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East Midlands Chamber News

Regional, National and International Business News

All the latest business news and updates from the Chamber and its members on what's going on and how it impacts on the businesses in our region.

A free service for Chamber members. If you have a news story or announcement, you could be published and featured to thousands of prominent and influential business professionals through the Chamber’s eshots and flagship Business Network magazine.

If you are a journalist or news reporter and would like further information about any of the stories featured on this page, contact Andy Hibberd, Media and Communications Manager, on 0333 320 0333 or email andy.hibberd@emc-dnl.co.uk.

 

4 February 2019

Chamber Connect magazine launch

Chamber members are invited to the launch of the Chamber Connect magazine, a new quarterly magazine published on behalf of Barnsley & Rotherham, Doncaster, East Midlands and Sheffield Chambers of Commerce.
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11 January 2019

Exponential growth for PAL International

When PAL International wanted information on how the manufacturing sector is evolving and where the business should focus in order to grow they reached out to the Leicestershire Collaborate for Growth business support project.
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15 November 2018

Cashflow tips for small businesses

With seven out of ten small business owners citing cashflow problems as the main threat to their business, tips for ensuring a healthy cash flow could be the most important thing you read in the early years of business.
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26 April 2018

New laws to hide your home at Companies House

The law has been changed to make it easier to remove your home address from the company register. This applies to company directors and others such as secretaries, people with significant control (PSC) and LLP members, whose home address is publicly avail
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26 April 2018

‘Smart’ safety advice for commercial drivers

In a pioneering move, the Government company responsible for the country’s motorways and major A roads has joined forces with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to offer bespoke safety training for drivers who travel on smart motorways.
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24 April 2018

Queen's Awards for Chamber members

Congratulations to Chamber members Microlise, Willmott Dixon, TTS and Hygeinix trading as HSG UK on their success in the 2018 Queen's Awards for Enterprise.
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19 April 2018

Region has a top ten most-improved place to live and workh

Leicestershire’s Oadby and Wigston borough is in the top ten most improved places in England to live and work, according to the new results from the annual Vibrant Economy Index*, published today by business and financial adviser and Chamber member Grant
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17 April 2018

University of Derby gets £150k for student wellbeing

The University of Derby has received a £150,000 share of £1.5m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), awarded to 17 universities to improve support for the mental health and wellbeing of postgraduate research (PGR) students.
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16 April 2018

Regional manufacturers primed to invest

The number of businesses considering investment in new machinery has almost doubled in the first three months of 2018 compared with the latter end of 2017, latest research has shown.
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11 April 2018

High street decline accelerated in 2017

High streets across the East Midlands’ ended 2017 with 128 fewer retail outlets than at the start of the year, PwC research compiled by the Local Data Company (LDC) reveals.
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10 April 2018

Tidyco invests £150k in new machinery

Derby-based Tidyco, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry for over 40 years has invested £150,000 in state-of-the-art tube-bending machinery.
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29 March 2018

Cancelling MML electrification was only about money

Cancelling electrification of the Midland Main Line was about saving money and had nothing to do with the advent or claimed efficiency of bi-mode trains, a report released by the National Audit Office confirmed this morning.
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29 March 2018

New Brexit checklist for business launched

Marking a year before the UK’s formal exit from the EU, the Chamber has launched a ‘Brexit checklist’ setting out the main issues firms need to be considering now to best position themselves to succeed in a post-Brexit environment.
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20 March 2018

Success of D2 Business Starter Programme

Fifteen people have now successfully set up their own businesses after benefiting from advice and support on the D2 Business Starter Programme, run last year by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership.
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14 March 2018

Tourism boost for Peak District and Derbyshire

Around 50 travel industry buyers and journalists from the UK’s largest and most valuable overseas markets – including high spenders such as China and the Gulf countries – have been discovering the delights of the Peak District and Derbyshire.
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13 March 2018

Potholes not politics and broadband not Brexit

Reacting to the Spring Statement, Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at East Midlands Chamber*, said: “Mr Hammond talked about stability and stability is good. At least we didn’t have any half-baked initiatives that could harm business.”
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8 March 2018

Ambitious growth more important than Brexit

Addressing the BCC Annual Conference 2018 today, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, reminded Government that the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the UK business community, and country, are not related to ex
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1 March 2018

Chamber comment on snow disruption

Commenting on the disruption to business caused by the snow, Lucy Robinson, the Chamber's Director of Resources, said: “There is not much that businesses can do to mitigate the impact of severe weather, such as snow or floods. Snow happens every year but
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19 February 2018

Report suggests why CSR is gaining traction

Commenting on reports today that the East Midlands is not a happy place to live, Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at the Chamber, said: “The Thriving Places report has painted a picture of the East Midlands, particularly Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, t
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15 February 2018

Free conference to promote Peak District brand

Businesses across the Peak District are being invited to attend a free conference to find out how they can become active ambassadors for the area, update their skills and boost their productivity and profits.
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14 February 2018

Cyber security firms to get guidance on cracking US

Midlands Engine, working with the Department for International Trade and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, will host an event in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, on Tuesday 27 February, for locally-based cyber security companies looking to break in
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14 February 2018

Sheffield City Region welcomes Hope Valley line plans

A long-awaited scheme that will reduce delays and improve reliability for trains on the congested Sheffield to Manchester route is one step closer after having been given the green light by Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport.
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5 February 2018

Auto enrolment spot checks in the region

The Pensions Regulator has announced that it will be carrying out spot checks on firms in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester to ensure they are complying with their automatic enrolment obligations.
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29 January 2018

Collaborate grant helps DPI achieve rapid growth

A company that makes light boxes and aluminium structures for retail, airport and exhibitions has received a £12,000 boost from Collaborate, the business support project that helps growing small and medium-sized businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire.
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15 January 2018

Chamber reacts to news of Carillion’s collapse

Reacting to news of Carillion’s collapse, Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at East Midlands Chamber*, said: “Carillion does not, at first glance, appear to be involved in any major projects active in the East Midlands, although there are many that feed th
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14 December 2017

£647m contracts for Bombardier

Derby-based train builder Bombardier has secured contracts worth £647m, including a £542m deal with Corelink Rail Infrastructure to build and maintain 333 train carriages for the new West Midlands Trains franchise Marketing Derby has reported.
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30 November 2017

Connectivity is key to improving productivity

Businesses and regional bodies in the East Midlands say improved connectivity will drive productivity growth across much of the UK and help close to the gap between the best and worst performing regions, according to a new study published by HS2 Ltd today
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28 November 2017

Education Secretary’s fact-finding visit to college

The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, met young people learning vocational skills and spoke to business chiefs about reforms to technical education as part of a fact-finding mission to West Nottinghamshire College.
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28 November 2017

£25m order for JCB

One of the UK’s leading national plant hire companies has placed a £25m order, the firm's biggest ever, with JCB.
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22 November 2017

Chamber reaction to today’s Budget

Reacting to today’s Budget, Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at the Chamber, said it held “no game-changers” but “a number of smaller announcements that will please some people”.
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14 November 2017

Old £10 note to disappear next year

The Bank of England has announced that the old paper £10 notes, featuring naturalist Charles Darwin, will cease to be legal tender at 11.59pm on 1 March 2018.
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2 November 2017

Chamber reacts to interest rates rise

Commenting on today’s interest rate decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at the Chamber, said: “Our preferred outcome was for a further period of monetary stability, with interest rates retained at
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26 October 2017

Free summit to unlock investment in Chesterfield

With £1bn of developments underway and an HS2 stop and maintenance depot set to be built in Chesterfield by 2033, businesses across the region that want to capitalise on the town’s growth are being invited to attend the Chesterfield Investment Summit.
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26 October 2017

Bad Rabbit ransomware warning

GCHQ has issued a warning over the 'Bad Rabbit' ransomware attack that is sweeping through Europe leaving computers locked up across the continent.
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10 October 2017

Business and academia need closer engagement

Many companies are actively trying to close the skills gap between what employers need and school leavers offer. But there is room for significant growth in engagement between industry and academia.
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9 October 2017

BID Leicester launched

A strong turnout supported the launch of the BID Leicester ballot - a move aimed at creating a Business Improvement District for the city.
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3 October 2017

HS2 Strategy details thousands of jobs and £4bn

‘People, place and connectivity’ are the focus of a new East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy, revealing how the planned high speed rail network could add thousands of jobs and billions of pounds to the region’s economy.
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2 October 2017

Funny business

Chamber Chief Executive Scott Knowles is hoping to raise a laugh or two and money for charity by taking part in this year’s Leicester Stand Up Challenge.
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2 October 2017

Business needs competence, not division, BCC warns

As the Conservative Party Conference continues today in Manchester, the British Chambers of Commerce has called on the governing party to demonstrate competence and coherence – not division and disorganisation – in the interests of the UK’s economic well-
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2 October 2017

New app offers video appraisal

Innovator Naseem Iqbal has created an app to allow customers to post almost instant video reviews of service they receive at the places they visit.
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28 September 2017

Trends and opportuninities focus at tourism conference

Current and future trends and opportunities in tourism – including the latest digital developments, accommodation potential and business support – will come under the spotlight at Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire’s 2017 Annual Tourism Conference and E
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27 September 2017

Marketing campaign nothing to do with the Chamber

We have received complaints that marketing material has been sent to members and other organisations suggesting that we are involved in a programme of workshops intended to ensure fleet operatives are legally compliant.
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14 September 2017

Peak tourist board welcomes new patrons

Overseas visitor numbers look set to receive a welcome boost in the Peak District and Derbyshire thanks to the official tourist board’s new partnership with Birmingham Airport.
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11 September 2017

Second chance to learn about cyber risks and GDPR

Anyone who missed the Chamber's Securing Your Business In a Digital Age event at De Montfort University today, will get a second bite at the cherry on 26 September when Chamber strategic partner Air-IT stages its free Cyber Security Essentials & GDPR Read
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5 September 2017

Chinese market opportunity

Following a successful trade and investment mission to China last year, Derby and Derbyshire will be returning to the world's second largest economy later this year.
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31 August 2017

Leicestershire SMEs miss out on free skills training

Businesses in Leicestershire are being urged to take advantage of free leadership and management training that is being offered to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help upskill staff, raise productivity and boost business growth.
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31 August 2017

JCB recruits 170 apprentices

JCB has announced the recruitment of almost 170 apprentices and graduates as the company steps up investment in its Young Talent programme to record levels.
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29 August 2017

First tranche of Midlands Engine Investment Fund

The British Business Bank has announced the first wave of its £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund, with the launch of £120m worth of SME debt finance, in a move designed to provide greater support to the region’s smaller businesses, accelerate economic
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28 August 2017

Call to prioritise economic interests in Brexit talks

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK) have today (Monday) called for UK and EU negotiators to put a clear focus on shared economic interests as Brexit talks reconvene in Brussels.
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25 August 2017

£112.1m contract win for Bombardier

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has been awarded the contract by London Underground (LU) to supply new motors and traction control equipment for its fleet of Central line trains.
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23 August 2017

University and business team tackle bed sores

Technology that could prevent millions of people from getting bed sores in hospital has been developed thanks to a partnership between De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) and manufacturer Speed Plastics.
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11 August 2017

Member's guide to attracting community project sponsors

A family-run firm that makes self-watering street planters and other street furniture has written a free guide for councils, Britain in Bloom groups, horticulturalists and community organisations on how to attract sponsorship for initiatives to improve Br
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10 August 2017

Check insurance warning after landmark court ruling

The Supreme Court's landmark ruling last month that tribunal fees were unlawful for employees taking action against their employer could lead to a rise in insurance premiums and excess charges, a leading regional broker has warned.
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4 August 2017

JLT Specialty moves to new offices

Risk and Insurance adviser, JLT Specialty Limited (JLT), has relocated its Nottingham office as part of a Midlands-wide expansion due to continued growth.
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4 August 2017

Bank of England boss' predictions for the City

The governor of the Bank of England has predicted that the financial sector could double in size to be 20 times as big as GDP within the next 25 years, but warned that the government must hold its nerve and resist pressure to water down regulation after B
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2 August 2017

Economy is about to surge, says think tank

Britain’s economy will surge back to life in the next six months following its slow start this year, a leading forecaster has predicted, prompting the Bank of England to raise interest rates next spring – more than a year earlier than its previous project
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