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News from 2006

14 December 2006

Opportunities to Develop your International Trade Markets

Derbyshire exporters can find out how to avoid costly mistakes by taking advantage of a new international trade training programme.A schedule of seminars has been devised by the Chamber in conjunction with the East Midlands Chambers of Commerce. Running t
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11 December 2006

East Midlands eBusiness Awards 2007

Excellence in ICT deserves recognition … so here’s a chance for your company to shine!… And win a possible £15,000 cash prize.The 2007 East Midlands eBusiness Awards have been launched. Tell us why your business stands out from the crowd in one of 5 separ
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28 November 2006

Endeavour to help Derby's Disabled

A new project - Derby Business Endeavour – has been launched to support disabled people in the city to start their own business. Made possible though joint funding from Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, Derbyshire Employers’ Coalition and European Social Fu
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27 November 2006

Victory Sealed for Outstanding Business Achievement

There’s good reason for celebration at Derby subsidiary AESSEAL plc after the group business clinched major national success in the British Chambers of Commerce Awards.AESSEAL, based at Osmaston Park Industrial Estate, won Business of the Year as well as
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21 November 2006

Derbyshire Chamber Innovates with Podcasting

Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce has found an innovative way to update employers on changes in UK legislation - by launching a range of podcasts that summarise the latest changes. It is the first UK Chamber to offer audio downloads on legislation updates. T
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7 November 2006

MPs address local business issues

Derbyshire MPs Paul Holmes - MP for Chesterfield (Liberal Democrat), Bob Laxton - MP for Derby North (Labour) and the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin - MP for West Derbyshire (Conservative), have been addressing the concerns of local business as guests of Derby
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3 November 2006

Signposting new directions for women

Women considering self-employment have a great opportunity to develop their ideas at a day event to be held in Buxton later this month.New Directions for Women offers a mix of specialist workshops and informal discussion, and is specifically aimed at wome
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18 October 2006

European help for corporate responsibility

Local firms seeking a more responsible attitude in their business dealings, towards the community and the environment, can get expert advice from Derbyshire Chamber following a European conference on the issue. Derbyshire Chamber was among counterparts fr
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10 October 2006

Speaking out on rail safety

Former rail regulator Tom Winsor and Commons transport select committee chairwoman Gwyneth Dunwoody are among the high profile speakers coming to Derby to address a major conference on rail safety. The event, organised by Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum, is
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9 October 2006

Child’s play - Chamber’s PCs for playgroup

It’s not all serious business at Derbyshire Chamber, which has taken time out to donate its used PCs to the Holloway Playgroup, near Matlock. The computers, which until recently had been used for helping booming businesses, have been cleaned up, formatted
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27 September 2006

Barclays talks business at Derbyshire Chamber

Some would-be entrepreneurs don’t know the difference between turnover and profit, claims Barclays Bank, who says evening classes and part-time courses could help them succeed.According to the bank, there are more than 105,000 full and part-time courses a
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20 September 2006

Chamber backs DTI – but seeks stronger representation

Business has given the Department of Trade and Industry a big thumbs up, says Derbyshire Chamber, but wants to see it provide stronger representation in Government. According to the British Chambers of Commerce survey, Doing Business in the UK, just under
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19 September 2006

Chamber delivers best programme in the region

The Derbyshire Shell Step programme, delivered by Derbyshire Chamber, is officially the best in the region. Placement officer Jack Preston and assistant Michael Frearson received the Agency of the Year Award for the East Midlands for their efforts in recr
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12 September 2006

Women students do the business in Derby

Two female students living in Derby have earned top marks and a valuable addition to their future career CVs through the Derbyshire Shell Step programme delivered by Derbyshire Chamber.Anne Waggot and Sarah Shannon received champagne, trophies and cheques
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6 September 2006

Chamber says business voice is growing

The county’s business community is gaining a stronger voice with local and national government, says Derbyshire Chamber, following comments from the CBI claiming that politicians do not understand the “fundamental role” commerce plays. Endorsing the CBI d
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8 August 2006

Chamber warns of roads to ruin

Derbyshire Chamber is demanding more investment from the Government in the county’s roads – and warns the area’s wealth and economic development are at risk. The Chamber sees transport as a key issue in Derbyshire’s continued growth and success, and is ba
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7 August 2006

Making a contribution

From all the publicity surrounding underfunded pension schemes you could be forgiven for thinking that the Pensions Regulator is only concerned with defined benefit schemes (also known as ‘final salary’ schemes since the pension benefits are linked to ear
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27 July 2006

New report exposes danger of business rate re-localisation

A new report published recently has underlined fears of damaging consequences should the Lyons Inquiry into local government finance recommend re-localisation of business rates. The report, based on independent research commissioned by the British Chamber
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26 July 2006

Derbyshire business puts its case to shadow minister

Representatives from a broad cross-section of Derbyshire businesses put their views on economic progress to Theresa Villiers, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, on Wednesday (July 26th). The meeting at the Renaissance Derby/Nottingham Hotel at South
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25 July 2006

MS Charity target is a walkover

John Wilson, a senior regional UK Trade and Investment adviser based with Derbyshire Chamber in Derby, has successfully completed a forty-mile trek through the Dales, raising an estimated £2,000 for the MS Society.John was delighted at having raised almos
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1 July 2006

STATEMENT FROM DERBYSHIRE CHAMBER

At their meetings earlier this month, the Boards of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chambers of Commerce agreed in principle that a proposal to merge the two Chambers would be put before both sets of members in September. Detailed plans are currently under
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12 June 2006

Chamber urges firms to seek rates relief

Derbyshire Chamber is urging small firms to ensure they are taking up their entitlement to rates relief following news that, nationally, as much as £400m is being left unclaimed.According to Local Government Association figures, around half of England's s
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6 June 2006

Terry Waite CBE to address Chamber

Former advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Terry Waite CBE, will be the special guest speaker at Derbyshire Chamber’s annual dinner in September. Terry Waite hit the international headlines in January 1987 when he was taken prisoner in Beirut whilst
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6 June 2006

Keep the opt out or lose out, warns Chamber

The UK's opt out from the Working Time Directive’s 48 hour maximum working week is vital for our competitiveness and must be kept, Derbyshire Chamber has warned. The caution comes during the current protracted negotiations in Brussels over maximum working
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5 June 2006

Making IT pay – seminar to boost profits

Derbyshire Chamber is partnering with BT to demonstrate how a canny approach to IT and communication can boost the efficiency and profitability of the county’s businesses. They are staging a free breakfast seminar in Derby on Tuesday July 4th - Profit fro
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16 May 2006

Skills minister in Derby for a degree of work

Skills minister Phil Hope will be the guest of Derbyshire Chamber next month when he meets some of the county’s top employers to discuss boosting their workforce’s abilities through foundation degrees.Set to speak at a breakfast seminar at the Chartwell I
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16 May 2006

Putting the boot into MS

John Wilson, a senior regional UK Trade and Investment adviser based with Derbyshire Chamber in Derby, is ditching his desk and setting out on a forty-mile stroll through the Dales to raise money for the MS Society.His planned route is called the Limey Wa
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16 May 2006

Worried parents – STEP away from student summertime blues

Parents worried about what their student son or daughter are going to do after university should take a serious look at Shell Step Derbyshire’s answer to their summertime blues. It is offering students in their second or penultimate year PAID eight-week s
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2 May 2006

Firms learn how to be better citizens

Derby North MP Bob Laxton is to chair a free seminar to help growing businesses understand how to be better ‘citizens’ by adopting a proactive corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. The seminar, hosted by Derbyshire Chamber, is to be held on Friday
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10 April 2006

Derbyshire Chamber appoints new chief executive

Derbyshire Chamber has appointed a ‘big hitter’, George Cowcher, to be its new chief executive. Mr Cowcher was previously the chief of the North East Chamber of Commerce, a very successful regional chamber (the only one of its kind) and a vocal and active
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13 March 2006

Students are invited to STEP up to a career challenge

Students throughout Derbyshire are being invited to step up to a new challenge this summer that could seriously boost their chances of getting the job they want after they graduate.The Shell Technology Enterprise Programme (STEP), delivered by Derbyshire
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13 March 2006

WiiSE Women involved in Successful Enterprise

WiiSE is a thriving, vibrant businesswomen’s network with around 500 members, that aims to help women across the county make new contacts through regular events, with high profile and inspirational speakers.It is one of the services offered by Derbyshire
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13 March 2006

Creating opportunities for women in business

At Business Link Derbyshire we believe everyone should have an equal opportunity in business – and we’re determined women should make their mark.Only 27% of women in the UK workforce are self-employed, but 37% of start-ups aided by Business Link in Derbys
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13 March 2006

English Cities Report

The State of the English Cities report and its recognition of the importance of cities to economic growth and competitiveness chimes with the varied efforts of Derbyshire Chamber & Business Link to make an extraordinary impact on business and improve the
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13 March 2006

Skills gap may be tackled by degrees

Local employers have given an enthusiastic response to the introduction of Foundation Degrees, which deliver relevant skills that are a real asset to their business, and help them retain valuable personnel.Derbyshire Chamber’s Placement Team is piloting t
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24 February 2006

Doing Business Locally

"We’re keen to do business with you” – that’s the message from Derbyshire County Council to local firms and community enterprises. The council is embarking on a drive to encourage more of them to bid for contracts to provide it with goods and services.It
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12 January 2006

National Pension Savings Scheme (NPSS) - Briefing

Key features of the proposed NPSS· The NPSS would target those employees ‘not covered by other adequate pension arrangements’ (e.g. an occupational pension scheme).· Such employees would be automatically enrolled into the NPSS. The employee would have one
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12 January 2006

Game on for Business

Had enough of board games? Then you haven’t tried the game that could actually help you become the chairman of the board! The Business Simulation Game is an innovative programme to be run by Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link this January, aimed at anyo
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9 January 2006

Derbyshire pioneers education shake-up to help employers

A new project to help business tackle the problem of getting staff with the right skills for their needs is being piloted in the East Midlands by Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link (DCBL).The new Foundation degrees heavily involve employers in design an
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3 January 2006

Take your Trade to Tokyo

Take your trade to TokyoFollowing hard on the success of previous market visits to the Far East, UK Trade & Investment is offering Derbyshire companies the chance to do business in Japan – one of the world’s largest economies.Scheduled for the week March
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