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News from 2007

5 December 2007

Chamber signs up to climate charter

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber has signed up to a national Climate Change Charter that seeks to put the issue of global warming at the heart of business decision-making, encouraging firms to reduce their carbon emissions. The Chamber wants to help
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5 December 2007

County faces meltdown from metal thieves

Metal thieves have been finding it too easy to sell their stolen materials, says Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, which is joining forces with the police to crack down on the crime which they argue is threatening us all. The Chamber says it’s not j
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5 December 2007

New European company and market information service

A new service that offers firms in Derbyshire access to European market and company information is to be launched on January 1st. Part of a network of more than 250 centres across Europe, the European Information Centre service will be delivered for the E
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31 October 2007

New President promises more from the Chamber

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber has a new president – Richard Horsley – a trusted and respected figure in the business community in both counties. Taking over from David Merifield in the approach to the first anniversary of the combined Chamber, Mr
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8 October 2007

Where will you be when the Awards are presented?

The Business Awards Derbyshire 2008, the region’s most prestigious celebration of commercial excellence, are set to go with an official launch at Menzies Mickelover Court Hotel on Wednesday, October 17th.Co-sponsored by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Cham
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27 September 2007

Business in the firing line – tips to foil the arsonists

Derbyshire’s businesses are being urged to reduce the threat of arson attacks to their premises.The alert comes from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, which works closely with the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership. Police business crime preve
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27 September 2007

Free support programme for those who create

A series of support programmes to aid those involved in the creative industries will be run free of charge in Derby, Ilkeston and Wirksworth this autumn.Organised by Derbyshire Enterprise Agency, part of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, the program
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27 September 2007

Chamber warns of slow poison of uncertainty

The uncertainty caused by the so called sub-prime loans crisis in the US is spreading like a slow poison, damaging business confidence in an otherwise healthy economy.That’s the view from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber who say homeowners and busin
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27 September 2007

Chamber welcomes EU climb-down on metric

The European Union’s decision to allow traders to continue using pounds, miles and pints alongside metric measure has been welcomed by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber.Though the decision will not affect current law on metric measurements, it means
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27 September 2007

Clampdown hits Derbyshire firms trading with Iran

Firms in Derbyshire are suffering as the result of increasing tensions with Iran over its nuclear programme.According to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber’s International Trade Forum, decisions taken unilaterally by some British banks have left compa
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13 July 2007

Bank listens to local business leaders

One of the economists who sets the UK’s interest rate, deputy governor of the Bank of England, Sir John Gieve, was the distinguished guest for a top-level business lunch at the Makeney Hall Hotel, near Belper.He was invited by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshi
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19 June 2007

Forum identifies lack of support for biggest export markets

Exporters in Derbyshire targeting some of the most profitable overseas markets are being let down following changes to the way support is allocated. That’s one of the conclusions reached during the first meeting of the newly integrated Derbyshire and Nott
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19 June 2007

London rail links are vital to European connection

High-speed rail connections to the heart of Europe could provide a boost for Derbyshire’s exporters – provided existing links to London are not downgraded. Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber has welcomed the coming launch of EuroStar and Midland Mainl
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19 June 2007

Bank set to meet business leaders

At a time when concern over rising interest rates is becoming acute, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England has agreed to meet with Derbyshire businesses. Sir John Gieve, who has specific responsibility for financial stability and who sits on the mone
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19 June 2007

Tax changes could help Derbyshire regenerate

The key to encouraging development of acres of industrial wasteland in Derbyshire could lie in changes to the tax regime. The claim comes from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber following its involvement in Government consultation on the tax incentive
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4 June 2007

News from Smokefree England

Summary of most common issues handled by Smokefree England information lineThe Smokefree England information line (0800 169 169 7) was set up to answer queries from businesses and individuals on the smokefree regulations and to take orders for signage and
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16 May 2007

Small Business Forum

Small Business Forum must be more than a PR exercise. A new group bringing together small business and the UK's main business representation bodies in discussions with ministers, must be more than ‘tick box’ PR excercise for the Government, says Derbyshir
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16 May 2007

Slowdown

New forecast predicts sharp slowdown Business growth faces a sharp slowdown says Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, blaming the cumulative effect of four increases in the Bank Rate since August.The British Chambers of Commerce May Quarterly Economic
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16 May 2007

Chamber Training Open Day

Open days could be the start to better career prospects Youngsters looking to improve their career prospects are being given the chance to discover how apprenticeships could lead them to better things, with help from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber
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16 May 2007

Minimum Wage

Chamber backs minimum wage clampdownDerbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber has backed the Government's announcement that it will clamp down on firms who do not pay the minimum wage.Chamber president David Merifield said: We fully support the Government's
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16 May 2007

Rail Freight

Rail freight must be a priority in cutting emissionsRail freight must be recognised as a vital mechanism for the freight industry to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency, says Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber (DNCC).It claims that rail freigh
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16 May 2007

Interest Rates

Rise to 5.5% is enoughThe interest rate rise to 5.5% is enough, says Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, amid concerns that further rises could produce monetary overkill.It is ten years since the power to set interest rates was taken from the hands of
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20 April 2007

The Little Card with Big Savings

Chamber Connect gives small businesses big company buying powerThe new Chamber Connect Card has been developed to help smaller businesses achieve greater buying clout for business products and services – a benefit usually only enjoyed by larger corporatio
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23 March 2007

New start for brighter, busier Business Link

From Monday (April 2nd) a new look Business Link service will be delivered by East Midlands Business – the company formed by the Chambers of Commerce in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. Five separate Business Links across the region, inclu
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22 March 2007

Business talent shines in glittering

Business is very much in fashion for DesignDock – the Derby company voted Business of the Year, one of two titles won in the 2007 Business Awards Derbyshire. It was among 16 companies recognised for their innovation, drive and raw talent during a glitteri
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22 March 2007

Bad news for business buried behind the Budget

Chancellor Gordon Brown’s latest and probably last budget provided camouflage for an unwelcome nugget of news for small business in the form of the Lyons report. Derbyshire Chamber has called Sir Michael Lyons’ recommendation on supplementary business rat
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14 March 2007

Skills gap widening say employers

Recruiting skilled workers is getting harder, says Derbyshire Chamber, following publication of a new national report that reveals 55% of employers find it more difficult to recruit skilled employees today than five years ago. The report, UK Skills: Makin
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13 March 2007

Political momentum on climate change cannot be ignored

Business cannot ignore the increasing political momentum behind the climate change debate, says Derbyshire Chamber, following the publication of the Government’s Climate Change Bill. All three main political parties have set out their stalls on the issue,
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13 March 2007

Derby is the centre of attention for European students

Derby's central location is proving to be a key factor in recruiting skilled students from the Continent a crucial advantage for the city's key developing industries.Companies in sectors such as hi-tech engineering and IT face a stiff battle in the market
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5 March 2007

Rt. Hon Margaret Beckett to open Chamber offices

Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon Margaret Beckett to officially open Derbyshire Chamber’s new Derby offices. TIME & DATE 1pm Friday, March 23rd (event 12.30pm onwards)VENUE Commerce House, 2 Victoria Way, Pride Park, DerbyDE24 8ANDETAILS Foreign Secretary,
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28 February 2007

Quarter £Billion Burden on Derbyshire Business

New research unveiled by Derbyshire Chamber reveals the cost of red tape and regulation to business in the county since 1998 has risen to a staggering £279m.This figure illustrates the remarkable growth in the burden of regulation from Westminster and Bru
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21 February 2007

The wherewithal on where to go and where to stay

Companies and organisations involved with tourism and related sectors in Derbyshire are being invited to a free event to help them spread the message about what they have to offer.The Tourism Brochure Swap, to be held at Chatsworth House in March, is bein
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19 February 2007

Minister to hear from firms targeted by criminals

Home Office minister Vernon Coaker will hear from Derbyshire businesses that have suffered vandalism, theft and other crime, when he gives the keynote speech at the inaugural meeting of a new forum set up to tackle the problem. The East Midlands Business
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19 February 2007

It’s time to kick butt

With smoking restrictions coming into force in England on 1st July this year, Derbyshire Chamber is holding a free workshop to help clarify the new laws for employers. All workplaces and substantially enclosed public areas will become smoke free by law. T
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14 February 2007

Finalists announced for 2007 Business Awards

Hi-tech materials for Formula 1 racing, fashion, football and childcare: the finalists in the 2007 Business Awards Derbyshire could not be more diverse.Co-sponsored by Derbyshire Chamber and the Derby Evening Telegraph, the Awards recognise the cream of c
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14 February 2007

Middle East beckons for exporters

The Middle East has huge opportunities for Derbyshire firms prepared to go after them – that’s the message from a key export conference to be held in March. UAE & Saudi Arabia: A Wealth of Opportunities, will be staged at Pride Park Stadium on March 6th w
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13 February 2007

How Good Are Your Landlords?

The Chamber is supporting a major cross-industry initiative which is seeking the views of small businesses about the property industry so that you can understand how to manage your landlords and so that landlords and the government can learn from them.The
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6 February 2007

Small Business Service needs better strategy

A Public Accounts Committee report published on Tuesday (Feb 6th) has highlighted the "questionable" value of the Small Business Service (SBS), but Derbyshire Chamber argues that what it requires is a complete change of strategy. Chamber president David M
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6 February 2007

Chancellor will be urged to keep it simple

Overly complicated regulations and paperwork are not merely an inconvenience for local firms but a significant cause of lost business for the county and the UK as a whole, says Derbyshire Chamber. Working with the British Chambers of Commerce, Derbyshire
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5 February 2007

New service sets out to solve graduate skills gap

Employers have long been complaining that the graduates they take on are ‘not in touch’ with the commercial world – now a new service from Derbyshire Chamber is setting out to solve the problem.Graduatefusion is delivered by the Chamber’s Placement Team w
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18 January 2007

Chamber shakes up lobbying and sets out priorities

In a major shake up and sharpening of its lobbying activities, Derbyshire Chamber will focus its efforts on three key areas of importance to the business community: transport infrastructure, skills, and crime and policing.
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18 January 2007

High profile letting in Chesterfield

Derbyshire Chamber is to let out 7811 sq. ft of highly desirable commercial office space at its Commerce Centre headquarters in Canal Wharf, close to the centre of Chesterfield. It is the result of a progressive restructuring programme following a number
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17 January 2007

GKN closure underlines concerns for manufacturing

The loss of 420 jobs at GKN Sheepbridge Stokes Ltd in Chesterfield has underlined Derbyshire Chamber’s concern for manufacturing in the area, and the county as a whole. The company, which manufactures cylinder liners, has operated at the Sheepbridge site
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16 January 2007

Chamber calls for a steady nerve as inflation hits 3%

A run of interest rate rises fuelled by inflation would hit Derbyshire’s business confidence hard, particularly in manufacturing, warns Derbyshire Chamber. The Consumer Prices Index leapt from 2.7% in November to 3% last month according to figures publish
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15 January 2007

Raising skills levels is crucial for everyone

Raising skills levels among youngsters is crucial to the entire community, says Derbyshire Chamber, which has welcomed Government proposals to raise the school leaving age to 18. The Chamber believes current acute skills shortages are the result of a cycl
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10 January 2007

Reward the Success of your Business

East Midlands Development Agency (emda) is encouraging the region’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to get the New Year off to a great start by entering the 2007 eBusiness Awards and potentially winning £15,000 for their company. The Awards, pre
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10 January 2007

Chamber welcomes second boost for north Derbyshire

News that the Markham Employment Growth Zone, the former colliery site in north Derbyshire, is to get its direct link to the M1 has been heralded as a much-needed shot in the arm for the area. The £14.5m transport improvement was given the final go-ahead
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10 January 2007

Unlocking the Gridlock

JOIN THE ONLINE DEBATE THIS THURSDAY - 11th JANUARY BETWEEN 7- 8pm.Are you calm when faced with traffic jams or do you blow a fuse? And would being charged to drive into major centres of the East Midlands be a good idea to cut traffic, or would it make yo
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9 January 2007

Unlocking the Gridlock

JOIN THE ONLINE DEBATE THIS THURSDAY - 11th JANUARY BETWEEN 7- 8pm. Are you calm when faced with traffic jams or do you blow a fuse? And would being charged to drive into major centres of the East Midlands be a good idea to cut traffic, or would it make y
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9 January 2007

Bank must keep interest rates stable

Business needs stable interest rates in order to thrive, says Derbyshire Chamber, which is calling for the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to hold the current level of 5%. Though the recent national economic figures have been positive ov
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8 January 2007

Welcome for motorway widening

Derbyshire Chamber has welcomed the Highways Agency's announcement of a £340m contract to widen the M1 in the county, with work scheduled to start this summer.
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2 January 2007

Striking Gold

A rich seam of anecdotes and business know-how was uncovered when Jacqueline Gold, the head of Ann Summers, was the guest of Derbyshire Chamber. Speaking at the WIISE networking dinner sponsored by Business Link Derbyshire at The Legacy Chesterfield Hotel
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2 January 2007

Whose Awards are they, anyway?

Barrister, and arguably TV’s fastest-talking TV presenter, Clive Anderson will be the celebrity host of the Business Awards Derbyshire 2007, the county’s number one showcase of excellence. A former Cambridge University law student and president of the Foo
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2 January 2007

Sorry we didn't send you a card

Don’t worry if you did not receive a Christmas card from Derbyshire Chamber - it’s not a case of humbug, as the money it would have spent on season’s greetings has gone to a worthy cause instead. Voice UK, which has its base in Derby, is a national charit
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2 January 2007

The Hamiltons are coming!

The 21st Century’s answer to Terry and June and arguably Britain’s first couple of showbusiness - Neil and Christine Hamilton – will be the guests of Derbyshire Chamber at the Donington Manor Hotel in March. They will entertain the business women’s networ
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