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News from 2012

21 December 2012

New Office Celebrations Hailed A Great Success

The opening of Shorts Chartered Accountants prestigious new offices on Ashgate Road in Chesterfield was celebrated in style, with an official launch evening earlier this month. Despite appalling weather conditions, around 300 business owners and local pr
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19 December 2012

Dragons' Den – Calling All Budding Entrepreneurs

Nottingham Building Society (The Nottingham) and Nottinghamshire Community Foundation are inviting applications from budding entrepreneurs in the East Midlands looking for a grant to support their business development.
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12 December 2012

DNCC Member Makes National Awards Shortlist

Simon Mackney, a director and professional photographer at DNCC member Mackney Photography, was invited to a national awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament recently after his images were shortlisted in the final of a competition celebrating British
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11 December 2012

Book Your Tickets For Charity Ball

Tickets are going fast for the annual Embrace Derbyshire Ball 2013 - a gala black tie event which aims to raise money for the Derbyshire Community Foundation.
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5 December 2012

Autumn Statement Must Prioritise Business Growth

More in-market support for local exporters, a £100m fund to unblock stalled developments and a new cashpot to unlock capital investment from the private sector are among the measures Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) is pressing fo
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5 December 2012

DNCC Backs Police Christmas Campaign

DNCC is once again backing an annual campaign by Derbyshire Police aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related physical and sexual assaults during the festive period.
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29 November 2012

Major kick-start for Nottingham Enterprise Zone

A significant investment, expected to be around £25m, was announced in Nottingham today after Mark Prisk, Local Growth Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government, confirmed the first major project for the Nottingham Enterprise Zone (N
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29 November 2012

DNCC In The News: Healthy High Streets

DNCC Head of Policy John Dowson featured in this news broadcast by ITV Central about a new Starbucks being opened in Nottingham City Centre, and the concerns of local traders in the surrounding area.
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28 November 2012

EMA Hosts Business Lunch To Showcase New Air France Service

Following the recent announcement of the new Air France/FlyBE Codeshare Service between East Midlands Airport and Paris Charles De Gaulle, Air France's KLM General Manager UK, Henri Hourcade, and Head Of Sales Sebastien Guyot are hosting a corporate lunch
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28 November 2012

DNCC On National Radio Show With Richard Bacon

DNCC Chief Executive was a guest in the makeshift studio of BBC 5live today, as part of it's "Homecoming Week" of live broadcasts, when host Richard Bacon returned to Mansfield to look at the state of our High Streets.
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22 November 2012

Chamber Member Hoping New App Will Take Off

A Derbyshire design consultancy is hoping that its latest innovation – an interactive iPhone game app for youngsters – will be a worldwide hit following its launch earlier this month.
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21 November 2012

DNCC Welcomes Ofsted Skills Report

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) has welcomed the publication of a new national report aimed at ensuring that more young people are better prepared for the world of work.
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20 November 2012

The Reserve Forces Are Changing

The Reserve Forces are changing. They will become more integrated with the UK’s Armed Forces and will be relied upon more regularly to play a part in the country’s defence.
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19 November 2012

DNCC Welcomes New Red Tape Rule

Commenting on the announcement of a new "One-in, Two-out" rule which will apply to regulations affecting businesses and voluntary organisations from January 2013 by Business Minister Michael Fallon today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire
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15 November 2012

Hands-Free Software Helps Medics And Healthcare Workers

Ikanos Consulting has announced its Paramedic Pro medical application, which runs on the Golden-i wearable headset computer. The new application, available now, improves time efficiency and patient care for paramedics and field medical staff.
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14 November 2012

DNCC Welcomes Positive Job Figures

Commenting on the positive employment figures released by the Office for National Statistics today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: "Once again, the number of JSA claimants is down si
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7 November 2012

Ilkeston Wins £10,000 Business Boost

Fridays in Ilkeston could soon be fantastic for new businesses, market traders, town centre businesses and shoppers after a bid for £10,000 of public money was successful.
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6 November 2012

Ready, Steady....Grow!

Businesses and public sector organisations are being urged to get behind a new blueprint for future economic prosperity in Nottinghamshire.
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31 October 2012

D2N2 Appoints New Chairman

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – the body set up to promote economic growth across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – has appointed Peter Richardson as its new Chairman.
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31 October 2012

Chamber Welcomes Heseltine Review Findings

Commenting on Lord Heseltine's independent review of UK competitiveness, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: “Lord Heseltine’s analysis of the state of the UK economy highlights an issue
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30 October 2012

Personalise your technical update

Come and join Grant Thornton for our twice yearly technical update. Learn and gain insight on the latest trends involving UK GAAP and IFRS, VAT, effective tax planning, growing your business plus much more.
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25 October 2012

Second Chance Seminar

Have you ever considered employing someone with a criminal conviction? Are you confident in interpreting legislation regarding ex-offenders? How effective are you delivering your Corporate Social Responsibility policy? If you are uncertain about any or
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19 October 2012

Chamber Calls For Quick Roll-Out Of RGF Allocation

Commenting on today's announcement regarding the allocation of further Regional Growth Fund money to businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire; Nottingham City Council; and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the D
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17 October 2012

Firms Hold Positive Outlook On Jobs

Commenting on the latest employment figures for September 2012, published by the Office for National Statistics today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: "The positive employment figures
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17 October 2012

Reward Employees and Keep Up-To-Date with Employment Law

Two of the area’s leading business advisors, Barber Harrison & Platt (BHP) Chartered Accountants and BRM Solicitors are hosting a free breakfast seminar which will inform employers about ways of rewarding employees while at the same time saving money.
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15 October 2012

Hall-Fast Is Best In Business

Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies Ltd has been crowned Business of the Year at the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce’s (DNCC) 2012 Nottinghamshire Business Awards. Malcolm Hall, Managing Director of the Mansfield-based firm, collected the tro
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12 October 2012

Invitation to Tender - Cotton Lane Sustainable Workspace

Derbyshire Enterprise Agency (DEA) has been awarded European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to deliver the Cotton Lane Sustainable Workspace project which is designed to create a ‘centre for enterprise’ in the Osmaston area of Derby City. The centre
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8 October 2012

DNCC Member Celebrates 40 Years Of Commercial Architecture

Throwing a host of events, WCEC Architects are taking turning 40 in their stride. To celebrate 40 successful years of working in commercial architecture WCEC Architects kicked off a series of events with a drinks evening at the Millennium Copthorne Hotel
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3 October 2012

GrowthAccelerator Nottingham

Mark Palmer, former Global Brand Director at Green & Black's is the keynote speaker at an event in Nottingham aimed at promoting the Government's new Growth Accelerators initiative.
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3 October 2012

Enterprising Women Excellence Awards 2013

The search for the most talented and successful local businesswomen is once again underway following the launch of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprising Women Excellence Awards for 2013.
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1 October 2012

Best Business Hat Trick For inspirepac

Independent packaging manufacturer inspirepac Ltd has defended its crown for the third year running after once again scooping the prestigious Business of the Year award at the 2012 Derbyshire’s BEST Business Awards.
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24 September 2012

Firms Urged To Look At Emerging Europe

Jonathan Allen, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bulgaria, is delivering the keynote speech to businesses at a special event aimed at unlocking opportunities for local firms to export to Europe’s emerging economies.
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24 September 2012

British Business Bank Could Help Local Firms Grow

Commenting on today’s announcement by Business Secretary Vince Cable about the creation of a state-backed British Business Bank, John Dowson, Head of Policy and Representation at the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: “The pr
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23 September 2012

UK Manufacturing benefits from £1.1Billion in 2010-11

In the latest report by HMRC on its handling of EU funds for manufacturing development in the UK, for which the 2010‐11 figures are available, the number of tax returns claiming R&D tax credits rose year on year by 8.4% to 10,290, representing just under
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19 September 2012

Chamber to Host Ashfield MP at Business Briefing

Supporting investment and innovation in Ashfield, addressing skills issues amongst young recruits in the workplace and business crime prevention are all issues likely to be high on the agenda when business leaders in Ashfield meet their MP.
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16 September 2012

Stags To Host Business Growth Event

Businesses owners and managers in north Nottinghamshire are being invited to attend a new networking event taking place at the home of Mansfield Town Football Club on 24 September.
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14 September 2012

Derbyshire Healthy Workplace Challenge

Businesses in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire are being urged to sign-up to the new Workforce Challenge aimed at creating a healthy and happy workforce in the town.
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14 September 2012

Q3 QES Now Online

Fieldwork for the Chamber's latest Quarterly Economic Survey, for Q3 2012 closes today. You can take it by clicking here.
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14 September 2012

Firm Action Needed On Red Tape Proposals

Commenting on the proposed changes to employment law announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable today, Ian Greenaway, President of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: “It’s encouraging to see the Business Secretary recogn
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12 September 2012

Cut Hours Not Jobs, Says Chamber

Commenting on thelatest employment figures for August 2012, published by the Office for National Statistics today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: “The overall unemployment total for
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11 September 2012

DNCC Welcomes Long-Term Thinking on Business Policy

Commenting on the UK's new industrial policy outlined by Business Secretary Vince Cable, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: “Businesses will welcome the measures announced today, which s
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11 September 2012

New Routes From EMA To Scotland

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline will start operating its fully expanded schedule from East Midlands Airport on Monday September 10th with two much-needed popular routes serving Edinburgh and Glasgow returning following bmi baby’s withdrawal of th
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11 September 2012

DNCC Member Features In New Show With TV Dragon

Matlock Accountants and DNCC member Coleman Bradshaw is set to feature on the BBC’s new business program Women At The Top presented by Dragon’s Den panellist and business leader Hilary Devey this week.
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11 September 2012

Help The Salvation Army Help People In Need

This year more than ever The Salvation Army needs your help to raise vital funds for the Big Collection for people in need to support its diverse programme of life-changing social and community work.
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7 September 2012

DNCC Members Invited To Nick Clegg Q+A

Deputy Prime Minister the Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP is coming to Nottingham next week to take part in a public question and answer session and DNCC members are being invited to attend.
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6 September 2012

DNCC Backs Calls For Creation Of British Business Bank

Commenting on today’s decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to hold interest rates and the current level of Quantitative Easing steady for September, Scott Knowles, Deputy Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber
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3 September 2012

Growth Investment Fund – Panel Members Sought

Newark & Sherwood District Council is currently seeking applications for members of an independent panel that it will be establishing to oversee the management of a Growth Investment Fund (GIF). The aim is to have GIF up and running by October.
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31 August 2012

£14.6m Headache For Local Economy

Businesses in Derbyshire lost £14.6m last year after crippling migraines forced 910 people a day to take time off work – or the equivalent of 229,000 people a year.
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29 August 2012

Colwick Hall Features In Top TV Show

Colwick Hall Hotel, the ancestral home of Lord Byron, now fully restored to a luxurious sixteen bedroom hotel and premier functions venue was proud to be the host for the hugely popular Channel 4 series, Location, Location, Location.
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21 August 2012

Export Body Launches Latest Dates for Passport Programme

As recently published statistics show that two thirds of firms are hoping to increase international orders this year, government exporting body UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has released new start dates for their acclaimed Passport to Export programme.
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20 August 2012

Laser Optical Engineering in Olympic Security Demonstrator

Laser Optical Engineering (LOE) has recently taken part in a live trial of new technologies that could secure future Olympic events. The trial was designed to demonstrate how a large event or infrastructure could be protected against terrorist threats in
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15 August 2012

More Support Needed to Help Firms Create Jobs

Statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that nationally, unemployment has fallen in the last three-month period. The figure now stands at 2.564m, whilst the rate has also fallen to 8.0%. Within the East Midlands however,
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15 August 2012

DNCC In The News: Get Notts Working Campaign Update

Here is the transcript of an article that appears in today's edition of the Nottingham Post, which tells the story of Amilia McAnaw, one of the seven DNCC job seekers who appeared in the paper recently in the hope of finding work.
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6 August 2012

Take DNCC's Manufacturing Snap Survey

Following the release of new national manufacturing figures for Q2 which show that output fell by 0.7% in the three months to June, DNCC is keen to collect evidence from local manufacturers to see if the national figures reflect the picture in Derbyshire
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3 August 2012

DNCC In The News: Get Notts Working

Today's Nottingham Post is running a front-page story which aims to find work experience placements for seven jobseekers who DNCC is helping to get into employment through the Government's Work Programme initiative.
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2 August 2012

Abacus Announces Carbon Neutral Solutions

Abacus’ Green Commitment has always been based around using light efficiently and effectively. As part of its ongoing Green Commitment, the scope is being increased to include offering customers the ability to have a Carbon Neutral lighting system for the
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2 August 2012

DNCC In The News - Empty Property Tax

DNCC Chief Executive George Cowcher gave an interview to BBC East Midlands Today reporter yesterday regarding the growing issue of landlords using "bluetooth boxes" in vacant properties to exempt themselves from paying Empty Property Tax.
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1 August 2012

DNCC Reflects On Worrying Slump In Manufacturing

Commenting on the Q2 manufacturing output figures released today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: “This region has always been ahead of the national curve for manufacturing, thanks in
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1 August 2012

Lending Must Have A Real Impact On Business

Commenting on today’s launch of the Government's new Funding for Lending Scheme, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Whilst the overall objective of the new Funding for Lending scheme is welcom
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31 July 2012

Great PR Opportunity For DNCC Members

DNCC members have the opportunity to showcase their business in a prestigious new national brochure being produced by the British Chambers of Commerce, which is aimed at demonstrating the wealth of diversity in the UK business community.
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31 July 2012

DNCC Members Meet South Derbyshire MP

South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler was the guest at the latest event in DNCC's ongoing programme of meetings aimed at giving businesses the chance to give their views on current trading conditions and issues directly to their local MP.
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26 July 2012

Flybe Confirms Three New Routes for East Midlands Airport

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today confirmed details of the three new routes it will be adding to its already expanded schedule at East Midlands Airport; namely a choice of daily services to Amsterdam, double daily to Paris Charles de Gau
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26 July 2012

Abacus Seals Two Major Deals

DNCC member Abacus Lighting has just completed two prestigious major contracts to install innovative lighting solutions at an iconic sporting venue and an environmentally-friendly supermarket distribution centre.
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25 July 2012

DNCC: Big GDP Drop Shows Need For More Pro-Growth Policies

Commenting on the Q2 2012 GDP figures released today by the Office for National Statistics*, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: “The GDP figures announced today are much worse than expec
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19 July 2012

DNCC Launches New WPL Survey

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) today launches a new business consultation to establish some of the financial and other impacts that the implementation of the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) has had on firms in Nottingham.
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18 July 2012

DNCC and NCCESB React to Unemployment Figures

Statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that nationally, unemployment has fallen in the last 3 month period. The figure now stands at 2.584m, whilst the rate has also fallen to 8.1%. Regionally however, unemployment has
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16 July 2012

DNCC Welcomes Rail Investment

Commenting on the £9bn "High Level Output Specification" rail infrastructure investment set to be announced by Government today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The inclusion of the long-a
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11 July 2012

Youth Employment Survey

DNCC member Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Futures is supporting Nottinghamshire County Council’s Pathfinder ‘One Project’ by researching ways to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or learning disabilities going into pa
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11 July 2012

D2N2 Looks For New Chair

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, the body set up to promote economic growth across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, is looking for a new Chair.
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6 July 2012

DNCC Launches New Schools Forum

DNCC welcomed representatives from 20 schools from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire at the Ashfield School in Kirkby-in-Ashfield at a new forum designed to support schools with employer engagement, discuss employability skills exhibited by students,
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5 July 2012

Commenting on measures to restructure the British Army announced by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “These moves will lead to an even greater reliance
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5 July 2012

Chamber Welcomes Nottingham City Deal

Commenting on the City Deal for Nottingham unveiled by Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is welcome news and is an importan
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4 July 2012

Derbyshire Firms Urged To Sell To The World

Firms from across Derbyshire are being urged to find out how to take advantage of the international interest generated by the Olympics and follow the example of local export heroes at a free event next month.
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3 July 2012

Recession Fears For Local Firms

Despite the rate of local economic growth remaining in positive territory, a majority of businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire feel the economy is currently in recession, according to the results of the region’s biggest independent business survey.
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29 June 2012

Get Notts Working A Huge Success

The Chamber's highly-successful apprenticeships campaign, which it delivered in partnership with the Nottingham Post newspaper, the Nottinghamshire: City and County Skills Board and the National Apprenticeship Service has drawn to a close after it created
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26 June 2012

DNCC Welcomes Scrapping Of Planned Fuel Duty Increase

Commenting on the announcement today that the Government is to scrap the 3p increase in Fuel Duty that was planned for August, John Dowson, Head of Policy and Representation at the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Businesses and
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26 June 2012

Chamber Hits Out At Euro Court Sick Pay Ruling

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce is urging local firms to review their HR policies in the wake of a controversial European Court of Justice ruling to allow EU workers to claim back holiday entitlement if they fall ill whilst on paid annu
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26 June 2012

Scape Makes A Splash With Sunesis Leisure

Nottingham-based local authority-controlled company Scape is preparing to launch Sunesis Leisure in partnership with Willmott Dixon at the upcoming annual Local Government Association (LGA) conference and just a month before the start of London 2012.
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25 June 2012

DNCC Leads The Way On Procurement

DNCC, in partnership with local authorities in north Derbyshire and CHART LSP, recently held an event aimed at giving local firms the knowledge and information they need to help them tender for more local public sector contracts.
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25 June 2012

Business Support Survey

Nottingham-based marketing consultancy Fresh Marketing Solutions has launched a new survey to understand what types of business support local companies are looking for in the current economic climate.
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20 June 2012

£50k Prizes on offer To East Mids Social Enterprises

Social enterprises in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are being invited to enter the Social Enterprise Development Awards, a new community business support programme from Santander, for the opportunity to win up to £50,000 to help fund business growth.
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19 June 2012

DEA Perception Survey

Derbyshire Enterprise Agency (DEA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DNCC which has more than 25 years experience of helping small firms to survive and prosper, as well as assisting enterprising individuals to get their business idea off the ground.
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18 June 2012

New LoveNotts iPhone App Launches

A new iPhone app has been launched by Experience Nottinghamshire to provide visitors with mobile access to tourist information about Nottingham and the wider county.
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18 June 2012

Chamber Welcomes Rolls-Royce Defence Contract

Commenting on today’s announcement that Rolls-Royce has secured a £1.1bn contract from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver reactor cores for the UK’s nuclear-powered submarine fleet, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshi
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15 June 2012

£140bn Cash Injection Must Reach Businesses

Commenting on the announcements around new lending schemes from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Governor of the Bank of England, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Whilst the Governme
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14 June 2012

Golfers Club Together For Charity

Business representatives from across the Midlands turned out and teed off in memory of a Derby company chairman and to raise more than £2,000 for a city-based charity.
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1 June 2012

Chamber Welcomes Completion Of bmi Regional Deal

The sale of the regional division of BMI to the UK consortium of investors, Sector Aviation Holdings Ltd. by IAG (British Airways) has now been completed in a deal that secures the future of the bmi Regional brand and business and sees the airline continu
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1 June 2012

Appy Days For Chamber Members

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) has launched a new mobile phone application aimed at helping businesses stay up to date with all the latest news and information about the Chamber.
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1 June 2012

How To Stop Euro Fever Hitting Your Business

As football fever once again sweeps the nation it is leaving employers faced with serious difficulties in the workplace during this summer's European Football Championships 2012, which will kick-off on Friday 8 June.
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31 May 2012

Chesterfield Wins Bronze VisitEngland Award

Chesterfield’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) has won a Bronze Award in the ‘Visitor Information Provider of the Year’ category at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2012 Ceremony.
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31 May 2012

Torvill And Dean Welcome Olympic Flame To Ice Centre

With the Olympic Torch Relay well underway, the days are counting down until Nottingham legends Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean take to the ice to perform with the Olympic Flame in the National Ice Centre’s Ice Gala on Thursday 28 June at 5.15pm.
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30 May 2012

Business Mentors Needed In Derby

Volunteer business mentors in Derby are required for a project to help individuals who have been unemployed for six-months or more to set up and start their own businesses.
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29 May 2012

DNCC Opens New Offices In High Peak

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) is enhancing the support and services it offers to businesses and residents in the High Peak by opening two new offices in the area.
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29 May 2012

Retailers Braced For Jubilee Boost

The retail sector in the East Midlands is braced for a sales surge worth more than £50m ahead of the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee, according to new figures:
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29 May 2012

Sport And The Local Economy

DNCC Chief Executive George Cowcher featured on ITV Central News last week talking about the importance of sport to the local economy, ahead of two major sporting events in Nottingham over the weekend - the England vs West Indies test at Trent Bridge and
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23 May 2012

Chamber Responds To Skills Comments

Responding to comments in today’s media from the CBI* and the Work Foundation** about skills amongst school-leavers, Ian Greenaway, President of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber echoes these views. There is broad
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23 May 2012

Chamber Responds To HS2 Report

Commenting on the publication of today's report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for High Speed Rail which concludes that HS2 is the only viable solution to overcrowding, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber
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23 May 2012

DNCC Hosts Bank of England Forum

DNCC welcomed Alistair Cunningham, the Bank of England's Agent for the East Midlands to Chesterfield Golf Club this week at a forum designed to give businesses the chance to engage with the BoE about the issues facing the local economy.
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22 May 2012

University Welcomes Firm To Innovation Park

Romax Technology, one of the world’s leading gearbox, bearing and driveline engineering companies, has today signed an agreement to move into new premises at the University of Nottingham’s Innovation Park (UNIP).
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22 May 2012

DNCC In The News: Love Heanor

DNCC Director and Trent Barton Deputy Chairman Ian Morgan yesterday took part in a TV interview with ITV Central to discuss the falling customer footfall, empty properties and some of the other problems faced by many town centres in the UK.
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17 May 2012

Queen's Award For JCB

DNCC Member JCB has been honoured with a Queen’s Award marking the global success of its iconic backhoe loader – in the same week the company confirmed it had retained its crown as the World’s Number One manufacturer of the machine.
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15 May 2012

Margaret Beckett MP Briefing Photos

The way Derby has bounced back from the economic shocks of last summer, the development of a Global Technology Cluster in the city and a reaction to this year’s Budget were some of the issues debated when local business leaders met their MP recently.
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15 May 2012

Lights, Camera, Developments

Destination Chesterfield has teamed up with media students at Chesterfield College to produce video content to promote the town’s regeneration sites.
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12 May 2012

All ‘Four’ a Good Cause

The Lord Mayor of Ruschliffe, Gordon Moore, and Stephen Mason from Mason Infotech, a Nottingham based telecoms provider, joined other players at a charity event at The Nottinghamshire Golf Club, in Cotgrave, recently. The event, arranged by the Mayor and
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9 May 2012

Employer Business Briefing: Apprenticeships

DNCC, the National Apprenticeship Service, the Nottingham Post, Nottingham City Council and the Nottinghamshire City and County Employment and Skills Board are holding a special employers' business briefing breakfast all about apprentices in Nottingham.
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9 May 2012

Chamber Reacts To Queen’s Speech

Commenting on the new legislation outlined by HRH the Queen during her speech from the throne at today’s state opening of Parliament, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Whilst there were a num
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4 May 2012

Peter Jones Enterprise Academy Launches At ncn

New College Nottingham (ncn) has become a Peter Jones Enterprise Academy – providing an opportunity for aspiring young entrepreneurs to develop their enterprise skills and to realise their ambitions by turning their business dreams into reality.
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2 May 2012

Chamber To Host Gedling MP At Business Briefing

The impact of spending cuts on the local economy; access to finance for small firms; the effect of spiralling amounts of red tape; and skills, young people and youth unemployment are all issues likely to be high on the agenda when business leaders in Gedl
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28 April 2012

Fresh Marketing Insights & Tips - April 2012

This month we give away more great marketing & business tips; an in-depth look at franchising as a business model, we spill a few cheeky tips on getting your website ranked higher on search engines and we expose how to build your social network connection
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27 April 2012

McArthurGlen Reports Easter Sales Boom

DNCC member McArthurGlen’s East Midlands Designer Outlet has reported year-on-year increases in sales and footfall for the Easter weekend of +30.4% and +29.5% respectively.
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25 April 2012

GDP Figures Paint Overly Negative Picture

Commenting on the Q1 2012 GDP figures released today by the Office for National Statistics*, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Today’s national GDP figures are disappointing, but they are onl
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20 April 2012

Awards Night For Young Enterprise

A fresh crop of potential business talent in Nottingham showcased their ideas at the final of the 2012 Young Enterprise Innovation Awards in Nottingham this week.
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18 April 2012

Chamber Comments On Latest Employment Figures

Commenting on the unemployment figures for March 2012 published today by the ONS*, Scott Knowles, Deputy Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Although there was a rise in the number of claimants in Derby and al
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3 April 2012

Local Economy Bounces Back In Q1

Firms reported better than expected UK sales and orders in the first quarter of the year as the local economy bounced back, according to the results of the region's biggest business survey.
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2 April 2012

Chamber Member Graphic Results Picks Up Award

Local design, printing and marketing company Graphic Results, based on Bridge Street Belper Derbyshire picked up an award from Theo Paphitis at the SBS Winners Party at Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Edgbaston Stadium on the 30th March 2012.
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2 April 2012

Chamber Member Graphic Results Picks Up Award

The business mogul runs the awards through the social network Twitter, inviting small firms every Sunday to tweet him at @TheoPaphitis, using the hashtag #sbs, with brief details about their company.
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30 March 2012

Chamber Joins Forces With eBusiness Club

A pioneering project which helps small businesses to make the most of new online and digital technology is set to launch its latest programme of initiatives with the support of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.
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27 March 2012

Postage Increase Will Force Firms To Look Elsewhere

Commenting on today’s decision by Ofcom to lift its postage price controls from Royal Mail, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Ofcom’s decision to allow Royal Mail to set its own rates for pos
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27 March 2012

Reforms Will Restore Confidence In Planning System

Commenting on the Government’s decision to move ahead with crucial reforms to planning laws, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The draft National Planning Policy Framework announced today wil
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27 March 2012

Solicitors Announce Merger

Two legal firms, both more than 100-years-old, and based on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have joined forces.
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27 March 2012

An apprentice trained by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce’s training arm has been honoured by the British Chambers of Commerce as one of two UK “Star” Apprentices for 2012.
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21 March 2012

Commenting on today’s Budget announcement, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Chancellor George Osborne introduced this Budget as ‘unashamedly business friendly’ and whilst it was fiscally pru
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15 March 2012

Chamber Calls For Budget For Business

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce has written to all MPs across the two counties ahead of next week’s Budget, urging them to back a House of Commons motion to cap the forthcoming Business Rates increase at 2%.
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14 March 2012

DNCC Comments On Latest Claimant Count Rise

Commenting on the unemployment figures for February 2012* published today by the ONS, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We have again seen significant rises in the number of claimants across
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12 March 2012

Face-to-face business advice for Derbyshire

Derbyshire people looking for help with starting a business or dealing with business issues can once again receive one-to-one advice from an experienced business advisor through the Derbyshire Enterprise Agency.
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8 March 2012

MPC Holds Rates And QE Steady

Today’s decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to hold interest rates steady at 0.5% and maintain the size of the Quantitative Easing (QE) programme at £325bn was widely expected, according to the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chambe
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5 March 2012

100-in-100 Apprenticeships 2012 Campaign Launch

Employers in Nottinghamshire are being urged to commit to taking on an apprentice in 2012. They can find out more about Apprenticeships and the benefits they bring to business at a special breakfast briefing event at Gedling Borough Council on Wednesday
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5 March 2012

Live Economic Debate on BBC Radio Derby

Businesses in Derbyshire are being invited to take part in a special interactive debate about the state of the local economy, which is being broadcast live on BBC Derby between 6pm and 7pm on 15 March, as part of the station's coverage of Budget 2012.
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2 March 2012

Stags Secure Field Mill Lease

Mansfield Town Football Club is delighted to announce that Chairman John Radford has finally resolved the long-standing dispute with Keith Haslam by gaining ownership of the club’s home, Field Mill.
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1 March 2012

D2N2’s Growing Places Fund Opens For Business

D2N2’s Growing Places Fund today (1 March 2012) opens for applications. Using £17.8m funding from Government, the D2N2 Growing Places Fund aims to kick start ‘stalled’ job creating developments through rapid investments in local infrastructure and tacklin
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29 February 2012

Chamber Welcomes Procurement Overhaul

Ian Greenaway, President of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “A number of serious concerns were raised in the wake of the Thameslink situation last year about the way in which Government awarded its contracts to suppliers, so
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27 February 2012

Chamber Member Helps Derby Youngsters

Pride Park construction company chief Ian Hodgkinson is playing a major role in a television-style rapid-makeover project designed to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people in Derby.
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23 February 2012

Chamber Welcomes New £1bn Regional Growth Fund Cash

Commenting on today's announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the opening of the third round of applications for the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “
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22 February 2012

The majority of unemployed young adults in Derbyshire are looking for roles in low-skilled jobs, according to analysis of the latest unemployment figures.
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20 February 2012

QES Q1 2012 Research Now Open

Fieldwork for the Chamber's Quarterly Economic Survey, covering the Q1 2012 trading period, is now open and can be completed by clicking the link below.
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17 February 2012

Dance Star Anton To Open New Charity Boutique

Dance star and television celebrity Anton Du Beke will officially open the first ever charity shop for The Children’s Air Ambulance in West Bridgford, Nottingham, at 11am on Friday 23 March 2012.
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15 February 2012

Chamber Comments On Latest Unemployment Figures

Commenting on the unemployment figures for January 2012 published today by the Office for National Statistics, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “In the short term, these figures do remain a c
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15 February 2012

UK firms improve payment performance in Q4 2011

The latest figures from Experian, the global information services company, today reveal that during the final quarter of 2011 the payment performance of UK firms saw a small but positive improvement from 26.17 days in Q3 2011 to 25.97 days, with the bigge
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14 February 2012

Chamber Unveils 2012 Campaign Manifesto

Addressing skills gaps and youth unemployment; securing investment in superfast broadband, High Speed Rail and the Midland Main Line; ensuring the D2N2 LEP remains business-led and focused; and supporting local firms following the demise of Business Link
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6 February 2012

Chamber President Goes Back To The Floor

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce President Ian Greenaway and Vice-President Phil Stanyer will be going back to the shop floor to help the Chamber mark National Apprenticeship Week 2012.
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5 February 2012

Chamber Scoops Another Top Business Award

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce is celebrating after scooping another top business award. The Chamber was named Midlands Business Club of the Year at the prestigious Midlands Business Awards 2012 at a ceremony held on Friday 3 February
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3 February 2012

Business Crime Survey Extended

Businesses across the East Midlands have been given more time to submit their views in the Police Authorities' Business Crime Questionnaire.
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1 February 2012

Business Is Good For Britain

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce is backing a new national campaign which aims to show that business is a force for good in the UK.
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31 January 2012

Chamber Campaigns For Ofsted Changes

The President of the region's biggest business support organisation has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable and Education Secretary Michael Gove asking for changes to the way that schools and colleges prepare their pupils and students for the world
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25 January 2012

Chamber Comment: Q4 GDP

Commenting on the preliminary GDP estimates for Q4 2011, which were published today by the Office for National Statistics*, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "The preliminary GDP figures for Q
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24 January 2012

New hospital facility to create 88 jobs

A specialist hospital facility at Mastin Moor in Chesterfield is set to create 88 new jobs.  The new facility, run by the health and social care organisation Turning Point, provides services for people with complex needs.   As part of the planning permiss
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23 January 2012

Chamber Reacts To Cities Report

Policy think tank the Centre for Cities published its flagship Cities Outlook 2012 report today. Here is the reaction to what it said about Derby and Nottingham, from George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerc
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20 January 2012

Your Chance To Quiz Vince Cable

Businesses in Derby have the chance to put their questions direct to Business Secretary Vince Cable about trading conditions, Government Policy and the economy.
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20 January 2012

One Week Left For Export Competition

Small and medium firms across the East Midlands have just over one week left to submit their export idea to be in with a chance of winning over £5,000 worth of support from export experts UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), backed by sponsor companies HSBC and
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18 January 2012

ncn gains quality stamp for logistics training

New College Nottingham (ncn) has officially been made a Licensed Partner of the National Skills Academy Logistics (NSAL) after being recommended and validated by a number of employer customers for its commitment to quality education and training in the lo
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18 January 2012

DNCC Comments On Latest Unemployment Figures

Commenting on the unemployment figures for December 2012* published today by the ONS, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "The increase in local unemployment is not surprising given the ongoing
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18 January 2012

Forthcoming Trade Missions

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce is working in partnership with UK Trade & Investment East Midlands to facilitate a series of forthcoming Trade Missions to Poland, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.
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18 January 2012

Firms Hope To Set Out Their Stall At German Market

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire firms have the chance to win contracts, develop new trading relationships and unlock potential business opportunities in one of the UK's top export hotspots during a market visit to Germany.
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16 January 2012

Mansfield BS Launches New Account

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce member the Mansfield Building Society has launched a new business account which offers commercial customers the chance to earn a very competitive rate of interest on their surplus funds without paying tra
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16 January 2012

Chamber Welcomes Derby's ‘Heart City' Status

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the news that Derby is to become one of the first 50 places in the UK to pioneer a new British Heart Foundation ‘Heart City' status, offering people practical steps to improve heart health.
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16 January 2012

Former adviser launches own start-up

A former adviser from NBV, who found herself redundant as a result of Government cuts, has put the advice and services she provided to hundreds of new business start-ups into practice by establishing her own company.
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13 January 2012

2012 Annual Dearing Higher Education Conference

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce members are being offered an exclusive discount when booking their tickets to the University of Nottingham's next Annual Dearing Higher Education Conference on Thursday 23 February 2012.
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11 January 2012

Last few days to have your say

Time is running out for businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to take part in the Police Authorities Business Crime questionnaire.
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11 January 2012

Specialist Seminar on Business Acquisitions and Disposals

Award-winning corporate finance specialists, Strategic Corporate Finance are teaming up with regional law firm, Geldards LLP, offering Nottingham business owners and directors invaluable advice on buying and selling businesses at a seminar on Wednesday Ja
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10 January 2012

Chamber Welcomes First Phase Of HS2

Commenting on the announcement today by Transport Secretary Justine Greening to rubber stamp the first phase of the Government's High Speed Rail (HS2) scheme, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said:
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9 January 2012

New Blog For In Business

In Business, the official magazine of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, now has its own blog and social media channels, which are aimed at helping Chamber members and the wider business community to stay up-to-date with the latest lo
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4 January 2012

Chamber Launches New Sustainability Forum

 Local businesses can discover the story behind the stunning new solar array at Toyota when the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce launches its new Sustainability Forum later this month.
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