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1st April 2020

Manufacturing Growth Program Grant Funded Support for businesses during COVID-19 Crisis

Manufacturing Growth Program is still actively offering Grant support (typically 33% of project costs) to help businesses re-assess, re-tool, and get ready to reboot!
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22nd March 2020

Commemorative five tonne bell cast in UK gets Royal escort down under

A huge bell weighing more than five tonnes has been transported nearly 10,000 miles, from the UK to Australia’s capital city Canberra, by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), following its casting and tuning at the Loughborough Bellfoundry in Leicesters
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18th March 2020

Business Minister Opens New Engineering Centre at Boston College

The Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP opened the Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology Centre (EMAT) at Boston College yesterday (Thursday 12th March).
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9th March 2020

Investment boosts Lincolnshire housing group's growth ambitions

A leading housing group that operates across Lincolnshire has secured significant investment that will help it achieve its ambitious plans to build around 750 new homes a year for the next five years.
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6th March 2020

MEIF investment propels Leicestershire Comms firm into international markets

Leicestershire-based communications firm Write the Talk has received £75,000 to support UK job creation with expansion plans into the Hong Kong and USA markets.
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3rd March 2020

trentbarton going places with new full fibre network

trentbarton invests in full fibre to secure better customer experience
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1st March 2020

Buy-to-let landlords face 'seismic' tax change

People selling buy-to-let properties or other property owners could clock up financial penalties due to ‘seismic’ changes to the capital gains tax (CGT) payment rules, says tax specialist Imogen Lea, from Clarke Willmott LLP.
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28th February 2020

Derbyshire firm targets further growth following million pound machinery boost

A Derbyshire-based manufacturer is accelerating its growth plans after investing close to £1 million in new machinery with the support of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
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27th February 2020

Manufacturing jobs on offer at Derbyshire manufacturer thanks to 50k funding injection

Derbyshire-based software engineering company Devtank expands thanks to a six-figure funding boost from Enterprise Loans East Midlands.
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27th February 2020

Historic Maynard Arms hotel brought back to life by new management

The Maynard Arms in Grindleford, Derbyshire, has reopened under new management after undergoing a full transformation, including a new restaurant and bar.
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26th February 2020

Lincolnshire engineering company plans double turnover with HSBC UK support

Lincolnshire-based SL Engineering, a supplier to some of the world’s most demanding fuel, hydraulic and other critical fluid conveyance applications, aims to double turnover to over £12 million by 2023, thanks to a £1.5 million refinancing package from HS
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24th February 2020

UK's largest supplier of buttons to the fashion industry puts new HQ in style

One of Nottingham’s oldest independent family-owned business, Jones & Co, is expanding into new purpose-built premises after receiving a £1 million funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
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24th February 2020

New £50,000 sampling machine ensures 'the real deal' for packaging manufacturer

A packaging manufacturer has invested £50,000 in a new sampling machine which will give its clients a more realistic idea of the products it can produce.
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22nd February 2020

Chesterfield outdoor equipment specialist acquires new premises with support from HSBC UK

Hubaco Ltd, the parent company of Terra Nova Equipment, best known for the design and manufacture of award-winning outdoor equipment, and YourSchoolUniform.com, an online schoolwear supplier, has moved into its new premises in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, afte
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19th February 2020

Investment markets open for business to new entrants

Investment and private equity markets could help to fund the growth of exciting Nottingham businesses, according to a recent event hosted by Macildowie in partnership with the London Stock Exchange.
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18th February 2020

Partnership's office for charity boosts bid to revive 'iron giant' for public benefit

Regeneration agency Erewash Partnership has helped a voluntary group to keep plans on track for turning the disused Bennerley Viaduct at Ilkeston into a visitor attraction.
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16th February 2020

Charterpoint Senior Living starts work on new Bingham care home

Developers have broken ground on a new 70-bed care home being built in Bingham, Nottinghamshire.
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14th February 2020

New Metro Bank 'MCash' delivery service launches across the Midlands

Metro Bank has launched its new on-demand cash collection and delivery service in the Midlands. The new service will support the 4.2 million1 UK SMEs that rely on cash2, and save SMEs vital time by delivering and collecting cash at their doorstep on reque
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11th February 2020

Bedrock Tax owner shortlisted for national Women in Accountancy and Finance 2020

edrock Tax is delighted to announce that Lisa Topliss, one of Bedrock Tax's Directors and owner of the business, has been shortlisted for the inaugural Women in Accountancy and Finance Awards 2020 which showcases the achievements of women in practice, bus
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8th February 2020

Local Company Invests £1m to Grow and Create Jobs

While many businesses have not made investment decisions because of uncertainty and lack of confidence brought about by Brexit. ADS Laser Cutting Ltd based in Leicester, an engineering business, has invested in a new metal laser cutting machine from manuf
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8th February 2020

Wholesale nursery supplier secures £250,000 loan from MEIF Maven Debt Finance

Family run plant nursery will use the funding to accelerate growth plans, diversify its customer base and take advantage of new market opportunities.
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7th February 2020

Focus on business growth and productivity as Leicester Innovation Week returns

Is innovation a key driver when it comes to growing a successful business?
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7th February 2020

The end of the road for Entrepreneurs' Relief?

With the 11th March Budget looming, speculation is rife that Entrepreneurs’ Relief (ER) is to be curtailed or even abolished.
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7th February 2020

Wholesale nursery supplier secures £250,000 loan from MEIF Maven Debt Finance

Family run plant nursery will use the funding to accelerate growth plans, diversify its customer base and take advantage of new market opportunities.
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5th February 2020

Charities offered space and advice plus interest

Charities are being offered mentoring, advice and even free meeting space alongside a competitive interest rate in an innovative new savings account from Hinckley & Rugby.
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4th February 2020

RSM takes top spot in Midlands M&A advisory league

RSM's corporate finance team has moved up the league table to become the most active financial adviser in the Midlands M&A advisory market in 2019.
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3rd February 2020

RSM takes top spot in Midlands M&A advisory league

RSM's corporate finance team has moved up the league table to become the most active financial adviser in the Midlands M&A advisory market in 2019.
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27th January 2020

Nottingham’s Unity Square development reaches new heights

A topping out ceremony was held at one of the East Midlands’ most significant developments, Unity Square, to mark the build reaching its highest point.
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17th December 2019

Permaroof celebrates its most successful year to date

Permaroof, the UK’s leading importer and distributor of Firestone RubberCover, is celebrating its most successful year to date with 24,000 orders completed; the highest figure in its 19-year history.  
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17th December 2019

Howes Percival acts for Cadman Capital Group on country sports acquisitions

Howes Percival has acted for Cadman Capital Group, a private equity firm, on two acquisitions for the Group's sports shooting and country wear division. 
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17th December 2019

Quantity Surveying team at Focus Consultants working at Staunton Country Park in Hampshire

Work is underway on site for a £4 million project which will restore and rejuvenate an historically important parkland.
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17th December 2019

Business Bank urges people to be diligent and take cyber security seriously to protect your online cash

Online banking is, for many of us, a part of our day-to-day lives, but concerns over cyber security and a rise in online scams have left many of us asking just how safe is our hard-earned cash?
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16th December 2019

Specialist Sixth Form Education Provider completes seven-figure refinance deal with Allied Irish Bank (GB)

A specialist sixth form education provider has completed a £1.73m refinance deal with Allied Irish Bank (GB) in Nottingham that will strengthen the future ambitions of Bilborough Sixth Form College.
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16th December 2019

Hinckley and Rugby Building Society staff help homeless at Christmas

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society and its staff have helped the homeless this Christmas by donating 18 starter packs to help them sleep, cook, eat in and clean their next homes.
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16th December 2019

Belmayne kicks off grassroots links

Two north Sheffield community sports organisations have received a financial boost, thanks to Dronfield-based Belmayne.
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16th December 2019

Leicestershire performing arts school reveals new studio with HSBC UK support

A popular family-run performing arts school in Leicestershire has purchased its first-ever business premises in Melton Mowbray, thanks to a £252,000 commercial mortgage from HSBC UK.
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13th December 2019

Hinckley & Rugby sleep out raises £3,000 for homeless

Staff from Hinckley & Rugby Building Society have raised more than £3,000 for the homelessness charity Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland by sleeping out for a night in the Society’s car park in Hinckley.
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10th December 2019

Marketplace lender appoints new Relationship Director in the Midlands

Assetz Capital has appointed Paul King as Relationship Director as it looks to support more business owners and housebuilders across the Midlands.
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8th December 2019

£10,000 capital investment for Russells

At a time of continued growth, Burton-based roof tile manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles has invested £10,000 in upgrading its equipment and technology.
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8th December 2019

Banner Jones Wealth Management LLP welcomes new financial planner

Derbyshire and South Yorkshire based Wealth Management firm, Banner Jones Wealth Management, has expanded their team with the appointment of Financial Planner, Simon Dickinson DipPFS.
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8th December 2019

SME support launched to STEM sector at Made in Chesterfield

The University of Derby has revealed a refreshed package of SME support to ‘strength the capability of businesses in Chesterfield and the surrounding region, with access to research and expertise that can help foster innovation.’
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8th December 2019

Roythornes advises on sale of anerobic degestion plant to Macquarie

Roythornes Solicitors has advised the co-founders of leading biogas producer BioCow in a major deal that saw Macquarie Capital Principal Finance (Macquarie) acquire a majority stake in the company.
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7th December 2019

On-the-go travel accessory company secures funding boost

Derby-based travel accessory manufacturer launches thanks to a cash injection from Enterprise Loans East Midlands.
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7th December 2019

London Stock Exchange Opened by Local Businessman

A Loughborough businessman has officially opened the trading market at the London Stock Exchange.
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5th December 2019

Howes Percival facilitates the sale of DKL-Marketing to Beysal

Howes Percival has acted for the shareholders of Northampton-based DKL-Marketing Limited (DKL) in its sale of shares to Pat Avenue (HK) Limited. 
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4th December 2019

Care at Home Company Launches Midlands Franchisee Recruitment Drive

PerCurra, the national care at home franchise, has announced the launch of a recruitment drive to attract new franchisees, with a particular focus on its territories across the Midlands.
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1st December 2019

Hinckley & Rugby staff to sleep out for homeless

Staff from Hinckley & Rugby Building Society are to sleep out in their car park in Hinckley to gain an insight into the plight of people facing homelessness and to raise money for local charity partner Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland.
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30th November 2019

Loyal Employees Clock Up Almost 500 Years of Service

In a world where changing jobs every five years has become the norm[1], employees at Cowens Group, Chartered Insurance Brokers and Chartered Financial Planners based in Mansfield, are bucking the trend, with almost half of the 60-strong team clocking up m
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29th November 2019

Nottingham financial advisers boost growth with new appointment

George Square Financial Management is continuing its year of sustained growth with the appointment of a new adviser to its expanding team in Nottingham city centre.
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28th November 2019

Promotion for new assistant manager at Leicester Accountancy Firm

An Audit Supervisor with Leicester-based chartered accountants Newby Castleman has stepped up to the role of Assistant Manager, following a recent promotion that recognises his contributions to the firm over the last eight years. 
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22nd November 2019

Two New Appointments Support The RU Group’s Continued Expansion

Independent financial planning and wealth management company, The RU Group, is pleased to announce that it has made two new appointments at its Nottingham headquarters.
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16th November 2019

Metro Bank continues to power Pall-Ex as haulage firm embarks on next phase of growth

Pall-Ex this week announced that ex-Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey CBE has sold the business to its senior management team and UK network members.  Metro Bank is proud to continue to support the business, via a £3.25 million invoice financing arrangement
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1st November 2019

Belmayne among top firms highlighting fee confusion

A clear and transparent approach to fees has earned Dronfield-based chartered financial planners, Belmayne, national recognition from a leading industry journal.
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16th September 2019

RISK's 'Ecommerce Business of the Year' - thanks to The Digital Growth Programme business support

Leading health & safety training provider RISK is celebrating after scooping a prestigious regional business award, for it's website and customer portal which was delivered following grant funded support from The Digital Growth Programme.
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1st August 2019

Digital Growth Programme extended with £5m of additional funding

A groundbreaking project which has helped thousands of businesses across Leicester and Leicestershire to enhance their digital skills will continue for another three years thanks to a £5m funding extension.
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24th September 2018

Enterprise Loans joins Brighter Futures to support Leics entrepreneurs

NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation, Enterprise Loans East Midlands, has joined the Brighter Futures Project to support Leicestershire entrepreneurs looking to start their own business.
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19th September 2018

Cooper Parry corporate finance mobilise yet another deal

The Midlands-based corporate finance specialists provided advice to WestBridge Capital (WestBridge), on its acquisition, alongside the management team, of Ashwood Baker Investments Limited (AJM Healthcare).
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20th August 2018

HSBC UK funding feeds Hyperama's expansion plan

Nottingham headquartered wholesaler secures £15m finance package
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17th August 2018

Derbyshire accountancy firm helps IT company ‘secure its largest financial investment’

A Derbyshire accountancy firm has successfully helped another company complete “one of the biggest financial commitments” it has ever made.
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16th August 2018

New Partnership brings in the cash for The RU Group’s clients

New cash management service offering ensures client savings are providing the best possible returns.
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26th July 2018

Air con: Small businesses left to swelter in heatwave by business rates system

As the most severe heatwave for decades continues to sizzle across the UK, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on Government to do away with a little-known tax wrinkle which hits small businesses that have air conditioning.
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25th July 2018

Hinckley & Rugby hits £92m lending in first half

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society achieved £92m of new mortgage lending in the first half of its current financial year.
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23rd July 2018

Lincoln electricity firm surges ahead with HSBC boost

Brook & Mayo, a leading electrical and maintenance contractor in Lincoln, has secured a six-figure commercial mortgage from its long-term banking partner, HSBC, to purchase its first premises since it was established in 1969.
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19th July 2018

Help for businesses in recovering debt payments from individuals and sole traders

New step-by-step flowchart helps guide business through the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims
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10th July 2018

Indian business investment in the East Midlands remains strong despite continuing Brexit uncertainties

A new report that analyses the latest trends on investment in and the performance of Indian businesses operating in the UK, reveals that Indian companies remain integral to the long term growth of the East Midlands’ economy.
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4th July 2018

Countdown for companies to have a say on tax changes to electric vehicle charging

Accountancy firm Newby Castleman is urging companies that provide electric vehicle charging to their employees to respond to a government consultation that seeks to make changes to the way in which such benefits are taxed.
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27th April 2018

Collaborate grant helps Food Attraction reach new markets

A food manufacturer based in Leicester has benefited from a grant of nearly £19,000 from the Collaborate business support project that helps growing small and medium-sized businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire.
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27th April 2018

Why firms should be incentivising staff through an employee share scheme

Local accountancy firm Newby Castleman is highlighting the benefits of awarding company shares to employees, as a way of incentivising the workforce and helping to secure businesses’ long term future.
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18th April 2018

Business owners could lose out through new cut to Dividend Allowance

Owners of limited companies could lose out on more than £1100 under tax changes to the dividend allowance which come into force this month.
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27th March 2018

Strong Competition for Peterborough Depot Investment!

Lincoln-based Banks Long & Co has bought another investment opportunity for a private client in a deal worth more than £900,000 – reflecting a net initial yield of around 6.67 per cent.
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27th March 2018

LANDMARK CASE AS LINCOLNSHIRE LAND GAINS 14 ACRES DUE TO ACCRETION

LEADING law firm Roythornes Solicitors has successfully acted on behalf of a client in gaining ownership of 14 acres of land that has become available thanks to the natural process of accretion.
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26th March 2018

Strong start to 2018 at Hinckley & Rugby BS

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has started 2018 with a £20m increase in its mortgage balances and a £10m boost to its savings balances.
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12th March 2018

Five tips for firms fretting over financial Year End

With the end of the financial year looming, Leicestershire accountants Newby Castleman have provided a comprehensive checklist for firms preparing their Annual Accounts and Company Tax Return.
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8th March 2018

Hope Against Cancer announces new funding to support cancer research in Leicester

Hope Against Cancer is committing £160K of new funding to support vital, life-saving research carried out in the University of Leicester and on-site at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
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8th March 2018

Collaborate grant helps Welham Motors stay competitive

Established over 70 years ago, Leicester-based engineering business, Welham Motor Company continues to strive for growth.
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1st March 2018

BRM Solicitors announces formal collaboration with Milestone Financial Planning

Two of Chesterfield’s leading professional services companies have joined forces to offer a fully joined-up legal and independent financial services proposition.
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20th February 2018

Deadline approaches for £80,000 of business rates relief funding

Time is running out for Charnwood companies to apply for financial support if they have experienced hardship caused by changes to business rates.
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13th February 2018

Don’t be caught out on VAT from Valentine’s Day, warns Newby Castleman

Companies which rely on older software to manage their finances are being reminded by local accountants Newby Castleman that changes to HMRC’s systems due on February 14th may delay them filing their VAT returns.
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12th February 2018

Watch out for new software rules when preparing digital VAT returns

Businesses preparing to supply their VAT information digitally have been advised to ensure that their software complies with new HMRC rules.
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8th February 2018

DERBY’S INDUSTRIAL MARKET DOMINATED 2017 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SCENE

THE city’s annual in-depth commercial property review published by Innes England has revealed that the industrial market dominated with prime rents in that sector growing by 26% in five years.
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6th February 2018

FUNDING BOOST FOR FAST-GROWING ENTERPRISE

Counsellors are celebrating a £60,000 “super boost” which has allowed them to double the size of their Lincoln Hub - spelling fantastic news for clients and fellow professionals.
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1st February 2018

Hinckley & Rugby launches 90-day business deposit

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has launched a 90-day business deposit account paying 1.25 per cent interest (gross/AER) that’s designed to give businesses a meaningful return in a market dominated by accounts paying less than one per cent.
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31st January 2018

Grant Thornton tops league table of M&A advisers, capping strong year of growth

Leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP, which has its East Midlands office in Leicester, has been ranked as the UK’s number one financial adviser by volume, in the latest Experian MarketIQ M&A Review.
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30th January 2018

Sir Frank Whittle students get wise to money

Students at Sir Frank Whittle Studio School are better prepared for their financial futures after a day of lessons about money sponsored by Hinckley & Rugby Building Society.
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30th January 2018

Collaborate grant helps DPI achieve rapid growth

A company that makes lightboxes and aluminium structures for retail, airport and exhibitions has received a £12,000 boost from Collaborate, the business support project that helps growing small and medium-sized businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire.
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12th January 2018

Taxpayers urged to protect themselves through HMRC Fee Protection Insurance, as investigations increase by 10%

A rise in the number of tax investigations carried out by HM Revenue & Customs has prompted leading Chartered Accountants Newby Castleman to remind taxpayers of the benefits of HMRC Fee Protection Insurance.
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5th January 2018

BHW Advise on Mo Bro’s Deal with Dragons

BHW Solicitors have been instructed by the entrepreneurs behind the headline hitting Mo Bro’s.
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4th January 2018

CURVE AWARDED NATIONAL LOTTERY FUNDING TO SHARE THE STORY OF LEICESTER FOR TENTH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Leicester’s Curve theatre has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £70,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to celebrate the city’s cultural history.
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4th January 2018

Companies with combi/crew vans are warned of potential tax hike in wake of Coca-Cola ruling

Leicestershire businesses that own combi/crew vans are being told to be wary of potential changes to the way in which such vehicles are taxed, by leading local accountancy firm Newby Castleman.
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4th January 2018

Milestone Financial Planning strengthens team further

Chesterfield-based Milestone Financial Planning has strengthened its team further in 2018 with the appointment of Caroline Barr.
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3rd January 2018

Wealth Management Specialists Team Up with Health Insurer

The RU Group Announces Collaboration with VitalityHealth as Part of Growing Healthcare Offering
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15th December 2017

THRIVING FAMILY FRIENDLY CAFÉ ENJOYING EXPANSION FOLLOWING FUNDING

SUCCESSFUL family focused café The Milk Lounge is going from strength to strength after opening in a second Nottinghamshire location, thanks to funding from Enterprise Loans.
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4th December 2017

Planning system must work better for business

The planning system in England is more complex, costly and difficult for business than it was 5 years ago, according to a major report published today (Monday) by the British Chambers of Commerce.
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27th November 2017

Hardy Signs Host Seminar For Local Business Grants

This November, Hardy Signs Limited, of Burton on Trent, played host to a range of local businesses and organisations at their ‘Grant Access Seminar’.
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27th November 2017

NOVEMBER 2017 Focus completes project management role at Grade I listed hall

A previously inaccessible area of a Grade I listed hall is being opened to the public following a conservation project which has been managed by Focus Consultants.
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21st November 2017

‘ONE STOP BEAUTY SHOP’ LAUNCHES IN NOTTINGHAM

NOTTINGHAM’S newest independent beauty destination, Kiki, opened its doors at the weekend (18 November) to much success thanks to funding from Enterprise Loans.
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21st November 2017

Grant Thornton calls on Chancellor for tax review

Tax specialist at business and finance adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP in Leicester, Mark Pashley, is urging Chancellor Philip Hammond to review the UK's tax regime ahead of the Budget next week (22 November 2017), if it is to be fit for purpose post Brexit
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