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East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

Helping your business grow

Whether through optimising processes, upskilling your people or reducing costs through membership benefits – The Chamber connects you to funding, skills, new people, expert help and provides a platform where you and your business can flourish. Business growth can take many forms. It may mean increased revenue, higher sales, greater profitability, investing in staff, raising your profile, obtaining the latest business trends and insights, upgrading infrastructure or taking advantage of new and innovative digital capabilities. We know that every company’s set of circumstances and priorities are different. That's why, whatever growth looks like for you, we're on hand with our dedicated advisers and services to offer the support you need to help your business flourish.


Access to the right people with the Chamber's help

Whether you’re looking to network at various levels, exhibit or learn more about what’s going on in your sector, the Chamber can open up a phenomenal network of contacts, with unlimited collaborative opportunities for businesses of all sizes.

Whether you want to network, exhibit, learn more about what’s going on in your sector through industry forums – The Chamber helps you access hundreds of opportunities to meet and connect with businesses in the East Midlands every year.


Helping you nurture talent more effectively

Having the right people in the right positions isn’t just crucial to individual businesses, it’s of paramount importance to future business growth and the wider economy in general. That’s why the Chamber places skills so high on its agenda.

The Chamber offers a multifaceted range of training solutions to help unlock the potential of your workforce and boost your business performance, along with helping young people and the unemployed to gain new skills and move into employment. It also provides a platform for employers to discuss wider skills issues.


Getting your voice heard by the right people

Engaging with the right people – be it your local MP, industry sector peers or a local, regional or national body - can be facilitated by the Chamber which, as the region’s largest business support organisation, ensures its members are heard by influence

Amid ongoing Brexit negotiations and an ever-evolving and at times uncertain business landscape, it is arguably more important than ever that our region’s businesses are in a position to influence current and future business conditions – locally, regionally and nationally.

Through its deep-rooted and strong relationships with key influencers and decision-makers from the East Midlands to Westminster, the Chamber is well placed to give members a voice and insight into the specific and general issues affecting business in the region.


Whether your business trades overseas or not

Whether your business currently operates overseas or not, the Chamber’s award-winning International Trade team can help enable businesses at all stages of the export journey - from start-ups to multinationals - to be successful in overseas markets.

Through its comprehensive programme of international offerings – from accredited training courses and qualifications, outstanding networking events, international student placements, links to key partners, assisting members with vital export documentation and outlining any changes in legislation or processes - the Chamber’s multifaceted International offering adds significant value to outward-looking businesses. Whatever international development looks like for your business, the Chamber has the tools and knowledge required to help you grow as an international business.

Why choose us?

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East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

Commerce House
Millennium Way
Dunston Road
S41 8ND

0333 320 0333


2nd December 2022

IT Providers Customer Service is officially excellent!

Your IT Department have added the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Customer Service Award for Nottingham to a growing number of awards.
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1st December 2022

Harmful emissions saved - thanks to green transport supply relationship between ULEMCo and Luxfer Gas Cylinders

Vehicles that embed hydrogen technology into dual fuel systems are helping create a greener transport network, as part of a long term collaboration that has already saved significant harmful emissions.
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3rd August 2022

EMCRC announced as the latest business to attend the Love Business Expo 2023

The East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre (EMCRC) will be hosting a stall to share guidance and resources to local businesses, at the 11th annual Love Business Expo 2023.
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12th May 2022

FREE B2B Event and Networking - The University of Nottingham would like to invite you to join them at their first ever FREE ‘Business open day’ at the University of Nottingham.

“Power of Partnerships: driving change in the East Midlands” is the University of Nottingham’s first open business conference, organised in partnership with the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, CBI, IoD and FSB.
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11th December 2021

Double Win for Precision Facilities Management at Local Business Awards

Leicester based Precision FM is celebrating after winning two awards at this year’s East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
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8th October 2021

Planning consent granted for groundbreaking Becketwell Performance Venue

Derby’s ambition to get a new entertainment and events venue has moved a step closer after detailed planning consent was granted by Derby City Council.
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5th October 2021

Nottingham business immigration law specialist calls for a Government rethink over labour shortages

The Government’s announcement last weekend allowing 5,000 HGV drivers to come to the UK for three months in the run-up to Christmas does not go far enough to ensure that UK PLC remains competitive in the light of labour shortage which could cripple the po
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4th October 2021

Rapid Growth for Lockwood Salads

Breaking through the traditional images of farmers and farming comes a modern day, family-run salad growing business based in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
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30th September 2021

University and Chamber pledge support for the UN Race to Zero

The University of Derby and East Midlands Chamber have become signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Race to Zero campaign.
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28th September 2021

Your Tender Team expands team in the East Midlands

Your Tender Team, the Leicester bid writing company, is recruiting for new Bid Writers to join their award winning team.
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27th September 2021

Derby BIDs ensure city centre businesses can join Crime-Fighting Partnership

Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have joined forces with Derbyshire Business Crime Reduction Partnership (DBCRP) to make it easier for businesses to work together to reduce crime and anti-social behavio
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22nd September 2021


Award winning, Leicestershire based marketing agency, Mocha Marketing have been announced as the proud sponsor of the VIP Lounge at the Love Business Expo 2022, due to take place on 17th February at Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough. This will
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15th September 2021

High street hero Sophie Hainsworth bags a double awards win

Sophie Hainsworth, 31 year old CEO & Co-Founder of the LoyalFree app was announced the winner of 2 categories at this year’s Leicestershire Live Women in Business Awards.
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15th September 2021

Translation and localisation services company PAB Languages unveils new multilingual website

Award-winning translation and localisation services company PAB Languages has unveiled a new multilingual website to showcase its translation, interpreting and localisation services.
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14th September 2021

Doing good during bad times

Over the past 18 months, the charity sector has been seen to go over and beyond to support the diverse communities in and around Leicester. Shama Women’s Centre is one of these amazing charities; having realigned our services to ensure alternative opportu
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30th August 2021

National awards success for Koa Consulting

A Derby-based business development consultancy which helps business owners to increase their sales, win more customers and grow is celebrating after scooping a prestigious national award.
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20th August 2021

Top community contributors recognised in brand-new awards

Three of Chesterfield’s top community contributors have been named in the brand-new 2021 Love Chesterfield Awards organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with Entire FM – Complete Facilities Management.
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10th August 2021

Hardy Signs Exhibiting at Love Business Expo 2022

As everything starts to settle down and events are on the rise, it’s about time we booked our first face-to-face exhibition! We will be present at the Love Business Expo 2022 on the 17th of February at the Holywell Park Conference Centre in Loughborough.
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4th August 2021

West Nottinghamshire College selected for government’s Strategic Development Fund pilot

West Nottinghamshire College has been selected along with other UK colleges to be part of the government’s new Strategic Development Fund pilot.
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4th August 2021


This month we celebrate our 28th anniversary this month. Founded in 1993 by Nik Hardy, the company have become the UK leading professional and digital signage supplier to a wide range of sectors.
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3rd August 2021

Hardy Signs 28th anniversary

British signage manufacturer Hardy Signs celebrate its 28th anniversary this month. Founded in 1993 by Nik Hardy, the company have become the UK leading professional and digital signage supplier to a wide range of sectors.
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3rd August 2021

Derby business owner Beverley Wakefield is encouraging others to make more time for themselves to avoid burn-out

A DERBY business owner and director of a children’s mental health charity is encouraging others to make sure they take time for themselves – and their families – to avoid burn-out this summer.
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23rd July 2021

Shortlist revealed for 2021 Love Chesterfield Awards

The very best Chesterfield-based businesses and developments have been revealed by Destination Chesterfield.
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15th July 2021

Grant enables Translink Express Logistics to go green

Distribution and warehousing business Translink Express Logistics, based in Narborough, is well on its way to becoming a greener business after introducing real-time track and trace service for palletized goods.
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5th July 2021

Liniar shortlisted for three awards in EM Chamber’s Derbyshire Business Awards 2021

A leader in the fenestration industry, Derbyshire manufacturing company Liniar was delighted to discover it’s been shortlisted in this year’s annual East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Derbyshire.
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27th May 2021

Hardy Signs joins East Midlands Chamber as Patron

A company that designs and makes signage for brands including Nestle and Müller UK is seeking to establish new partnerships in the region after becoming the latest East Midlands Chamber patron.
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19th May 2021

Businesses called on to enter new Love Chesterfield Awards 2021

Entrepreneurship, sustainability and community contribution from businesses will be recognised in the brand-new Love Chesterfield Awards 2021.
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12th May 2021

How to Plan a Financial Strategy for You and Your Business: Part 2

As a business owner, you set out for your business to do well financially. After all, no one reasonably sets out to fail! And yet, many businesses do fail, and mostly for financially reasons. One of the best ways to ensure success is to have a goal and pl
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12th May 2021

How to Align Your Purpose and Strategy

Are you an SME who currently has one eye on the future? Are you keen to define your long-term aspirations and understand the role they play in informing your current business planning? If you are, this valuable webinar will help you unearth what being in
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7th May 2021


Local charity, and East Midlands Chamber member, Children First Derby, has been awarded vital funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to ensure the continued provision of their highly valued Mentoring Service for the next five years
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5th May 2021

Liniar leads the way with Investors In Community Partnership

Industry-leading PVCu systems company Liniar has strengthened its community focus and commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ by joining the Investors in Community platform.
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4th May 2021

East Midlands care sector boosted by new partnership between Greetwell Purchasing Solutions and EMCARE

Lincolnshire based procurement specialists Greetwell Purchasing Solutions has been named as a commercial partner by East Midlands Care (EMCARE) to boost their support for the care sector across the region.
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30th April 2021

People and Skills Week 2021: The Skills Landscape Beyond Recovery

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 - 9:30am - 12:00pm
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28th April 2021

FREE Online Webinar - Thinking Creatively to Survive and Thrive

Are you responsible for implementing strategies to keep your business moving forward in this ever-changing and challenging environment?
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31st March 2021

Liniar leads the way with Investors In Community partnership

Derbyshire-based PVCu systems company Liniar has strengthened its community focus and commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ by joining the Investors in Community platform.
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24th March 2021


East Midlands Chamber of Commerce has signed up to a new building health and safety accreditation to ensure their offices have a recognised safety seal in time for the anticipated return of employees and visitors to their offices in Chesterfield, Nottingh
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4th March 2021

East Midlands Freeport gets green light

Up to 60,000 new skilled jobs could be created in the region after ambitious plans to create a new freeport based around East Midlands Airport were given the go-ahead.
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3rd March 2021

East Midlands Freeport given green light for take-off!

The East Midlands received a major economic boost today with the government's announcement that it will be one of eight new Freeports in England, creating an estimated 60,000 new skilled jobs for the region.
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3rd March 2021

Join the UpScaler Showcase event which will celebrate the success of the D2N2 UpScaler project and be a true celebration of business growth.

Expect a keynote speech from David McDowell, COO at BrewDog. In addition to this, we’ll hear from a range of UpScaler clients about their Scale Up journey.
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25th February 2021


Soar Valley Press' Digital Marketing Apprentice, Pippa Culverwell, has been named the runner-up in the Association of Colleges' Student of The Year Awards.
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24th February 2021

Digital health checks help businesses do more with technology

Adopting digital solutions can mean better customer experiences, improved productivity, enhanced security and more, but knowing where to start can be a stumbling block for many business owners.
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22nd February 2021

Landmark opportunity to create thousands of jobs and boost the East Midlands economy.

An East Midlands bid for Freeport status has been submitted to the government today by a consortium led by the two Local Enterprise Partnerships that represent Leicester, Leicestershire, Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
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5th February 2021

D2N2 Growth Hub - Stronger Supply Chains - Friday, 12th February 2021 at 10.00am - 1.00pm

Location: Action Planning Workshop - Cost: FREE
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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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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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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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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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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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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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25th November 2020

East Midlands Chamber Sector Forum, Government and Economic Events for your diary

East Midlands Chamber Sector Forum, Government and Economic Events for your diary
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23rd November 2020

Star Apprentice wins East Midlands Chamber Leicestershire ‘Apprentice of the Year’

Soar Valley Press’ Digital Marketing Apprentice, Pippa Culverwell, has been named ‘Apprentice of The Year’ in the East Midlands Chamber Leicestershire Business Awards.
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10th November 2020

Koa Consulting launches CSR scheme to help clients offset their carbon footprint

A Derby-based business development consultancy is planting a forest of mangroves on behalf of its clients to help them reduce their environmental impact.
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1st November 2020

Chamber reacts as second UK lockdown looms

England is set to go back into a full coronavirus lockdown on Thursday 5 November, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced.  
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27th October 2020

Chamber responds to confirmation of Tier 3 Covid restrictions for Nottingham

Nottingham and its surrounding areas will move into Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions later this week, it has been confirmed following crunch talks with the Government.
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25th October 2020

2020 Chesterfield High Street Awards winners named

Chesterfield has crowned its best high street businesses, individuals, market stall traders and events of 2020.
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22nd October 2020

HSG Shortlisted For Business Award

Washroom services and water conservation specialists HSG have been shortlisted for the East Midlands Chamber’s Derbyshire Business Awards.
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14th October 2020

Award-winning consultancy stands out from the competition with the UK's only recruitment and retention service

Macildowie Recruitment and Retention is the new name for the leading independent recruiter, a move which reflects the urgent needs of modern businesses feeling the impact of COVID-19. 
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12th October 2020

Prime Minister unveils three tier lockdown system

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unvieled a new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions for England, which is set to be introduced on Wednesday. 
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8th October 2020

Lockdown lifestyles drive growth in EMA cargo operations

People’s increasing reliance on ecommerce during the pandemic, coupled with a reduction in passenger flights, has driven significant growth in air cargo at the MAG (Manchester Airports Group) owned East Midlands Airport.
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7th October 2020

East Midlands Chamber survey shows region’s economy is slowly recovering – but job cuts continue

Jobs continue to be cut by businesses in the East Midlands as Covid-19 causes huge economic disruption, according to new research – but there could be signs of a recovery.
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7th October 2020

Policy and Forum Events from East Midlands Chamber (September/October)

Detail of our forthcoming programme of Policy and Forum Events from East Midlands Chamber
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3rd October 2020

Young people unbox their futures across Leicestershire

One thousand five hundred young people in Leicestershire will benefit from an innovative careers package delivered straight to their homes.
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2nd October 2020

The Small Business Recovery Grant through the Business Gateway Growth Hub is now open.

Grants from £1,000 to £3,000 are available for SME’s in Leicester and Leicesterhsire.
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24th September 2020

Help programme launched for workers facing redundancy during coronavirus pandemic

Workers facing redundancy will be helped to find new jobs, develop skills or start their own businesses through a comprehensive programme of free support being co-ordinated by Derby City Council.
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24th September 2020

Chancellor outlines winter economy plan in response to latest coronavirus developments.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today outlined additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK.
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23rd September 2020

Business leaders react to latest COVID-19 measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Business leaders from across the East Midlands have been giving their reaction to a raft of new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night.
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19th September 2020

Midland Main Line: Government announces potential breakthrough on electrification

Midlands Connect Director Maria Machancoses has welcomed news that the government is for the first time in 3 years looking again at electrifying the Midland Main Line.
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16th September 2020

Network Rail’s new rail improvements plan should finally pave way for full Midland Main Line electrification, says Chamber

The time has come for the Government to finally deliver on electrifying the entire Midland Main Line after a Network Rail report featured the scheme in a wider clean transport vision, says East Midlands Chamber.
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13th September 2020

‘Rule of six’ law could impact business confidence just as it was rising, says East Midlands Chamber

Commenting on the introduction of the so-called rule of six' law, East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said: "We empathise with the Government’s difficult position but the ‘rule of six’ law is going to prolong the economic recovery."
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11th September 2020

East Midlands Chamber - Policy Events

Members Forums (previously Strategy and Influence Group) The Chamber Member Forums are run on a county basis and give members across that area the chance for strategic engagement with the Chamber’s policy making activity. In addition to discussing specif
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3rd September 2020

Fit4HS2 Leicestershire: HS2 Supply Chain Readiness – Supply Chain Opportunities- 11 September 2020

This event is open to all businesses looking for business development opportunities, available as part of the HS2 supply chain. It will provide practical information on what is required of businesses to access the wide-ranging procurement opportunities th
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25th August 2020

RDS Global's £1M Sanitiser Technology Cleans Up at East Midlands Chamber

A hand sanitiser station featuring £1M innovative software is helping to keep staff and visitors safe at the region’s leading business representation organisation. The Black Box Edge™, developed by Derby-based IT support firm RDS Global, is incorporated
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13th August 2020

Entrepreneurs take inspiration from 1970s TV show to launch Notts Swap Shop

Entrepreneurs who took inspiration from a 1970s children’s TV show to set up a platform for swapping business services in Derbyshire have now expanded over the border into Nottinghamshire. After the success of the Derby Swap Shop, which attracted more th
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11th August 2020


BT’s Small Business Support Scheme to help firms boost connectivity, cash flow and confidence following coronavirus pandemic Specialist help for small businesses available from BT’s retail stores – rejuvenating high streets and levelling up the country L
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7th August 2020

KuKu UK business heroes reach 100 days of COVID support

KuKu Connect, a business membership service which connects businesses and entrepreneurs, will reach its 100th business-focussed daily update video bulletin on Tuesday (4th Aug) whilst simultaneously helping thousands of businesses everyday, with a range o
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5th August 2020

Paragon Law scoops hat-trick of accolades.

Nottingham based Paragon Law, the niche immigration law firm, is celebrating after receiving three major accolades.
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24th July 2020

Chamber responds to announcement of Brexit negotiations stalling

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber, said: “While the world has understandably been preoccupied with the Covid-19 pandemic, the countdown to the end of the EU-UK transition period has been ticking."
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22nd July 2020

Derbyshire Businesses Join Forces for Business Success  

Derbyshire-based marketing agency, Purpose Media, has enlisted the help of local tender consultancy business, Ask The Chameleon, to assist in diversifying its strategy.   
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17th July 2020

Chamber responds to Prime Minister’s speech regarding measures to ease national lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a plan for a “significant return to normality” by Christmas with a series of new measures to ease lockdown restrictions over the coming months.
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16th July 2020

Chamber comments on latest ONS employment statistics

New figures published today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed the number of UK workers on the payroll fell by 649,000 between March and June.
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10th July 2020

East Midlands First for NEBOSH Open Book Exam

RISK & Safety Management Services Ltd are the first company in the World to book delegates on to the NEBOSH General Certificate Open Book Exam, which is scheduled for 6th August 2020.
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9th July 2020

Leicester Business Festival kick starts with stakeholder and event organisers webinars

Organisers of the Leicester Business Festival (LBF), which takes place from 2 to 13 November, are staging a webinar to help businesses to develop their events for the Festival.
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8th July 2020

Chamber reacts to Rishi Sunak's Summer Statement

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced a series of emergency measures to help retain and create jobs amid the Covid-19 pandemic in a Summer Statement.
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30th June 2020

Chamber responds to extension of lockdown in Leicester

Responding to the news that extended lockdown measures are to be introduced in Leicester, Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: “For businesses within the affected areas, this news will come as a significant blow."
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25th June 2020

Chamber survey shows the devastating impact of coronavirus on local businesses

Business performance in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire took an unprecedented hit in the second three months of the year as the coronavirus pandemic sent shockwaves through the region’s economy.
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23rd June 2020

Everything you need to know about today's lockdown announcements

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today announced a raft of measures aimed at easing the lockdown and restarting the economy as it looks to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
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19th June 2020

Priorities for Derby’s economic recovery revealed

The team leading efforts to reboot Derby’s economy after the COVID-19 crisis has revealed details of its recovery strategy.
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19th June 2020

Queen’s praise for Chambers’ support

Her Majesty the Queen has today written a letter to Chambers of Commerce across the UK praising them for their role in supporting businesses and the economy throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
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2nd June 2020

Businesswoman gets stuck in to supporting firms emerging from lockdown

An award-winning Nottinghamshire businesswoman has founded a new company to help to rebuild businesses in the East Midlands that were forced to temporarily close, reduce their operations or pivot because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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29th May 2020

Chancellor unveils furlough changes

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today unveiled more details about changes to the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including plans to ask employers to contribute 20% of workers' wages, plus National Insurance and pension contributions.
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29th May 2020

FREE e-learning course: How to Create a COVID-19 Secure Workplace

As a business owner, you’re probably thinking about your next steps when it comes to opening the doors of your business. In this FREE e-learning action plan, our experts have gathered the top 5 points for you to be dealing with right now.
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