Starting a business in Leicester: Ellipse Energy

The energy saving start-up shares their essential guide to Leicester for entrepreneurs looking to start a business in the city...

Company name: Ellipse Energy
Founders: Michael Cotterill
Founded: 2011
Description: We deliver cost effective project management, design, supply and installation of energy saving technologies to households and communities.

What’s great about starting a business in Leicester?

Its central location and the use of city facilities. We were able to grow our business via city contacts and by making use of Lancashire County Council (LCC) city council offerings. Our core target was to tap into energy client change, carbon reduction & energy efficiency obligations from Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and local city council and county councils so being able to connect with our local council was a huge benefit.

What business support in Leicester have you used? How was it?

DOCK offers meetings and training, plus networking events with important business contacts, such as Liz Kennel MP, who would otherwise have been outside our business network.

Name the top three reasons to set up a business in Leicester:

  1. Central location.
  2. Access to fast moving funding set-up opportunities.
  3. Energy efficient modern buildings.

Where could Leicester be better / what does it need?

Leicester could do with better connection services; therefore making it more accessible to main cities like London.

How easy has it been to access finance to grow?

Access to funding is good, the DOCK advice team assisted us in getting funding via the direct city council funding team.

Where do you go to network in Leicester? 

There are a number of different networking facilities in the city, we prefer local BMi meetings and going to networking events and conferences run by Leicester College.

Where do you take a client for a business lunch?

If we’re looking for something formal and impressive for a business client meeting, we choose a good hotel – the Leicester Marriott Hotel is one good example.

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Where’s great for a company night out?

For a company night out, we would definitely head to the West End; any number of bars or clubs there will offer a great work night out.


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