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A number of people at the Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester have taken to social media to say the site has been evacuated on one of the busiest nights of the Christmas shopping run-up.

Princess Royal visits leather satchel maker in Leicester

The Princess Royal visited the business to promote the UKFT's “Let’s Make It Here” campaign. Credit: CICI PR

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal visited a bag manufacturer in Leicester today in her role as the President of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).

Princess Ann took time out on her tour to speak to factory staff Credit: CICI PR

Princess Anne was given a tour of the Zatchels factory in Charter Street in Leicester.

The firm was established in 2011 and now employs 65 people, making leather bags which are sold in the United States, the Far East and Europe.

HRH The Princess Royal meeting Dean Clarke, co-owner and founder of Zatchels Credit: CICI PR

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Head Chef, Robert Grzesik told ITV News Central that he fears the new rules on allergy labelling with only add to the paperwork of restaurants an will become a 'box ticking exercise'.

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Smaller firms helped to success by bigger businesses

A Derby-based entrepreneur who started his own multi-million pound firm on his kitchen table says small businesses are the key to the the country's economic success.

Today he and other business experts gave a masterclass at Derby Council House as part of Small Business Saturday, to people who're thinking of starting their own firms, as Mark Gough reports.

Derby firms helped on Small Business Saturday

The event at the Council will take place from 10:00am until 2:00pm Credit: ITV Central

Small businesses are being given advice at a special event being held in Derby as part of Small Business Saturday.

Entrepreneurs will be given advice from existing businesses and banks at the Council House in sessions being held throughout the day.

One of the wetsuits designed by Derby-based Huub design which has had help from the council Credit: Huub Design

Dean Jackson, who runs wetsuit design firm Huub Designs based in Sinfin, will be one of those giving advice.

His firm makes specialist suits for the triathlon market, was founded in 2011, and he says with help from investors in Nottingham and support from the City Council has helped him make his business a success.

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Lincoln gears up for 32nd Xmas Market

The oldest traditional Christmas market in the UK gets underway this lunchtime.

Lincoln Christmas Market Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Lincoln Christmas Market is expected to attract more than a quarter of a million visitors over the next four days.

And with more than two hundred stalls nestled in and around the city's magnificent cathedral and castle there's plenty to get them in the festive spirit.

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