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East Midlands Chamber News

News from July 2005

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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