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East Midlands Chamber News

News from February 2009

27 February 2009

Empty property rates relief e-petition

The Chancellor's Pre-Budget statement announced empty property rates relief (for one year only) on properties whose RV is £15,000 or less. Whilst any relief is welcome, this Chamber believes this doesn't go far enough - and in the current economic circums
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26 February 2009

Real Help for East Midlands

The purpose of this new Government booklet is to set out how Britain is taking decisive action to come through the global economic crisis sooner, stronger and fairer. This booklet also tells you about the real help that is available now to families and bu
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24 February 2009

Passing of former president

Colleagues have been mourning the loss of Mike MacDonald, a former president of North Derbyshire Chamber, who has died suddenly, aged 61. Mr MacDonald served the Chamber from June 1992 to September 2001, and served as president from 1996 to 1998. He was a
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24 February 2009

Chamber asks: is the medicine working?

Businesses in Derbyshire are being quizzed about the effectiveness of the Government's and Bank of England's measures to support the economy, and what further action they would like to see taken.
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14 February 2009

Driving HR through the Credit Crunch

The economic downturn is a reality, so what do we do with our most important and most expensive resource, the staff. We turn to the professionals, the HR team. This is where the expertise of the HR unit will be of paramount importance as the business unde
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14 February 2009

Consultation on the Business Rate Supplement

The Business Rate Supplement (BRS) Bill, currently going through Parliament, proposes that all English Upper-tier local authorities will have a new power to levy a supplement on the national business rate subject to the following restrictions:
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12 February 2009

Bite Into Business Start Up Advice

People in Derbyshire can tuck into FREE business advice with their lunches as Business Link has distributed 75,000 sandwich bags across the county featuring information on how people can access information and support on starting their own business.
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12 February 2009

MP asked not to tie up public contracts with red tape

Bassetlaw MP John Mann is being lobbied by business leaders to prevent billions of pounds worth of public sector contracts being used to strong-arm cash-strapped companies into signing up to an uieven bigger burden of red tape.
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11 February 2009

5 per cent business rate rise threat

The business community is urging the Government to prevent the biggest rise in business rates since the present system was introduced in the early 1990s, citing the background of tough economic conditions.
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9 February 2009

Man of quality bids fond farewell

After nearly half-a -century working in quality control, Brian Winnard is about to set aside his forms and check sheets as he retires from his role as quality auditor at Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber's Chesterfield office at Canal Wharf.
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9 February 2009

Fashion students design new uniform for Hart’s

Foundation degree Fashion students at New College Nottingham (ncn) showcased their designs at a catwalk show at Hart's restaurant on Monday 2nd February, after Hart's approached the College to be involved in a competition to design their new staff uniform
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5 February 2009

New life from old in Hathersage

At a time of deepening recession, the dramatic £2.3m rural regeneration project at the new Hathersage Hall Business Centre has reached a milestone with the topping out the roofs of these Grade II listed buildings.
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5 February 2009

Interest rates hit new historic low

The decision by the Bank of England to cut the interest rate for the fifth consecutive month, to a new historic low, shows the need to revitalise the economy overrides any threat of inflation, say business leaders.
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4 February 2009

East Midlands Transition Loan Fund

There is clear evidence that the current economic downturn is leading to a significant tightening in the availability of commercial finance, with an increasing number of businesses, with viable business plans, being put at risk as a result.
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3 February 2009

Big hitter set for dinner

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber has pulled off a coup, landing former Labour press secretary Alastair Campbell as its guest speaker for the highlight of its events calendar, the annual dinner in March.
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