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6th July 2022

New research: More than one in five SMEs unable to access external finance

More than one in five (22%) small and medium sized enterprises (“SMEs”) that needed external finance and/or capital over the last couple of years were unable to access it.
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6th July 2022

Derby IT Firm Bam Boom Cloud wins prestigious Microsoft Global Partner of the Year Award.

Bam Boom Cloud today announced it has won the 2022 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Dynamics 365 Business Central.
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6th July 2022

NEW RESTAURANT TO LAUNCH AT RIVERSIDE CHAMBERS

Food enthusiasts, local businesses, family and friends turned out in force at the weekend for the official opening of a new contemporary European restaurant in Derby.
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6th July 2022

More Forthcoming Connect Receptions - July 22

More Forthcoming Connect Receptions - July 22
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6th July 2022

Croots Farm Shop shortlisted in Great Food Club Awards 2022

Derbyshire farm shop Croots has been shortlisted for the third year running in the Great Food Club Awards.
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5th July 2022

Blueprint Interiors completes fit-out for Global payment services provider in Beeston

Workplace consultants and commercial office interior fit-out specialists Blueprint Interiors has completed the six figure transformation at the Beeston site of global payment services provider Worldline. The refurbished office will now become the new HQ f
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5th July 2022

Leicestershire-based M-EC continues their ‘earn and learn’ commitment by joining The 5% Club

M-EC, a development technical consultant based in Leicestershire, have showcased their commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry-led initiative focused on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sp
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5th July 2022

J Tomlinson awarded 29th position in Top 200 Companies in Nottinghamshire 2022

J Tomlinson are proud to be awarded 29th position in Business Live and Nottinghamshire Live’s Top 200 Companies in Nottinghamshire, rising 16 places since 2019.
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5th July 2022

Students’ 'earth shelter' concept could offer insight into homes of the future

Engineering and architectural students have been imagining that our cities are becoming so overcrowded that we need to find ways to live and work in more extreme and remote natural environments, and have offered insight into what the homes of the future c
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5th July 2022

East Midlands-based Logistics Firm Hits £300m mark

Local logistics firm Europa Worldwide Group, which has two sites in the East Midlands, has revealed that the company’s turnover for the last 12 months has hit the £300m target, at its recent staff conference.
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5th July 2022

CROMWELL TO WELCOME PUBLIC ON NATIONAL MANUFACTURING DAY

International industrial supplies distributor Cromwell, based in Wigston, will be opening its doors to the public this Thursday 7 July in celebration of National Manufacturing Day.
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1st July 2022

Praise for personalised education as Nottingham Business School receives reaccreditation for global excellence

Nottingham Business School (NBS) has been praised for its best practice in personalised learning as part of a reaccreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
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1st July 2022

Four-day work week: a new way to make a living?

THE world’s biggest trial of the four-day work week is now underway, with more than 3,300 workers across 80 UK companies participating in the six-month experiment.
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29th June 2022

Northampton headteacher scoops top award for mental health programme

A headteacher who oversees a school that is located within a secure psychiatric hospital has scooped a top award for her prevention work within mental health and education.
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29th June 2022

Timms paralegal triumphs in legal skills triathlon

A Paralegal at Timms Solicitors has won the top prize in an annual competition organised by Derby & District Law Society (DDLS) in association with Derby Law School at the University of Derby.
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29th June 2022

Local businesses helped by Business Gateway during 12-month period topped £2billion combined turnover

The LLEP’s Business Gateway Growth Hub supported more than 1,500 businesses - with a combined turnover topping £2billion - during just 12 months.
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29th June 2022

IT Firm Set to Create 150 New Jobs

Nottingham-based managed services and cyber security provider, Littlefish – which also has offices in London and Sheffield – is due to hire over 150 new staff across the next year.
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29th June 2022

Nottingham pair names as two of Europe's most inspiring workplaces

Two cornerstones of the Nottingham business scene - full-service comms agency Cartwright Communications and the UK’s number one accountancy firm Cooper Parry - have been named two of Europe’s most inspiring places to work.
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28th June 2022

Leading Leicestershire housebuilder invests in the East Midlands

Leading housebuilder David Wilson Homes East Midlands, based in Coalville, has built 666 new homes in the region last year and contributed more than £115 million to the UK’s economic output.
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24th June 2022

Triple Celebration for Local Travel Agent

It’s a triple celebration for local travel agent Shaun Taylor of Inspire Travel by Shaun, as the agency marks its first year of trading and is shortlisted in not only one, but two of the UK Travel Industry’s most prestigious awards.
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24th June 2022

Queen’s Award-winners Cosy encouraging others to enter prestigious accolade

A Derbyshire company awarded a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise earlier this year is encouraging others to submit entries on behalf of their organisation – and has funded a website which it hopes will help others with their entries.
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23rd June 2022

Invictus Communications Helps Marketing Derby Fly The Flag For City and County

Leading telecommunications, IT and energy provider, Invictus Communications, have delivered a bespoke mobile communications solution for award-winning investment promotion agency Marketing Derby.
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23rd June 2022

Investment remains on the cards for logistics, and deal activity continues into 2022, despite ongoing challenges

Investment remains a key priority for UK logistics in 2022, and M&A activity levels remain high, despite the sector facing increasing challenges driven by labour costs, pricing and supply chain disruption.
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23rd June 2022

Superior Wellness listed as one of Britain’s Fastest-Growing Businesses

Superior Wellness ranks 18th on the Growth 100: an annual list that reveals Britain’s fastest-growing privately owned businesses in the country where the founder or founders are still involved.
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23rd June 2022

Forthcoming Connect Receptions - July 22

Forthcoming Connect Receptions - July 22
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23rd June 2022

New cyber support hub for retail businesses launches as cyber-attacks on retailers increase by 30%

A new cyber support hub has been launched following a collaboration between our sister centre, the Cyber Resilience Centre for the West Midlands and the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira).
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23rd June 2022

Award-winning Vibrant Accountancy teams up with innovative app to save businesses money

Award-winning Derby business Vibrant Accountancy has teamed up with an innovative app that helps companies to save hundreds of pounds on their bills – at a time when we’re all feeling the pinch.
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22nd June 2022

Innovate, Engage & Grow – Charnwood Campus launches NHS and Academia Collaboration Platform ( Charnwood NACP)

A Charnwood Campus Cluster event, part of a series of events to support the growth and success of the life science organisations clustered around Charnwood Campus Science, Innovation and Technology Park
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22nd June 2022

Santander UK partners with police to protect businesses from scams

Santander UK and the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) are running a series of webinars designed to help protect UK businesses against scams and fraud.
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22nd June 2022

Half of British business owners 'unsure’ about how to access business finance, says new research

Half of British business owners (50 per cent) do not know the best option for financing their business, according to recent research from business launchpad platform, Start My Business.
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22nd June 2022

Top leadership expert Kul Mahay joins elite group of professionals

A leadership expert who spent more than 30 years working for Derbyshire Constabulary before embarking on a successful career helping NHS Trusts and universities has joined an elite group of professionals in becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership
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22nd June 2022

Russell Roof Tiles Invests £90K in Burton Plant

Burton on Trent based pitched roof tile manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles, has invested £90,000 in an energy efficient, high performance Borche injection moulding machine to speed up its plastic manufacturing operation.
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22nd June 2022

Doing it Differently Conference Returns for 2022

The University of Lincoln’s Productivity Programme will be hosting the return of the Doing It Differently (DID) Conference in July 2022.
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21st June 2022

Recruitment business based in Leicester recently signed the Armed forces Covenant in June 2022

Managing Director Daniel Connor has always had a keen interest in supporting the Armed forces community and is an advocate for supporting those returning to civilian life.
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21st June 2022

Business ambassadors sought to champion economic growth in Leicester and Leicestershire

People driving local business growth are being invited to serve as ambassadors in promoting and supporting development of enterprise in Leicester and Leicestershire.
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21st June 2022

OakNorth Bank lends £3.8M to acquire and refurbish the third hotel from The Signet Collection, Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, in Oakham, Rutland

OakNorth Bank – the UK bank for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs – has provided a £3.8M loan to The Signet Collection, to acquire Barnsdale Lodge Hotel in Oakham, Rutland, and refurbish and upgrade it to a 4-star Signet-branded spa resort.
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20th June 2022

Biggest growth ever for consultancy firm helping town and city centres to improve

A specialist consultancy firm is celebrating its biggest ever year after supporting town and city centres to rebuild in the post-pandemic world.
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20th June 2022

Celebration Packaging's paper products deliver sustainable and hygienic brand enhancement

From restaurants and pubs, to cafés and takeaways, printed disposable paper products have an important role to play. Sustainable and hygienic, they can convey positive messages, communicate a venue’s brand values via print, and maintain consumer confidenc
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20th June 2022

Encore in the Driving Seat with New Mobile Branch

Leading Midlands recruitment agency, Encore Personnel, has invested in a state-of-the-art recruitment van to tour the UK to help make job searching easier than ever – in essence creating a mobile branch of the business.
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18th June 2022

Leicester Digital Live exceeds expectations with biggest ever event

Anicca Digital has today reported that Leicestershire’s premier digital marketing conference, Leicester Digital Live, has broken all previous event records after opening its doors to its largest ever audience.
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17th June 2022

CJ Timms Celebrate 30 Years in Business!

Ilkeston-based electrical contractors, CJ Timms Electrical, pop the cork as they celebrate reaching an impressive 30 years in business this June!
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17th June 2022

Groundbreaking new technology reduces human exposure to air pollution by 91%

The Roadvent system developed by UK company Pollution Solution over the past 8 years, has now officially launched the world’s first technology, scientifically proven to be highly effective at reducing human exposure to deadly road based air pollutants.
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15th June 2022

Derbyshire firms teams up to deliver a royal thank you

Fourth generation family business Ward wanted something extra special to thank the team for their efforts in achieving their recent Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2022.
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15th June 2022

Liniar wins 4 awards

Liniar Shines at the Quanex Annual Stakeholder Awards
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14th June 2022

More than 100 People with Parkinson’s Fitted with Lincolnshire Woman’s Invention

A Lincolnshire business is celebrating its first full year of trading with a milestone achievement – more than 100 people from across the UK and beyond fitted with the astounding invention that can help to manage and control the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
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14th June 2022

New laboratories for growing Nottingham CRO Cellomatics Biosciences

Leading contract research organisation (CRO) Cellomatics Biosciences has moved into new purpose-built premises in Nottingham in the wake of rising demand for its bespoke preclinical and early drug discovery phase laboratory services.
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14th June 2022

Our Future: Government scheme that aims to connect primary school pupils with world of work praised by Ashover teacher as youngsters get entries in for robotics competition

The assistant headteacher at a Derbyshire school recently commended for its ‘happy and nurturing school community’ by Ofsted inspectors has praised a ground-breaking Government-backed scheme that aims to challenge gender stereotypes and connect pupils wit
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13th June 2022

150 yr old oak tree used for limited edition gin

The award-winning Massingberd-Mundy Distillery in the Lincolnshire Wolds has released its next limited edition run of its highly sought Oak Aged Gin.
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11th June 2022

Hortons Estate Agents achieves complete coverage of Nottinghamshire following expansion

Hortons Estate Agents is growing; now covering the entirety of the Nottinghamshire property market. 
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11th June 2022

Surviving the storm: Building products firm takes back control despite materials shortage

Despite the industry’s ongoing stock shortages, leading supplier of specialist building products, PermaGroup, has continued to pride itself on providing permanent solutions to age old problems - stepping outside the box to successfully navigate the sector
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11th June 2022

Streets Heaver Healthcare computing wins Family Business of the Year 2022

Lincoln based healthcare software company has been named Family Business of the Year at the Lincolnshire Business Excellence Awards 2022
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11th June 2022

Tesco becomes first supermarket to join defibrillator network that could save lives

Tesco has become the UK’s first supermarket to begin registering its defibrillators to a new national database that could improve cardiac arrest survival rates in the UK.
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10th June 2022

Family-run Midlands’ motorhome hire company welcomes nine new vehicles to meet increased demand from holidaymakers

Leicestershire-based Hey Campers increases turnover by 76% after less than two years, thanks to primetime TV appearances, celebrity endorsements and five-star customer reviews
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9th June 2022

The Access Group announces substantial investment to drive continued expansion at £9.2 billion valuation

The Access Group, a leading provider of business management software to mid-market organisations in the UK, Ireland and Asia Pacific, today announced further investment from its shareholders, Hg and TA Associates, with an associated enterprise value of £9
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9th June 2022

Fortec launches depot from Watford Gap hub

Fortec Distribution Network has invested to maximise its potential by launching its very own logistics depot at its Watford Gap site.
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9th June 2022

Business Award Recognises Local Company’s Ongoing Commitment

A Long Eaton family business has been recognised for the second year running as a leading light in the loft storage industry by a panel of business judges.
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9th June 2022

Derby software company expands education software into 60 schools in Lincoln city

School Transition Limited, based in Derby, has recently expanded the reach of their Primary to Secondary Transition Portal to support more than 60 schools in Lincoln. 
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9th June 2022

Midlands civil engineering firms coming under increasing cost pressures

Civil engineering firms in the Midlands are coming under increasing pressure when it comes to costs, according to a leading business group.
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9th June 2022

New machine cuts a clear path for Wilkins’ expansion

A packaging giant has invested in a new die-cutting machine, to bolster its already strong fleet of equipment.
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8th June 2022

Removals firm slams 'dangerous precedent' of new HGV training laws amid calls to scrap further safeguards

Family-owned removals firm Ballards warns of potentially dangerous changes to testing and licensing laws as it invests in safely upskilling its drivers - as government urges yet more changes.
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8th June 2022

Celebrating a decade of success

Human Resources experts are celebrating their 10th anniversary and raising a glass to how far they’ve come since two colleagues started a home-based business working from a spare room!
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8th June 2022

FIVE WAYS TO CONNECT IN JUNE - 2 venues remaining

Meet the #kukucommunity in June at our multi-award winning Connect Receptions.
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7th June 2022

Alphageek founders celebrate the power of teamwork as they are shortlisted for young entrepreneur awards

Three young founders of a fast-growing Derby digital agency have paid tribute to the power of teamwork after they were shortlisted for two entrepreneurial awards.
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7th June 2022

Business community called on to shout about its success

Businesses both new and well-established are being urged to celebrate their successes by entering one of five categories in the 2022 Love Chesterfield Awards.  
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7th June 2022

Value added: How cutting-edge technology could transform the surveying profession

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are beginning to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), augmented reality and more to satisfy the demands of an increasingly time-poor world.
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7th June 2022

New analysis reveals the importance of SMEs to the British economy

New research reveals how important small and medium enterprises are for the British economy, as businesses that employ between one and 249 employees contribute more than £2 trillion in turnover and employ 44% of the British workforce.
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1st June 2022

Morley Hayes voted East Midlands Wedding Venue of the Year for the third successive year

Derbyshire hotel, golf, and leisure complex Morley Hayes has been named East Midlands Wedding Venue of the Year at the I Do Wedding Awards for the third successive year.
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1st June 2022

East Midlands Business confidence returns to growth in May

Business confidence in the East Midlands rose nine points during May to 25%, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.  
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1st June 2022

Local company Proludic attributes two decades of success to its core values

June 6th marks a special date in Nottingham based play equipment provider Proludic Ltd’s calendar.
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1st June 2022

Jubilee birthday honour for University of Nottingham sustainable water expert

An academic at the University of Nottingham who is a world-leading expert in water reuse and sustainability is among those being honoured in the 2022 Birthday Honours List to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
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31st May 2022

ANICCA continues birthday celebrations by announcing its biggest ever Leicester Digital Live Event

Leicestershire’s premier digital marketing conference, Leicester Digital Live, is back with a bang this summer, with organiser’s Anicca Digital announcing it will take place, in person, on Tuesday 7th June.
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31st May 2022

Renowned Lincolnshire Electrical Engineering Company Control Freaks Release Advice on How to Break into the Industry

The world of electrical engineering is an incredibly diverse and rewarding career option for young people looking for a challenging and technically minded profession.
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28th May 2022

NLT offers free CV and job application support to Ukraine refugees

Ukrainian refugees in Chesterfield who need help with their CVs to enable them to apply for jobs, can access NLT Training Services’ free Step into Employment service.
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27th May 2022

M-EC launches CPD Training Sessions to Prepare for New Building Regulations

Leading Leicestershire based development technical consultants, M-EC, has created a continuous professional development (CPD) session to equip members of the residential development community with the knowledge around new building regulations, coming into
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27th May 2022

Developer celebrates filling empty shops in bid to make high street ‘cool’ again

A developer credited with helping to save part of a city centre from dying out has managed to fill all of its vacant units - with exciting retailers about to set up shop.
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26th May 2022

County Deal & UK Shared Prosperity Fund reaction

LLEP reaffirms support for partners as region moves towards next stage of County Deal negotiations
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25th May 2022

Space Park Leicester invites businesses to register for free manufacturing and technology workshops

Leicestershire SMEs are invited to expand their knowledge on additive manufacturing techniques and 3D printing in a series of free workshops taking place at Space Park Leicester.
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24th May 2022

£430k investment improves efficiency at Fortec Distribution Network

Fortec Distribution Network has invested heavily in its Northamptonshire hub to improve efficiency and capacity.
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24th May 2022

Heritage Service Business named UK’s High Growth Business of the Year

East Midlands-based Archaeological Research Services Ltd has been named High Growth Business of the Year at the UK Final of FSB’s high-profile Celebrating Small Business Awards, co-hosted by TV presenters Clare Balding and JJ Chalmers.
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24th May 2022

Top marks for Nottingham agencies in national ranking

Two of Nottingham’s biggest PR and digital agencies have been recognised in the industry’s most prestigious league table.
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23rd May 2022

Residential staging insights app Stageflow to showcase at this week's European Home Staging Conference

An innovative residential home staging app Stageflow is being showcased as a sponsor at the upcoming European Home Staging Conference (EHSC), in a bid to redefine the way agents, developers and stagers can track the tangible benefits that staging can brin
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23rd May 2022

Upperton Pharma Solutions announces £15m investment in new facilities

Upperton Pharma Solutions (Upperton), a UK-based specialist contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO), has announced a circa. £15m investment into the design and build of a 50,000 sq ft facility in Nottingham.
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23rd May 2022

Ampa brand named one of the best places to work in the UK

Legal and professional services group Ampa – which has office hubs in Nottingham, Leicester and Lincoln – has been named one of the top 100 best large companies to work for in the UK by Best Companies.
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20th May 2022

Nottingham’s St. Peter’s Gate wins at British Council for Offices’ annual Regional Awards

Nottingham’s St. Peter’s Gate wins at British Council for Offices’ annual Regional Awards
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20th May 2022

Packaging firm marks first anniversary in new premises by joining the Family Business Road Trip

Leicestershire based, Colton Packaging, welcomed family business champion, Paul Andrews from Family Business United (FBU) this May, as part of the annual Family Business Road Trip 2022.
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18th May 2022

FIVE WAYS TO CONNECT IN JUNE

Meet the #kukucommunity in June at our multi-award winning Connect Receptions.
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18th May 2022

Reach Separations marks 10th birthday milestone with further expansion into Europe

Nottingham-based contract research organisation (CRO) Reach Separations has reported a significant increase in turnover in the wake of sustained demand across Europe for its chromatographic purification services.
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18th May 2022

Entrepreneur Sam spots a gap in the market as he launches his “Deliveroo for barbers” app Barba

A Derby entrepreneur who made a mess of cutting his own hair when barbers were shut during the lockdown has launched a new app booking service for people who want to get a professional trim without leaving the house.
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18th May 2022

IT Support Provider rewarded for Excellence in Customer Service

Your IT Department have walked away with the Excellence in Customer Service Award at the 2022 Nachural Entrepreneur Awards. The award was presented at a lavish ceremony at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on the evening of Friday 13th May.
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17th May 2022

Purpose Media Reaches top 20 recommended UK Marketing Agencies

Derbyshire based full service marketing agency Purpose Media has been ranked within the top 20 UK marketing agencies to appear in the latest list of ‘Drum Recommended’ agencies in the UK.
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16th May 2022

NEXTGEN TURNAROUND COMMITTEE FORMED WITH EAST MIDLANDS EXPERTS AT THE HELM

Two graphic designers have raised £1,927.75 for the Ukraine crisis appeal by teaming up and using their skills to solve a common business branding issue.
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16th May 2022

Access Training gains accreditation to the matrix Standard once more

Access Training (East Midlands) Ltd, one of the East Midlands’ leading independent training providers, has, once again, been accredited to the Department for Education’s matrix Standard, demonstrating the high-quality information, advice and guidance serv
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16th May 2022

Staffing solutions firm Venquis provides more job opportunities in Leicester

Further establishing their position in the East Midlands, Venquis is bringing more jobs to Leicester.
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13th May 2022

MORLEY HAYES HOTEL NAMED ONE OF TRIPADVISOR’S TOP 25 UK HOTELS

Derbyshire hotel, restaurant and golf complex Morley Hayes has been named one of the Top 25 hotels in the UK & Channel Islands by TripAdvisor, one of the world’s biggest travel resources.
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13th May 2022

A decade of five-star homes for Davidsons!

We are celebrating after retaining the (HBF) five-star rating for the tenth year in a row.
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13th May 2022

Leicestershire distillery is "tickled pink" with its latest launch

Leicestershire distillery, Burleighs Gin, has introduced a new flavour to its range of artisan gins, perfect for sipping in the spring and summer sun.
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13th May 2022

East Midlands’ small business confidence remains steady despite challenges

The latest Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index is out, and despite a challenging economic environment, business confidence in the East Midlands remains stable, indicating that the stark dips of 2021 caused by changes in lockdown rest
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