With the lockdown still in place in Leicester it’s important to still support local businesses in any way that we can.

From takeaways to new online stores, many businesses have implemented new ways to connect with their customers over recent months. For this week’s BID Spotlight we’ve pulled together a number of city centre businesses and tips of how you can still support them through these uncertain times.


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Leicester’s sustainable heroes, NADA, have remained open throughout the lockdown, making sure everyone has access to those much needed essentials. They also have refillable sanitizer, washable face masks and face coverings, as well as soaps and other cleaning products, so in these times of change you can make these adjustments in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Click and collect is available as well as delivery in LE1 and LE2. Visit the NADA website for full information.

You can also support NADA by purchasing one of their 100% organic t-shirts from Leicester Merch Aid, with profits going straight back to the business.

The Exchange

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It seems a long time since we last sat having after work drinks in The Exchange, but they are now back open for takeaway. Pop in from 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday for a range of hot drinks and baked treats.

Crafty Sew & So

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Passionate about sewing, dressmaking and all things crafty, Crafty Sew & So have a range of their award-winning crafty workshops available to book and take part in online. From bunting to dressmaking, many of the workshops also include the materials and kit you’ll need to take part too. Check out the full options and booking details via the Crafty Sew & So website.

You can also support Crafty Sew & So by purchasing one of their t-shirts from Leicester Merch Aid, with profits going straight back to the business.


phoenix at home

Leicester’s fabulous independent cinema, Phoenix, is still making sure that you’re entertained at home. If you sign up to their newsletter each week you’ll receive a Phoenix At Home update packed with film suggestions, creative online courses and activities for all the family. You can also continue to support them by purchasing gift vouchers for your loved ones, purchasing a MyPhoenix membership or grabbing one of their brilliant t-shirt designs via the Leicester Merch Aid site. Sign up to the newsletter via the Phoenix website.

Leicester Comedy Festival

leicester comedy festival

Taking over the street of Leicester every February, Leicester Comedy Festival is one of the city’s best assets. With theatres under real threat and comedy not included in many of the government arts grants it’s important to help ensure the future of the festival any way we can. Big Difference Company, the team behind the festival, also run a number of other charitable events throughout the year, which have been cancelled or postponed. Keep an eye on the Leicester Comedy Festival Facebook and Twitter pages for upcoming online events, which help to raise funds for the festival. Previous events include Al Murray, Seann Walsh and Johnny Vegas all performing at home shows for Just The Tonic, with a percentage of ticket sales going straight to the festival.


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