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News from 2013

23 December 2013

JCB CEO bids final farewell

Colleagues bade a fond farewell to JCB Chief Executive Officer Alan Blake who is retiring from the company after almost a quarter of a century of service.
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21 December 2013

UK and China explore collaboration

Twenty six leaders from Chinese universities met with counterparts from British universities and with senior figures from businesses and government, to discuss ways of working together to exploit innovative ideas.
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19 December 2013

Bid to marry youth talent and business

The Digital Youth Academy (DYA), in partnership with O2 and Nominet Trust, has launched an innovative digital programme to bring together the ‘born digital’ generation and businesses.
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19 December 2013

Mercia Marina signs up pub operator

Mercia Marina has signed up an independent pub company to operate the bar-restaurant at its forthcoming retail, office and leisure development The Boardwalk.
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18 December 2013

Boxing Day buses

Buses will be running from 6.30am on Boxing Day, Nottingham City Transport has announced.
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17 December 2013

Utilise existing air capacity beyond the south east

Making better use of available air capacity at airports outside the London envelope should be considered alongside proposals for building new runways at Heathrow or Gatwick, according to a leading business organisation.
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17 December 2013

Belarusian Ambassador Meets DNCC

A senior diplomat from the eastern European nation of Belarus met with DNCC Chief Executive George Cowcher and the Chamber's international trade team recently to discuss potential trading opportunities.
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16 December 2013

NNC students in world record brick tree bid

Construction learners at North Nottinghamshire College are hoping that their giant brick Christmas tree will be heralded the tallest in the world and have applied for their work to be recognised by Guinness World Records.
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16 December 2013

World's top graduate entrepreneurs come to UK

A new Government scheme – the Sirius Programme – which is bringing the world’s best entrepreneurial talent to the UK has today (16 December) announced the first innovative start ups to gain a place.
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14 December 2013

In Business members news overspill

The Lace Market Hotel, Nottingham, part of the Finesse Collection of Hotels, has appointed Richard Donohue as head chef of the hotel’s contemporary restaurant, Merchants.
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13 December 2013

Businesses not grabbing their share of online shoppers

According to the latest data from Ofcom, the amount spent by UK shoppers online increased on average by 16 per cent per person in 2012 compared to 2011, and businesses in the East Midlands are being warned to gear up to grab their share of action.
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13 December 2013

UEFA heaps praise on Spireites

Chesterfield FC officials have received a glowing endorsement from UEFA following the European Women’s Under-17 Championship, which featured four games staged at the Proact Stadium.
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13 December 2013

HS2 'essential' say MPs

The HS2 high-speed rail project is "essential" for the UK's future and the potential gains "significantly outweigh" any risks, MPs have said.
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12 December 2013

Ashley joins BRM

Commercial litigation lawyer Ashley Wood has joined BRM’s commercial litigation department as a Director.
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11 December 2013

New appointments

Cherry Professional, the accountancy, office support and HR recruitment business, has announced that Danielle Asano, one of the three founding directors, has been made managing director.
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9 December 2013

Faster Trains To London Launched

Nottingham-born Paralympic speed champ Richard Whitehead today visited Nottingham station to help officially launch new faster journey times to London.
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9 December 2013

UPDATED: Bizarre golf shot is internet sensation

It’s all gone viral for Matt Wheatcroft, the Managing Director of Purpose Media, after a video showing him pull off an amazing golf shot, while playing in this years’ British Par 3 event at Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire is likely to hit a million views la
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6 December 2013

Chinese Takeaway For Greenbank

DNCC member Greenbank Group UK was honoured to be involved in the Prime Minister’s current trade mission to China, which has resulted in the firm securing two significant commercial agreements with leading Chinese power organisations.
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5 December 2013

Lion Trackhire hits top 100 growth firms

Chamber member Lion Trackhire has been ranked 26th in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table of Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing sales over three years.
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5 December 2013

Reacting to today’s Autumn Statement, Chris Hobson, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce’s Head of Information and Representation, said:
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5 December 2013

FC Cartons wins funds to expand

FC Cartons, a provider of specialist gluing solutions to the carton and packaging industry, has successfully secured significant funding through the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF).
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5 December 2013

Autumn Statement Live Blog

DNCC members - and other firms - can take part in a live webchat with a panel of local business experts during and after Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement, which will be analysed live here today.
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4 December 2013

Chambers Seal Merger Deal

A signing ceremony to officially seal the merger of the DNCC with its sister organisation in Leicestershire took place today.
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4 December 2013

Accountancy trio take gold

Derby based accountancy trainees Chloe Insley, Siobhan Collins and Kay Brown proved they are ‘The best of the best’ and amongst the UK’s most talented apprentices as they took gold at Worldskills UK part of The Skills Show which was held at the NEC in Bir
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4 December 2013

£6m for emergent technologies

The University of Nottingham and Rio Tinto have agreed a £6m, five year partnership to deliver the next generation of innovative technologies for the mining industry.
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3 December 2013

Business briefing with Kenneth Clarke MP

The Chamber received an unexpected free plug on ITV's Agenda discussion programme last night (Monday) when guest Kenneth Clarke MP mentioned a meeting he'd had recently with members.
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2 December 2013

Merger Of Chambers Set For Seal Of Approval

DNCC President Tim Parker and James Bowie, his opposite number at the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, will sign the merger agreement at a ceremony at East Midlands Airport on 4 December.
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29 November 2013

Chamber Expresses Parental Leave Concerns

Following today’s announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg about new shared paternity rules, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Business is not against the principle of shared parental
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26 November 2013

Latest award winners

The Chesterfield, Sheffield and Mansfield-based law firm, Banner Jones, won the Excellence in Professional Services Award at last week's Derbyshire Times Business Awards.
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26 November 2013

£0.5m order for JCB

JCB has won an order worth more than £0.5m for a fleet of backhoe loaders made at its World HQ in Staffordshire.
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25 November 2013

Free 'Planning to Grow' Master Class

A 'Planning to Grow' master class, for business owners who are keen to learn the essential ingredients of growth in order to support and sustain greater success in their business, takes place in Derby on 3 December.
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25 November 2013

Castle Rock buys Gedling club

Nottingham-based Castle Rock Brewery has bought the premises and business of the long established Willowbrook Club, on Main Road, Gedling.
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20 November 2013

World record bids

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, a Chamber member, will be among the beneficiaries of record-breaking bid later this month.
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20 November 2013

Fraud detection and prevention rising

Experian, the global information services company, today reveals that there has been a significant rise in detected and prevented fraud attempts in the first half of 2013 as providers make headway in the fight against credit application fraud.
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19 November 2013

NNC students start site visits

Thirty construction students and apprentices from North Nottinghamshire College have started a series of site visits to the new Morrisons store that is being built in Worksop to gain a greater insight into industry practices.
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19 November 2013

Pop Art to Britart

The first public exhibition of one of the most important collections of modern art in private hands in this country is being staged at the Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham.
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14 November 2013

DNCC Quarterly Economic Survey Now Live

DNCC's Quarterly Economic Survey is an important barometer of local business confidence and performance. It paints an accurate picture of the state of the local economy at any given time and helps the Chamber to identify any underlying trends or issues in
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13 November 2013

EU Food Information Survey

Nicky Karamanli, Director at Intolerance Intelligence, is currently working with the University of Nottingham conducting research around the new EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation specifically allergen labelling. She would be extremely grateful
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12 November 2013

MP officially opens new operation at Glossop Cartons

Glossop Cartons, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton board packaging products, celebrated its recent high profile investment in the innovative Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine by holding an exclusive open event attended by A
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12 November 2013

A final blow for brain tumours

A polymer designed to help mend broken bones could successfully deliver chemotherapy drugs directly to the brains of patients suffering from brain tumours, researchers at The University of Nottingham have discovered.
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12 November 2013

Poet in Residence

Helen Mort, who was recently appointed Derbyshire Poet Laureate, has accepted an invitation to be the Poet in Residence at Chesterfield FC as part of her role.
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11 November 2013

New appointments

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holder Collum Doherty has joined e-commerce website developer and online marketing specialist, Purpose Media.
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11 November 2013

Members news round-up

Matthew Hancock, Under Secretary of State for Skills, visited Central College Nottingham's Ruddington centre last month to give his backing to the College's Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes.
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11 November 2013

Big business worse payers than small firms

The quarterly Late Payment Index from Experian, the global information services company, today revealed the UK’s largest businesses are paying their overdue bills on average 15 days later than their smallest counterparts.
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11 November 2013

Derby College links with Osnabruck

Derby College has completed the first stage of a pioneering link with counterparts in the city’s twin city of Osnabrück – hosting four German apprentices who have spent six weeks working in local businesses.
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11 November 2013

Celebrating university’s China success

Over 80 representatives from business, government and higher education recently attended an event at Shanghai’s World Financial Centre to celebrate The University of Nottingham’s wide-ranging links with China.
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11 November 2013

Export drive

In the week when the Chamber is making its final arrangements for the Midlands International Trade Expo and Conference - MITEC - Business Secretary Vince Cable has arrived in Russia to launch the biggest ever push to get companies exporting.
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8 November 2013

Penny drops in to partner Blusource

Blusource, the Nottingham-based supplier of strategic recruitment and advisory solutions, is continuing its expansion by entering into an exclusive partnership with career and employment coach Penny Strutton.
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7 November 2013

Nottingham pro squash team saved by new sponsorship

A group of local businesses, led by leading Nottingham IT provider Air-IT, have stepped in to enable Nottingham Squash Rackets Club (NSRC) to secure a professional team to play in the national Premier Squash League (PSL) this season.
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6 November 2013

Internationalisation award for Nottingham’s Poliakoff

Professor Martyn Poliakoff has won this year’s Universitas 21 (U21) Award for Internationalisation, which recognises individual efforts to further internationalisation and build relations between U21’s leading global network of research-intensive universi
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6 November 2013

Annual Dinner 2014 Sponsors Area

Central College Nottingham offers a comprehensive range of solutions that enable businesses to maximise the development of their most important assets - their staff. By working closely with businesses, it delivers services which are based on their exact r
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6 November 2013

Law firm waives fees for charity

A Burton law firm hopes to reach a new target for charity as it waives the basic fee for making a will and encourages people to give a donation instead.
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6 November 2013

Great Business BIS campaign launch

Business Secretary Vince Cable today kicks off a wave of activity to boost small businesses, including unveiling the first funding allocation from the British Business Bank's investment programme and launching a campaign to help small firms grow.
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5 November 2013

Solicitors fund day trip

TWENTY autistic children from Derbyshire had a dream time when they visited a chocolate museum and factory with help from a local firm of solicitors.
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4 November 2013

EMT raises nearly £6,000 for Macmillan

East Midlands Trains passengers and staff raised almost £6,000 for the Macmillan Cancer Support when the train operator took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee morning in September.
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4 November 2013

Master Builders call for simplified finance schemes

Finance schemes designed to help construction SMEs need to be simplified if they are to aid the economic recovery, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to a National Audit Office (NAO) report that criticises the Government for its con
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25 October 2013

Chamber reaction to GDP announcement

Reacting to the Office for National Statistics announcement this morning of a third quarter of growth, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said:
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21 October 2013

Trainee solicitors appointed

Two trainee solicitors have been appointed by legal firm Ellis-Fermor and Negus which has offices in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
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18 October 2013

2013 BEST Business Award Winners

Derby engineering firm Garrandale and Nottingham-based pharmaceuticals company Sygnature Discovery scooped the prestigious Business of the Year Awards in their respective counties recently.
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18 October 2013

DTL Exhibit at POWER-GEN Asia in Bangkok

DNCC member DTL has just returned from exhibiting at POWER-GEN Asia, a three-day business expo in Bangkok. It was the first time DTL has exhibited in this region and its team was joined by colleagues from its Indian subsidiary, DTL India Pvt Ltd.
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17 October 2013

Traditional Furniture Making on Show

An innovative small company working in a long-established industry is opening its doors to local businesses to see home furniture being made traditionally by hand.
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17 October 2013

Butchers’ bills could get chopped

Britain’s small business owners could see savings of up to a quarter or more on their energy bills by upgrading equipment, improving energy efficiency and changing behaviour.
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17 October 2013

Hall-Fast founder to address MITEC

Malcolm Hall, founder of Hall-Fast, will deliver a videocast of his overseas trade experiences at this year’s Midlands International Trade Expo and Conference.
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15 October 2013

Builder backs walking to school

Pupils from St George’s Church of England School, in Swadlincote, will be joining forces this month with thousands of children from across the UK, and over 40 countries worldwide, to celebrate International Walk to School Month.
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14 October 2013

New friend for Nottingham BID

A catering firm offering a taste of Northern France in the heart of Nottingham has become the latest Friend of the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID).
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11 October 2013

HMRC clampdown on property tax avoidance

Under new regulations published today, for the first time schemes designed to get around the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings will have to be disclosed to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
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10 October 2013

New Appointments

Eight staff from Challinors have joined expanding specialist law firm Cartwright King. Most of the new joiners are family law specialists and are particularly strong in the area of child care.
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10 October 2013

Jessie J Tickets Winner

Congratulations to Marc Coltman, of Sotex International Ltd, Unit 3, Aerodrome Close, Loughborough, who won our Jessie J ticket competition.
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9 October 2013

Drain Gang Reach Kilimanjaro Summit

Four colleagues are back at work having safely trekked the highest free-standing mountain in the world, raising thousands of pounds for charities in the process.
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7 October 2013

Banner Jones recognised in the Legal 500

Chesterfield and Sheffield based solicitors Banner Jones have recently received recognition for their expertise in Family Law by becoming a leading firm in the 2013 Legal 500 rankings.
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7 October 2013

Investment at pre-recession levels

Investment from overseas and UK companies investing in foreign firms were both significantly up in the third quarter of 2013, according to global information services company Experian.
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3 October 2013

RMT suspends industrial action

The RMT Union has today (3 October) confirmed that all industrial action being taken by its members at East Midlands Trains will be suspended with immediate effect.
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3 October 2013

Sneak preview of landmark eco-building

Thirty fast-moving business people will be the first to set foot inside Mansfield’s new town centre gateway building in a series of tours being organised for the flagship regeneration project, Queen’s Place.
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3 October 2013

Counterfeit goods becoming the norm

More than one in five consumers in the East Midlands admit to buying counterfeit alcohol, cigarettes, medicines, films, music, clothes and car parts, a new PwC study reveals.
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2 October 2013

Open day at Inside Out

Chamber member Inside Out Management Group will be hosting an open day at its North Gate, Nottingham, premises on 10 October from 2pm to 7pm.
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2 October 2013

Record turnover for contractor

Midlands-based contractor, G F Tomlinson, has announced record-breaking turnover for its building division during the first half of 2013 – adding that it has been a solid first half of the year for the group as a whole, despite a challenging environment i
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1 October 2013

Cricket Club action on malicious communications

Cricket Derbyshire, the umbrella body overseeing professional and recreational cricket across the county, has opened disciplinary proceedings against a number of individuals for malicious communications and images published in social media.
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1 October 2013

Food And Drink Awards Shortlist Announced

The finalists of the inaugural Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards have been unveiled. Seventeen businesses have been shortlisted across eight categories in the contest, organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with Chesterfield College.
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30 September 2013

Confidence Returns to Logistics Sector

A survey of over 100 senior executives in the UK's logistics sector identified a significant increase in confidence throughout the first half of 2013, compared with the previous six months.
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29 September 2013

Art in the park

An art exhibition with a technological twist is due to open at The University of Nottingham later this week.
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27 September 2013

High Peak MP Breakfast Briefing

At a meeting hosted by Fig Creative, in Glossop today, local firms met to share their observations and concerns about current operating conditions with the Chamber and with their constituency MP, Andrew Bingham.
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27 September 2013

UDC showcased at World of Learning

University of Derby Corporate products and expertise will be showcased at the World of Learning conference and exhibition at Birmingham's NEC on October 1 - 2.
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27 September 2013

Three firms win funding

Three local businesses are among the first to receive support from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF).
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24 September 2013

DNCC Reacts to Labour’s Business Tax Proposals

Commenting on Opposition Leader Ed Miliband’s proposals about cutting Business Rates but raising Corporation Tax, ahead of his speech to Labour Conference later today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commer
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23 September 2013

£20m support fund widens its remit

DEGF is delivered by Derby City Council and is part of the Regional Growth Fund. It was launched in December 2012 with the aim of creating 2,200 new jobs by 2020 and supporting the growth of a wide range of small, medium and large size businesses in Derb
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23 September 2013

Invest Ashfield and Mansfield

Invest Ashfield and Mansfield is all about promoting the area to businesses looking for a new base and linking with those already in the towns.
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23 September 2013

A forum for senior business people

The aim of the club is to provide a forum for senior business people who are interested in meeting potential business contacts and hearing the views of influential representatives from the public and private sector in a social environment.
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20 September 2013

East Midlands Trains scoops awards

East Midlands Trains was recognised as best in the industry for safety for the third year running at the prestigious National Rail Awards last night (19/9).
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19 September 2013

Don’t miss DNCC golf day

The long range weather forecast looks good, so why not take a day away from the office and do some serious networking where a lot of business gets done… the golf course.
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19 September 2013

The woes of Hops & Co Brewery

Businesses from Mansfield were given an insight into the highs and lows of Hops & Co Brewery, a fictional business invented for a workshop hosted by Chartered Accountants McGregors Corporate and Hopkins Solicitors, to highlight how business owners can max
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17 September 2013

Patently Fit for Business

Adamson Jones, the patent and trade mark attorney firm based at BioCity, Nottingham, has raised nearly £3,000 for charity so far this year.
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16 September 2013

John Smedley on TV

Matlock-based knitwear manufacturer John Smedley will be featuring in a BBC4 documentary this week.
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15 September 2013

Event to help firms grow

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire businesses are signing up for an Institute of Directors event later this month designed to give practical help for businesses to move from “Good to Great”.
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15 September 2013

Cloud computing elevates SMEs

Cloud computing is allowing SMEs to compete on a level playing field with large corporations but many are yet to make the first step, says Node4.
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13 September 2013

Stags Net Hall-Fast Deal

Multi-award winning industrial supplies firm Hall-Fast and Mansfield Town Football Club have agreed a sponsorship deal which will see the firm sponsoring at least four home games this season.
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12 September 2013

DNCC To Hold Sustainability Summit

An event aimed at helping local businesses to lower their carbon foot print and cash in on the £122bn and growing green sector takes place in Nottingham next month.
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11 September 2013

DNCC Gives Firms A Passage To India

More than 70 exporters from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire attended a half-day conference at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) yesterday to find out all about the benefits of trading with India.
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11 September 2013

DNCC's Position On HS2

DNCC Chief Executive George Cowcher is one of 29 chamber chiefs who have countersigned a letter from the British Chambers of Commerce to the Prime Minister which states the business case for HS2. It coincides with Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin's
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10 September 2013

Leaders can learn to change with UDC

As public sector leaders are increasingly being called on to work collaboratively, University of Derby Corporate (UDC) is launching a new programme to help them through the transition.
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10 September 2013

Treetops Hospice Open Day

Treetops Hospice is opening its doors on Saturday, 12 October, so people can find out more about what it is and does.
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9 September 2013

Drain Gang in charity climb

FOUR colleagues are setting off on a journey of a lifetime with a tough physical challenge to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
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6 September 2013

HS2 Growth Taskforce Comes To Midlands

The HS2 Growth Taskforce is meeting key figures from the Midlands today in the first of a series of roadshows to ensure that regions maximise the benefits of high speed rail. HS2 is set to play a key role in job creation, regeneration and development aro
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5 September 2013

Giltbrook wins biggest sector contract

Derbyshire-based Giltbrook Workwear Rental has won its largest contract in the food and drink sector after being appointed by cooked meat products manufacturer Loscoe Chilled Foods.
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4 September 2013

D2N2 strengthens board

D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – has strengthened its Board.
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4 September 2013

Simply The Best

The organisations which will do battle to be crowned the best in local business have been unveiled.
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3 September 2013

Data payment crackdown

A new crackdown on tax evasion will make information on all credit and debit card payments to UK businesses available to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for the first time.
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3 September 2013

Freshers Fayre at college

Burton and South Derbyshire College will be hosting its annual Freshers’ Fayre tomorrow (4 September) to welcome its new full time students.
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2 September 2013

Market Your Green Credentials

Businesses are being given a chance to shout about their green credentials at an event being organised by Nottingham Trent University.
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2 September 2013

A Weight Off Students' Shoulders

Students leaving the University of Nottingham at the end of last term gave a vital boost to the British Heart Foundation, it was revealed today.
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30 August 2013

DNCC ITOPS Qualification Gets National Recognition

Successful participants on the DNCC International Trading Operations and Procedures (ITOPS) qualification who achieve a Merit or Distinction will also now receive an additional award - the British Chambers of Commerce Foundation Award in International Tra
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29 August 2013

Chambers To Discuss Merger Proposals

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce have entered into negotiations about a proposed merger to strengthen the Chamber movement in the East Midlands.
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28 August 2013

Carney Meets Local Business Leaders

More than 450 business leaders from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire turned out in force today to hear new Bank of England Governor Mark Carney outline his plans to support economic growth in the UK.
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25 August 2013

ONS Nudges Up Q2 GDP Figure

The Office For National Statistics has revised up its UK Gross Domestic Product output figures for the second quarter of 2013.
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20 August 2013

Mary Berry Cooking Up Tasty Treats At Chatsworth

TV cookery star Mary Berry will open the Aga Rangemaster Cookery Theatre at Britain’s biggest and best Country Fair with a cooking demonstration that includes hazelnut meringue roulade; salmon terrine; steak with brandy and mushroom sauce; pasta with parm
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18 August 2013

New Entrance for HMS Belfast

DNCC members have played a pivotal role in designing and building an impressive new visitor centre for Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast.
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16 August 2013

Let's Do Business Project Launches

Evolve Derby - the University of Derby's new business start up support operation - has launched an exciting new project for people thinking about starting their own business.
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15 August 2013

Chamber members team up for charity

New DNCC member Nottinghamshire Hospice is delighted to announce it has been chosen by fellow members, The Cornerhouse Nottingham, as its charity of the year.
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15 August 2013

Construction Firm Hosts Meet The Buyer Event

DNCC member Mansell Construction Services Ltd is celebrating after securing two prestigious contracts, worth around £16m, to work with Derbyshire County Council on the construction of new residential community care centres in Darley Dale and Heanor.
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13 August 2013

Free Pension Auto-Enrolment Seminar

A free information seminar aimed at ensuring businesses are up-to-speed with recent but significant changes to pensions legislation, takes place at the Derbyshire Hotel in South Normanton on 12 September 2013.
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13 August 2013

Book Your Place Now For The BEST Event Of The Year

The achievements of the very BEST in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire business will be celebrated at two glittering gala awards dinners later this year, where the winner's of DNCC's BEST business awards will be unveiled.
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9 August 2013

Brighter glow at national awards

The small team, based at Pinemonte Business Centre, was up against multi-national corporations such as DHL, Virgin and Dell in the challenge for the overall title.
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7 August 2013

Chesterfield’s First Food and Drink Awards

Chesterfield is serving up its first food and drink awards, celebrating the wealth of eateries, pubs, bars and food producers in the town. Chesterfield College has been named as the awards sponsor and will host the awards ceremony later this year.
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7 August 2013

Companies Taking Longer to Pay Bills

The latest late payment data from Experian®, the global information services company, has revealed that businesses are taking longer to settle debts compared with a year ago.
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6 August 2013

Innovation award for Surf Telecoms

Castle Donington-based telecommunications provider, Surf Telecoms, has won a national award for innovation as part of a multi-million pound project to provide increased fibre-optic bandwidth to Midlands customers.
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5 August 2013

New BoE Governor Set To Make Interest Rates Pledge

New Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has indicated that he plans to keep interest rates at their current historic low of 0.5 per cent for an "extended period when he presents his first quarterly update on the UK's economic outlook to the Government.
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2 August 2013

Derby Business Invests in Online Technology

Derby based Develop Training, the UK’s leading technical training provider, announces significant investment in online technology as the company continues to evolve to meet the future needs of its customers.
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27 July 2013

Bank of England's New Deputy Governor

The Bank of England has announced that Sir Jon Cunliffe has been appointed its Deputy Governor with responsibility for financial stability, starting on 1 November 2013, the BBC has reported.
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27 July 2013

Derby County scores superfast

Derby County Football Club has linked up with Ripley-based Zycomm Electronics to provide faster broadband internet speeds to the Pride Park area.
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26 July 2013

New Regulators' Code

A new Regulators’ Code published by Business Minister Michael Fallon will help shape a new partnership between regulators and the businesses and communities they serve.
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25 July 2013

Chamber welcomes rise in GDP

The Office for National Statistics has released its preliminary estimate for gross domestic product (GDP) output, showing the UK economy grew by 0.6 per cent in the second three months of the year.
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25 July 2013

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jonathan Webb, of Webb Development, a management development consultancy based in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Customer Service Training Awards.
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24 July 2013

Food and Drink Fortnight

With less than a fortnight to go before the Nottingham Business Improvement District’s city-wide culinary celebration – Food & Drink Fortnight – Nottingham’s food and drink outlets are preparing for two weeks of exciting gastronomic treats, delicious disc
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23 July 2013

Kate and Friends Enjoy 'Beckin's Ale'

Hollywood star Kate Beckinsale and some A-list friends completed a Nottinghamshire day of celebration of the life of her father, Richard, with an ale named in his honour.
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23 July 2013

Exports drive business confidence, surveys show

The latest DHL/British Chambers of Commerce Trade Confidence Index report – which measures UK exporting activity (Export Index) and business confidence (Confidence Index) – shows that exporting activity is at its highest level since 2007.
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22 July 2013

Loader problems for thieves

A JCB farm loader stolen by thieves in the UK was traced and recovered less than 24 hours later nearly 400 miles away – thanks to JCB’s LiveLink tracking system.
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19 July 2013

Tax cuts for fracking firms

Chancellor George Osborne has pledged to make Britain's tax regime the "most generous in the world" for shale gas extraction companies.
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18 July 2013

Are You A Derby Diplomat?

DNCC partner Marketing Derby has launched an exciting new initiative to help put Derby on the map. The Derby Diplomat is a new programme aimed at those new to the city or who have lived and worked in Derby for a while.
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17 July 2013

Central Technology offers 4G

Chesterfield based IT and Communications provider, Central Technology, can now provide businesses with 4G, the new fourth generation of superfast mobile communications, which provides broadband speeds up to 5 times faster than 3G.
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17 July 2013

Inflation rises to 2.9 per cent

The rate of consumer price index (CPI) inflation increased to 2.9 per cent in June, up from 2.7 per cent in May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
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15 July 2013

12,000 Move From Benefits to Work, Government Claims

The government claims that over 12,000 people have moved into work after being told about the benefits cap. The cap, on the total amount of benefits that non-working people aged 16 to 64 can receive, has begun rolling out across England, Scotland and Wale
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10 July 2013

Breathing Space for Tax Returns

Around 827 taxpayers in the East Midlands who have failed to submit tax returns are being offered the chance to come forward and pay up under a new HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) campaign.
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10 July 2013

'Ashes Puts Eyes Of The World On Notts'

DNCC Chief Executive George Cowcher says that the first test in the 2013 Ashes series at Trent Bridge will provide a timely boost to the local economy. Official estimates suggest the event will bring upwards of £35m into the area.
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9 July 2013

D2N2 Unveils Growth Plan

D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – today set out its goal to deliver 55,000 more jobs in the D2N2 area within ten years.
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9 July 2013

£2 bus ticket for Ashes test

Spectators heading to The Ashes at Trent Bridge from tomorrow can take advantage of a special £2 all day ticket from Nottingham City Transport to help them avoid being caught out by limited parking near the ground.
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5 July 2013

DNCC Member Develops New Test For Technology Geeks

The Great British Geek Calculator, created by Nottingham-based digital marketing agency Senior Internet for their client Newsworks, received more than 150,000 entries in less than a day, and was so popular it trended as one of MSN News top stories.
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5 July 2013

September In Business Synopsis: Food and Drink

The July/August edition of DNCC's In Business magazine has gone to press and will be hitting desks early next week, but production is already underway on September's edition, and its editorial team is now accepting submissions.
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4 July 2013

High Peak Showcase a Huge Success

DNCC members in the High Peak flocked to the Palace Hotel in Buxton this week for the Chamber's latest Showcase Market and Sell business expo, to take advantage of the opportunities which come from local business people getting together to network, make c
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3 July 2013

D2N2 to launch ten-year Growth Plan

D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – is set to reveal its big goal at its Growth Plan launch next week.
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3 July 2013

New Boots Are Top Prize In Football Tournament

DNCC member PlayFootball Nottingham has invited fellow Chamber members to take part in the forthcoming adidas Nitrocharge ‘box to box’ cup for a chance for each of their players to win a brand new pair of adidas nitro boots each.
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3 July 2013

Apprentices Mean Business

A new Nottinghamshire County Council campaign to increase apprenticeship opportunities in Mansfield and Ashfield is calling for businesses to get on board.
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3 July 2013

We've Done It! 309 Jobs are Found for Young Apprentices

DNCC's campaign with the Nottingham Post newspaper, Nottingham City Council, the Nottinghamshire: City and County Employment and Skills Board and the National Apprenticeship Service to create 300 new apprenticeships in 100 days has reached its target.
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2 July 2013

Chamber Survey Highlights Business Upturn In Q2

Strong UK sales and easing cash flows enabled local businesses to record their strongest performance in two-and-a-half years in the second quarter of the year, according to the results of the region’s biggest regular independent business survey.
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1 July 2013

British Chambers Writes Open Letter to new BoE Governor

In an open letter to Mark Carney, who takes over as Bank of England Governor today (Monday), British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Director General, John Longworth urges him to do more to ensure a stable business environment, which will help to secure the UK
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28 June 2013

Government Rejects National Grid Power-Saving Plan

Business Minister Michael Fallon MP has dismissed proposals by the National Grid to ask some of the UK's biggest companies to consider curbing their electricity use between 4pm and 8pm on winter workdays next year, in a bid to address Britain’s looming en
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28 June 2013

British Chambers Of Commerce Appoints New President

The British Chambers of Commerce has announced the appointment of Nora Senior as its new President, succeeding Martyn Pellew who stands down after two years in post. Nora, who will be the business group’s first female President for ten years, was official
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27 June 2013

Chamber Welcomes Infrastructure Spending Plans

Commenting on Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander’s announcements on key infrastructure projects, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: “Although today’s announcement was light on deta
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26 June 2013

Chamber Reacts to Spending Review

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Local businesses will have a mixed reaction to today’s Spending Review.
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17 June 2013

Archaeologist to talk about Richard III dig

The archaeologist who led the team which uncovered the buried remains of English king Richard III in a Leicester car park is to deliver a free public lecture to mark the 25th anniversary of a medieval research centre at The University of Nottingham.
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13 June 2013

NTU Lecture: Education To Play Vital Role In Growth

Education’s role in helping the UK rebound from the recession will be highlighted by CBI director-general John Cridland during a keynote lecture at Nottingham Business School - the day after Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s Spending Review Sta
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12 June 2013

Pick Everard picked by Déda

Déda has appointed the Derby office of leading national architects Pick Everard to drive plans to expand theatre and dance studio facilities at its venue in Chapel Street, Derby.
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12 June 2013

Flint Bishop Shortlisted for Top UK Legal Award

Hot on the heels of winning the ‘Award for Innovation’ at the Halsbury Legal Awards, Derby-based law firm Flint Bishop is now on the shortlist for the ultimate award in the legal profession: the ‘Law Firm of the Year Award’ in The Lawyer Awards 2013.
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11 June 2013

trent barton Named In Social Media Top 100

trent barton has been named as the country’s one and only bus firm to make a prestigious ‘top 100’ list of companies communicating with customers through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
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7 June 2013

On-the-spot fines for middle lane hogs and tailgaters

As the government announced plans to give police powers to fine people on the spot for middle lane driving and tailgating on motorways, anger management mentor Julian Hall has blogged that climbing behind the wheel of a car can turn even the most mild man
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2 June 2013

Bright pair pass lighting exam

James Miles and Paul Yates, two of Kingfisher's senior lighting designers, have both passed the Lighting Education Trust’s (LET) Diploma in Lighting.
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29 May 2013

Youth project to help young people promote business

The You.Promote Business Project pairs young people not employed or in education or training (NEET) who have social media marketing skills with small-to-medium sized enterprises who are seeking to improve their competitiveness.
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29 May 2013

Eurozone growth forecasts cut again

The OECD has again cut its growth forecasts for the eurozone and called on the European Central Bank to consider doing more to boost growth, the BBC has reported.
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24 May 2013

Food and Drink Forum stages Meet the Buyer event

Specialist food and drink producers from across the East Midlands are being invited to take part in an event to showcase their products to buyers in the independent pub trade, catering, hospitality and retail sectors.
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23 May 2013

ONS confirms GDP at 0.3%

The Office for National Statistics has confirmed its previously released figure for gross domestic product (GDP) output, which showed the UK economy grew by 0.3% in the first three months of the year.
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21 May 2013

Chatsworth Takes Inspiration From Plant Hunters Of Old

The exotic plants introduced to Chatsworth by the intrepid plant hunters of the 19th century are the inspiration for this year's Florabundance festival. Now familiar blooms, they were the height of fashion when brought into the Chatsworth garden by Joseph
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21 May 2013

Free \Inspiring Business Innovation\ Workshops

The Inspiring Business Innovation event, part of Inspiring Derby Week, is an opportunity to get involved in an exciting programme of support available from Derby City Council to help your business get connected, innovative, grow and become more energy eff
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21 May 2013

European Cash For A Better Connected County

Plans to roll out superfast broadband speeds to boost businesses could go further and faster after Nottinghamshire County Council secured an additional £2.7m in European funding for the Nottinghamshire Broadband Plan.
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16 May 2013

Better buses on NCT routes

Clifton residents have become the latest to benefit from Nottingham City Transport’s ongoing investment and upgrade programme.
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13 May 2013

Longer HS2 Tunnel Will Bring Further Benefits To Region

Commenting on an amendment to the proposed HS2 route through the East Midlands, DNCC Chief Executive George Cowcher, said: “This is welcome news and further underlines the additional economic value that HS2 will bring to the East Midlands.
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13 May 2013

DNCC Reflects On Lord Young’s Growth Review

Lord Young – the Prime Minister’s adviser on enterprise – published his long-awaited report on small businesses this morning. It features a raft of recommendations aimed at helping SMEs to grow, including:
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8 May 2013

Chamber Welcomes Queen’s Focus On Growth

Reflecting on the Speech from the Throne by HRH Queen Elizabeth II at today’s State opening of Parliament, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: “Businesses will welcome the renewed focus o
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7 May 2013

BioCity to develop BioHub at Alderley Park

BioCity Nottingham Ltd, the UK’s leading provider of life sciences business incubation services, has been appointed by AstraZeneca to establish a new centre for bioscience companies at Alderley Park in Cheshire. The BioHub, will initially provide 36,000 s
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26 April 2013

Five People Wanted by PCC and Chief Constable

The Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable are seeking five independent people to sit on a Joint Audit and Scrutiny Panel overseeing governance processes across Nottinghamshire Police Service.
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25 April 2013

A Greener Arena

The East Midlands’ biggest entertainment venue, Capital FM Arena Nottingham and the National Ice Centre (NIC), have seen a significant increase in the rate of onsite recycling over the past five months, and is more eco-friendly than ever before.
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25 April 2013

No recession - ONS announces GDP growth

The Office for National Statistics today released its preliminary estimate for gross domestic product (GDP) output, which showed the UK economy grew by 0.3% in the first three months of the year.
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24 April 2013

Toby Perkins at DNCC business briefing

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins gave up his time to sit down with local businesses and discuss issues of concern to them. Toby is Labour’s Shadow Small Business Minister, with responsibilities for access to finance, government procurement, the Small Business
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23 April 2013

Survey Shows Local Firms are Still Growing

Despite challenging economic conditions, there are currently 4,353 mid-sized SMEs demonstrating high levels of growth across the UK, according to the latest Experian research commissioned by the Business Growth Fund.
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17 April 2013

Chamber Reaction to Falling Claimant Count

Commenting on the latest unemployment and JSA claimant count figures released by the Office for National Statistics today, Ian Greenaway, President of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “It is very positive news that the claiman
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16 April 2013

CPI Holds Steady at 2.8 per cent

UK consumer price inflation held steady at 2.8 per cent in March, at its highest level since May last year, the Office for National Statistics said.
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11 April 2013

Business Breakfast Set For Buxton

The final business breakfast run by D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – will take place in Buxton this month.
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10 April 2013

£600k grant to Treetops Hospice

Treetops Hospice has announced today that it is to receive £603,025 from the Department of Health to build a new Clinical Support Centre on its grounds at Risley.
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4 April 2013

Lord Speaker To Meet Chamber Members

Baroness D’Souza, the Lord Speaker, is meeting with members of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) next month to discuss economic issues and trading conditions affecting local firms.
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2 April 2013

Chamber Survey Highlights Bumpy Road To Recovery

Falling domestic and export sales and tightening cashflow saw the performance of the economy in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire dip in the first three months of 2013, according to the results of the region’s biggest regular independent business survey.
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28 March 2013

Waste Tax To Hit Record Levels for Local Businesses

Businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire will have to pay over £100m this financial year to send waste to landfill, according to recent research. Last year, businesses in the area effectively threw away more than £90m in landfill tax alone which will
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25 March 2013

Getting Worked Up Over Stress

If the never-ending ‘To Do’ list at work seems unachievable and lunchtime means another hurried sandwich eaten ‘al desko’ in the office, then you’re not alone.
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22 March 2013

£11m investment to prepare students for employment

Students are gaining the skills for employment and cutting-edge industry experience, thanks to a multi-million pound investment by West Nottinghamshire College. A flagship £11m centre has opened at its Derby Road campus in Mansfield to train the hairstyli
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21 March 2013

Budget 2013: Response From Members

DNCC gave a mixed reaction to the 2013 Budget yesterday, with Chief Executive George Cowcher welcoming some of the more business-friendly measures, but stressing the point that more still needs to be done to boost growth.
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20 March 2013

DNCC Responds To Budget

Commenting on Chancellor George Osborne’s 2013 Budget, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “A number of measures announced in the Budget were business-friendly and welcome, including the Nationa
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20 March 2013

Chamber Reacts To Claimant Count Rise

Commenting on the latest unemployment and JSA claimant count figures released by the Office for National Statistics today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Although the monthly claimant coun
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15 March 2013

Chamber Welcomes HS2 Legal Challenge Ruling

Commenting on today's High Court ruling on the legal challenge made by protesters against HS2, Ian Greenaway, President of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), said: “This is welcome news. HS2 is a critically important piece of t
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14 March 2013

Chesterfield Businesses Needed To \Tweet Up\ The Town

Chesterfield’s residents and businesses called to talk up the town for national Retweet for Towns Day on Twitter. Chesterfield’s very own marketing campaign, Destination Chesterfield, is asking local residents and businesses to talk-up their town on Twitt
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1 March 2013

Cricket Club Business Plan Praised

Just a few months since Derbyshire Cricket Club members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new streamlined Supervisory Board – behind-the-scenes discussions regarding plans to develop the County Ground are intensifying.
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22 February 2013

DNCC QES For Q1 Now Online

The Chamber's Quarterly Economic Survey is recognised as a key economic indicator by Government, the Bank of England and independent economists. Responses are analysed by sector, size and geography and feed into the UK’s largest regular economic survey. F
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21 February 2013

D2N2 Hits The Road To Meet Businesses

D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – is hitting the road during March to meet with businesses and other partners at a series of breakfast briefings.
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20 February 2013

Dragons Support New Business

Two new business start-ups were given a cash grant today by Nottinghamshire Community Foundation’s Dragons Den. Their CEO, Nina Dauban, was pleased to see over 25 local business ideas sent in.
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20 February 2013

Get Notts WorkiNG: Pledge Your Support To A Young Person

Over the last 11 months, the Get Notts WorkiNG campaign has been working to secure Work Experience pledges from employers across Nottinghamshire. The campaign has received overwhelming support and is now closing in on its initial target of 200 pledges.
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5 February 2013

Hall-Fast At The Double To Claim Top Export Award

Mansfield-based DNCC member Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies has retained the title of Midlands Exporter of the Year for the second year running. Managing Director Malcolm Hall received the honour at the Midlands Business Awards ceremony, which was held on F
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1 February 2013

New Skills Survey For Low Carbon Firms

Employer First is a unique employer-owned and employer-led workforce development service, which has been established to address the skills and employment issues facing the Low Carbon sector. It is conducting a survey of the skills and recruitment needs of
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1 February 2013

Inscyte Appointed Specialist Business Advisors

Inscyte Limited, an East-Midlands business consultancy providing business development and marketing support to early-stage companies and SMEs, is delighted to announce that it has been appointed specialist business advisor for a project led by Chesterfiel
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24 January 2013

HS2 Will Provide Major Boost For Region

Peter Richardson, Chairman, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership: “Later this month, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will announce plans for the next stage of HS2 – Britain’s new high speed railway. For Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, this will be mom
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23 January 2013

Chamber Responds to PM Speech on Europe

Commenting on Prime Minister David Cameron's speech about a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU earlier today, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "The vast majority of businesses in Der
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21 January 2013

Low Carbon, High Skills Event Coming to Nottingham

A free business information and networking breakfast event will give firms the opportunity to learn, from both local businesses and University of Nottingham specialists, about the scale of the opportunities that exist in the emerging low carbon sector.
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17 January 2013

Increase In Footfall Figures for Nottingham City Centre

Latest figures released by Springboard, show a 4% increase in footfall for Nottingham city centre for the whole month of December compared to the same period last year. This contrasts with the equivalent figures for the East Midlands which show a 1.2% de
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17 January 2013

Chamber Welcomes Fresh Round Of RGF Cash

Commenting on the announcement of an extra £350m of cash for the Regional Growth Fund, George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "Businesses will welcome the announcement of a fourth round of funding
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17 January 2013

Nottingham Rugby Offer for Chamber Members

Nottingham Rugby is offering DNCC members an exclusive discount package for the club's upcoming game against Bedford Blues, which is live on Sky Sports on 27 January 2013, kick-off 2.45pm.
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11 January 2013

NHS and Chamber Team Up to Launch Flu Video

A new video featuring Derbyshire patients, businesses and health professionals is being launched by NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County to encourage people to stay flu safe this winter.
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3 January 2013

Discounted UKTI Report Offer Extended

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has extended its financial incentive for companies wishing to commission bespoke market research for a country of their choice*, under its Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS).
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3 January 2013

DNCC Welcomes Start-Up Loan Boost

Commenting on measures to bolster the Young Persons' Loan Fund (YPLF) – including an additional £30m cash boost – announced by Prime Minister David Cameron today, Ian Greenaway, President of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC),
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