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News from 2017

14 December 2017

£647m contracts for Bombardier

Derby-based train builder Bombardier has secured contracts worth £647m, including a £542m deal with Corelink Rail Infrastructure to build and maintain 333 train carriages for the new West Midlands Trains franchise Marketing Derby has reported.
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30 November 2017

Connectivity is key to improving productivity

Businesses and regional bodies in the East Midlands say improved connectivity will drive productivity growth across much of the UK and help close to the gap between the best and worst performing regions, according to a new study published by HS2 Ltd today
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28 November 2017

£25m order for JCB

One of the UK’s leading national plant hire companies has placed a £25m order, the firm's biggest ever, with JCB.
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28 November 2017

Education Secretary’s fact-finding visit to college

The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, met young people learning vocational skills and spoke to business chiefs about reforms to technical education as part of a fact-finding mission to West Nottinghamshire College.
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22 November 2017

Chamber reaction to today’s Budget

Reacting to today’s Budget, Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at the Chamber, said it held “no game-changers” but “a number of smaller announcements that will please some people”.
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14 November 2017

Old £10 note to disappear next year

The Bank of England has announced that the old paper £10 notes, featuring naturalist Charles Darwin, will cease to be legal tender at 11.59pm on 1 March 2018.
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2 November 2017

Chamber reacts to interest rates rise

Commenting on today’s interest rate decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at the Chamber, said: “Our preferred outcome was for a further period of monetary stability, with interest rates retained at
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26 October 2017

Free summit to unlock investment in Chesterfield

With £1bn of developments underway and an HS2 stop and maintenance depot set to be built in Chesterfield by 2033, businesses across the region that want to capitalise on the town’s growth are being invited to attend the Chesterfield Investment Summit.
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26 October 2017

Bad Rabbit ransomware warning

GCHQ has issued a warning over the 'Bad Rabbit' ransomware attack that is sweeping through Europe leaving computers locked up across the continent.
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10 October 2017

Business and academia need closer engagement

Many companies are actively trying to close the skills gap between what employers need and school leavers offer. But there is room for significant growth in engagement between industry and academia.
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9 October 2017

BID Leicester launched

A strong turnout supported the launch of the BID Leicester ballot - a move aimed at creating a Business Improvement District for the city.
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3 October 2017

HS2 Strategy details thousands of jobs and £4bn

‘People, place and connectivity’ are the focus of a new East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy, revealing how the planned high speed rail network could add thousands of jobs and billions of pounds to the region’s economy.
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2 October 2017

Funny business

Chamber Chief Executive Scott Knowles is hoping to raise a laugh or two and money for charity by taking part in this year’s Leicester Stand Up Challenge.
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2 October 2017

Business needs competence, not division, BCC warns

As the Conservative Party Conference continues today in Manchester, the British Chambers of Commerce has called on the governing party to demonstrate competence and coherence – not division and disorganisation – in the interests of the UK’s economic well-
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2 October 2017

New app offers video appraisal

Innovator Naseem Iqbal has created an app to allow customers to post almost instant video reviews of service they receive at the places they visit.
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28 September 2017

Trends and opportuninities focus at tourism conference

Current and future trends and opportunities in tourism – including the latest digital developments, accommodation potential and business support – will come under the spotlight at Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire’s 2017 Annual Tourism Conference and E
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27 September 2017

Marketing campaign nothing to do with the Chamber

We have received complaints that marketing material has been sent to members and other organisations suggesting that we are involved in a programme of workshops intended to ensure fleet operatives are legally compliant.
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14 September 2017

Peak tourist board welcomes new patrons

Overseas visitor numbers look set to receive a welcome boost in the Peak District and Derbyshire thanks to the official tourist board’s new partnership with Birmingham Airport.
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11 September 2017

Second chance to learn about cyber risks and GDPR

Anyone who missed the Chamber's Securing Your Business In a Digital Age event at De Montfort University today, will get a second bite at the cherry on 26 September when Chamber strategic partner Air-IT stages its free Cyber Security Essentials & GDPR Read
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5 September 2017

Chinese market opportunity

Following a successful trade and investment mission to China last year, Derby and Derbyshire will be returning to the world's second largest economy later this year.
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31 August 2017

Leicestershire SMEs miss out on free skills training

Businesses in Leicestershire are being urged to take advantage of free leadership and management training that is being offered to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help upskill staff, raise productivity and boost business growth.
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31 August 2017

JCB recruits 170 apprentices

JCB has announced the recruitment of almost 170 apprentices and graduates as the company steps up investment in its Young Talent programme to record levels.
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29 August 2017

First tranche of Midlands Engine Investment Fund

The British Business Bank has announced the first wave of its £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund, with the launch of £120m worth of SME debt finance, in a move designed to provide greater support to the region’s smaller businesses, accelerate economic
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28 August 2017

Call to prioritise economic interests in Brexit talks

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK) have today (Monday) called for UK and EU negotiators to put a clear focus on shared economic interests as Brexit talks reconvene in Brussels.
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25 August 2017

£112.1m contract win for Bombardier

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has been awarded the contract by London Underground (LU) to supply new motors and traction control equipment for its fleet of Central line trains.
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23 August 2017

University and business team tackle bed sores

Technology that could prevent millions of people from getting bed sores in hospital has been developed thanks to a partnership between De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) and manufacturer Speed Plastics.
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11 August 2017

Member's guide to attracting community project sponsors

A family-run firm that makes self-watering street planters and other street furniture has written a free guide for councils, Britain in Bloom groups, horticulturalists and community organisations on how to attract sponsorship for initiatives to improve Br
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10 August 2017

Check insurance warning after landmark court ruling

The Supreme Court's landmark ruling last month that tribunal fees were unlawful for employees taking action against their employer could lead to a rise in insurance premiums and excess charges, a leading regional broker has warned.
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4 August 2017

Bank of England boss' predictions for the City

The governor of the Bank of England has predicted that the financial sector could double in size to be 20 times as big as GDP within the next 25 years, but warned that the government must hold its nerve and resist pressure to water down regulation after B
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4 August 2017

JLT Specialty moves to new offices

Risk and Insurance adviser, JLT Specialty Limited (JLT), has relocated its Nottingham office as part of a Midlands-wide expansion due to continued growth.
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2 August 2017

Economy is about to surge, says think tank

Britain’s economy will surge back to life in the next six months following its slow start this year, a leading forecaster has predicted, prompting the Bank of England to raise interest rates next spring – more than a year earlier than its previous project
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19 July 2017

Charges for card payments to be banned

The Government is unveiling new rules that will mean card-charging in Britain - where people can be charged 20% extra for purchases like a flight just for paying with a credit card - will come to an end in January.
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17 July 2017

It’s time to maximise opportunities of HS2

Now that the route of HS2 through North East Derbyshire and South Yorkshire has been announced, the region’s biggest business-representation organisation is calling for action to maximise the potential benefit of the service.
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17 July 2017

Altius VA wins major rail contract

Derby-based IT specialist Altius VA has been awarded a national contract to support the delivery of supplier assurance services to Network Rail, Transport for London and other major rail companies.
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13 July 2017

Two local MPs will be holding Government to account

Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough and former Cabinet Minister, has won the contest to chair Parliament’s influential Treasury select committee, beating arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg to position herself as a thorn in the side of the Government’s plans for
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10 July 2017

Mission to MEDICA

Enterprise Europe Network, based at East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), is inviting healthcare businesses in the region to join a trade mission to the MEDICA trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany, in November.
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10 July 2017

New head office for patron Air-IT

Award-winning Managed ICT Service Provider, Air-IT has relocated its headquarters to new 5,400sq ft premises at Interchange 25 Business Park, Nottingham.
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22 June 2017

HSBC Launches £500m Fund to Support East Midlands SMEs

HSBC has launched a £500 million lending fund to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, as part of a broader commitment to helping British businesses realise their ambitions for growth.
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16 June 2017

Bank edges closer to raising interest rates

The Bank of England has edged closer to raising interest rates as a deeper split emerged among its committee of policymakers, with three out of eight voting for an immediate rise to keep inflation in check, the Guardian has reported.
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14 June 2017

Regional unemployment just 4.1%

The unemployment rate in the East Midlands stands at 4.1%, better than the national figure of 4.6%, according to data released this morning by the Office of National Statistics.
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9 June 2017

Chamber reaction to hung Parliament

Commenting on this morning's news that Britain has a hung Parliament, Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at the Chamber, said: "Business in the East Midlands has been doing its best to carry on doing what it does so well – creating jobs and wealth - despite t
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7 June 2017

The most important vote for a generation

The General Election tomorrow will be one of the most important opportunities for a generation to shape Britain’s future, according to Geoff Poyzer, President at East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire).
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31 May 2017

Mind and body brand leaders to speak at D2N2 AGM

The leaders of a top UK pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, one of the UK’s largest further education colleges and of a sports tech innovator will be guest speakers at the 2017 D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Annual Conference and AGM.
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17 May 2017

Number of people in work continues to rise

Despite a month-on-month rise in the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, the number of people in work in the East Midlands continues to rise, according to official figures released this morning.
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21 April 2017

Queen's Award for Jackloc

Lutterworth-based window and door restrictor specialist Jackloc is celebrating a momentous achievement having been recognised with the most prestigious award in UK business, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.
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21 April 2017

Queen’s Award for HL Plastics

HL Plastics, the trading company behind the Liniar brand, has been bestowed with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.
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12 April 2017

Jobs figures confirm robust East Midlands economy

The number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance remains lower across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire than it was last year and two years ago, according to figures released this morning.
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3 April 2017

Invitation to tender - IT & Digital Transformation

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national ‘umbrella’ body for an independent and influential network of accredited Chambers of Commerce, based in every nation and region of the UK, and in key markets around the world.
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29 March 2017

Reaction to triggering of Article 50

Prime Minister Theresa May is being urged to keep business needs paramount in negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU following the triggering of Article 50.
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9 March 2017

First proper Midlands Engine Strategy welcomed

Reacting to the Midlands Engine Strategy announced this morning, Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at East Midlands Chamber*, said: “We welcome this first proper strategy for what the Midlands Engine – a concept launched almost two years ago – will do. It
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8 March 2017

Chamber reaction to Budget

Reacting to today’s Budget, Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber*, said: “It was a cautious budget, no rabbits out of the hat and some more details on things announced previously, but given the imminent triggering of Article 50, that’s
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7 March 2017

TV opportunity to talk about Brexit

The production company behind TV shows including Crystal Maze and Secret Millionaire is looking for East Midlands companies to take part in a programme exploring Brexit from an unusual perspective.
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15 February 2017

Jobs market slowed across three counties

The number of people unemployed in the East Midlands increased over the three months to the end of 2016 compared with last year, but remains better than the national average, according to figures released this morning by the Office for National Statistics
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20 January 2017

HS2 launches bid to find train builder

HS2, the company behind the planned high speed rail network that should eventually link Leeds and Birmingham via Toton, has launched the bidding process for rolling stock contracts.
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18 January 2017

Employment trends remain positive

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire fell across all three counties in December, according to figures released this morning.
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16 January 2017

Reaction to Theresa May’s Brexit speech

Chamber Chief Executive Scott Knowles said: “Our members will take a level of comfort that Prime Minister Theresa May today offered business an assurance that she wanted continued free trade between Britain and the EU after Brexit.
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11 January 2017

PKF Cooper Parry's 'open house' search for new talent

Chamber strategic partner PKF Cooper Parry is opening the doors to its ‘Google-esque’ offices at East Midlands Airport later this month for a special recruitment 'open house' event - and is inviting dynamic and driven individuals to go along to find out m
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