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News from 2008

22 December 2008

DNCC Lobbying Achievements in 2008

In 2008, the DNCC Board added business support, taxation and regulation to the key lobbying themes of transport; skills and business crime. Below is a summary of the actions taken and lobbying successes during 2008:
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22 December 2008

Lobbying Priorities for 2009

Assisting businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire cope with the current economic storm will be the Chamber's highest priority through the year. This will involve:-
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17 December 2008

Rate cutting will continue in spite of falling inflation

Interest rates are likely to fall still further even though the latest figures show the inflation rate (Consumer Prices Index) fell to 4.1 per cent last month from 4.5 per cent - but rates cuts are not enough on their own to help the economy.
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16 December 2008

Chamber says 'cheers' for the pint

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber has welcomed news that the future of the good old British pint of beer and the mile appear to have been secured.
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16 December 2008

Maths Students Add Up to Victory

ncn High Pavement Sixth Form College maths students scooped five Gold awards, five Silver awards and ten Bronze awards in the national United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Senior Maths Challenge in December.
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16 December 2008

Win a weekend @ Ramada Encore Derby

To be in with a chance to win a weekend away for two people, including two nights accomodation with breakfast and dinner on the evening of your choice plus discount vouchers for Westfield Shopping Centre, please send the following details:
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10 December 2008

BEAT THE WINTER BLUES AND GIVE YOUR TEAM A BOOST

Join us at Center Parcs for Fantastic Team Building Activities, during November to February - we have amazing special offers at Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire on the following activities. (Only Available Monday or Friday).
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5 December 2008

ncn celebrates Ofsted success

Staff and governors at New College Nottingham (ncn) are celebrating the publication of their Ofsted report following the College's inspection process in October.
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5 December 2008

Crimestoppers in Derbyshire hits 200!

Crimestoppers information from the Derbyshire public has led to the arrest of 200 criminals so far this year. Working closely with the Derbyshire Constabulary, the intelligence received via the 0800 555 111 telephone number has proved vital in the fight a
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2 December 2008

Making connections in Mansfield

Business operators are invited to meet and make contacts at an informal buffet lunch being organised by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber on Tuesday, December 16th.
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1 December 2008

Further steep rates cut is necessary

Business leaders are backing a further sharp cut in interest rates believed to be under consideration by Bank of England ahead of its announcement on Thursday (December 4th).
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30 November 2008

December 2008 Legal Alert

A monthly checklist of new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.
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25 November 2008

Jubilation as road is cleared for upgrade

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber is delighted with news that work on dualling the A46 between Newark and Widmerpool could begin next year, part of an extra £1bn to be invested in major transport projects intended to stimulate the economy.
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25 November 2008

Economy and transport issues for MP meeting

Bassetlaw MP John Mann is set to meet the area's business leaders on Friday (November 28th) to discuss a wide range of issues - and the economy and transport are expected to top the agenda.
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19 November 2008

Double award win for ncn School of Construction

New College Nottingham's (ncn) School of Construction has been recognised for its expertise in plastering training, receiving two awards at the prestigious national 'Plaisterers' Training Awards 2008' held at Plaisterers' Hall, London on 29th October.
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18 November 2008

Expect interest rate cuts, beware deflation

The dramatic fall in the rate of inflation has cleared the way for further cuts in interest rates, say local business leaders, but the Bank of England will have to be more proactive in order to head off the damaging prospect of deflation next year.
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16 November 2008

BERR - Managing Cash Flow Guides

Credit Management Matters is an online portal designed to help you get paid with tips from the UK centre of excellence and links to resources brought to you by leading industry professionals.
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12 November 2008

Taking the Pulse – East Midlands

The Cyber Security KTN PULSE programme is aimed at identifying and gathering feedback - 'taking the PULSE' - on the key issues that regional stakeholders and businesses have in the area of Cyber Security. PULSE events are designed to provide a catalyst fo
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12 November 2008

Your Invitation to Danwood's Open Day at Donington Park

Please find attached an invitation to an Open Day Event Danwood are holding at Donington Park in early December, to come along to the day and see first hand some new equipment and technology, including software, that Danwood are bringing to the market, in
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12 November 2008

DDEP Business Crime Survey - We Need Your Views

Derby & Derbyshire Economic Partnership have commissioned DC Research to review the Business Crime Reduction work funded by Derby & Derbyshire Economic Partnership and delivered by Derbyshire Police and the Chamber of Commerce.
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11 November 2008

Matlock businesses seek better support

Matlock's business community is concerned that it is falling behind other parts of Derbyshire in terms of industrial development and is urging the planners to give them better consideration.
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10 November 2008

Children in need

A team from Graphic Results design and print walked on Saturday 8th November from our Chesterfield office on Chatsworth Road to our Belper office on bridge street (approx 19.5miles) for Children in Need. We did the walk in about 7hours and to date have ra
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6 November 2008

Bold rates cut will help protect jobs and build economy

The decision by the Bank of England to sharply cut interest rates to 3 per cent today (Thursday November 6th) - the biggest cut since 1981 - has been hailed by business leaders as a bold move and a strong signal of the resolve to protect jobs and revitali
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5 November 2008

Employers welcome £27m skills boost

A £27m boost to improve skills and increase job opportunities has been welcomed by local employers who are eager to see measures to counter any job losses due to the economic downturn.
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4 November 2008

More rates cuts needed to build on momentum

The Bank of England is being urged by local business leaders to cut interest rates by a further 50 basis points on Thursday (November 6th) in order to build on recent measures to boost the economy.
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3 November 2008

Regeneration chief to address business leaders

Marc Cole, chief executive of Nottingham Regeneration Limited, will be the guest of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber at its Nottingham City Leader Lunch at the Park Plaza Hotel on Friday (November 14th).
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3 November 2008

SME Legal Alert - November 2008

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist of new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.
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27 October 2008

MP to meet Pubwatch

MP for North East Derbyshire, Natascha Engel, will be the guest of Clay Cross Pubwatch on Friday (November 7th), a crime prevention scheme for local pubs, clubs and restaurants.
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27 October 2008

Keeping the wheels of commerce turning sustainably

The Greater Nottingham Transport Partnership's annual Big Wheel Business Club has celebrated the efforts of four businesses in developing and implementing innovative and well thought out approaches for encouraging employees and customers to think sustaina
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21 October 2008

Bring forward A453 improvements

Business leaders are urging Chancellor Alistair Darling to prioritise spending on transport infrastructure following indications that he is intending to bring forward capital infrastructure projects.
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14 October 2008

Develop your business through staff enhancement

The second of this years FREE MET4 events will be held on the 22nd October at 8.30am at Payne, Giltbrook, Nottinghamshire and will focus on upskilling and re-training your workforce as well as developing the workforce of the future - which is key if you a
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14 October 2008

Local firms see better times ahead

In contrast to the agitated mood of the stock markets and preoccupation with the negative implications for the economy, some Nottinghamshire firms are actually anticipating better prospects for the next quarter.
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13 October 2008

Pensions Protection Fund (PPF) Consultation

The Pensions Protection Fund (PPF) has contacted The British Chambers of Commerce to help identify a group of businesses (each business should employ 300 people or less) who have a Defined Benefit Pensions Scheme to discuss the PPF levy.
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8 October 2008

Decisive action gets backing from business

Business leaders have endorsed the decisive concerted action by the UK Treasury and the central banks in the UK, America and Europe to quell the turmoil in the global markets - but say more action may be needed and that the banking industry must now live
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7 October 2008

Interest rates: time to make a decisive cut

Business leaders are urging The Bank of England to make a decisive cut in interest rates on Thursday, following a recent string of economic indicators showing the full extent of the economic slowdown.
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1 October 2008

Forum launched to support construction firms

The first of a quarterly series of events to support the construction industry in two counties is to be held by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber as it launches its new Construction Forum.
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25 September 2008

SoftXpand Open Day - 8th, 15th, 21st, 22nd October

"The Skills of the children have improved dramatically," says Mrs Sam Fisher, Headmistress of Hope Primary School in the High Peak area of Derbyshire. Her dilemma was simple; to provide greater access to computers for her staff & her students with a small
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25 September 2008

Regional memorandum will further trade in Europe

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber has been working to forge important international business opportunities and trading links in Europe, and its most recent efforts are to culminate in a top level meeting in Chesterfield with a delegation from Romania
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24 September 2008

DNCC's Sales Development Programme

With the so called 'credit crunch' adversely affective some businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, how would you feel to know your sales team were riding high, feeling motivated and to ensure that every call or visit ends in a positive result?
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19 September 2008

Foreign students can keep us competitive

Some firms are still under-rating the importance of foreign languages in helping them win business abroad, according to the International Student Placement Office (ISPO) run by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber.
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16 September 2008

Chamber looks for hopeful signs amid market turmoil

In spite of turmoil on the world stock markets, and news that the annual rate of inflation rose further to 4.7 per cent in August, there is some positive news coming through for the economy, says Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber.
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16 September 2008

China British Business Awards Beijing 2008

Chesterfield company FA-ST Filtration Analysis Services Technology Ltd have reached the finalist stage of the British Chamber of Commerce Business Awards China to be held in Beijing in November.
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14 September 2008

Join the Fight Against Crime

Crimestoppers is the only charity that works in partnership with the police to solve crimes. People are encouraged to call the national phone number 0800 555 111 anonymously with information about crime and criminals
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8 September 2008

New Principal Consultant at PI Consulting

PI Consulting, the Business Consulting and Advisory firm, is delighted to announce the appointment of Seamus Allison as Principal Consultant. Seamus's career has spanned retail and distribution, manufacturing and professional services where he has held a
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4 September 2008

Legal Alert - September 2008

Legal Alert is a a monthly checklist of new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.
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3 September 2008

Skills are key to Derby’s continued regeneration

Ensuring we develop higher skills among our workforce is the one of the most crucial factors in the successful regeneration of our cities, says Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, following a report on competitiveness in the UK published on Wednesday
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2 September 2008

Weakened pound leading to ‘imported inflation’

The Bank of England is again likely to hold interest rates at 5 per cent when its Monetary Policy Committee meets on Thursday - and hopes of a cut in the near future have been further undermined by the recent weakness of sterling.
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26 August 2008

Book your place for an evening with the best

The Business Awards Nottinghamshire, organised by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, are set to take place at Colwick Hall on Friday September 26th, and will be hosted by Amy Voce and Matthew Smith of Heart FM.
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13 August 2008

The dragon’s back and breathing fire

Former Dragons' denizen Rachel Elnaugh will be the guest of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber on September 17th when she comes to Chatsworth House to recount her roller-coaster ride in business.
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12 August 2008

HOPKINS TAKES DIRECTORSHIP AT NEWTONS

"The company's continued growth and the need to maintain director level relations with our growing client base has provided me with the opportunity to offer Andy Hopkins a directorship, which I'm delighted to announce he has accepted," says Chris Newton,
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12 August 2008

MPs set to get down to business

Local MPs Paul Holmes and Natascha Engel will be the guests of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber on Friday (August 22nd) for a free breakfast event in which they will meet business leaders in Chesterfield.
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11 August 2008

Plea for fairer energy for business

Energy suppliers are failing to provide businesses with the same fair and transparent service to which domestic energy users are entitled, claims Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber.
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5 August 2008

Driving the business agenda

Local companies will be firmly in the driving seat at an event aimed solely at businesses based in Chesterfield and the surrounding areas on Thursday (August 13th).
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4 August 2008

Venues get new room online

Derbyshire's conference industry is set to receive a boost with the launch of a revitalised website dedicated to promoting the best that the county has to offer.
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4 August 2008

Interest rate cut hopes fade as inflation grows

The Bank of England is likely to hold interest rates at 5 per cent when its Monetary Policy Committee meets on Thursday - and according to local business leaders it looks as though there is little prospect of cuts in the near future.
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4 August 2008

Impact of poor public health on business

The UK has the highest level of obesity in Europe. In the run up to the next election, public health will be the main feature of party political health policy. The Government has said that the public health threat posed by obesity in the UK is a "potentia
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31 July 2008

Wytech Snookered Again

Derby based IT support company Wytech Ltd, last year sponsored the inaugural World Ladies Masters, an event organised alongside the World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association which brought together the best snooker playing ladies in the World along wi
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27 July 2008

Office Genie Launches in Chesterfield

Canasta UK is a young dynamic forward thinking company that is passionate about providing our customers with an unrivalled mix of products, prices and enthusiastic customer service for all your office supplies and office furniture needs.
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16 July 2008

Prologis Park, Mansfield Development Update

The Leader of Ashfield District Council was among the guests who attended a recent sod-cutting ceremony at a major, new, distribution warehouse scheme being built by ProLogis Developments in Nottinghamshire, as £7 million infrastructure works continue.
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9 July 2008

Thousands of jobs at stake in air tax changes

Thousands of jobs in the East Midlands' flourishing air freight industry are threatened by a proposed change to tax on air flights, says Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber's International Trade Forum. According to research from heavyweight forecaster
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3 July 2008

MP hears tightening belts over lunch

Derby South MP Margaret Beckett has heard how local businesses are coping with the effects of high fuel prices and the credit crunch during the latest 'meet the MP' event, hosted by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber.
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1 July 2008

Uncertainty is holding back investment

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber's latest Quarterly Economic Survey has revealed the true attitudes of the local business community - and they say the squeeze on credit is not as bad as the bite from inflation.
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26 June 2008

IOSH Directing Safely at Silverstone on 9th July

On 9th July, Corporate Risk Systems Limited are delivering a unique IOSH Directing Safely training course at the UK headquarters of Force India F1, formerly Jordan, Midland and Spyker F1 near Silverstone Northamptonshire.
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11 June 2008

Welcome news for hard workers

News that the Government has secured the right for UK workers to choose to work longer than 48 hours a week has been welcomed by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber.
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9 June 2008

Erewash MP set to meet business

Erewash MP Liz Blackman will be the next politician facing questions from the local business community in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber's programme of MP breakfasts, on Friday (June 20th).
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5 June 2008

Keep Interest Rates on Hold For Stability

With inflation rising on the one hand and a slowing economy on the other, the Bank of England is being pulled in different directions over its next decision on interest rates, this Thursday (June 5th).
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3 June 2008

Agency Workers Survey

On 20th May the Government announced that they had concluded negotiations between the CBI and the TUC to give agency workers in the UK equal treatment after 12 weeks in an assignment.
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30 May 2008

Craig King Appointed Catalis Technical Director

Catalis Training is pleased to announce the promotion of Craig King as Technical Director of Catalis Training. Craig will join the Catalis board and has responsibilities for the rail division specialising in Signalling and Telecommunications Engineering.
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19 May 2008

In Business Magazine Advertising Discount

Members of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber now qualify for a 10% one-off discount on a trial advertisement in the Chamber's own official journal IN BUSINESS magazine which is circulated to CEOs, directors, partners, owners and general managers
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24 April 2008

Orchid Supports Treetops Hospice

Football Fun with you at the heart of IT.Orchid FC vs Flint Bishop FC - Family Fun Day at Pride Park, on Saturday 17th May at 2.30pmWe have joined forces with our friends at Derby County, Flint Bishop Solicitors and the Treetops Hospice, and would be deli
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23 April 2008

Creatives urged to focus on business skills

A popular course aimed at people setting up or running creative businesses is being held again in June. Demand is expected to be high for the programme called Focusing Creativity, which consists of two free day-long workshops and is organised by Derbyshir
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17 April 2008

PI Consulting, receives prestigious Premier Practice award

East Midlands based PI Consulting is delighted to announce that it has been awarded Accredited Premier Practice status by the Institute of Business Consulting (IBC). The IBC is the Professional Body for Management Consultants and Business Advisors in the
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11 April 2008

We must put criminals out of business

Latest figures from the East Midlands indicate that crime continues to be one of the key issues affecting business; denting confidence in investment, expansion and damaging staff morale.
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11 April 2008

Welcome for new code to help cut red tape

A new code of practice intended to help save businesses time and money by improving the way regulators work has been welcomed by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber. The Regulators' Compliance Code, which is seen by the Government as an important step
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11 April 2008

Partners offer a tempting date in Derbyshire

Conference organisers from around the country will be converging on Derby for an exclusive exhibition dedicated to showcasing the county's best venues, services and attractions for business visitors.
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7 April 2008

Welcome For New Code To Help Cut Red Tape

A new code of practice intended to help save businesses time and money by improving the way regulators work has been welcomed by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber. The Regulators' Compliance Code, which is seen by the Government as an important step
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7 April 2008

Exploring The Road To Romania

Developing ties between Nottingham City Council and Timisoara in Romania could result in promising business opportunities, says Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, following a council organised visit.
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7 April 2008

£20,000.00 For Business Crime Reduction

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber has put £20,000 towards the delivery of a number of joint activities with Nottinghamshire Police aimed at reducing business crime. The money will go towards the development of joint-branded marketing and other suppor
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26 March 2008

Excellence In The Community Award

The Carers Sitting Service, which provides short spells of respite care to carers in their own homes in the Bolsover and Clay Cross areas, has been presented with an Excellence in the Community award by politician and journalist Roy Hattersley, and Joyce
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26 March 2008

Charity Gains Investors In Volunteers Award

Children First Derby says it the first charity in the city to gain the Investors in Volunteers award. Volunteers' work was recognised by the presentation of certificates by mayor of Derby, Councillor Pauline Latham.
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26 March 2008

Former Mayor Now In The Driving Seat

Former mayor of Derby John Ahern has swapped the luxury of his civic limousine for a 14-seater minibus - and now he is driving rather then being chauffeured around.
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26 March 2008

Hot Property

Nottingham's property professionals have been showing off their unsung stage talents at the 2007 Hot Property event, raising over £42,000 for the Paediatric Oncology Wards at Nottingham Queens Medical Centre and the Nottingham based charity 'When You Wish
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18 February 2008

Last chance to book on Chamber's Annual Dinner

The Guardian columnist and shrewd businessman, Guy Browning, will be the guest speaker for the first annual dinner of the combined Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber.The highlight of the Chamber’s events programme, this black tie event at East Midland
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29 January 2008

Awards for Women

Entries are now being invited for the East Midlands Women of Worth (WOW) Awards. The WOW Awards, funded by East Midlands Development Agency, aim to celebrate the achievements of entrepreneurial, forward-thinking business women from across the region. Ther
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