LCB Depot is Leicester's creative hub
at the heart of Leicester's Cultural Quarter SINCE 2004

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LCB Depot : Coronavirus update
Friday 03 April 2020

Following advice from the Government on Coronavirus (COVID-19), LCB Depot will be CLOSED until further notice. Updates can be found on this website and on our social media @lcbdepot

This means:

LCB Depot is CLOSED to visitors and the public until further notice.
We will monitor emails to Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and aim to respond to enquiries if possible.

To contact businesses based at LCB sites, see the Who’s Here page of our website

Our café-bar Grays is CLOSED until further notice.

Our events programme is on hold - events such as LastFriday street food night, Easy Saturday family day, and Creative Coffee networking have been cancelled for March and April and will be reviewed for subsequent months.

Our meeting rooms are not available to hire for the foreseeable future.

Exhibitions in our Lightbox gallery will be presented on our social media (Twitter,  Facebook and Instagram) and the gallery itself will be closed. Work will also be presented on screen in the Lightbox window to view from outside the building in Rutland Street.

Our workspaces and studios at 31 Rutland Street, at Makers’ Yard at 82 Rutland Street, and within Phoenix Square, will remain OPEN 24/7 to our tenant businesses.

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Our tenant businesses' incoming post from Royal Mail
LCB Depot - we aim to take incoming Royal Mail post and put it into tenants' offices by noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays for tenants to collect 24/7
Makers' Yard studios & Phoenix workspaces - Royal Mail should deliver as usual
LCB postal clients - email us if you'd like us to forward your mail to your home
Deliveries by courier - please arrange redirection to your home/other address

Stay safe  |  Stay at home


For information on Coronavirus, please visit:

Get Coronavirus updates and advice from Leicester City Council

For information on support available for businesses affected by Coronavirus, please visit:

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Here to support Leicester and Leicestershire businesses
Bizgateway is a single place to access business support across Leicester and Leicestershire. It offers free and impartial advice to help all local businesses. In response to the Coronavirus crisis, Bizgateway has developed a range of resources and guidance to ensure businesses feel supported and are prepared to act quickly as the situation unfolds.
Contact a Business Adviser at Bizgateway
If you have any concerns or questions relating to the Covid-19 Virus and how this may affect your business, Bizgateway advisers are here to help. Call 0116 366 8487 Monday to Friday 9-5 or complete the form on its website and one of their advisers will be in touch.

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Federation of Small Businesses

Confederation of British Industry

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The main sources of financial help for businesses and the self-employed are

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) – access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to six years, interest free for 12 months. Delivered by the British Business Bank through more than 40 accredited lenders across the UK.
Your business must be : UK-based; Have an annual turnover of no more than £45 million; Have a borrowing proposal which the lender would consider viable, were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic and believes will enable you to trade out of any short-term to medium-term difficulty.

Update 03 April In response to feedback received since the scheme's launch, the Chancellor extended the scheme so that all viable small businesses affected by Covid-19, and not just those unable to secure regular commercial financing, will now be eligible. Plus a NEW Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme for businesses with an annual turnover of £45-£500 million.

The Small Business Grant Fund to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR) – that’s ALL LCB tenant businesses. It is a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs. Administered by local authorities – Leicester City Council should be contacting businesses in the city including LCB tenants imminently. Applications expected to go live on or around Monday 6 April.

Arts Council England grants – emergency funding packages for those with a track record of publicly-funded culture. For arts organisations (up to £35K for organisations outside of the National Portfolio), and for individual artists, creative practitioners and freelancers (up to £2,500). Apply to Arts Council England.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – up to 80% of average taxable profits from the last 3 years, up to a maximum £2,500 a month for 3 months, for those who have trading profits of up to £50K a year. Available from May/June. You cannot apply for this scheme yet. HMRC will contact you if you are eligible for the scheme and invite you to apply online. Individuals do not need to contact HMRC now and doing so will only delay the urgent work being undertaken to introduce the scheme.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - 'furloughed workers'

Employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access grant support from HMRC to continue paying part of their employee's salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during the crisis - up to 80% of usual wages, up to £2,500 a month.

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate
Small and medium-sized businesses will be able to reclaim SSP paid for staff sickness absence due to Coronavirus - up to 2 weeks' SSP per eligible employee.

Universal Credit
Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work. Self-employed people can now access, in full, Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to Statutory Sick Pay for employees.


Remember to have to hand when applying for financial support: 

Your National Insurance number
Your Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference
Your Business Rates Reference Number
Your VAT number (if applicable, if registered - GB followed by 9 digits)
Your Company Registration Number (if registered with Companies House, if you are a limited company or Limited Liability Partnership  - 8 digits, or 2 letters followed by 6 digits)

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In normal circumstances we offer:
  • workspace and studios at LCB Depot, Phoenix and Makers Yard; shared Business Lounges at LCB Depot and Phoenix; postal address services at LCB Depot and Phoenix - all exclusively for creative businesses, organisations and individuals; and artists and designer-makers

  • our cafe-bar Grays : its Coffee Shop is open to the public Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm; its Kitchen opens 8.30am to 3pm; Grays also opens on many of our evening and weekend events. There's an outdoor seating area and free wi-fi; breakfast, lunch, sandwiches & toasties, burgers, snacks, hot & cold drinks, and chilled beers are on offer GRAYS IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • social and networking events such as our LastFriday street food nights - LastFriday on 27 March is CANCELLED;  Easy Saturday family days usually on the second Saturday each month (the 11 April Easy Saturday is now CANCELLED); monthly Creative Coffee meetups (Creative Coffee on Wednesday 25 March is CANCELLED); and engaging cultural/creative events with CAMEo, COTO and CREATE OUR EVENTS PROGRAMME IS ON HOLD

  • creative residencies, exhibitions and related arts events in our gallery spaces including our Lightbox gallery FROM MARCH 23 OUR EXHIBITIONS WILL BE PRESENTED ONLINE/ON-SCREEN ONLY AND OUR GALLERY WILL BE CLOSED TO VISITORS

  • four meeting rooms for hire on weekdays 9am-5.30pm, seating up to 7, 14, 16 and 40 people, £10-£32 per hour/£80-£195 per day (+VAT) WE ARE TAKING NO BOOKINGS FOR OUR MEETING ROOMS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • hire of our ground floor spaces for evening and weekend events - talk to us if you have an idea for an event you think we could host for you NOT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • links to business growth support from the LLEP Business Growth Hub for Leicestershire businesses that want to grow

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