. The flower is hardy and produces clusters of medium-sized, double, baby pink blooms that will keep going all summer, and well into the short nights of autumn.


Photo of a pink Floribunda rose

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Food hygiene premises score highly in Harborough district


We carry out regular checks on all registered food premises across the Harborough district.

Congratulations to these businesses who have been awarded a 5-hygiene rating, which is top of the scale.
You can view hygiene ratings for food businesses here:

You must register your food business with the council if you store, prepare, distribute, or sell food on premises including restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans. 

You must also register your food business if you run it from home, for example if you make and sell cakes.
There is no fee for registering your business.

Some manufacturers handling animal products (meat, fish, egg or dairy products) may need food premises approval.

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Lutterworth Job Fair 

Find out what to expect at Harborough job fairs by watching our short video! 


We hosted a successful Harborough Job Fair on 18 May 2023 in Market Harborough with more than 140 visitors in attendance. Four on-the-spot job offers were made and 21 job applications were submitted! 

The next Harborough Job Fair will be at Lutterworth on Friday 9 June 2023. This replaces the Job Club on Friday 2 June 2023.

Multiple local employers across a range of sectors will be at the event to chat about real job opportunities across the Harborough district. 

Professional career advisers will also be on hand to help you with your CV, interview skills, accessing training and more!   

If you're a Harborough-based business and are looking for fresh talent in your workforce, contact us to get involved! Email:

You can find job opportunities, apprenticeships, career support, business advice, entrepreneurial guidance & more in the Harborough district.

To keep updated with grant funding opportunities, local events, free training, and collaborative projects, sign up to receive the Business E-Bulletin now! 


Big Community Switch now live

Big Community Switch is pleased to announce a new energy auction will soon be taking place.

The auction is aimed at helping households across Harborough district, and the UK, to see if they can save money on their energy bills by securing competitive tariffs with trusted energy suppliers. 


We understand that switching energy suppliers can be a daunting task, and many people have concerns about the market conditions and the lack of cheaper deals available.

The Big Community Switch is an opportunity to review your household energy costs and receive a no-obligation quote.

Join the Big Community Switch today and see if you can save money on your household energy bills.

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