Articles tagged with: Braunstone Frith


[05/08/2013 | No comment]

Normam and Underwood

Norman and Underwood is a truly amazing local company with an international reputation.

Founded in 1825, this family run business is world renowned for its sheet lead, produced using traditional sand cast methods used since Roman times.  The lead can be seen on some of the most famous buildings in Britain and abroad including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

Jon Castleman, who runs the business and is in the 7th generation of the family, showed me how the sheet lead is produced. I felt very proud that we have such an historic and special business here in Leicester.

[11/02/2013 | No comment]

I recently visited Liberty House in Braunstone Frith, which provides supported living for teenage mothers. I heard about how the support young mums receive – such as advice on work and training, plus help with essential life skills like cooking, cleaning and budgeting – was giving them the confidence to turn their lives round.

The Government is cutting the Early Intervention Grant, which funds services like Liberty House, by a third. This won’t help the families I met, and will end up costing taxpayers more if young mums are stuck on benefit and not in work. I’m determined to stand up to the Government’s plans and I am also speaking to the city council to see what we can do to protect vital services like these in future.


[21/01/2013 | No comment]

Liz comments on the closure of a Thales UK plant in Braunstone Frith. To read more, click here.

[07/02/2011 | No comment]


This week is National Apprenticeship Week and I’m supporting the campaign by Leicester College and the Leicester Mercury’s to create 100 apprentices in 100 days.

Apprentices get highly valued qualifications and on the job training which can make a real difference in getting a job. Apprenticeships aren’t just for young people starting out in their careers – they are also for adults and those returning to work.

Apprenticeships can also make a real difference to businesses. Apprenticeships help companies create the workforce they need, making them more productive and effective and giving them a ‘competitive edge’ which is vital in today’s tough economic climate.

This morning I was delighted to present one of my constituents, Simon Henfrey from Braunstone Frith with the Leicester City Council Apprentice of the Year at an awards ceremony in the city centre.

IMG_1214I also met young people at Leicester College who are doing apprenticeships in Hairdressing, Beauty and Floristry. Students from local schools who are interested in becoming an apprentice also came along for a ‘taster session’.

I think Apprenticeships should play an even bigger role in boosting skills and jobs in my constituency so if you’re interested – either in becoming an apprentice or in taking on an apprentice – please do use the contact details shown below.

How to get involved

Employers interested in taking on an apprentice should call 0116 224 2240. They can also go to one of the websites below.

Prospective apprentices should e-mail: info {at}

Alternatively, see one of the following websites:

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