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East Midlands Coming Together Campaign

During these difficult and uncertain times, it is increasingly important to remain positive. Our members are undertaking fantastic work for their communities and we want to share it. 

The East Midlands Coming Together Campaign was formed in April 2020 to showcase Chamber members undertaking incredible work to support their fellow business community, alongside key projects you can get involved in.

This hub of support and activity aims to promote positivity and community across the region during a difficult time for many businesses. 

UK Business Heroes Campaign

We are proud to be part of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) UK Business Hero campaign. From our favourite moments and stories from our #EMComingTogether campaign, we nominated ten of our members for the chance to be featured on the BCC’s website as a case study.





Congratulations to Rolls-Royce for being chosen. You can read about the work the company did in the height of the pandemic here.

If you have any stories, support or services you would like to showcase, please contact marketing@emc-dnl.co.uk. Chamber membership is a requirement for publication. 

Business Heroes

Penny Price Aromatherapy has been making Antimicrobial Hand Gels, Washes and Lotions for donations and customer use

The company has done its part in keeping the nation stocked up on hand gel and has also made donations to key workers, including Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. You can read the Trust's testimonal here. 

Aquabox has stocked up on supplies ready to start shipping vital aid again

The Derby-based charity has been busy getting supplies ready for shipping, once lockdown ends, to ensure places such as the refugee camps in Yemen and Syria, have efficient washing and drinking facilities. 

BT to help disadvantaged children with home schooling, offer six months free Internet access

BT is joining forces with the UK government’s Department for Education (DfE) to help the most in-need children in England with online learning. BT will provide in-need families with six months’ free access to the UK’s largest Wi-fi network, which extends to 5.5 million Wi-fi hotspots around the country. 

Rolls-Royce has joined forces with companies to launch new educational platform and competition, the World Challenge Club

Aiming to provide relief and support to families resorting to home-schooling during the coronavirus pandemic, The World Challenge Club is an activity-based educational STEM programme, designed for primary aged pupils between the ages of six and 14 and delivered online to participants around the globe.

Champions creates range of 'Back to work' Covid-19 safety graphics

Champions Creative has developed a range of branded signs, graphics, protective hygiene screens and accessories to help you create a Covid-secure workplace for both customers and staff.

Chamber members can also receive a 10% discount on a minimum order of £400.

Futures Housing supporting communities

Furures has been reaching out in the communities it serves to help vulnerable people and offer care packages to those who need them.

Pragmatism (UK) produces furlough masterclass 

Pragmatism (UK) has written a “masterclass” for People Management magazine providing employers with practical tips about returning furloughed employees. As so many organisations are concerned about managing the process, a free document containing 55 practical tips has been produced and can be sent to Chamber members by registering at the link above.

PPE4NHS campaign surpasses 100,000 donations

The campaign, spearheaded by Martin Rigley, Managing Director at Lindhurst Engineering, has exceeded expectations in its plea for local businesses to donate PPE to the NHS.  

Chesterfield manufacturer switches production to bespoke face shields 

Specialised Canvas has designed a prototype face guard for frontline medical staff.  

Nottingham Emergency Bike Bank

RideWise is organising an emergency bike scheme to support essential workers struggling to get to their homes and workplaces, due to the restrictions and reductions of public transportation services.

Let's treat the NHS to cake

Positive Bakes has launched a cake giveaway. Every cake purchased from its site will be delivered to NHS Staff at the hospital of the donor's choice. 

Free food provision for the elderly and NHS workers 

DG Group has been providing the eldery and NHS workers with free milk and bread. Call 0115 8700 411 to request the service. 

Rolls-Royce and BAE to make medical ventilators for coronavirus fight 

Rolls-Royce has joined a consortium of major UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses to produce medical ventilators.

Speedel has launched a Covid-19 Partner Programme 

The company has introduced free emergency delivery measures to support its local community. Businesses and charities across the Leicestershire communities can partner with Speedel for no charge to continue to support the most vulnerable.

Hundreds of litres of White Peak Distillery has been converted into hand sanitiser 

The Distillery team has produced a hand sanistiser, Team Spirit to support front line NHS workers.

Derby business unite for a message of hope and solidarity 

The short film was spearheaded by AV IT Media who reached out to dozens of local business owners in putting together the two-minute video — entitled ‘Keep Derby Talking’.

Dalrod offers to help Nottingham NHS staff during Covid-19 crisis

Dalrod is offering a free one hour drain unblocking service for NHS workers based in Nottingham.

Women's centre launches 'Corona Comrades' to provide mental health support for the community

Shama Women's Centre is offering free, confidential support and advice through a bank of qualified professionals. 

My HR Hub offers free service to its local business community

The organisation is offering complementary HR support for the Furlough/Redundancy process for small businesses in Kegworth and Castle Donington. Email Rebecca for more information, or visit www.myhrhub.co.uk.

New company launched to manufacture face masks for the general public

Source Control Masks is helping take the strain of the PPE for the NHS by producing a reusuable and washable face mask for public use. For every five-pack purchased, £5 will be donated to the NHS. 

ARP Ltd has been working together with staff and a group of volunteers to organise a local PPE effort

Initially the company was approached by a member of staff to use its 3D printers to collaborate with a colleague at Rolls-Royce to assist in the production of face shield and door openers. With the help of other volunteers with 3D printers and volunteer drivers, it has successfully delivered over 1000 3D printed articles of PPE Equipment to hospitals and care homes across the country. If you want to join the effort, please follow the link.

Purpose Media hosts workplace Covid-19 testing lab

The full-service marketing agency ran a testing lab at its Derbyshire headquarters to allow its staff and their families to be tested for coronavirus.

Nottingham-based business supports children's mental health nationwide 

Be Your Best Version has created a free and accessible guide to help children overcome anxiety caused by the coronavirus lockdown. 

Business Support


Derbyshire Times has launched an interactive online map to support local businesses in lockdown

Businesses that are open or offering a delivery or takeaway service in north Derbyshire can be included on the map at no charge - call 020 7084 9132.

Discounted marketing for small, independent and self-empoyed businesses

Vibe Marketing is offering heavily discounted rates on marketing and online platform building on websites, online shops and mobile apps. Get in contact via email. 

De Montfort University (DMU) is offering free support to businesses during Covid-19

DMU is running free events, along with a range of free support for companies, freelancers and SMEs. 

O2 Business Centre Leicester is offering expert advice on how to keep connected while working from home

Remote working is now a reality for many businesses. The O2 Business Centre is offering companies advice, as well as up to three months Free Line Rental. Get in touch by calling 07715640504 or email indi.bolla@O2.com

Paradigm Wills and Law Services' exclusive offer to Chamber members

The organisation is offering 40% off its services for Chamber members and staff. See the flyer for details.

Three Derby-based entrepreneurs have set up the Derby Swap Shop 

An individual, a business or charity based in Derbyshire can provide a service in favour of a return.

SkillsLocal is offering Chamber members a discounted Workplace Resilience and Wellbeing (WRAW) assessment

The WRAW assessment captures where you are now, helping raise your self-awareness and support and identify healthy coping strategies which will enhance your personal wellbeing and resilience. 

Resilient World Solutions (RWS) has created a 'People First' report for businesses considering the return to work

RWS urge the need for organisations to develop a 'People First' outlook, to ensure staff wellbeing is at the heart of a return to work strategy.

How can you get involved?

Derby Royal Infirmary is looking for long sleeved aprons’ (PPE)

Can any of our members help? Call Derby City Council or Greg Jennings 07957 326847.

NHS Volunteer Responders 

There are many ways you can get involved in the NHS and the care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak, including opportunities for furloughed workers

Donate blood

If you are fit and healthy, please consider blood donation. It is essential to ensure the health of our communities amid the #COVID19 outbreak. 

Nottingham Hospitals Charity Emergency Appeal to help NHS Heroes

You can make a financial donation to help with Nottingham Hospitals Charity's appeal to help front-line NHS workers.

The Derby Food Forum Network 

It is important that the network of local food banks continue to provide for those in need. You can help by providing a financial donation to sustain the supply of food and cleaning materials. Please email if you can help.

Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland Trust 

You can make a donation to help provide meals and essential care packages to vulnerable older people during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Donate a taxi ride for NHS workers

DG Group is working on raising £100k to provide free taxi rides for NHS workers. The money raised will go to the NHS Trusts within Nottingham City Centre. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Hub

A new hub containing guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE), and infection prevention and control (IPC) is now available, containing information for both health and social care settings and other workers and sectors.

Support the RSPCA  

The RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire branch must continue to care for animals facing cruelty and neglect. You can help by donating, sponsoring a pet or buying a gift. 

St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust needs materials to make PPE for the NHS

Secondary schools across the Trust are set to join forces to make face visors for staff working on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus. But they are in desperate need of donations of materials to be able to produce the vital equipment – including 1.5mm thick polypropylene sheet and acetate photocopying sheets. For any who can help, please contact Andrew Muldoon on estates@srscmat.co.uk or 07708 906 860.

Call to industry to support Leicestershire PPE drive 

The LLEP and Leicestershire County Council are calling on industry to support the Leicestershire PPE appeal. Companies across the region are being asked to donate new and unused PPE to key workers. You can support the drive by through donations or through manufacturing. 

Keeping your kids busy

STEM at home 

Learn by Design has pulled together some brilliant STEM-related activity packs. It is a great resource to keep your children inspired and engaged while off school. 

ACCEL STEM downloadable resources

Rolls-Royce has provided online STEM resources to help parents home-school their children



Tech We Can digital lesson plans

Parents and carers can register with Tech We Can to access 12 lesson plans to help teach children at home.

CGI's STEM from Home campaign

CGI has launched its STEM camps online, hosting a range of activity packs each week online for children aged 6-14.