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East Midlands Chamber News

News from January 2007

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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