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East Midlands Chamber News

News from 2005

5 December 2005

Wiise women are among the region's best in business

Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link (DCBL) has been recognised as a flagship organisation in helping women start their own businesses.The accolade – the first of its kind to be awarded in the East Midlands - comes from Prowess, a UK-wide advocacy network
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17 October 2005

Search begins for commercial excellence

The Chamber’s tenth Business Awards Derbyshire, sponsored by the Derby Evening Telegraph, are the county’s most prestigious showcase of commercial achievement. Open to any business in Derbyshire, regardless of size, the Awards encourage those organisation
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17 October 2005

Green centre open for business

A unique centre at Markham Vale is now open for business, offering managed workspace units to small companies that are making a contribution to a better environment – whether it be noise reduction, air quality, recycling waste water or reducing waste.On o
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17 October 2005

Bursary boost for Stephen's degree studies

Financial backing from Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link is helping Tideswell-based production supervisor Stephen Nuttall boost his long-term job prospects.Thanks to a management development bursary, Stephen (35) who works at Plasma Coatings, Whitecros
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16 October 2005

Speed up VAT payments

The British Chambers of Commerce and HM Revenue and Customs have launched a campaign designed to raise awareness among small companies of schemes to make paying VAT easier. The initiative is being launched after a survey revealed that over one third of sm
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16 October 2005

Technology and E-Business Expo

East Midlands’ companies are being invited up to take part in a brand new Technology & eBusiness Expo to discover how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can improve the future prospects of their business. The first Technology & eBusiness Expo
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16 October 2005

Cooking up success at the Pack Horse

Quality food, talented chefs and stylish surroundings - plus help from Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link - are key ingredients in a surefire recipe for success at an up and coming ‘gastro pub’ in Hayfield.Blending the very best of traditional and moder
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16 October 2005

Sharper focus for small firms loan guarantee

New criteria for businesses to take effect in December.With sweeping changes to the Small Firms Loan Guarantee (SFLG) to be introduced later this year, businesses are being urged to examine the new eligibility criteria of the scheme.The changes come after
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16 October 2005

Firms warned of upcoming changes to BACS system

Thousands of small firms may be unable to make electronic payments from January if they fail to get to grips with changes to the BACS payment system. At the end of December, the BACSTEL software used to make electronic transfers between UK-based bank acco
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19 September 2005

Buxton company aims for even greater success

Buxton-based company Baseefa – internationally respected for its expertise in testing and certifying equipment for explosive atmospheres – is on target to achieve even greater success.The company, based at Rockhead Business Park, Staden Lane, is taking pa
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19 September 2005

Double celebration for Chesterfield company

A Chesterfield company with a reputation for tackling the most demanding and specialised projects in its field is celebrating the award of a second business accolade within 12 months. Eventemp (Midlands) Ltd, who supply and install air conditioning and as
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18 September 2005

Does your company measure up against the opposition

Profits may be up, your business might appear sound, but you don’t know how well you’re doing until you measure yourself against your competition.Over 100 companies benefited from the Business Performance Diagnostic last year, a detailed health check that
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17 September 2005

Firms urged to consider hazardous waste directive

Small businesses that manufacture or design electrical equipment are being urged by business advisers to look at their processes to ensure compliance with an EU Directive restricting the use of six hazardous materials, including lead.Under the Restriction
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17 September 2005

Council back smoking ban

Derby City Council is, this week, urging the Government to ban smoking in all workplaces as part of a national consultation on the subject.The Government is asking public and private sector organisations plus members of the public whether it should introd
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17 September 2005

Export Forum for East Midlands media companies

East Midlands creative and media companies now have a forum to help them with exporting, thanks to UK Trade & Investment. UK Trade & Investment’s new creative sector specialist adviser, Christine Johnson, has set up a forum with emda for the region’s crea
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16 September 2005

Gender pay gap widens

Women workers earn nearly a third less pay than their male counterparts, new research claims.According to the study by Payfinder.com, the average male annual salary is £30,948 compared to £23,977 for females.There is a 3% increase up on last year, meaning
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13 September 2005

STEP students give commercial edge

Companies in Derbyshire gained a distinct commercial edge this summer through students engaged in STEP (Shell Technology Enterprise Programme) project based work placements. The excellence of their work was demonstrated during the STEP Finals Day, held at
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11 September 2005

Chamber meets ministers to cut red tape

Derbyshire Chamber & Business Link’s chief executive, Anne Tipple, is putting forward firm ideas for cutting red tape to Government ministers in Derby.She will be among a number of business delegates meeting Cabinet Office Minister Jim Murphy, and DTI Min
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10 September 2005

National Minimum Wage Increase

The national minimum wage is an important cornerstone of Government strategy aimed at providing employees with decent minimum standards and fairness in the workplace. It applies to nearly all workers and sets hourly rates below which pay must not be allow
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11 August 2005

New partnership will bring tourism and business

Derbyshire is set to benefit from a new partnership that will boost tourism - and business in general.The Peak District and Derbyshire Destination Management Partnership is one of five bodies being established in the region by East Midlands Tourism, the o
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10 August 2005

Getting the 'Edge' in business

One of the UK’s leading and most flamboyant business gurus, Tom Edge, is coming to Derby on a mission – to get us into business for ourselves.He will be Derbyshire Chamber & Business Link’s (DCBL) guest speaker at The Gateway Centre, where he will be prov
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8 August 2005

Give your business a summer boost

Summer can be a quiet period for some businesses with staff and clients away for long periods of time. Here is a list of tips to help you make the most of the summer, recharge your batteries and boost your business ready for the autumn rush. You can use t
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8 August 2005

Interest Rates Cut

There is no doubt the recent quarter per cent rate cut by the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is good news for the region, particularly with regard to the current regeneration taking place in and around Chesterfield.
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21 July 2005

Learning takes the spotlight

Great publicity, a sense of achievement and the chance to get one up on your competitors – there are many reasons why you should have an entry in the Derbyshire Learning Awards.There are four categories recognizing the achievements of employers and learne
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21 July 2005

Yvonne set for cruise company launch

Yvonne Pearce was only nine when she got her first taste of holiday cruising but, on her own admission, she was hooked.“I couldn’t wait until I grew up and could explore all the places on the ship where children weren’t allowed,” she says.Today, Chesterfi
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21 July 2005

Muscling in on business success

Chartered physiotherapists Tamsin Brooks and David Meech got right down to the bones of setting up their own clinic when they contacted Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link.Bakewell-based business adviser Paul Stuart gave them a wealth of practical advice
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20 July 2005

Local Enterprise Growth Initiative

Local authorities in Bolsover and Derby are amongst six recipients of a £10million fund to help them develop proposals to improve the economies of deprived areas under the Government’s Local Enterprise Growth InitiativeThe aim of the Local Enterprise Grow
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20 July 2005

Going for Gold

London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games promises to provide 100's of business opportunities, not just in London but across the whole of the UK.Businesses are now in the race to secure lucrative contracts after London’s surprise victory. The
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19 July 2005

Do you know whether you are compliant?

Developed in consultation with the Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link Environmental Forum, and funded by the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership, the service was set up in October 2004 by Groundwork Erewash Valley in partnership with Gerrard & Ass
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11 July 2005

Employers need more help with pregnancy laws

The EOC calculate these women miss out on £12 million in statutory maternity pay, while employers have to spend £126 million replacing them. "It is shocking that one million women over the next five years could find themselves sacked, demoted, bullied or
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11 July 2005

Government starts drive to cut red tape

The CTSA will take on the responsibilities of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML), the British Hallmarking Council (BHC) and the Hearing Aid Council (HAC). The new organisation will advise businesses on ho
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9 July 2005

Businesses reminded of new vibration rules

The new regulations, which came into force 6 July, will affect any businesses where employees are exposed to hand-arm vibration through the use of equipment, vehicles and machines. It is estimated that around five million workers are exposed to vibration
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9 July 2005

Customer service let down by poor records

Although 60 per cent of small business managers believe keeping customers happy is an important task, one in ten also admits to avoiding customer calls because of a lack of client information. A further 24 per cent say they have missed an important meetin
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9 July 2005

Awards recognise late-payment action

The BPPG is a collaborative organisation of business groups and government representatives that aim to promote better payment practice among UK businesses. The awards, which will be judged by a panel of BPPG members, have two categories - one for firms em
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8 July 2005

Thousands of firms face crippling tax bills

The new rules, known as "Urgent Issues Task Force Abstract 40", alter the way service providers' account for revenue on work in progress.Until now, revenue on service contracts has usually only been accounted for (and hence taxable) once the work is compl
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2 July 2005

Conference offers free one-to-one advice

The event will also feature high profile speakers and seminars on sales and marketing, cashflow and people development."The exhibition provides a comprehensive showcase of all the advice and assistance you need under one roof," said a spokesman for Growin
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2 July 2005

Ongoing liability insurance problems resolved

There are four main types of liability cover - employers' liability, public, professional and product liability. These protect against claims made by employees and the public for any harm that comes to them or their property as a result of a firm's activi
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2 July 2005

Online retailer named this year's LiveWIRE

James Murray Wells, from Wiltshire, launched his business selling prescription glasses in July 2004. He charges prices as low as £15 - undercutting high street retailers by as much as £60 a pair.Since its launch, the business has sold more than 20,000 pai
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1 July 2005

Businesses oppose compulsory pension scheme

The commission is currently investigating whether to move the current voluntary pension system to one of compulsory contributions - where all employers would be required to pay into employees' pension funds. Employees may also be expected to contribute to
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1 July 2005

Government urged to overhaul VAT laws

The call from accountants and business advisers PKF comes as a result of the help given to suppliers of MG Rover when the company collapsed.Under the current tax regime, suppliers pay VAT on goods and services they have invoiced before they receive paymen
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26 June 2005

Companies House urged to tackle ID theft

ID theft occurs when fraudsters change the details of a registered limited company - such as the names of directors or the company secretary - at Companies House without the knowledge of the company concerned. They then use the established business' good
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26 June 2005

Seize potential to end recruitment trouble, firms told

The CIPD's advice follows its research which found 85 per cent of private sector firms are experiencing recruitment problems.Of these, 68 per cent said they've appointed someone in the last year without all the skills and experience required for a specifi
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26 June 2005

Start-ups fall as consumer spending slows

"Last year the economy was particularly strong and start-ups were at their peak," said a spokesman for Barclays. "However, the fall in consumer spending on the high street and uncertainty surrounding the housing market has dampened consumer confidence. As
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24 June 2005

Monkey Magic Spells Business Success

Two High Peak business partners are hoping to conjure up success with Monkey Magic a new children's indoor adventure playground in New Mills.Marketing and sales executive Jill Simner and photographer Iain Klieve have opened the colourful play space to plu
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24 June 2005

Chance to enter the Dragon's Den

The BBC is looking for business ideas, significant inventions or products with serious business potential that are in the right phase of development, investment ready and are looking for funding. They are especially interested in getting diverse, unusual
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24 June 2005

Buxton salon ahead of the game

Brushing up on business and professional skills is helping Buxton-based hairdresser Huw Ellis and his staff stay at the cutting edge in a competitive and ever-changing service sector.Huw and his eight-strong team, of Huw and Friends, Dale Road, are boosti
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24 June 2005

Late-payment interest remains fixed

Under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998, businesses can charge other firms interest on late payments. The amount which can be charged is set for six-month periods and is calculated by adding eight per cent to the Bank of England bas
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24 June 2005

Red tape damaging entrepreneurial spirit

A further ten per cent of business owners would be unlikely to start another firm if the opportunity arose because of the amount of red tape involved.According to figures from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), legislation has cost businesses £39bn s
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24 June 2005

Information Commissioner gets tough on business

"The Regulatory Action Division has been set up to protect personal information held by businesses, and ensure compliance with the DPA," said ICO assistant commissioner, David Smith."Previously complaints were handled by a compliance team, but now for the
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23 June 2005

Moved to do Better

Business Link has moved to brand new offices at the recently-opened Brian Clough Business Centre on Cotton Lane, Osmaston, Derby. Nearly a dozen administrative staff and business advisers have successfully completed the transition to their new base, which
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23 June 2005

Look who's coming to dinner!

This year’s Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link dinner in October promises to be a prestigious and highly entertaining occasion, with guest speaker Adrian Chiles, presenter of BBC 2’s Working Lunch, providing wit and insight.Raised in Hagley in the West
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23 June 2005

Health for Wealth

The Government firmly believes small to medium sized businesses are the powerhouse of the British economy. That is why they are funding a free independent service, using a Business Performance Diagnostic to help you gauge how your business is shaping up a
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18 June 2005

Tradespeople missing advertising opportunity

A survey of more than a thousand businesses in London found that only 40 per cent displayed a website address on their vehicles.Whether this is because they don't have a website, or just haven't thought to include it in their contact details; in both inst
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18 June 2005

FSB warns that licensing rules penalise small firms

Under the new legislation, businesses have to apply to their local authority for a single premises licence covering all licensable activities. Previously, there were six separate licences for alcohol, public entertainment, cinemas, theatres, late-night re
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17 June 2005

Businesses' understanding of credit management growing

Since the introduction of the directive in 1998, small businesses have had the right to claim interest from large firms and the public sector on overdue invoices. In November 2000, this was extended to include charging other small firms.In 2005, the amoun
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11 June 2005

Firms failing to reap full benefit of temps

IiP believes employers need to give greater thought to temporary workers' roles, provide inductions and motivate temps more effectively, so they will want to play a part in the firm's success.Chief executive of IiP, Ruth Spellman, said: "Employers frequen
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11 June 2005

Agree references to avoid litigation, firms urged

ELAS figures show that 90 per cent of small firms were afraid to act as a referee, with 20 per cent saying they refused regardless of whether the ex-employee was a good worker.Will Clayton, partner and employment specialist at Dent, Raven and Marsdens sol
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11 June 2005

British Library launches online research service

There are currently nine million articles held by the library, going back five years - with a further 150,000 new entries added each month.The service features information on economics, education, engineering, the environment, food and agriculture, law, m
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11 June 2005

Working time opt-out success welcomed

The WTD prevents employees working from more than 48 hours a week, but the UK was granted an opt-out in 1993 allowing workers to decide whether they worked in excess of these hours.In recent months, the European Parliament has pressured the UK to surrende
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10 June 2005

Last chance to win £25,000 for your business!

Derbyshire Chamber and Microsoft are encouraging UK businesses not to miss the chance to enter the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Awards 2005. The closing date for entries is the 27th June so there are only a few weeks to make submissions. Now in its
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9 June 2005

Bitesized learning offer

Derbyshire businesses in the food and drink, healthcare, tourism, leisure, culture and hospitality sectors will be able to get free training sessions as part of a one-month offer this June. The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is teaming up with Business
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3 June 2005

Entrepreneurs invited to find out how investors think

The service, which is called 'The Gauntlet', was developed by research and data services company Library House and the London School of Economics (LSE).Doug Richard, chairman of Library House, said: "Entrepreneurs are at a huge disadvantage. They don't un
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3 June 2005

Three-quarters of small retailers miss out on online sales

The research found that 75 per cent of small retail businesses don't have websites from which their customers can make purchases."The Web is becoming too powerful a sales channel for ambitious small retail businesses to ignore," said Geoff Iddison, chief
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3 June 2005

Employment tribunal claims fall in 2004

According to Manchester-based law firm Peninsula, the number of employment tribunal cases fell from 127,594 in 2003 to 97,896 in 2004.Mike Huss, senior employment law specialist at Peninsula, said: "When you see the large awards that are made and you beco
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1 June 2005

Driving forward

Help is at hand for East Midland businesses who fear they may suffer from the fall-out of the MG Rover collapse.Five thousand people are being made redundant at the Longbridge plant with thousands more jobs at risk in companies that supplied the car maker
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1 June 2005

Female entrepreneurs face loan rate discrimination

The research, which was supported by a consortium of major business organisations and banks, found female-owned businesses typically paid 2.9 percentage points over the base rate on business loans, while male owned businesses paid just 1.9 percentage poin
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1 June 2005

Black and ethnic minority start-ups reach record high

Barclays found the number of BME start-ups increased from 32,000 in 2000 to 50,000 in 2004 - and they now account for 11 per cent of all new businesses.According to Louise Fowler, Barclays' small business marketing director, the rise in BME businesses is
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28 May 2005

Kelly piles on success

A young entrepreneur whose brainwave emerged from a domestic accident has been awarded £35,000 from a Government agency to develop her business.And Kelly Atkins, who founded Carpet-Burns three years ago, is quick to acknowledge the piles of support she ha
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28 May 2005

Thousands of homeworkers under-insured

The online insurer believes problems arise when firms fail to extend their business insurance for items taken out of the office, and where business owners do not inform their insurer that they have set up a business at home or are allowing their employees
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27 May 2005

Future is sweeter for Buxton bakery

Director Anthony Fitzgerald and bakery supervisor Andrew Holmes were so disillusioned with the way things were going that they were on the brink of selling up - but less than two years later their hopes are rising again thanks to Derbyshire Chamber and Bu
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27 May 2005

Business Lukewarm on Queen's Speech

While some of the proposals in the Queen’s speech have been welcomed by business leaders, others will give rise to concern. The Equality Bill to amalgamate a number of Commissions and offer a streamlined and simple framework and the plans in the Companies
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27 May 2005

Business bosses onboard

Over 100 Derbyshire managing directors have already taken advantage of the Lead2Succeed programme which aims to support business bosses in their personal development. The programme runs until March 2006 and, after a diagnostic process, provides a grant of
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27 May 2005

Are you speaking the right language?

Research indicates that around one fifth of companies are losing business because they lack foreign language skills, according to the Regional Language Network (RLN) East Midlands. The organisation, one of five of its kind, is funded by East Midlands Deve
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27 May 2005

Licence holders urged to renew

Local authorities are warning licensed premises that they may be risking the future of their business if they do not convert to the new licensing system by 6 August. Holders of alcohol on and off licences, club premises certificates, public entertainment
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27 May 2005

Green power in the air

A multi-million-pound ‘green’ business centre has been given an environmentally-friendly finishing touch. A roof-mounted wind turbine mast to generate electricity has now been added to the £3m Markham Environmental Technology, Training and Innovation Cent
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27 May 2005

Construction firms warned not to ignore Revenue letters

HMRC has sent out around 15,000 letters to contractors it believes might currently be misclassifying subcontractors as self-employed rather than employees. 57,000 similar letters were sent out last year.Mike Evans, director of employment taxes at accounta
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27 May 2005

Small firms believe red tape set to rise

The bank's research found that 58 per cent of small businesses said the amount of time they spent dealing with red tape increased last year, while just two per cent said it reduced.Small firms highlighted the current business tax system as the most dislik
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27 May 2005

Spirit of Enterprise

Business leaders from areas across Derbyshire are taking a leap forward in the way they think, plan and act. They are involved in the Spirit of Enterprise workshops – a series of innovative and thought-provoking workshops featuring established industry le
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21 May 2005

Small firms urged to hang up on cold callers

The OFT warned that it has received hundreds of complaints from small firms about the sales tactics of some cold callers. "It's a problem we've been increasingly aware of, as large numbers of cold callers are trying to get small firms to sign up under fal
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21 May 2005

Search is on for best UK start-ups

Organised by Startups.co.uk in conjunction with NatWest bank, the awards are open to all businesses less than three-years old, and employ fewer than 60 people. Start-ups can enter 13 categories, including Retailer of the year, Micro business of the year a
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21 May 2005

Business groups give mixed response to Queen's Speech

Regulatory reforms featured prominently in the Queen's Speech, along with government bills aimed at cutting red tape and extending maternity leave.Under the Parental Rights Bill, the government plans to extend maternity leave from 26 to 39 weeks by April
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21 May 2005

Firms offered free access to market research

Running as a pilot programme since May 2004, the centre will use the £1m it received from the London Development Agency (LDA) to build meeting rooms, extend its market research collection, and train library staff to assist business owners and entrepreneur
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20 May 2005

Improve health and safety to avoid insurance hike

The warning follows changes to the Health and Social Care Act, which allows the NHS to claim back treatment costs from employers if an accident involving an employee is due to employer negligence. The maximum amount that can be claimed is capped at £34,00
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14 May 2005

Think more about retirement policies, firms urged

And with increasing life expectancies and declining birth rates, businesses should also recognise the value in retaining the skills of an older workforce.Those are some of the key findings of some major global research by HSBC Bank.The study, which examin
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14 May 2005

Mobile-phone package launched for self-employed

The company says that the package allows the self-employed to access business-level support from a dedicated team of advisers.The new Businesstime tariffs offer a single flat-rate for calls made in addition to a user's inclusive minutes, which Vodafone sa
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14 May 2005

Owners urged to take care with simplified tax forms

The new form is designed to cut down the amount of time it takes people with 'simple' tax affairs to complete.HM Revenue & Customs guidance states that self-employed sole traders with a turnover of less than £15,000 can fill out the form. It estimates tha
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13 May 2005

Best buyers urged to show off skills

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) is urging firms to gain prestige by entering its seventh annual purchasing and supply management awards.They are eligible to enter two award categories:
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7 May 2005

BCC calls for Enterprise Zones in 'deprived regions'

According to the BCC, the number of manufacturing jobs in the UK fell from 3.5 million in February 2003 to 3.2 million in February 2005. "To date, much of the job losses in manufacturing have been hidden by the huge growth in public-sector employment duri
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7 May 2005

Business groups hot off mark with post-election wishes

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Forum of Private Business (FPB) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) are calling on the Government to prove its commitment to enterprise by looking after the interests of small and medium-sized busi
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7 May 2005

European VAT ruling on fuel set to affect small firms

According to the ECJ, the UK is in breach of the 'Six VAT Directive', which says taxable persons may deduct VAT in respect of goods and services in taxable transactions and that they must retain an invoice.UK procedure currently allows the employer to ded
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7 May 2005

Employers encouraged to tackle absenteeism

The research by employment law firm Peninsula found that of the 1,286 employers asked, 79 per cent said they thought sickness levels had increased, compared with 65 per cent in 2004.Furthermore, 81 per cent believed absenteeism had already cost their busi
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30 April 2005

Excessive anti-spam filtering slows down employees

The research found that 66 per cent of employees have had legitimate messages blocked by their firm's anti-spam technology - two thirds of whom complained that this happened on a monthly basis.And 42 per cent stated they have missed work deadlines as a re
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30 April 2005

\Bedroom businesses\ on the increase

The Microsoft-commissioned research found that 28 per cent of UK adults sell goods or services from home by running so-called "bedroom businesses". And 54 per cent of these are also holding down a full-time job."Having more than one job at a time is becom
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30 April 2005

New B2B events target small firms

The first takes place on May 24 and 25 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London. Among businesses lending their support are EDF Energy, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Google and Barclays. The event includes a programme of business speakers, s
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30 April 2005

New website offers help finding grants

The new website - at www.microsoft.com/uk/euga - provides an extensive database of grants and financial assistance and gives details of how to apply for funding.It includes information on financial support available in the following areas:
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29 April 2005

Out-of-date business plans place small firms at risk

Despite advice from business-support agencies, accountants and banks, 44 per cent of small firms are not following up-to-date business plans. "Small businesses are vital to the UK economy, but it appears almost half of them are ignoring one of the key dri
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25 April 2005

Waste Directive set to cause problems for small firms

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive was scheduled for implementation on 13 August 2005, but the government said it was having "major practical difficulties" meeting the deadline.The Directive's finer points have yet to be finali
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21 April 2005

Grants for export training

Derbyshire exporters located in Derby City, the Amber Valley, Erewash, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak and Southern Derbyshire areas are set to benefit from funding from the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership to help with the costs of export training.“
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20 April 2005

Spirits soar at workshops for business bosses

Business leaders in Derby City, Amber Valley, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak and Southern Derbyshire areas have the opportunity to take part in a series of innovative and thought provoking workshops.Led by established industry leaders – including Sh
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20 April 2005

Business Simulation Game

Learning about running a business needn’t be dull, thanks to an innovative programme to be run by Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link.
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19 April 2005

Cash boost for Manufacturing Advisory Scheme

A scheme which aims to ensure East Midlands manufacturers are at the cutting edge of design and technology has had its funding extended for another three years, after helping more than fifteen hundred businesses in the last twelve months.
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19 April 2005

Project support partners needed

In connection with the “Lead to Succeed” programme - a grant scheme which supports the personal development of company leaders of medium sized companies (between 20 and 250 employees) – Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link would welcome expressions of int
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19 April 2005

Region's tourism industry set for major growth

East Midlands Tourism (EMT), the regional tourism development body, has secured £14million of East Midlands Development Agency (emda) funding to grow the value, and improve the competitiveness of tourism over the next three years.
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18 March 2005

A Red Letter Day in Derbyshire

Derbyshire women are in for a treat when Rachel Elnaugh, founder of Red Letter Days, is guest speaker at our autumn Business Women's Networking Event.Rachel created the concept of giving experiences as unforgettable gifts and now heads a company which has
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17 March 2005

BBC Dragons' Den seeks applications for second series

The BBC’s Dragons’ Den is preparing for its second series for BBC2 and they are keen to hear from entrepreneurs with a fantastic business idea or product that is investment-ready.Successful applicants will have the chance to pitch their proposals to a pan
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17 March 2005

Biggest Ever Trade Mission to Hungary is a Success

An East Midlands trade mission to Budapest, the biggest ever from the UK, has been hailed as a success.More than 70 business leaders from the East Midlands spent three days in the city, making new business contacts and researching the market.Three of the
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17 March 2005

New Grants and Support Directory

businesslink.gov.uk will be launching its newly designed online directory of grants and support services this month.Launched on March 16, his new comprehensive database is designed to give businesses easy access to thousands of support schemes and grants
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17 March 2005

Last Chance to 'make sense of business'

Derbyshire businesses are being urged to take part in the last of a series of workshops and not miss out on their share of £30 million of government funding to help businesses to focus ON their business as opposed to always working IN their business.Dozen
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17 March 2005

Record visitors at show for entrepreneurs

A record number of visitors attended the region’s third New Business New Life Enterprise Show.More than 5500 potential and existing entrepreneurs, employers and business leaders of the future flooded through the doors of the Donington Exhibition Centre re
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17 March 2005

Paul gets his teeth into a new business career

Businessman Paul Golland had a highly successful career in engineering and enjoyed an enviable lifestyle– but gave it all up to go back to college and train as a dental technician. Today, with support from Business Link at Derbyshire Chamber, he’s carving
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17 March 2005

Time pressures could be holding back businesses

British businesses are missing the potential to improve productivity gains because time pressures mean planning takes a back seat, according to research from DTI’s Achieving best practice in your business and Management Today.Nearly 95% of business manage
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17 March 2005

Hazardous waste - are you ready?

Environment Minister Elliot Morley has urged businesses in the East Midlands to consider how changes to hazardous waste management later this year might affect them or they could be out of pocket. The changes, driven by the EU’s Landfill Directive, mean t
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17 March 2005

Derbyshire firm honoured at export awards

A Derbyshire company has been recognised for its export achievements by His Royal Highness the Duke of York at an awards ceremony.The Duke was presenting prizes at the UK Trade & Investment’s Passport to Export prize giving at Athena in Leicester. The awa
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3 March 2005

New programme helps business bosses to develop

New programme helps business bosses to develop Business leaders across Derbyshire are showing a high level of interest in a new programme which aims to develop their management skills. More than forty business leaders have already signed up to Lead2Succee
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3 March 2005

Members question Secretary of State

Members question Secretary of State on looming pensions crisis Derbyshire businesses were given the opportunity to question a government minister on pension-related issues during a meeting organised by Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link. Work and Pensio
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21 February 2005

WIISE women to attend conference

Businesswomen from across Derbyshire will be gathering at Pride Park Stadium in March to take part in one of the regions most prestigious networking events.The Women’s Conference, organised by WIISE (Women Involved In Successful Enterprise), features spea
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20 February 2005

Gill's business aims to change lives

Gill Grant quit the heady world of international travel when she decided that her lifestyle was ‘unreal and rather quite frivolous’ and developed a strong conviction ‘to do my bit for the world’.Today, Gill heads a company, ‘Inner-Clarity’, designed to he
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20 February 2005

Hi-Tech help for tourism businesses

Tourism businesses in the Peak District are tapping into to new technology to raise their profile and profits thanks to a series of cutting-edge courses staged by Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link.Around 20 delegates from businesses ranging from activi
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20 February 2005

Regulatory changes affecting businesses

The Chancellor has offered businesses a lifeline to help them plan more easily for the effects of regulatory changes.New and amended regulations affecting business will follow common commencement dates – that’s the announcement made by the Chancellor in h
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20 February 2005

New programme helps business bosses to develop

Business leaders across Derbyshire are showing a high level of interest in a new programme which aims to develop their management skills.More than forty business leaders have already signed up to Lead2Succeed, which is funded by Derbyshire Learning and Sk
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19 February 2005

Finance extended to Derby and Peak District

Businesses in areas of Derby and the Peak District are now eligible for a scheme that helps SMEs in deprived areas to grow.The scheme, the DTI’s Selective Finance for Investment in England, aims to help businesses develop by offering discretionary grants
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18 February 2005

Creative partners plan for new markets

Ongoing support from Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link is helping two enterprising Peak District women to expand their stationery design business beyond their wildest dreams.
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16 January 2005

Swim School makes a splash

So many people in North Derbyshire want to be in the swim that the owners of the area’s only independent swimming centre have opened another pool to meet demand for their specialist individual tuition.Glyn and Lynn Booth of The Swim School in Redhouse Clo
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15 January 2005

City Slickers Swap Urban Grind For Cyber Success

Constant rain in Chile during a round-the-world trip reminded young entrepreneurs Tony Hewison and Kate Latham of home – and inspired them to set up their own internet-oriented business in Buxton on their return.Now the globe-trotting couple – who visited
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15 January 2005

Worldwide sales for Weld UK

A company which sells welding equipment and accessories via the internet has sealed custom worldwide with the help of Business Link.And response to a website section on woodworking equipment has been so positive that Geoff and Mary Newby, husband and wife
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14 January 2005

Making Sense of Business

Making sense of BusinessDerbyshire Chamber and Business Link is urging local companies not to miss out on their share of £30 million of government funding to help businesses to focus ON their business as opposed to always working IN their business.The opp
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14 January 2005

Thousands expected at Enterprise Show

Public and private sector organisations have been quick to take their stands at what will be the third consecutive Enterprise Show, which will take place on the 26th and 27th February 2005 at the Donington Park Exhibition Centre.More than 50 exhibitors wi
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14 January 2005

Win a National Training Award 2005

Companies keen to take part are being invited to events in Derby and Chesterfield where they can find out how they can benefit from the entry process itself.The half-day workshops will be held at the offices of Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link in Ches
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10 January 2005

Gala awards dinner

Tickets are selling fast for one of the most prestigious events in the Derbyshire business calendar which this year features TV comedienne Ruby Wax. The Derbyshire Business Awards gala dinner attracts the top business leaders from across the county as wel
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