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News from January 2021


31st January 2021

New data on 10,000 Brits proves health benefits of plant-based diet

A ‘veganalysis’ by leading UK health check service Medichecks - interrogating the effects of a plant-based diet versus meat-eating in 2020 - has found significant health benefits.
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31st January 2021

Press For Attention PR joins IMG as strategic partner

Nottingham-based Press For Attention PR and the The Inspired Marketing Group (IMG) have announced a strategic partnership which will see the businesses join forces to deliver major marketing campaigns to their combined client bases across the UK.
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31st January 2021

World’s first zero emission hydrogen double decker buses begin operating in Aberdeen, fuelled by system from Luxfer Gas Cylinders

In a significant acceleration towards the UK’s green energy ambitions, the double decker hydrogen bus hits the streets of Aberdeen in a world-first this week – featuring a bespoke system from Luxfer Gas Cylinders.
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31st January 2021

Businesses get behind birthday boxes

Businesswomen in Derby have joined forces to make sure underprivileged and vulnerable children in the city will be able to celebrate their birthdays.
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31st January 2021

New milestone for £200 million city centre project

Plans to regenerate a key area of Derby city centre have reached a major new milestone - with a contract signed to demolish a well-known former hotel.
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29th January 2021

Getting Started with Employee Empowerment and Wellbeing

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub Location: Online - Webinar Date: Tuesday, 2nd February 2021 at 10.00am - 12.00pm Cost: FREE
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28th January 2021

British Business Investments announces new £10m commitment to Syndicate Room

British Business Investments, a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, today announces a £10m commitment to Cambridge-based venture capitalist Syndicate Room. The £10m commitment from British Business Investments’ Regional Angels Programme wi
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28th January 2021

Marketing Derby is delighted to partner with Love Business and is > looking forward to exhibiting at Holywell Park, Loughborough on 17th February, 2022.

Marketing Derby promotes Derby and Derbyshire on both the national and international stage, in order to attract and support investment.
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28th January 2021

Business Resilience Conference - Day of Resilience (12 February) Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:19:58 +0000

Times of change bring with them both challenge and opportunity. Following a year where businesses were challenged in ways many had never before experienced, the Chamber Day of Resilience will focus on supporting business with the practical skills, tools a
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28th January 2021

'Deliver the whole of HS2 to level-up UK' leaders urge Boris Johnson

'Deliver the whole of HS2 to level-up UK' leaders urge Boris Johnson https://midlandsconnect-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/deliver-the-whole-of-hs2-to-level-up-uk-leaders-urge-boris-johnson Download https://midlandsconnect-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/deliver-the-
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28th January 2021

The Spotted App celebrates one-year anniversary by giving away free advertising to 10,0000 businesses in 2021!

Midlands based entrepreneur, John Whitbread, launched The Spotted App back in January 2020 to allow businesses to connect with consumers without having to rely on social media alone or the interference of predictive algorithms. Now, he wants to give back
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28th January 2021

Duncan & Toplis launches new international gateway

One of the East Midlands’ largest accounting and business advisers, Duncan & Toplis has launched a new international service for companies seeking guidance on overseas trade. Kreston Duncan & Toplis will build on the company’s existing international busi
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28th January 2021

IA Jobs Indicator Reveals Continued Cautious Optimism For UK Jobs Market As Data Show Increase In Full Time Online Job Postings

The latest jobs indicator released today by Internet Association shows a continued increase in the number of full time job postings online as the U
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28th January 2021

PERMAROOF INVESTS IN COVID SAFETY MEASURES FOR ITS EMPLOYEES

DERBYSHIRE roofing firm Permaroof https://www.permaroof.co.uk/ has taken unprecedented steps to protect its workforce by investing £2,000 in coronavirus safety equipment. Permaroof has installed three Radikal Health systems https://www.radikalhealth.com/
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28th January 2021

‘VIRTUAL CATCH A KILLER!’

Have you done the online quiz to death? Bring your lockdown entertainment back to life by catching a killer! There has been a murder and Fancy Entertainment is enlisting the finest sleuths and detectives to find out whodunnit - all from the comfort and sa
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27th January 2021

Dinesh Dhamija, Founder of Ebookers | The Business Influencer Podcast | Episode 1

In this first episode, our host interviews Dinesh Dhamija, founder of travel business Ebookers. He gives us an insight into his amazing entrepreneurial journey, how he lost $710 million and how he executed a successful exit plan.
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26th January 2021

Record volume of Christmas presents handled by air and rail freight operators in the East Midlands

East Midlands Airport’s (EMA) December cargo volumes up 43% up on same month last year Maritime handles record volumes at Rail Freight Interchange * Demand for warehousing increased New figures show the important role the East Midlands played to ensure Ch
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26th January 2021

A Hardship Fund which will support students facing financial difficulties has been launched across 25 academies by the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust.

The fund is a source of financial help available to all registered full-time students at 20 Trust primary and 5 secondary schools in Derbyshire and the surrounding counties. It will help students who are experiencing difficulties through hardship in payi
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26th January 2021

GREAT START TO THE YEAR FOR GAME ENGINEERING WITH MULTI-MILLION POUND ORDERS

A Lincolnshire business has reported an excellent start to 2021 with around £4 million of orders being placed in January, on top of an already excellent order book carried over from 2020. GAME Engineering, which specialises in materials handling solution
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26th January 2021

Phenomenal Take-Up of Luxury New Homes Despite Covid19 Pandemic

A surge in sales over the latest national lockdown has left just four homes remaining at an exclusive housing development on an historic site in Gedling. Nottingham-based developer, Peter James Homes has said the speed at which purchases have been comple
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26th January 2021

NATURES WAY FOODS PLACES GIC’S LARGEST EVER ORDER

One of the UK's leading manufacturers of vertical form fill and seal machines has received its largest-ever single order. GIC, which is based in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, has been asked to supply a further sixteen of its GIC4100 Salad Specification mac
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26th January 2021

Cooperation is key as Invictus Technology gets set to help firms embrace remote working

Two Derby business owners have agreed to join forces by launching a “friendly and local one-stop shop” for companies who want to upgrade their communications – and give their staff the opportunity to work from home. Jonny McPhee and Mark Hollingworth, ma
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25th January 2021

SHAPING-UP FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE

Managers at a Newark gym remain in confident mood despite the Government’s ongoing lockdown, which has forced fitness centres to remain closed to the public. Ironically, the restrictions hit Anytime Fitness in Newark’s re-opening plans at a pivotal mome
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25th January 2021

Waterside partners with Chesterfield College

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a new speed camera? A new camera has appeared on the roof of Chesterfield College, leaving motorists on the A61 scratching their heads. The camera is part of a learning partnership between Chesterfield Waterside, Chest
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25th January 2021

FSB East Midlands publishes latest Small Business Index

The East Midlands Small Business Index (EMSBI)[1] <#_ftn1>, which measures confidence amongst businesses, has risen in Q4. The index score now sits at -23% after having been at -29% in the last quarter. Confidence in business performance in the East Midl
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25th January 2021

West Notts to open doors of new A-level college

Students who are choosing to study A-levels at West Nottinghamshire College are set to move into a newly refurbished campus from September 2021. Thanks to almost £500,000 of funding, learners will be able to move the college’s refurbished town centre cam
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25th January 2021

D2N2 Appoints New Board Member

Business owner of Roadgas Limited appointed to D2N2 LEP Board The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed Becky Rix, business owner of Roadgas Limited to its board of directors. Following an open and transparent selection process, Becky wil
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25th January 2021

Frontline responds to upturn in enquiries by creating 12 jobs

Career specialist Frontline Recruitment is set to create 12 new jobs after experiencing an upturn in enquiries since the new year began. The company is looking to hire eight Permanent Recruitment Consultants and four Industrial Business Development Execu
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25th January 2021

Students get industry insights on employability week

A London barber who creates cuts and fades for celebrities was just one of the online guests giving West Nottinghamshire College students business advice and guidance during the hair and beauty curriculum’s annual employability week. Stylist Mark Maciver
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23rd January 2021

Derbyshire workers affected by pandemic urged to explore setting up a business in D2 Starter Programme

A pioneering project aimed at helping people across Derby and Derbyshire to start their own business will continue throughout 2021 to support workers affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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21st January 2021

Two new managers welcomed at trentbarton

Two key managers have joined trentbarton to lead the bus company’s commercial operations and its marketing and communications. Ross Hitchcock is trentbarton’s new commercial manager and Matt Holton is the marketing and communications manager. Ross, 36, jo
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21st January 2021

Go-ahead for next phase of Charterpoint’s Louth housing scheme

The latest stage of Charterpoint’s thriving housing development in Louth, Lincolnshire, is poised to get under way. Planning permission was granted for 240 houses at Westfield Park in 2018, with Snape Properties starting work on site soon after. The con
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21st January 2021

Apprenticeship support grants available for employers

Incentive payments of up to £2,000 are available to support employers who hire new apprentices. This includes hiring redundant apprentices.
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20th January 2021

Performance Networks hired to overhaul technical infrastructure at Ally Pally

Iconic entertainment and sports venue, Alexandra Palace, has engaged Performance Networks, one of the UK’s leading specialist networking and WiFi providers, to complete an overhaul of its WiFi and switching infrastructure.
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20th January 2021

Councils Team up to Host Third Virtual Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair

Chesterfield Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council have teamed up to host a third virtual jobs fair, that aims to highlight career opportunities for local residents in all three areas. The virtual event wil
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20th January 2021

Carers’ Choir Future Secured By Generous Donations

A fundraising campaign to secure the future of Sing Viva – the two Derbyshire carers’ choirs set up by Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ professional orchestra – has reached its target. A fantastic response from members of the public has led to a donatio
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20th January 2021

Record deal for workspace Cubo in Derby

Cubo secured an office deal at their Derby site on Monday 4th January – on what is classed as the first working day of the year, before 10am, despite uncertain times now due to the pandemic. Cubo in Derby opened in February 2020 in the Old Post Office aft
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20th January 2021

Midlands contractor appointed to major NHS SBS construction framework

G F Tomlinson http://www.gftomlinson.co.uk/ has been successfully selected as an approved partner for the NHS Shared Business Services PS-Works: Public Sector Construction Works Framework, which launched on 17 December 2020. The framework will provide a
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20th January 2021

Sellick Partnership announces a trio of senior promotions

Market-leading professional services recruitment specialist, Sellick Partnership has announced three senior promotions at its East Midlands office, based in Pride Park, Derby. The promotions come as the Derby office reports a strong start to 2021 with th
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20th January 2021

2021 KuKu Cocktail Hour Free online business networking hosted by: Stephen & Philip from KuKu Connect - Wednesday, 27th January 5-6pm

Facebook Live in the KuKu Connect Corona Group https://kukuconnect.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e0d5c3c48e0515b8ddf8c05b3&id=adc1bfd75e&e=9ff95608b8 Cocktail & business connections with 1000s Our next virtual online Connect Reception will take plac
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20th January 2021

Breedon Consulting forges partnership with ER Recruitment

East Midlands HR company, Breedon Consulting http://www.breedonconsulting.co.uk/Limited, has announced a formal partnership with ER Recruitment to offer a full scope of HR, recruitment, and learning and development services. Forged with the best interest
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20th January 2021

Ibstock accelerates Net-Zero journey with switch to 100% Pure Green Electricity

Ibstock plc has become the first building products manufacturer in the UK to procure 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. This milestone announcement enables Ibstock to make significant steps in reaching its Sustainability Roadmap target of a
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20th January 2021

BDO’s Midlands offices invest in trainees

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has welcomed 27 new trainees with more than 30 roles available to start later in 2021. BDO’s team across its Birmingham and Nottingham offices welcomed its 2020 cohort in November compromising both graduates and
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20th January 2021

HOSPITAL CHARITY BOOSTED BY DONATION FROM AMAZON TEAM

A Nottingham-based hospital charity has received a £1,000 donation from the Amazon fulfilment centre in Kegworth. Nottingham Hospitals Charity works with people, volunteers, patients, businesses and NHS staff to raise money for additional support for the
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20th January 2021

Woodward Group enhances service offering with new merger deal

Midlands based mechanical and electrical contractorsWoodward Group has acquired Lowthers Electrical Engineers Ltd in a strategic move that bolsters the company’s growing customer base and enhances its service offering. The a
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20th January 2021

MULBERRY HOMES LAUNCHES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT LEICESTERSHIRE COMMUNITY

To celebrate its 10^th anniversary, leading housebuilder Mulberry Homes has announced its latest campaign, in which it will donate £1000 each to a range of local charities nearby to its developments during 2021, including ones in Leicestershire.
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20th January 2021

Target-hitting recruit to vaccine trial wants to be part of history

Researchers running a COVID-19 vaccine trial through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Patient Recruitment Centre: Leicester (PRC) are celebrating the 350^th volunteer, achieving their recruitment target for the trial two months ahead of s
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19th January 2021

Hiring! Business 2 Business Ltd, Kickstart-UK will support as an approved government gateway.

If you’re thinking of hiring, maybe it is worth considering the Kickstart Scheme, announced as part of the Chancellor’s £2bn Kickstart Scheme creating six-month job placements for young people and supporting them into employment.
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19th January 2021

New data: East Midlands businesses benefit from £4bn in Covid-19 financial support

New data published today shows that businesses in the East Midlands have received a total of almost £4bn in funding under the government’s two lar
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19th January 2021

Students inspired by tutor’s new life direction

A West Nottinghamshire College tutor who went from rock bottom to feeling “so incredibly proud” is inspiring others in the community to use education to change and succeed. Liz Walsh, now a complementary therapies tutor, worked as a professional singer f
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19th January 2021

Free support for Visitor Economy businesses to combat Covid-19 impact

A new programme of support has been announced for visitor economy businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire to combat the economic impact of Covid-19. The Business Gateway Growth Hub has joined forces with industry experts to support the sector which is
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19th January 2021

Office Principles delivers international recruitment firm’s new £1m HQ

Leading interior design consultancy Office Principles has delivered the new Nottingham headquarters of an expanding executive recruitment consultancy. Forsyth Barnes has invested £1 million in the full fit out of its new commercial office space on Friar
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19th January 2021

Pall-Ex Group further strengthens its Commercial team

Pall-Ex Group has strengthened its commercial team by welcoming a new Business Development Manager to its ranks. Helen Day will primarily be focussing on the Fortec Distribution Network in her new role, and brings with her a wealth of industry knowledge,
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19th January 2021

Invite to attend a virtual event on the future of Leicester City Centre - 12-1pm, 29 January

How we work, live and learn is very different now to how we considered doing these things 12 months ago. The pandemic has accelerated many structural changes in our local economy, some of which will be permanent. At some point, we will emerge from the pa
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19th January 2021

How to grow your pet business online

/As the UK is home to more than 10 million dogs and nearly 11 million cats, and with British pet owners spending £18 billion pounds on their animals each year, it is safe to say business in the pet industry is booming./ // /Regardless of whether you’re
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18th January 2021

Radical rebrand for Robinson

Robinson, the leading manufacturer specialising in value added custom packaging, is starting the new year with a dynamic, refreshed, radical rebrand.
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18th January 2021

East Midlands manufacturers urged to have their say on life after Brexit

Small to medium-sized (SME) manufacturers in the East Midlands are being encouraged to have their say on trading beyond Brexit as part of the latest Manufacturing Barometer. Organised by SWMAS (The South West Manufacturing Advisory Service) and the Manu
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18th January 2021

Pets At Home Renews Telematics Solution from Microlise

Pets At Home, the UK’s leading pet care business, has renewed its partnership with Microlise in a new multi-year agreement, which will see the company continuing to utilise Microlise’s Fleet Performance telematics solution, as well as its Health & Safety
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18th January 2021

Farm equipment specialist acquires industry counterpart, doubling its operations to become AGCO’s largest UK dealership

Chandlers Farm Equipment Ltd. (Chandlers), a third-generation family business selling agricultural equipment, operating primarily across the Midlands and Lincolnshire, has acquired the AGCO division of Lister Wilder, doubling the size of its operations, a
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18th January 2021

Commenting landmark Business Interruption Insurance appeal case, Rafi Saville, forensic partner at accountancy firm HW Fisher said:

“This has been a landmark case and one of the most controversial legal issues resulting from the pandemic. Today’s decision will affect over 400,000 small and medium businesses particularly in the leisure, property and hospitality industry who were forced
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18th January 2021

WHERE ARE THE UK’S MOST AMBITIOUS PEOPLE IN 2021?

With Brits almost halfway through the first month of a new year - a year where any resolutions might look a little different compared to ‘normal’ circumstances - new research has revealed the locations of the UK’s most ambitious people in January 2021. T
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18th January 2021

Employers and Jobseekers to Gather at Virtual Jobs Fair

The popular **Greater Lincolnshire https://www.greaterlincolnshirelep.co.uk/ Online Jobs and Careers Fair https://greaterlincsjobsfair.co.uk/will return for its next virtual event on Monday 25th January. January’s event, designed to bring employers and j
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18th January 2021

PR Boss Bolsters Team To Offer Over 100 Years of Journalistic Expertise

An award-winning East Midlands PR Boss has hired an experienced journalist and PR professional, to provide on-call support for her expanding client list. Tina Clough, managing director at Castle Donington based Poppy-PR, has appointed Phil Stubbs (54) of
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18th January 2021

HOUSE SELLERS WIN BIG WITH HOME STAGING COMPANY’S NEW SCORECARD SERVICE

HOME staging experts Lemon and Lime Interiors https://www.lemonandlimeinteriors.co.uk/ are now offering free property evaluations following the launch of the business’s brand-new service, Scorecard. https://scorecard.lemonandlimeinteriors.co.uk/ The serv
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18th January 2021

Sky Is The Limit For Derby Recruitment Firm After Record 12 Months Sky

Recruitment Solutions is to open three new UK offices following a “phenomenal” growth in turnover and staff numbers during 2020. The company, based in The Strand, Derby, with additional offices in Ripley and Huddersfield, is planning the three new site la
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18th January 2021

Wells McFarlane Completes Double Deal at Lutterworth Business Park

Two new Tenants have secured premises at a Lutterworth Business Park following deals completed by local Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants, Wells McFarlane. Cosford Business Park sits on the northern edge of Lutterworth, in the heart of the tow
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18th January 2021

Midlands contractor appointed to major NHS SBS construction framework

G F Tomlinson has been successfully selected as an approved partner for the NHS Shared Business Services PS-Works: Public Sector Construction Works Framework, which launched on 17 December 2020. The framework will provide a compliant procurement route to
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18th January 2021

Key Promotions at Purpose Media

Two key members of the team at Derbyshire based full service digital marketing agency Purpose Media have been promoted. The two promotions are Liam Brown who will now be Head of Business Development and Rachel Gascoigne who has become Head of Copy. The a
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18th January 2021

£1m PIPELINE HELPS FIRE & SECURITY FIRM CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY

East Midlands based fire and security installation and maintenance company Tecserv UK has revealed it is optimistic of achieving its year-end targets having secured a forward order book of over £1m heading into 2021. The company, which is privately owned
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18th January 2021

Woodhead Regeneration sets sights on further Growth  

Woodhead Regeneration Limited, part of the Edwinstowe Based Woodhead Group have appointed Andrew Priestley as their new Development Manager.    The new role is a direct result of the continued business growth over the last three years on the back of a hi
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18th January 2021

Global inspirational education speaker to headline town’s 2021 Skills and Employability Conference

One of the most inspirational leaders of his generation, award winning speaker, author and former Long Eaton headteacher, Richard Gerver will headline this year’s Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Skills and Employability Conference. Passionate about col
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18th January 2021

Leicestershire CCC Launch Global Alliance Network

Leicestershire County Cricket Club announce a new Global Alliance Network, the Global Club Cricket Network. The network is the first to be created within cricket and has been developed by the club to share best practice and commercial knowledge between c
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18th January 2021

OPUS TRUST SECURES CUSTOMER COMMUNICATIONS CONTRACT WITH LARGEST WATER RETAILER IN THE UK

Reinforcing its market position within the utility sector, Opus Trust Communications, the omnichannel communications specialist headquartered in Leicester, has secured a contract with Water Plus to be its sole provider for customer bills and other account
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18th January 2021

Node4 Achieves Fortinet Expert MSSP Partner Status

Node4 https://www.node4.co.uk/, the cloud, data centre and communications solutions provider, has today announced that it has achieved Expert (Managed Security Services Provider) MSSP partner status with Fortinet https://www
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18th January 2021

IS 2021 THE YEAR OF MERGER AND ACQUISITION DISPUTES?

THE prevalence of merger and acquisition disputes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is “inevitable” in the year to come, according to an expert dispute resolution solicitor at leading law firm Nelsons https://www.nelsonslaw.co.uk/. 2020 was a year
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18th January 2021

NG helps renowned developer access industrial property joint venture

Commercial property specialists NG Chartered Surveyors have brokered a land deal that will bring forward much-needed mid-sized industrial property space to north Nottinghamshire. Acting on behalf well-known East Midlands developer Chris Carlisle of Decor
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18th January 2021

NORTH NOTTS BID LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE TRAINING PLATFORM

BUSINESSES in North Nottinghamshire can now offer online, certificated training to their staff – including those on furlough – thanks to North Notts BID https://northnottsbid.co.uk/. Developed in partnership with food and health and safety training speci
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18th January 2021

Business Development Specialist Joins Safe and Sound Team

Safe and Sound, the specialist charity which supports children and young people across Derbyshire who are victims of or at risk of child exploitation, has appointed Lucy Orme as fundraising and marketing officer. Lucy joins the charity from the University
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18th January 2021

Wathall’s Expands Dandelions Bereavement Support Programme

Family-owned Wathall’s, Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors, have expanded their unique Dandelions Bereavement Support programme to help more local people come to terms with losing a loved one. The new bereavement counselling service
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18th January 2021

Oberoi Consulting Appoints New NHS Strategic Lead

Derby-based Oberoi Consulting, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of IT clinical support services to the NHS and pharmaceutical industry, have expanded their team following a significant rise in demand for their services over the past 12 months. Michele R
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15th January 2021

First stand booked for Love Business 2022

Financial planning, accounting services and legal advice provider Chesterton House has become the first business to book a stand at Love Business 2022.
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15th January 2021

THE CLASS OF 2021: SDL PROPERTY AUCTIONS FOSTERS A NEW GENERATION OF INDUSTRY EXPERTS

13 January 2021 – SDL Property Auctions has invested in the next generation of industry experts by taking on three apprentices. Ella Scott, Genevieve Cooper and Eleanor Carty, all aged 19, are receiving vocational training in all aspects of the business
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15th January 2021

*Maven Capital Partners expands East Midlands investment team with the appointment of Richard Brighty***

/Former Relationship Director for major high street banks strengthens Maven team to support increase in demand for MEIF Debt Funds/ Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK’s most active fund managers, has today announced it has further strengthen
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15th January 2021

AgriTech company Light Science Technologies Holdings receives £1m pre-IPO investment

Light Science Technologies Holdings (LSTH) has announced a pre-IPO investment of £1 million from Intuitive Investments Group plc (IIG), as it prepares itself for an initial public offering and to trade on the London Stock Exchange in the first half of 202
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15th January 2021

RSM Manager awarded John Beere Award for 2020

Sarah Martin, a trainee accountant at leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has been awarded the John Beere Award 2020 by the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) for the highest marks for the Professional Level exams in t
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15th January 2021

DANAHER & WALSH ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT REORGANISATION & KEY APPOINTMENTS

Operations Director Russell Fitzjohn has announced his intention to retire from Danaher & Walsh on 31st March after twenty years with the company, while David Lavery has been promoted to the role of Operations Manager (Director Designate). David will be
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14th January 2021

Peppermint Technology appoints new chief financial officer

In her new role, Niki will leverage her extensive experience leading financial strategy and operations, including fund raising and managing investor relations, in growing technology organisations. She joins Peppermint from her role as CFO at Microsoft par
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14th January 2021

Smith Cooper group company Smith Cooper System Partners celebrating a period of continued growth, including an expansion of their team and multiple new clients

Award-winning Sage 200 business partner, Smith Cooper System Partners (SCSP), part of the national accountancy firm Smith Cooper Group, is celebrating a period of continued growth, including an expansion of their team and multiple new clients coming on-bo
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13th January 2021

Leicestershire company creates jobs after securing Innovate UK funding for new software

Leicestershire company We Love Surveys has been awarded an Innovate UK grant to develop cutting-edge drugs audit software for the healthcare industry. The project has also helped create new jobs in the East Midlands, with We Love Surveys taking on new em
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13th January 2021

DERBYSHIRE DUO EXPAND BEER BREWING BUSINESS

Ripley-based Pentrich Brewing Co has received a £150k investment to help expand its production of cask beers. The funding was provided by the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) through First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans. Founded in November 2015 by J
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13th January 2021

Expert's plea for compromise on Stamp Duty Holiday deadline

A Derby legal expert has appealed to Government to change its rules around the forthcoming Stamp Duty Holiday cut-off to avoid chaos in the property market.
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13th January 2021

Pall-Ex Group appoints new Finance Director

Pall-Ex Group has strengthened its board of directors with the appointment of a new UK Finance Director.
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13th January 2021

New director at NG shows 2021 ambition

Commercial property specialists NG Chartered Surveyors have made a flying start to 2021 by promoting Jude Weston to Director. Jude joined NG as an Associate Director in December 2018 and steps up after a stellar two years at the Nottingham company. Jude
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13th January 2021

New Year new hire for Macesport as it ramps up work within women’s sport

12.01.21 – Nottingham, UK: Award-winning independent sports communications agency Macesport https://macesport.com/ has brought in the New Year with a new hire to drive its work within women’s sport. University of Exeter graduate Sabine Trant joins the te
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13th January 2021

Reach Separations launches European expansion plans with purification alliance with NovAliX

Nottingham-based purification specialistsReach Separations and French drug discovery contract research organisation (CRO), NovAliX, have entered into a unique alliance to develop supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) capabilities at the NovAliX facilit
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13th January 2021

Leicestershire-based online flooring retailer makes senior appointment as it eyes further growth

The UK’s leading online flooring retailer has made a major new appointment as it has its sights firmly set on further growth in 2021. UK Flooring Direct has appointed Sean Lawe, the former Group Supply Chain Director at Specsavers, as Chief Operating Offi
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13th January 2021

The MSP welcomes Hollywood Bowl Group to their customer list

Retail Assist are delighted to announce their latest customer, Hollywood Bowl Group. Hollywood Bowl Group operate over 60 bowling alley centres across the UK, along with 3 Putt Stars mini-golf centres. The IT services and solutions provider will offer sup
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13th January 2021

Derby College Group (DCG) has launched a new student-led initiative to further enhance the quality and effectiveness of using technology in face-to-face and virtual teaching, learning and assessment.

Twelve students from across the curriculum have been recruited as Digital Advocates who, over the coming months, will research, test and recommend new safe and secure digital platforms, tools and activities that could be adopted. Supported by staff and l
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13th January 2021

Leicester patients involved in study showing arthritis treatment may significantly improve COVID survival

An international study has shown that treating critically ill Covid-19 patients with medicines typically used for arthritis may significantly improve survival. Patients, researchers and clinicians at Leicester’s Hospitals contributed important data to th
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13th January 2021

Ventola accelerates lighting growth in Australasia

A lighting specialist is set to illuminate new territories in 2021 after its products were approved for use in Australia and New Zealand with further developments expected for the USA. And the expansion builds on continued export growth across the US, Eu
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13th January 2021

Light Science Technologies wins Innovate UK funding to develop ground-breaking sensor technology for vertical farming

Light Science Technologies (LST) has secured part of a £90 million government investment to support the UK’s most innovative technology to boost agricultural productivity and set food production systems towards net zero emissions by 2040. The Derby-based
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13th January 2021

Risk Management Company Kick Starts 2021 with £600k of project wins

An East Midlands based risk management company working across the UK, Europe and worldwide, is trying to shake off the COVID-19 hangover and Brexit disruption by kick starting its new year with over £600k of new project wins in construction, food manufact
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12th January 2021

String of New Year promotions at Smith Cooper

Smith Cooper, a Midlands based top 41 Accountancy and Business Advisory firm, has welcomed in the New Year with a number of promotions and key strategic hires across many of its service lines as follows: Natalie Pollard Senior Manager (Tax Advisory)
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12th January 2021

MIDLANDS FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR RECOGNISED FOR SUCCESS

Local entrepreneur recognised for making a powerful contribution to society, the economy and communities
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12th January 2021

SENIOR PROMOTION ANNOUNCED AT LEICESTER LAW FIRM

LEADING Leicester law firm Nelsons https://www.nelsonslaw.co.uk/ has promoted one of its wills and probate specialist solicitors to the position of legal director. Nadia Faki https://www.nelsonslaw.co.uk/people/nadia-faki/ – who joined Nelsons as an asso
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12th January 2021

DAVID WILSON DIFFERENCE: APPRENTICES LEARN TO HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL WITH LEADING HOMEBUILDER

David Wilson Homes apprentices are learning the David Wilson difference in the finer details of brickwork with senior bricklayers. B&DWM - Apprentice brickwork examples in Mercia 2020 The new recruits recently completed their curved wall assignment, pre
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12th January 2021

HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT?

Fabian Taylor, senior associate and chartered financial planner in Nelsons' wealth management team, works out how much money you're likely to need in retirement based on your lifestyle and what you'll need to save in order to achieve this goal.
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12th January 2021

PICK EVERARD ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS CONSORTIUM FOR DEVELOPER FRAMEWORK WIN

COMMUNITY Development Partnerships is a brand-new consortium – led by national independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard – that has gained supplier status on Pagabo’s new national developer-led framework, worth an esti
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12th January 2021

A Staffordshire Sales Adviser for David Wilson Homes is celebrating five years with the home builder after being assigned her own development at Bentley Fields on Sorrel Close.

SGB 546 B&DWM - The team at Bentley Fields wore pink to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Now Christine Ramsay, a native to Gnosall in Staffordshire, joined David Wilson Homes in July 2015 after being attracted by its reputation. She said: “I knew the co
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12th January 2021

How have COVID-19 and Brexit sped up digital transformations for business?

The past 12 months have seen a whole host of changes sweep across workplaces around the world. The UK, as with much of the world, has had the COVID-19 pandemic to deal with, as well as the impact of Brexit filtering down to businesses at the start of 2021
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12th January 2021

Cubo members L.E.A.D. IT Services rapid support to schools in need

Cubo in Derby has provided L.E.A.D. IT Services the opportunity to expand their office space, which couldn’t have happened at a more crucial time for the company – as they need it more now than ever during the global pandemic.
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12th January 2021

Peak Shopping Village bought by Devonshire Property Group

Located in the Derbyshire Dales, just three miles from Chatsworth, DPGapproached the previous site owner, a significant property investor in multiple countries, and completed the sale today (11 January 2021) following several months of negotiations. DPG
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11th January 2021

Derby AgriTech start-up wins Innovate UK funding to develop ground-breaking sensor technology for vertical farming

Light Science Technologies (LST) has secured part of a £90 million government investment to support the UK’s most innovative technology to boost agricultural productivity and set food production systems towards net zero emissions by 2040. The Derby-based
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11th January 2021

Baytree Cars doubles turnover and agrees deal with Mulholland

Baytree Cars, the region’s leading prestige and performance car dealership has doubled its turnover in 2020 – despite the COVID pandemic.
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11th January 2021

Surescreen scoops Government COVID testing supply contract

The UK Government has ordered two million Derby-manufactured rapid lateral flow antigen tests for COVID-19, to be validated by Public Health England for use in asymptomatic testing.
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11th January 2021

Leicestershire estate agents raises £1,255 for children’s hospice

A Leicestershire estate agent, with special links to Santa, has raised £1,255 for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Pre-Christmas, staff at Knightsbridge Estate Agents, in Queen’s Road, dressed as Santa and his elves to stage video calls an
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11th January 2021

BELMAYNE EXTOLS ACHIEVEMENTS OF LEARNERS

Dronfield-based Belmayne Independent Chartered Financial Planners is celebrating the achievements of a trio of rising stars who are forging careers in financial services. The firm is helping three members of staff develop their skills through academic st
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11th January 2021

Derby MD's granddaughter presents £2k charity cheque after surviving life-threatening heart condition

River Mai Bishop, granddaughter of Permagroup managing director Adrian Buttress, presents a donation of £2,000 to Heart Link Children’s Charity
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11th January 2021

Letterbox gift company Colleague Box aims to banish the January Blues with brand-new range of bespoke boxes

A PERSONALISED letterbox gift company set up by a husband and wife when the Coronavirus outbreak was at its peak is helping to banish the January blues with a brand-new range of boxes for 2021. Colleague Box - the Derby business whose bespoke boxes have
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11th January 2021

Medstrom Webinar - ‘360 review of rehabilitation and mobilisation; Patient, Physiologist, Nurse'

Castle Donington, 7 January 2021— Medstrom Healthcare is launching a series of webinars with the vision to provide a space for thought-provoking discussions and the exchange of evidence-based research and practical experiences amongst healthcare professio
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11th January 2021

DETAILED PLANNING CONSENT GRANTED FOR FIRST PHASE OF £200M BECKETWELL SCHEME

Detailed planning permission has been granted for the first phase of the £200m regeneration of the Becketwell area of Derby city centre, with development work to start in late Spring.
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11th January 2021

Businesses must take advantage of the latest lockdown financial support, says Sunny Accountants

Sunny Accountants is encouraging business in and around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to seek out help during the latest lockdown via the additional £4.6 billion of grant funding that has been made available by the Government. The Chancellor Rishi Sunak
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11th January 2021

Loved ones impacted by cancer honoured via charity initiative

Specialist construction, mechanical and electrical supplier, DP Building Systems are providing an opportunity to honour loved ones via a new charity initiative. Through its new charity partnership with Cancer Research UK, DP Building Systems are aiming t
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11th January 2021

Destination Chesterfield calls on businesses to go plastic free in 2021

Destination Chesterfield is calling on businesses in the borough to go plastic free in 2021. The town’s marketing organisation has signed up to become a Plastic Free Ally of Plastic Free Chesterfield, a campaign group working to reduce single-use plastic
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11th January 2021

Nottingham Business School launches podcast series featuring inspirational insights from business leaders

A new series of podcasts which offer insights into how the leaders of some of the UKs most successful and creative organisations achieve success through innovation has been launched by Nottingham Business School (NBS).
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11th January 2021

Loughborough Finance for Sport Partners with junior cycling team, Tofauti Everyone Active

Loughborough Finance for Sport (LFS) are excited to be partnering with Tofauti Everyone Active, a junior cycling team like no other. Empowering junior riders, aged 16-18, to take control of their cycling development through unrivalled support & teamwork.
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11th January 2021

Left to right: Darran Severn & Chris Proctor from FHP Property Consultants, Hannah Bailey, Developer at Clowes Developments and Richard Sutton from NG Chartered Surveyors.

New industrial park set for Long Eaton as demand soars Clowes Developments are delighted to announce the commencement of Phase 1 of Forbes Park, Long Eaton, Nottingham which will consist of seven new trade counter and warehouse units totalling in 28,095s
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8th January 2021

Wathall’s Re-Signs with the Rams

Wathall’s, Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors, has renewed its partnership with Derby County Football Club for a fourth year.
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8th January 2021

Plans submitted for Landmark London Road scheme in Nottingham complete with exterior living walls

A full planning application has been put forward for a landmark mixed-use development in Nottingham, which if approved, will be a prominent gateway building along one of the main arterial routes into the city centre. Plans for the scheme, located at 152-
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8th January 2021

Local Company Provides Vital Support To Safe and Sound

A Hilton-based company, which specialises in security management, has pledged support for a local charity to expand its work with children and young people who are victims of or at risk of exploitation and their families.
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7th January 2021

Derbyshire farm shop Croots named a finalist in the 2021 Family Business of the Year Awards

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots is kicking off 2021 with news that it has been shortlisted in the 2021 Family Business of the Year Awards.
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7th January 2021

Irthlingborough housebuilder shows support to animal rescue charity

An Irthlingborough-based animal rescue centre has received a £500 donation from a local housebuilder following an appeal for funding to cover its veterinary bills.
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7th January 2021

Hospital staff step up for flu vaccine research

Four hundred members of staff at Leicester’s Hospitals have been enrolled into a University of Leicester study that hopes to better understand how long the flu vaccine offers protection from the flu virus.
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7th January 2021

NG wrap up prime retail deal in Hucknall

Commercial property specialists NG Chartered Surveyors have brokered a deal to sell a prime retail investment in the Nottinghamshire town of Hucknall.
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7th January 2021

OPUS TRUST SECURES MAJOR RETAIL CONTRACT

The deal, with multiple extension options, will see Opus Trust deliver an omnichannel communication solution for FGH, taking them on a digital transformation journey that will further enhance the retail experience for more than two million FGH customers a
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7th January 2021

ROOF TILE FIRM RECOGNISES LONG SERVICE OF DEDICATED EMPLOYEES

Burton-based roof tile manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles, is celebrating the dedication and long service of nine members of the team, who have a combined long service of 125 years. 
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7th January 2021

Richborough Estates sells major housing site to Bloor Homes

National land promoter Richborough Estates has sold a major housing site in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire to Bloor Homes.
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7th January 2021

SmartParc submits planning for 155-acre high-tech food campus on former Celanese site

Specifically designed to address the challenges facing the food industry, the planned 1.8m sqft collaborative hub, will provide state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, start-up incubation units and a potential location for a Food Manufacturing Technolo
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7th January 2021

Six key employment law issues employers need to plan for in 2021

Leading law firm Howes Percival has highlighted the six key areas of employment law employers need to plan for in 2021.
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7th January 2021

DERBY BASED MEDICAL MANUFACTURER, PENNINE HEALTHCARE, WORKING WITH UK CABINET OFFICE TO MANUFACTURE FACE COVERINGS

Pennine Healthcare, one of the UK’s leading privately-owned medical manufacturers, is delighted to announce it is working with the UK Cabinet Office, to produce UK manufactured face coverings.
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6th January 2021

Nottingham's Island Quarter development secures global hotel operator

A BRAND new upscale hotel complex will soon be on its way to Nottingham after the developer behind The Island Quarter https://www.theislandquarter.com/development signed terms with IHG https://www.ihg.com/content/gb/en/about/brands– one of the world’s lea
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6th January 2021

Phase Three Homes Now Available To Purchase at Trent Basin Development

New homes in the third phase of a riverside housing development have now gone up for sale. The next stages of Trent Basin, an eco-friendly neighbourhood on the banks of the River Trent in Nottingham, will see a further 200 homes - plus a new school - bui
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6th January 2021

Notts vegan brand donates more than £1000 to the fight against fast fashion

Paguro Upcycle, an ethical fashion accessory brand based in West Bridgford, is proud to announce its support for three charities in 2020 led to more than £1000 in donations.
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6th January 2021

Donation of £550 to The Little Princess Trust to fund the creation of a wig for a child with cancer

Leading homebuilder David Wilson Homes Mercia has donated £550 to The Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides children and young people with real hair wigs whilst also funding vital research into childhood cancers.
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6th January 2021

LEICESTERSHIRE BUSINESS MAKES A ‘PLAY’ FOR MCDONALDS

Red Monkey Play, a UK leading manufacturer of bespoke play equipment for schools, nurseries and leisure is pleased to announce the first completion in a number of sustainable playgrounds for McDonalds, using recycled Happy Meal Toys. With a further 15 p
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6th January 2021

Duo of New Accounts for Eden PR

Nottingham-based PR consultancy Eden Public Relations https://www.edenpr.co.uk/about-eden/, which is celebrating 20 years in business, closed 2020 by winning a duo of new accounts. Eden PR, established in 2000 and now located in the heart of Nottingham’s
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5th January 2021

New year, new role for five employees at East Mids law firm as promotions are announced

Craig Staten-Spencer, Melanie Morton, Claire McLeod, and Lewis Hastie have been promoted to legal director, while Nicola Clarke has been promoted to senior associate. Collectively, they have worked at Nelsons for more than 38 years and are thrilled the la
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5th January 2021

Birds Bakery announces its stores will stay open during UK lockdown

Following latest government guidelines around COVID-19, Birds Bakery has announced that its stores will stay open for customers.
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5th January 2021

Working from Home in Leicester with Kids (Round Two) – Advice for Parents Offices.co.uk

/As the reality of the next few months sinks in, more parents in Leicester once again face the hardships of home schooling and home working, we explore how parents can cope with the pressures of working from home with kids (again)./
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5th January 2021

National property consultancy announces senior East Midlands promotions

A leading national property consultancy has announced a trio of senior promotions at its Ashby office.
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5th January 2021

Steelworks up on four new units at St. Modwen Park Lincoln

St. Modwen is continuing to deliver against its growth plans for the East Midlands with a further four industrial and logistics units, scaling more than 123,000 sq ft, at its site in Lincoln.
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5th January 2021

Triple Award Success for Superior Wellness

Superior Wellness is celebrating after its triple award success in the recent UK Pool and Spa Awards 2020.
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5th January 2021

Firms need inside track to Government’s plan for coming out of national lockdown

Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 to help them get through the latest coronavirus lockdown.
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5th January 2021

Asbestos company wins major education contract

A Northamptonshire team of asbestos experts has secured a major new contract which enables them to tender for projects with thousands of UK universities, colleges and schools.
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5th January 2021

East Midlands SMEs remain committed to sustainability despite Covid-19

The majority of SMEs in the East Midlands remain focused on improving their environmental sustainability despite Covid-19, according to Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking’s Business Barometer.
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5th January 2021

BARRATT DONATES £500 TO SUPPORT WEST MIDLANDS AUTISM CHARITY

Leading West Midlands housebuilder Barratt Homes has donated £500 to a local autism charity as part of its Community Fund scheme.
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5th January 2021

Gearing up for the new EPU

A New Year and a new focus on England Policy for FSB
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5th January 2021

EarthSense and Leicester City Council Identify and Mitigate Emissions from Wood Burning Smoke

EarthSense, the air quality specialist, is helping Leicester City Council to identify emissions from wood burning smoke and implement initiatives to reduce exposure to burning smoke and improve public health.
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5th January 2021

Specialist divorce lawyer awarded MBE for services to female entrepreneurs

LEADING business figures across the country are celebrating after being named in the Queen’s 2021 New Year Honours list – and one such name is Nelsons’ http://nelsonslaw.co.uk/ partner and head of its family team in Leicester, Glynis Wright. The list rec
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5th January 2021

Charity platform bolstered with new recruits after strong year of growth

Chesterfield-based Investors in Community has expanded its team after seeing a 68% increase in the number of charities using the platform since March, including the Teenage Cancer Trust, British Heart Foundation, and Mind. After the first national lockdo
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4th January 2021

Nottingham development set to be a 'UK first'

Images of a ground-breaking, multi-million ‘cohesive use’ scheme for Nottingham are revealed today (4 January)– showing hotels, co-working space, apartments, green space and leisure.
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4th January 2021

East Midlands SMEs remain committed to sustainability despite Covid-19

The majority of SMEs in the East Midlands remain focused on improving their environmental sustainability despite Covid-19, according to Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking’s Business Barometer.
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4th January 2021

Nottinghamshire homebuilder supports fitness and wellbeing bootcamp

As part of its Community Fund scheme, David Wilson Homes East Midlands has contributed to the work of a grassroots health and well-being fitness bootcamp in Nottinghamshire.
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4th January 2021

Expanded cancer trials centre at Leicester’s Hospitals re-opens

A facility that gives patients opportunities to trial new medicines to treat a range of cancers has re-opened at Leicester’s Hospitals, following a £1.4 million expansion.
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4th January 2021

Vital work to put heritage at the heart of Nottingham

A panel set up to support and protect Nottingham’s heritage treasures has been looking back at its achievements as the city approaches a new year.
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