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Uppingham First is the award winning Community Partnership for Uppingham. The Partnership became a limited company in January 2009. Its Board of 13 is comprised of 7 Business Directors, 3 Third/Voluntary Sector Directors and 3 Statutory Sector Directors. 
Uppingham First is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England & Wales No. 6788282. Registered office is The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham Rutland LE15 9PY. VAT Reg No: 996401391. Trading address is 7 Hawthorn Drive Uppingham Rutland LE15 9TA Tel: 01572 495050 Mobile: 07702 798157 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Latest News 
November 2017
Partnership Director presented with Lifetime Achievement Award at the East Midlands Women's Awards
Partnership shortlisted for Community Business Trade Up Programme
Uppingham First EU Leader Fund bid invited to move forward to next stage
October 2017
Partnership sponsors Inaugural East Midlands Women's Awards
Uppingham First awarded DCLG funding and Locality support for Youth Housing Project Feasibility Study
Partnership hosts community discussion with Police and Crime Commissioner
Partnership submits community response to draft Rutland Local Plan
Uppingham First submits Leader funding bid for Future High Street project
Uppingham First bids to join Community Business Trade Up Programme 
September 2017
Uppingham Hopper project given go ahead for 2018
Uppingham Community Emergency Plan published 
Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan published 
Board approves revised Uppingham Portal bid
Partnership bids for Locality support for Young Persons Housing project 
August 2017
Partnership publishes outline of first UK Electric Trail 
Partnership gives regional presentation to Locality members
Partnership supports Uppingham in Bloom during Judges visit  
July 2017
Partnership announces UK's first electric car trail
Partnership's work in Uppingham  featured in Summer 2017 edition of Local Council Review  
Uppingham featured in Rural Coalition Annual Statement to government   
June  2017
Uppingham First and Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum represented at 2017 Public Sector Show 
Partnership commended for the most forward looking town development strategy in the LEP area
Vanguard Board+ meets to receive presentation on Town Centre and Business  Zones Plan   
May 2017
Partnership restructures Board to strengthen public sector presence  
Partnership to publish post consultation draft of Town Centre & Business Zones Plan
Crowd funding website to raise cash for Uppingham Hopper 
April 2017
Partnership launches new funding initiative to secure £25k for a community bus
Partnership invited to DCLG discussion on town centres
Partnership addresses National Good Councillor Conference   
March 2017
Partnership joins advisory board of Revive and Thrive
Partnership meets Uppingham Annual Fair owners
Partnership to attend Community Assets debate in House of Commons  
UppWatch handbook published
Partnership meets Chief Fire Officer 
February 2017
UppWatch Logo agreed
Uppingham First hosts Neighbourhood Planning event
Partnership to address Good Councillor Conference  
Fourteen volunteers undergo UppWatch training 
Focus groups meet on Town Centre Plan 
January 2017
Pilot stage of UppWatch launched
Uppingham NP Champion invited to help draft new national planning publication
High Sheriff of Rutland attends January meetings of Business and Neighbourhood Forums    
December 2016
Partnership board to meet on December 13th
Partnership runs full check on Uppingham Defibrillator Network following Town Hall defibrillator activation
Partnership supports Small Business Saturday 
November 2016
China viewers see Partnership's Fatstock Show broadcast on the Uppingham Webcam 
Uppingham School Headmaster to meet UF Board in December
Board invites Leicestershire PCC to meet them
Partnership chairs November meeting of Rutland Together Infrastructure Group
Partnership hosts meeting with Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough 
October 2016
Partnership to attend Joint Blue Light Services Conference in London
Uppingham First awarded further Neighbourhood Planning grant  
Partnership submits grant bid for new Uppingham Hopper bus
Partnership raffle raises over £450 toward running costs of Uppingham Hopper  
September 2016
Partnership joins Community Transport Association
Uppingham First becomes member of Locality
Partnership commences updating UTC&BZ Plan following public consultation. Next edition expected to be published in early 2017. 
Partnership submits 2016 Uppingham entry to Great British High Street Awards
Partnership offers presentations on the Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan
Zen awarded contract to provide broadband for Uppingham Webcam  
July 2016
Partnership publishes consultation edition of the Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan 
May 2016

Former Town Mayor David Ainslie joins Uppingham First Board
April 2016
Town Council  accepts Partnership invitation to join Uppingham Shadow Vanguard Board. Cllr David Ainslie is the agreed representative
New Uppingham YouTube Channel launched
Partnership submits £50k Leader funding bid for Virtual High Street and Uppingham App project
March 2016

Partnership to work with Broadway Partners on White Space Trial
Partnership explores Leader Funding for Virtual High Street Initiative
Uppingham Hopper project to be extended for 3 months 

February 2016

Partnership hosts visit by Cities and Local Growth Unit
Uppingham Business Forum Meets on Tuesday February 2nd

January 2016

Neighbourhood Forum meets on January 14th. Guests included Karl Hicks CEO Larkfleet Homes
Uppingham Hopper bus to support Uppingham Cinema evenings

December 2015

Partnership to host Policing and Localism Conference
Partnership supports  Christmas in Uppingham event with the Uppingham Hopper
Partnership helps fund free parking in Uppingham on Small Business Saturday
Uppingham First provides free transport for pensioners Christmas Lunch

November 2015

Partnership leads on Small Business Saturday 2015
Partnership Secretary recognised in 2015 BIZ Club Awards
Uppingham Hopper passenger numbers exceed 600
October 2015

Partnership successfully launches the Uppingham Hopper Bus

September 2015
Partnership secures top five listing for Uppingham in Great British High Street Awards
Partnership acting as Judge in 2015 Town Centre Challenge organised by Revive and Thrive
Uppingham First submits town's entry to the Great British High Street Awards 2015
August 2015

Partnership hosts first meeting of Uppingham Hopper Bus volunteers
Uppingham First participates in Electric Car research
July 2015

Partnership to submit Uppingham entry to the Great British High Street 2015
Uppingham First invited to government discussions on planning reforms
Partnership's contribution to the marketing and promotion of The Big Shop praised by traders
June 2015
Work of Partnership and Company Secretary recognised in Queens Birthday Honours list
Webcam recording equipment being installed during June
Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan Hearing in Court of Appeal June 4th
Partnership publishes emerging ideas from the Uppingham Town Centre and Business Zones Plan Task Group

May 2015
Board strengthened with election of Trevor Ellis and Mark Shaw as business and community directors respectively.
Uppingham First AGM held on May 19th 2015
Partnership to prepare 'how to' guide modeled on Uppingham Business Forum
Partnership to attend  Court of Appeal Hearing in June on the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan
Partnership plans to install 24hour recording equipment on the Uppingham Webcam
April 2015

Partnership hosts and broadcasts the start of the 2015 Stilton Cheese Classic Vehicle Run
Partnership hosts Women in the High Street event at Sycamore Harley-Davidson
Partnership recognised in 2015 High Sheriff Awards
Partnership receives first sight of new housing proposals for Leicester Road, Uppingham
March 2015
Economic Development dialogue opened with Corby BC
Partnership to produce Town Centre Vision Drawings for May Neighbourhood Forum AGM
Joint Venture Partner agreed for Uppingham Mast project
Partnership presents the Uppingham N Plan at National Neighbourhood Planning Summit in Westminster
Partnership hosts Neighbourhood Planning event
February 2015
Partnership Director makes first journey to Twin Town Caudebec en Caux by electric car
Uppingham First leaders welcome Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis MP to Uppingham
Partnership meets prospective partners for Uppingham Mast project
Uppingham First secures permit to operate Uppingham Hopper Bus
Partnership to attend Westminster Digital Conference
Partnership launches Uppingham Conversations project
Partnership hosts  First Aid and Defibrillator Training for community representatives
January 2015
Uppingham First agrees to share webcam data with the police
Partnership responds to Planning Consultation on Shop Fronts
Partnership offers free first aid training to local businesses
Partnership responds to RCC Broadband consultation 
Partnership to host 'Women in the High Street' event  January 29th
Partnership bids for Community Bus permit

December 2014
Top London Lawyer Stephen Rosen to be guest at January Business Forum
Partnership meets with Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader
Partnership to address Downing Street Summit on Neighbourhood Planning in January 2015
November 2014

Partnership attends Judicial Review of Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan
Partnership launches Uppingham Webcam

October 2014
Joint presentation with Town Council at NALC Localism Conference described by delegates as 'inspiring'
Partnership hosts presentation on new Policing Structure Plan for Rutland

September 2014
Women in Management (WIM UK) to work with Partnership to create 'Learning High Street'
Partnership hosts 'Women in the High Street' event
Uppingham First and the Rotary Club of Uppingham jointly host Classics in Uppingham 2014

August 2014
Partnership submits entry to the 2014 Great British High Street Awards
Partnership secures one category win and three commendations in 2014 Towns Alive Awards
Uppingham Remembers event declared an outstanding success
July 2014
Partnership seeks meeting with Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable
June 2014
Uppingham invited to DCLG Round Table talks on devolved powers for parishes
Uppingham First Guest Speaker at RTPI East of England Conference
Partnership makes N Plan Presentation to Bottesford, Leicestershire
Robert Wills re-elected as Chair of Uppingham First at 2014 AGM
Partnership submits five entries to 2014 Towns Alive Awards
May  2014
Ron Simpson re-elected as Forum Chair for 2014/15 at 2014 AGM
Uppingham First invited to participate in DCLG Focus Group on Neighbourhood Planning
Partnership AGM held on Thursday May 29th
April 2014

Uppingham First commences preparation of Town Centre Plan as supplement to Neighbourhood Plan
Partnership to host Classics in Uppingham 2014
Partnership proposes 100Mb asymmetric wireless broadband service for rural locations
Partnership attends 2014 Planning School at Oxford University
March 2014

Partnership Chairman Robert Wills praises extent of private sector investment in town
Partnership invited to national discussion on improving business involvement in local governance
Partnership agrees to form delivery mechanism for Neighbourhood Plan
Uppingham First seeks joint venture partner to help deliver Uppingham Mast project
February 2014
Partnership welcomes new business Empingham to Uppingham Gate
Uppingham in final of Revive and Thrive Challenge
Partnership creates Task Group to prepare an Uppingham Emergency Plan
Partnership takes up Revive and Thrive Challenge

January 2014

Partnership completes work on drafting the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan
Partnership attends Rutland Summit of Local Enterprise Partnership
Uppingham First to host breakfast meeting for Rutland Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) 

December 2013

Partnership attends Westminster Broadband Forum
Partnership presents on the economic success of Uppingham at AMT event in Stamford
Partnership hosts Rutland launch of BMW Electric Car
November 2013

Partnership attends Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Summit
Partnership promotes 'Voicebox' at Design Council Event in London
Additional grant for Neighbourhood Plan secured
Latest draft of Neighbourhood Plan published online
Uppingham First hosts First Aid training
Partnership attends national AMT Conference in Congleton
Partnership attends VCS European Funding Event in Derby

October 2013

Community survey says 'yes' to the Uppingham Hopper
Uppingham First secures planning permission for the Uppingham Webcam
Partnership invited to address national AMT event on Neighbourhood Planning
Uppingham First attends DCLG Neighbourhood Planning Champions Event
Partnership to attend Westminster Forum Debate on Broadband

September 2013

Partnership invited to address Design Council Event in London
Partnership office reports fibre to premise upload and download broadband speeds of 900Mbs+ on Gigaclear network
Planning application submitted for the Uppingham Webcam
Business Forum debate the Grimsey Review
Partnership announces electric car sponsorship deal with BMW
Partnership collaborates with  Design Council and Marrons to produce first ideas for Uppingham housing development

August 2013

Government appoints Uppingham First as Business Champion for Neighbourhood Planning
Partnership hosts first national pilot of 'Voicebox'
DCLG reviews latest draft Neighbourhood Plan
Uppingham First speaks at RCC Neighbourhood Planning Event 
May 2013
Partnership secures Locality grant to support printing of Neighbourhood Plan
Partnership invited to help lead Design Council Planning Event
Town Council approves Draft Neighbourhood Plan
April 2013
Uppingham Fibre Network featured on Anglia TV
Partnership hosts official opening of Uppingham Gigaclear Broadband Network
Uppingham First hosts 2013 Stilton Cheese Classic Vehicle Run
Uppingham First to tell Uppingham story at national event
Partnership to present draft Neighbourhood Plan to community at Neighbourhood Forum  
March 2013
Uppingham First now operating on Gigaclear 1Gb Fibre Broadband Network
Partnership secures AMT funding for webcam project
Partnership joins Government Advisory Group on Planning Reform
February 2013
AMT Invites Partnership to offer presentation at April 'Enterprising Towns' Event
Neighbourhood Planning Minister hosted in Uppingham
Partnership to address EU Family Friendly Employers Event in Brussels
Partnership commences draft of Neighbourhood Plan
Partnership to host DCLG Visit March 4th
January 2013
Dialogue with supermarket groups to be led by Uppingham First
Partnership to host Design Council visit in March 2013
Partnership hosts meeting with major European Bank
December 2012
Partnership to host Digital Employers Conference in April 2013
Partnership welcomes new businesses to Town Center
November 2012
U F Board to meet November 27th
Partnership attends London N Planning Event
Partnership to promote local shopping in December
October 2012
Partnership hosts BBC TV
DCLG to attend Business Forum on October 16th
Partnership attends CMI National Awards
Partnership to attend DCLG Business Front Runner Event
Partnership to welcome Mercedes Electric Minibus to County
September 2012
Partnership attends Peer Review Workshop
Partnership invited to attend DCLG Neighbourhood Plan Forum
Golden Ticket Relaunched
Uppingham Mast Project gets go ahead from BDUK
Partnership attends Westminster Broadband Forum 
August 2012
Partnership demonstrates the Vauxhall Ampera - Electric Car of the Year 2012
Uppingham First hosts DCLG
July 2012
Partnership to attend Westminster Broadband Forum
Partnership Demonstrates Electric Van 
Cable & Wireless/Gigaclear Broadband Network Given Go Ahead
June 2012
Neighbourhood Plan Task Group to host Developer Workshop
Jubilee Edition of Golden Ticket Launched
May 2012
Residents Group Chair Mark Shaw joins Board
Partnership AGM  endorses joint working on Neighbourhood Plan
Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce CEO addresses Business Forum AGM
Renault to meet Partnership to discuss electric vehicles 
Partnership Chair Robert Wills leads business delegation to meet HSBC
April 2012
Electric Van demonstration planned for Uppingham
240 vehicles register at Stilton Cheese Event
Easter Egg Hunt in Uppingham
Partnership receives offer of 1Gb Open Access Network
Uppingham Open for Electric Cars from Easter
March 2012
Partnership hosts meetings with local developers
Partnership publishes Electric Car Charging Point Programme
February 2012
Partnership hosts N Plan Workshops February 4th 2012
Uppingham Wifi Mast Project bid submitted to Rural Community Broadband Fund 
January 2012
Partnership showcases Electric Cars around County
Community consulted on Neighbourhood Plan 
December 2011
Free Wifi to be launched in Market Square December 6th 2011 at 10am
November 2011
Free Wifi in Market Square proposal announced
Neighbourhood Plan Task Group announced
Board meets on Thursday November 24th 2011
Partnership to host visit by East Cheshire Group
Business Forum says no to Sunday Trading
October 2011
Uppingham to Host Police and Crime Commissioner Event
Community Director Neil Hermsen to leave Uppingham
Partnership leads county call for electric car charging points
Partnership work programme published by Welland Market Towns Manager
September 2011
Partnership agrees to host Stilton Cheese Classic Vehicle Run in 2012
Partnership invited to address East Cheshire Market Towns group
Partnership to attend AMT National Conference
Partnership welcomes first visit by electric car
Partnership's bid for Neighbourhood Plan grant approved by Government
August 2011
Electric Car charging point proposal given support
Uppingham Olympic Golden Torch proposals given go ahead
Next Board Meeting August 18th 2011
Partnership hosts Czech Visiting Group
Four L Reward Grant Bids submitted by Uppingham based organisations 
July 2011
Neighbourhood Forum to submit bid for LED lighting for town centre
Partnership prepares Neighbourhood Plan bid
June 2011
Partnership offers to draft Neighbourhood Plan bid
Partnership Secretary honoured by Rotary
Community finance sought for Broadband Mast 
May 2011
Speedwatch volunteer training fixed for June 20th 2011
Geoffrey Pointon joins Uppingham First Board
Two Uppingham First Directors elected to Town Council
AGM fixed for May 12th 2011
April 2011
Neighbourhood Forum to Support Community Speedwatch
March 2011
Neighbourhood Forum offers free digital TV retune to Uppingham pensioners
Partnership and Welland Vale Nurseries fund Uppingham Horseshoes
Broadband Mast receives planning approval
Golden Ticket clues published at www.uppinghamfirst.co.uk
Partnership hosts successful Enterprise Network event
February 2011
Neighbourhood Forum Newsletter published Feb 25th 2011
Farmers Market to move to Third Friday in the month
Board to meet on February 16th 2011
Golden Ticket to be relaunched on March 3rd 2011 
January 2011
Chairman Robert Wills purchases The Falcon Hotel
Uppingham First story videoed by Wirksworth Partnership
Planning Department reports no objections to Broadband Mast 
December 2010
Broadband mast planning application supported by Town Council
Partnership puts Broadband Mast proposal on public display
Planning Application for Broadband Mast submitted
Uppingham First agrees 2011 Golden Ticket Scheme
Partnership to explore support for Electric Cars
November 2010
Chair of Partnership, Robert Wills, wins Biz Club Award
Partnership invited to host Enterprising Places Network meeting
Partnership welcomes green light for GC GP Local Enterprise Partnership
Uppingham Broadband Mast Expression of Interest literature published
October 2010
Partnership Conference Stand praised at AMT National Convention
September 2010
Partnership submits EMDA bid for 30m Wifi mast on edge of Uppingham
Partnership to support Get On Line Week
Community Message Board launched
Golden Ticket Launched
August 2010
Partnership invited to join Action for Market Towns (AMT) Steering Group
Partnership expresses concern about impact on local businesses of second Farmers Market proposal
Rutland Telecom cited in Digital Scotland report
July 2010
Rutland Telecom 'Best Small Business' at 2010 FSB Regional Awards
Uppingham Wifi Project wins Overall Best Market Town Project Award at 2010 AMT Awards
Uppingham First invited to address Association of Market Towns National Conference
Wifi goes live in the Market Square
Partnership entry to Enterprising Britain 2010 shortlisted
Rutland Telecom shortlisted for Federation of Small Business Award 
June 2010
Uppingham and Lyddington entered for Enterprising Britain 2010
Uppingham Wifi Project wins East Midlands Market Towns Award
May 2010
Board agrees Enterprising Britain competiton entry
Board approves Golden Ticket pilot
Partnership takes the lead on a range of Community Safety Issues
April 2010
Nine Directors nominated for election at Partnership AGM
Partnership AGM set for May 13th 2010
Neighbourhood Forum AGM set for April 22nd 2010
Business Forum AGM set for April 13th 5.30pm at the Falcon Hotel 
Uppingham branded products launched
February 2010
Partnership launches first Shopping Promotion 'Free Lunches in February'
December 30th
Welland Market Towns Database Updated by Partnership 
December 6th
Pilot of Community Wifi Project to go ahead following matching grant offer from local Residents' Association
November 18th
Partnership registers Uppingham for the Carbon Challenge Fund 
November 1st
Uppingham Video and Uppingham 2025 added to web site
October 24th
Uppingham 2025 - A Community Plan for Uppingham has been published and made available in the local library, cafes, restaurants and bars.
September 17th
Rutland Telecom receives regional business achievement award from Chartered Management Institute at event hosted by Uppingham First and sponsored by Robert Wills of Arnold Wills and Co.
Special guest was  David Parsons CBE, Chair of the East Midlands Regional Assembly. 
August 30th 2009
Cllrs David Parsons CBE is to address an invited audience of Uppingham businesses and community representatives on September 8th at an event organised by Uppingham First. 
July 28th 2009
Wi Fi Bid for Uppingham recomended for approval to receive grant aid
July 12th 2009
Linda Todd has had her appointment as Rutland Market Towns Manager confirmed by Rutland County Council
June 3rd 2009
Web Site Home Page updated to allow for further development and additional content to be added over the summer
May 5th 2009
Uppingham First Director Neil Hermsen has been appointed as a judge in the 2009 Calor Gas Village of the Year Competition
May 1st 2009
Uppingham First is pleased to announce the appointment of local man Ric Ellis to the Board. Rick is currently Operations Director of the environmental company Groundwork - Leicester and Leicestershire.
April 2009

The Board of Uppingham First met on April 28th. Agenda items included consideration of an incentive scheme to encourage shopping locally, a proposal to construct a travelling trade stand for use at exhibitions and shows, and debate on a consultative document entitled 'Uppingham 2025'
December 2008

Uppingham First's entry into the 2008 Calor Village of the Year Competition (see home page) has won the 'Business Category' for Central England. The prize, a certificate and a cheque for £500, was presented to the Partnership at its meeting on December 10th  2008 by new Director Neil Hermsen who had received the prize on the town's behalf at a ceremony held in the Guildhall, London.

Robert Wills, Chair of Uppingham First (left) receives the award from
Neil Hermsen who collected the prize on behalf of the partnership at
the 2008 Calor Gas Awards Event held in the Guildhall, London.

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