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East Midlands Chamber News

News from 2016

23 December 2016

Chefs Feed Their Hunger for Knowledge

A pilot programme designed to hone the skills of chefs with the UK’s leading short break provider, Center Parcs, has seen such a success that it’s running again through West Nottinghamshire College.
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18 December 2016

Call for 'leadership' on EU migrant status post Brexit

The TUC and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have today (Sunday) published an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on her to end the uncertainty for workers and businesses by confirming that the Government will give current EU migrants a right
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7 December 2016

Free construction sector growth event

A free-to-attend breakfast event at Derby's Pride Park stadium next month will help micro, small and medium-sized construction sector companies to improve their procurement practices and workforce development.
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28 November 2016

Over £7m to tackle skills and jobs needs in D2N2

Projects to help people find work, to enable employers to plug skills gaps and for the area to retain highly-skilled graduates can now bid for more than £7m in funding through the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
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23 November 2016

Reaction to Autumn Statement

The Chancellor’s announcement in today’s Autumn Statement of £23bn for infrastructure investment sends a positive message to the rest of the world about where Britain wants to position itself once we leave the EU, according to the Chamber*.
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21 November 2016

Live reaction to Autumn Statement

The Chamber is to host a live Twitter chat on Wednesday 23 November to give instant reaction to Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement.
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16 November 2016

Underlying employment trend still positive

The number of people out of work across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire increased in the three months to the end of September according to figures released this morning.
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2 November 2016

Call to scrap 20 taxes

Council tax, business rates and a raft of other taxes should be abolished and replaced with a simpler system, according to a new report published today.
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31 October 2016

Pat takes over at Derby Museums

A Derby-born woman with extensive experience in local and national government at senior level is the new chair of the organisation that runs the city's three museums.
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31 October 2016

Low carbon workshop aims for greener economy

Creating an economy which produces less carbon dioxide pollution and uses cleaner energy and more sustainable means of transport will be the focus of a free workshop for businesses, organised by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
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31 October 2016

TV licence reminder

Anyone watching live TV without a licence could be fined up to £1,000 on conviction following changes to the law this year.
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21 October 2016

Brexit Minister meets D2N2 and Chamber

A Minister working on the UK’s ‘Brexit’ from the European Union met D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and Chamber representatives to discuss businesses’ concerns and hopes, at a meeting hosted law law firm Geldards at its Nottingham headquarters today.
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7 October 2016

Guarantee on EU funding welcomed by D2N2

A Government commitment to honour funding for projects due to receive European Union investment – worth millions of pounds to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire’s economy – has been warmly welcomed by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
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22 September 2016

PKF Cooper Parry's Second Annual Community Week

More than 150 members of the team from Midlands-based Chamber strategic partner PKF Cooper Parry have added gardening, cleaning and painting to their many talents over the past week – and all in the name of charity.
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13 September 2016

Free Brexit Helpline for East Midlands Businesses

Responding to continued uncertainty in the business community, the Chamber has partnered with law firm Eversheds to offer a free legal helpline to businesses that have queries on how different aspects of Brexit might impact their activity.
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7 September 2016

D2N2 survey to establish skills and recruitment gaps

The D2N2 local enterprise partnership and its stakeholders are keen to engage with and hear from employers across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to find out the challenges and issues they face in relation to skills, training, recruitmen
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5 September 2016

Business needs clarity on EU workers

As Prime Minister Theresa May appeared to rule out an Australian-style points-based system for future immigration, businesses have said that any tightening of the UK’s policy for EU citizens working in Britain would make it significantly harder for them t
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31 August 2016

Westfield Health preparing for mid-September move

The relocation and expansion of one of Sheffield’s leading and best-known businesses moved a step closer today with dates confirmed for the opening of what will be a new ‘hub for health and wellbeing’ in the heart of the city.
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26 August 2016

North Midland Construction announces interim results

Nottinghamshire-based North Midland Construction PLC (NM Group), a UK provider of civil engineering, building, mechanical and electrical services to public and private organisations, has announced its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016
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15 August 2016

Arriva shines a light on Leicester stars

Arriva Buses’ campaign to find a collection of regionally inspired names for its new fleet of high-spec eco-buses in Leicester, has drawn to a close with a flurry of very worthy nominations from across the local community.
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10 August 2016

Take confidence from Bombardier’s £1bn contract win

Commenting on the announcement that Bombardier has won a £1bn contract to build carriages for rail franchise operator Abellio East Anglia, Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber* said: “This order is very good news, not just for Bombardie
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9 August 2016

Value of overseas trade rose in June

The value of exports from the UK increased to £24.9bn in June, according to Overseas Trade Statistics figures released today by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
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9 August 2016

Android devices could pose corporate cyber risk

Business are being warned to make sure all devices with access to corporate systems are protected against possible attacks after it was revealed that 900 million Android devices worldwide could be vulnerable.
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4 August 2016

SSP costs to small businesses

As we move through another year of employment the effects of the HMRC reforms on SSP that came into force on 6th April 2014 are still trickling through to small businesses.
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4 August 2016

Interest rate cut sends a mixed message

Reacting to today’s interest rate announcement, Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), said: “Cutting the interest rate to 0.25% sends a mixed message to the world.
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3 August 2016

Milestone reached at mixed-use development

Work on a new £250m mixed-use development in Hucknall, which will provide 900,000sq ft of employment space and 900 new homes, has reached a key milestone after land was sold to house-building companies.
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25 July 2016

Trade talks begin with China

Chancellor Philip Hammond has begun discussions with China on an ambitious free trade deal which could see greater access for major Chinese banks and businesses to the UK economy.
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25 July 2016

Awareness of routes to finance remains low

A new survey by the British Chambers of Commerce and Bibby Financial Services has revealed that while almost half of businesses applied for finance in the past year, awareness of alternative funding options remains low amongst UK firms.
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21 July 2016

JCB resilient in face of uncertainty

Construction equipment manufacturer JCB achieved underlying earnings of £214m during 2015 despite difficult market conditions in most developing markets around the world and slower than expected growth in North American and European markets.
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21 July 2016

Wembley Win for Hall-Fast

Mansfield-based Chamber member Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies came away from Wembley as winners at the National Family Business Place Red Ribbon Awards.
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20 July 2016

Brexit Uncertainty Didn’t Dampen Job Market

The number of people in work in the East Midlands increased by 8,199 and the number of people out of work fell by just 616 in the run-up to the EU Referendum, according to figures released this morning.
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14 July 2016

Chamber Reacts to MPC Decision to Hold Interest Rates

Chris Hobson, the Chamber's Director of Policy, said: “With reports of investments being postponed and markets remaining volatile in the wake of the EU Referendum result, it is perhaps a surprise that the MPC has acted against market expectations by decid
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12 July 2016

£365m funding for new aerospace technology

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has today announced that Government and industry have committed to providing almost £365m of funding for new aerospace technologies, further enhancing the UK’s reputation as a world-leading aircraft design and manufacturing
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12 July 2016

TIS Provides Energy-Saving Security Solution

Mansfield-based Chamber Patron Total Integrated Services (TIS) is celebrating after successfully completing a project to provide a range of energy-saving lighting and fire systems at a sheltered housing complex in Kent, to substantially reduce energy cost
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8 July 2016

New Charitable Fund Launched

A new charitable fund has been set up which is asking people to donate one per cent of their salary to good causes in Nottinghamshire.
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7 July 2016

Chamber Welcomes HS2 Recommendations

Commenting on today’s publication of HS2 Ltd's South Yorkshire Stations Options Report, Chis Hobson, Director of Policy at East Midlands Chamber*, said: “Uncertainties around Sheffield’s options for HS2 have held up progress on the Eastern Leg, particular
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1 July 2016

Chamber’s Golf Day a success

The Chamber’s popular Golf Day took place at the picturesque Trent Lock Golf and Country Club last Friday, with nine teams of four and three battling out for the various awards and prizes on offer, including the coveted Chamber Golf Day Champions Trophy.
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1 July 2016

Chamber Honours for Loyal Members

A pipeline and heating products supplier which has branches across the East Midlands has been presented with a special award by the region’s Chamber of Commerce to mark almost 100 years as a Chamber member.
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29 June 2016

Iconic Marble Hall reopens for business

Derby’s iconic Marble Hall has been officially reopened by the Duke of Gloucester following a £4m refurbishment to convert the building into a community hub and managed workspaces.
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27 June 2016

Vehicle lease firm rated in top 100

Vehicle leasing and fleet management firm Total Motion has seen an average 26.9% growth in profits each year since 2013, earning the company its first ranking on a region-wide report in the East Midlands.
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27 June 2016

Mortgages and retentions rise

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society beat its lending target in the first half of its current financial year with a 37% increase to £96m.
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27 June 2016

Minor relocation to accommodate growth

Planning, architect and urban designer consultancy Planning Design, of Derby, has moved to bigger premises to accommodate rising staff numbers driven by an increasing workload.
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23 June 2016

Internship programme hailed a success

The first internship programme run by Midlands-based accountancy firm PKF Cooper Parry has been hailed a success with all eight participants offered full-time jobs with the firm.
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17 June 2016

Nottinghamshire Software Company Scoops Award

Nottinghamshire-based Pendigo, which specialises in software systems for haulage and passenger carrying companies, has been announced winner of the Best Digital Fleet Management Solutions category at the Technology Innovator Awards 2016.
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15 June 2016

Board members sought for D2N2

New Board members are being sought to steer the activities of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – the business-led organisation promoting economic growth and jobs creation across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
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14 June 2016

Chamber Member Louise Collects MBE

Chamber member Louise Third, Director of Integra Communications received her MBE for services to enterprise and charity at the investiture held at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
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24 May 2016

£10.1m innovation boost via D2N2

Hundreds of small and medium-sized companies could receive help to innovate and grow with the aid of £10.1m in funding through the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
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24 May 2016

£12m Crossrail test centre in Derby

A state-of-the-art test facility for Crossrail, to showcase what Boris Johnson defined as "the best of British design and engineering" is now complete at Bombardier’s site in Derby.
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23 May 2016

BT Shows Potential of ICT in Carbon Reduction

BT today launched a report - The role of ICT in reducing carbon emissions in the EU - highlighting the central role information and communication technologies (ICT) could play in combating climate change and promoting economic growth and prosperity.
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18 May 2016

Chamber Reacts to Queen’s Speech

Commenting on the 2016 Queen’s Speech, Chamber Chief Executive Scott Knowles said: “Today’s Queen’s Speech could possibly be characterised more by what it didn’t include than what it did.
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18 May 2016

Employment Trend Remains Positive, Says Chamber

The number of people in work in the East Midlands has increased by 66,000 over the past two years, while the number of people out of work has fallen by 44,000 in the same period, according to figures released this morning.
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17 May 2016

By Royal Appointment

The managing directors of two Chamber member businesses have spoken of their pride at receiving MBEs from The Duke of Cambridge at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
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17 May 2016

Support the Get In. Go Far campaign

This week sees the launch of a new advertising campaign from the Skills Funding Agency promoting the benefits of apprenticeships and other routes into work such as traineeships and work experience.
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5 May 2016

In or out, Nottingham firms to debate EU question

Critical discussions surrounding the imminent EU Referendum will be taking place on 18 May during a business-led event hosted by leading business groups Nottingham Means Business (NMB) and East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire
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29 April 2016

Energy Security is a Top Business Concern

Firms across the East Midlands have echoed the findings of a new national study which found that more than a third of businesses believe the Government should provide more financial support to help them become more energy efficient.
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25 April 2016

Consultation on ISO 22316

The public consultation process for the international standard ISO 22316 guidelines for organisational resilience is now open, with UK comments requested by 13 June.
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22 April 2016

Chamber Member to Assist in Feature Length Film

David Sinclair, Founder and Managing Director of Chamber member Corporate Motion, has been commissioned by Director Lance Steen Nielsen to assist in the behind the scenes filming for a World War II feature film.
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20 April 2016

Rolls-Royce Scoops £800m Order

Chamber member Rolls-Royce has won an order worth £800m ($1.2bn) for Trent 7000 engines and TotalCare® service support from Garuda Indonesia.
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14 April 2016

Do you export in Euros?

The British pound has continued its downward path against a resurgent euro. Sterling/Euro is currently trading at a 17 month low.
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8 April 2016

Pye Avenue Project

Redgate School in Mansfield will be getting closer to nature, thanks to a donation of eco-friendly habitat huts for their school grounds from Chamber Member GEDA Construction.
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5 April 2016

Students to Stage Wedding Fair

Travel and tourism students at West Nottinghamshire College have organised a wedding fair which will take place at the college on the weekend of 10 April.
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24 March 2016

People who believe passionately in further education’s power to transform lives are being invited to shape the direction of a £58 million organisation.
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21 March 2016

Mercia Marina floats further expansion

Mercia Marina has submitted plans to more than double the number of holiday lodges on its site, as well as providing new gym and sports facilities for boaters and holiday makers.
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18 March 2016

Chamber Honour for Sir Paul Smith

Sir Paul Smith, one of Nottingham’s most famous sons, received a prestigious award from East Midlands Chamber* at its annual dinner last night (17 Mar).
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17 March 2016

Forest Legends Shine at Cannes

Nottingham Forest legends from the 1979 European Final Garry Birtles and John Robertson spoke at a private-sector dinner at MIPIM this week.
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16 March 2016

Chamber Reacts to ‘Steady but Unspectacular’ Budget

Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at East Midlands Chamber, said: “There were several announcements in today’s Budget that business will welcome, but there were a number of disappointments too, as the Chancellor tried to reiterate his vision of a Britain t
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4 March 2016

Chamber Reacts to Devolution Deal Developments

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber*, said: “Business remains supportive of the principle that decisions which affect local people are best determined at a local level and while consensus is still to be reached about how this might wor
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4 March 2016

'Power of Three' Gets Stronger

The ‘Power of 3’ collaboration on inward investment into Nottingham, Derby and Leicester is gaining momentum – and further strengthening its collective approach to doing business by taking a number of key regional sites to market at MIPIM 2016, the world’
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2 March 2016

Businesses invited to connect with Japan

Representatives from Japan-related companies in the East Midlands, such as Toyota Manufacturing UK and Japan In Perspective, will be discussing the contribution that Japanese businesses make to the sustainability of manufacturing in the UK through the use
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29 February 2016

IT Firms Merge

IT managed service companies, First Class Technologies, of Lichfield, and Red Cloud IT Solutions, of Castle Donington have merged.
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22 February 2016

Chamber to Hold EU Business Briefings

Politicians campaigning on both sides of the debate for the UK to either remain in or leave the EU must keep it free from spin, rhetoric and misdirection, East Midlands Chamber has warned.
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22 February 2016

Prince to present NTU Queen's Anniversary Prize

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, with The Duchess of Cornwall, will present Nottingham Trent University with its prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education on Thursday, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.
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12 February 2016

£44.7m tourism spend and 800+ jobs

Inspirational marketing campaigns to encourage more visitors to come and stay in the Peak District and Derbyshire have proved almost eight times more effective than expected – generating more than £44.7m in extra tourism spending and creating more than 83
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8 February 2016

New premises for growing firm

Independent information technology consultancy Economit has moved to a bigger base and taken on new staff as business continues to grow.
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2 February 2016

Colleges merge to form RNN Group

North Notts College, based in Worksop, and Rotherham College (of Arts and Technology, known in the past as ‘RCAT’) completed a merger on 1 February to create a new organisation called the RNN
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29 January 2016

NoBlue Acquires Spanish NetSuite Partner

Cloud IT solutions provider, NoBlue Limited, today announced the upcoming acquisition of the concern of Spanish NetSuite Solution Provider, SaaS Consulting, further extending its NetSuite services into Europe.
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28 January 2016

Chamber Reacts to Q4 GDP Figures

The UK economy grew by 2.2% last year, with the pace of growth in the final three months of the year trickling up slightly, according to figures released this morning.
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27 January 2016

Chamber Raises Digital Concerns

One of the region’s biggest business organisations has backed national calls demanding improved digital and mobile connectivity for businesses.
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25 January 2016

£40m to drive green car revolution across UK cities

Four cities have been awarded significant funds today to promote green vehicle technology after successfully bidding for a share of a multi-million-pound pot created to support the take-up of plug-in electric cars across the UK.
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25 January 2016

£500bn in outstanding invoices - up 70%

British SMEs are owed more than £500bn in outstanding invoices, an increase of more than 70% in two years, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking Business in Britain research.
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25 January 2016

How to win awards workshop

Destination Chesterfield has teamed up with Chesterfield Borough Council’s Innovation Support Project to offer a free business support workshop on the benefits of entering awards and how to impress the judges.
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21 January 2016

Chamber Reacts to Further Oil Price Slump

Commenting on reports in today’s media about a further slump in global oil prices, Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: “The immediate impact of low oil prices on businesses – and consumers – is good because it reduces the cost o
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19 January 2016

Exalto sold by Dutch parent to US firm

Exalto UK, Derby-based manufacturer and worldwide supplier of water-lubricated cutlass bearings, has been sold by its Dutch owners to the US corporation Graphite Metallizing Holdings (GMH).
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18 January 2016

Sub-committee to investigate draft Finance Bill

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has set up a sub-committee to inquire into the draft Finance Bill 2016 and specifically the extent to which the Bill will help simplify the personal tax system and how it will impact on the compliance burdens
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14 January 2016

Tackling bad behaviour at work

Dealing with unacceptable behaviour at work can be a legal minefield for employers but advice is on hand at a breakfast seminar in Nottingham this month.
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14 January 2016

North Midlands Devolution Update

In the week before Christmas, a devolution deal document for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire was sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark.
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13 January 2016

Growth Slows at End of 2015, Survey Shows

The pace of economic growth in the East Midlands stalled again in the last three months of 2015. The Chamber has released the results of its Quarterly Economic Survey (QES), for Q4 2015, which found that the pace of business growth fell between October an
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11 January 2016

Wilson Gunn present to East Midlands Packaging Society

This month, Wilson Gunn Senior Associate Ben Appleton will present to the East Midlands Packaging Society and the Nottingham and Derby Branch of the International Clay Technology Association, advising on Intellectual Property protection.
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