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5th March 2021

Ilkeston’s PMB drives away with national award for the third year in a row

PMB Pallet Express Limited has shifted into top gear after picking up a coveted national award from logistics giant Pall-Ex.
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5th March 2021

From RAF colleagues to UK airport bosses

Karen Smart and Clare James MBE are two of the UK’s most senior female leaders in UK aviation. In June 2020, Clare succeeded Karen as MD of East Midlands Airport (EMA) while Karen headed north to fill the hot seat at Manchester Airport (MAN).
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5th March 2021

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE DEVELOPER PLEDGES TO TACKLE EQUALITY IN CONSTRUCTION HEAD ON

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March, leading developer Barratt and David Wilson Homes is encouraging more women to consider a career in the construction industry, with a variety of roles available across Nottinghamshire.
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5th March 2021

Award winning entrepreneur sets up national Swap Shop platform for small businesses.

A self-made entrepreneur who set up a scheme so new Derby businesses could swap services and share knowledge says hundreds have signed up.
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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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4th March 2021

Have you heard the good news? Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University have increased spaces on their Free Fully Funded Small Business Leadership Programme!

The Small Business Leadership Programme (SBLP) is free and fully funded by the Government to support the resilience, recovery and growth of SMEs during and after COVID-19. It can help develop potential for future business growth and productivity. Particip
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4th March 2021

International Women's Day - 8 March

Each year, the 8th March marks International Women’s day (IWD). In 2021, let’s pay attention to this year’s bold theme which is, ‘Choose to challenge’. The time is now to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes with the aim to forge an
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4th March 2021

Two international accreditations mark Nottingham Business School as a global leader in personalised learning and high-impact research

A commitment to personalised learning, impactful research and strong links to professions have contributed to two prestigious accreditations from EQUIS and EFMD Global for Nottingham Business School (NBS), part of Nottingham Trent University.
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4th March 2021

Leicester energy expert calls for more women to enter the energy industry

Ahead of International Women's Day 2021, a leading energy expert has called for more women to get involved in the sector after research shows that just 14% of the energy workforce are women.
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4th March 2021

Leicester health expert says care homes must adapt food safety measures with visitors back next week

The Government has recently annouced a road map to easing lockdown restrictions and the care sector in particular have faced great difficulty when considering visitation from relatives and friends for its residents.
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4th March 2021

Council asked to agree support package to secure 5,000-job scheme

Derby City Council is being asked to agree a package of support, worth up to £17.5m, to enable the development of an exciting new food production campus, which could bring 5,000 jobs to Derby.
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3rd March 2021

Derby academics ranked among most cited scientists

Academics at the University of Derby have been ranked amongst the most highly-cited scientists in the world, according to research byStanford University.
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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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2nd March 2021

Finance Advice Centre all set for rapid growth after signing partnership deal with Haysto

Derby-based mortgage firm Finance Advice Centre has set out plans for an ambitious period of growth during 2021 after partnering with an online platform which specialises in finding deals for people turned down by High Street lenders.
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2nd March 2021

Octavian Group expands again with new communications business

The Octavian group of companies is expanding again after the Nottinghamshire firm revealed the launch of a new communications arm.
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2nd March 2021

BID HELPS NORTH NOTTS BUSINESSES GET READY TO LEAVE LOCKDOWN

BUSINESSES in North Nottinghamshire are being urged to get ready for the easing of lockdown restrictions with support from North Notts BID.
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2nd March 2021

Virtual workplace tours launched to Derbyshire’s students during National Careers Week

National Careers Week 2021 (1 – 5 March) sees the launch of three virtual workplace tours to students across north east Derbyshire.
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1st March 2021

LEICESTERSHIRE COMPANY WINS NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARD

The Rural Business Awards, supported by Amazon, is the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses
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1st March 2021

DCG Students Step Up To Support Vaccination Programme

A group of Public Services students from Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall are to carry out important marshalling duties at Derbyshire’s largest Covid-19 vaccine centre.
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1st March 2021

MORLEY HAYES SUCCESS AT I DO WEDDING AWARDS

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 second successive year.
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1st March 2021

RammSanderson forms new company to launch training services platform

Derbyshire based Ecology, Arboriculture and Flood Risk Consultants RammSanderson, has launched a new company in order to provide training services to developers, land owners and house builders to help them understand planning legislation related to protec
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26th February 2021

NEW ONLINE WINE SHOP SET TO SMASH SUSTAINABILITY BOUNDARIES

A new brand that aims to rewrite the rules of sustainability for wine fans has launched online for delivery this year.
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26th February 2021

LEICESTERSHIRE COMPANY WINS NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARD

The Rural Business Awards, supported by Amazon, is the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses
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26th February 2021

Let the sauces come out and play!

Through chaos comes creativity, and this is true for Lincolnshire’s newest company Nerd Sauce.
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26th February 2021

Vital funding for community groups confirmed

Community groups in Chesterfield are set to benefit from more than £30,000 of funding that has been provided through the Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhoods Fund.
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25th February 2021

Decision on unique inland freeport expected imminently

A decision on the unique inland Freeport bid, submitted by the LLEP and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnerships on 5 February 2021, is expected imminently. The LLEP and key stakeholders, including local authorities and businesses, are excited about the economi
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25th February 2021

Travel students focus on getting back to business

Travel and tourism students from West Nottinghamshire College have been on a very important journey over the last few weeks.
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25th February 2021

How former Rolls-Royce engineer Sarah is crafting out a new business for herself as UK sees a boom in creative arts and crafts

FROM painting to felting, sewing to crocheting, the coronavirus pandemic has seen a boom in people getting crafty. And one woman from Derby has taken the seemingly unlikely step in swapping a successful career in engineering for crafts; launching her own
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25th February 2021

Youth Football has a bright future with new pitches in Staveley

Young people in Staveley are set to benefit from improved sports facilities as part of the Staveley Town Deal, which sets out ambitious plans to pull in more than £25m worth of funding to the area. 
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25th February 2021

NEW SUITE OF POST-BREXIT SUPPORT OFFERED TO LEICESTERSHIRE BUSINESSES WITH EU CONNECTIONS

Leicestershire Business Gateway Growth Hub has stepped up to announce the launch of a suite of specialist support for SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire, that have connections in Europe and unsure about how the new rules affect them.
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25th February 2021

NEW HOME FOR DERBY’S BUSTLER MARKET AT FORMER CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Popular Derby street food venue, Bustler Market, has moved to a brand-new site three times bigger than its previous location, following a three-month renovation project.
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25th February 2021

Keen campers launch motorhome hire company as staycation bookings surge

A passion for camping led one entrepreneurial couple from Leicestershire to invest in a new motorhome for hire business, Hey Campers – after the COVID pandemic accelerated their modest plans.
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24th February 2021

Reach Separations’ workforce development plans boosted by University of Nottingham degree apprenticeship

Reach Separations, a specialist in chromatography for the analysis and purification of small molecules, has highlighted the role that the University of Nottingham’s Laboratory Scientist (Chemistry) level 6 degree apprenticeship is playing in shaping its f
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24th February 2021

EE TO EXTEND 4G COVERAGE IN 26 PLACES IN EAST MIDLANDS IN 2021 TO BOOST RURAL CONNECTIVITY

EE will expand 4G coverage in 26 locations acrossthe East Midlands in 2021, including sites inDerbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and Rutland
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24th February 2021

FORMER RAF BASE SET TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO ‘GARDEN VILLAGE’

FOOTAGE of the former RAF Newton site of which part will soon be transformed into Nottinghamshire’s very first ‘garden village’ has been revealed by Innes England – the commercial property agent that agreed the deal with housebuilder Redrow Homes.
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24th February 2021

Food sector growth on menu for Fibrepak after vital Declaration of Compliance is gained

Sustainable Fibrepak - a natural packaging material that uses thermoformed wet pulp – is set to make waves in the food sector after meeting stringent EU regulations.
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24th February 2021

EAST MIDLANDS CHARITIES INVITED TO SIGN UP FOR FREE VOLUNTEERING AND DONATION PLATFORM

A charitable giving platform is inviting East Midlands-based charities to sign up to its free platform which links good causes with companies and fundraisers.
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24th February 2021

East Midlands Favourite Vending Snack

It’s official. East Midlands has a sweet tooth. Confectionery accounts for 31% of all sales from vending machines provided by Cema Vending.
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24th February 2021

IoD strengthens Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire team

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed a vice-chair and two new ambassadors to its Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire branch team.
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24th February 2021

MyFuture careers platform shortlisted for prestigious industry award

An innovative online careers and employability platform, which was launched to Year 11 and 13 school leavers in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire last year, has been shortlisted in the Careers Development Institute (CDI) Awards 2021.
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24th February 2021

Support grows for East Midlands Freeport Bid

Nottingham and Derby City Councils support bid for East Midlands Freeport
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24th February 2021

Entrepreneur’s tasty Bird Dust range of chicken coatings is flying off the shelves after support from the Food Innovation Centre

Entrepreneur Hamza Qureshi has developed a new range of signature seasonings to help consumers recreate the restaurant experience at home after his ‘dark kitchen’ business took a hit during the Covid pandemic lockdowns.
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24th February 2021

NG on the move as new office signals major ambition for year ahead

Commercial property specialists NG Chartered Surveyors are starting 2021 with a move to a new headquarters building,  signalling the firm's ambitions for the year ahead.
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23rd February 2021

Shredall SDS Group celebrate 24 Years in Business with expansion plans for 2021

Shredall SDS Group, the largest independently owned confidential waste shredding, paper recycling, document storage and scanning company in the UK, this month celebrate their 24th anniversary in business.
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23rd February 2021

Blueprint Interiors invest in new look for WorkLife Central

Monday’s announcements outlined key dates for unlocking the economy, and the race is now on to provide workspaces that employees will want to return to. However, given that many employees may still opt to work from home, many companies are seeking ways t
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23rd February 2021

PERMAROOF LAUNCHES FIRESTONE-APPROVED FLAT ROOFING CPD

LEADING flat roofing stockist Permaroof has developed and launched an online CPD seminar in partnership with rubber-based roofing manufacturer Firestone Building Products
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23rd February 2021

Nottingham Agency’s European Success After Viral Campaign

A Nottingham based digital PR agency has been shortlisted for five international business awards after a marketing campaign went viral worldwide.
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23rd February 2021

110 JOBS CREATED AT NEW ALLESTREE DEVELOPMENT IN DERBY

An upcoming Miller Homes development in Allestree, Derby is set to create up to 110 new jobs for local tradespeople working across the East Midlands.
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23rd February 2021

Nottingham entrepreneur launches crowdfunding drive for revolutionary egg shell waste initiative

A Nottingham scientist-turned-entrepreneur hasdeveloped a ground-breaking, environmentally friendly process that takes industrial food waste destined for landfill and converts it into pure, safe and sustainable calcium carbonate.
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23rd February 2021

Derby not-for-profit music enterprise whose pupils have worked with Lewis Capaldi and Noel Gallagher expecting further growth in 2021

A MUSIC school whose former pupils have gone on to work with chart-topper Lewis Capaldi and Noel Gallagher, is looking forward to continued growth this year after a record-breaking 2020.
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23rd February 2021

Midlands-based Gemma McMillan is pursuing her business dreams during lockdown as the demand for Virtual Assistant services continues to skyrocket.

Gemma has just set up her professional business with the award-winning Alchemy Virtual Assistance (VA) team, who have reported a record number of client enquiries from businesses globally - with numbers having quadrupled since COVID hit.
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22nd February 2021

Strong pipeline of works for Midlands consulting engineer

Construction engineering consultancy, Howard Ward Associates (HWA), has made a positive start to 2021 with a pipeline of work with a GDV of approximately £125m and a new appointment to the team within its first quarter.
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22nd February 2021

Loughborough University technology aims to revolutionise drinks industry

Loughborough University researchers have developed a new platform technology that provides rapid screening of microorganisms in drinks – cutting the turnaround time from the current practice of up to five days to under one hour.
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22nd February 2021

OFF-PLAN DEMAND SURGES AT NEW LEICESTERSHIRE INDUSTRIAL PARK

A new industrial business park currently under construction near Thurlaston, Leicestershire is already proving so popular that half the units have been secured off-plan in a series of transactions
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22nd February 2021

LEMON AND LIME INTERIORS ANNOUNCES HAT-TRICK COMPANY EXPANSION

HOME STAGING expert Lemon and Lime Interiors has announced a “triple threat” business expansion featuring the launch of its new associate programme, the appointment of two new team members and the doubling of its Derbyshire-based warehouse facility.
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22nd February 2021

Hot House Music

A MUSIC school whose former pupils have gone on to work with chart-topper Lewis Capaldi and Noel Gallagher, is looking forward to continued growth this year after a record-breaking 2020.
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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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22nd February 2021

HSG Teams Up With KEUCO To Offer Customised Workplace Hand Hygiene

Derby-based washroom services and water conservation specialists HSG have joined forces with a premium German company to help UK businesses and venues keep hand hygiene at the top of their agenda
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22nd February 2021

Irthlingborough Food Bank receives donation from local housebuilder

Based at the Salvation Army Citadel on Spinney Road, close to the housebuilder’s Diamond Heights development, the organisation provides crisis food parcels – in single and family sizes – that contain enough food for three days.
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22nd February 2021

Nottingham in top 10 UK cities most loyal to local businesses

Tyl by NatWest urges consumers to keep supporting their local independents online and in person when lockdown ends
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22nd February 2021

A MADE TO MEASURE APPROACH: MORPH FURNITURE THRIVING AMID THE PANDEMIC

A Leicestershire businessman who launched a new company during the pandemic to avoid furloughing staff and safeguard circa. 20 jobs reports success just six months on.
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22nd February 2021

Erewash Borough Council and Beeston-based J Tomlinson set to transform one of Ilkeston’s most distinctive buildings

A major renovation scheme that is expected to create over 90 local jobs and increase local productivity has commenced in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.
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22nd February 2021

ARE APPRENTICESHIPS THE FUTURE OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?

WITH the ever-rising costs of university, apprenticeships were already on the rise as students looked for alternative ways to shape a career. However, with the normal university experience being changed by the current climate of online working and sociall
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22nd February 2021

PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS FOR INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES DISTRIBUTOR CROMWELL

Leicester-based industrial supplies distributor Cromwell is celebrating a strong start to 2021, with two prestigious accolades recognising it as a great place to work.
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22nd February 2021

GOOD NEWS ON THE JOBS FRONT

Recruitment specialists today reported a healthy surge in new enquiries from new clients looking to take on staff from March, signalling good news for jobseekers after the disruption of being furloughed or being made redundant.
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19th February 2021

LEICESTERSHIRE HOMEBUILDER’S NEW SITES TO BRING BOOST OF OVER 800 JOBS IN 2021

Leading Leicestershire homebuilder David Wilson Homes East Midlands has announced that its new sites launching in 2021 will underpin over 800 jobs for local people.
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19th February 2021

RHCV Announces North Notts Expansion

Leading East Midlands independent Renault Trucks distributor RH Commercial Vehicles continues its expansion plans. RHCV is announcing the opening of a new fifth site, strategically located in North Nottinghamshire.
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19th February 2021

Families set to benefit from new play and fitness facilities in Staveley

Staveley residents are set to benefit from the first improvements to the town as part of the Staveley Town Deal, which sets out ambitious plans to pull in more than £25m worth of funding to the area over the next five years.
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19th February 2021

SWEET TASTE OF SUCCESS FOR MIDLANDS BAKERY

A Midlands-based artisan doughnut bakery has been named a Small Business of 2020 by Lloyds Bank, after growing its annual turnover by three hundred per cent last year.
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19th February 2021

NEW BIRDS BAKERY STORE TO OPEN IN WEST BRIDGFORD

FAMILY-RUN Birds Bakery has announced plans to open a second store in West Bridgford, Nottingham, as the company continues to build on its success.
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19th February 2021

Wine Merchant 'Toasts' To First Anniversary Success Despite Covid-19

An independent Derbyshire wine merchant is celebrating its first year in business after proving a hit with wine lovers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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19th February 2021

Notts Developer 'Locks In' Major Investment at Magistrates Court

An award-winning Nottingham property developer has acquired a prominent Worksop landmark with a view to the creation of some vital new housing in the town centre.
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19th February 2021

Volunteers needed to help plan research

Volunteers are needed to help Leicester researchers design a programme for peripheral arterial disease screening, with the aim to improve heart and circulatory health.
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19th February 2021

Bridge Help launches new co-funding division

Chesterfield-based commercial bridging loan company, Bridge Help has launched a new co-funding division of the business.
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19th February 2021

Siemens unearths Nottingham talent with virtual competition to design sustainable connected transport system

Siemens has unearthed the next generation of engineering, technology and business talent through an innovative, virtual competition which challenged students to design a smart, sustainable and interconnected transport system.
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18th February 2021

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY EVENT GOES VIRTUAL FOR FIRST TIME

THE ANNUAL in-depth review of the commercial property market across the East Midlands – published and presented by commercial property expert Innes England – will be going digital this year, for the first time ever in its 14-year history.
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16th February 2021

St. Modwen submits plans for 170,000 sq ft of industrial and logistics space in Derby

St. Modwen has submitted detailed plans for the first phase of development at St. Modwen Park Derby, following the grant of outline planning permission in September 2020.
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16th February 2021

Environmental health and safety expert says care homes must adapt to digital food safety

As the UK finds itself in a third national lockdown and with no definitive end in sight, many industries are finding themselves on tenterhooks, wondering what this means for not just businesses, but for consumers who rely on their services, too.
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12th February 2021

Coming soon…

Love Business News is set for a major relaunch in 2021 as we continue our quest to give businesses in the Heart of the Midlands – Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire – a voice.
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11th February 2021

Burton Businessman Holds the Key to Multi-Million-Pound Franchise Business

An East Midlands businessman who founded a local locksmith firm in 2018 has met with such extraordinary success that he plans to add another 30 franchisees to his expanding business empire before the end of the year.
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8th February 2021

E-commerce Boom Sees Europa Warehouse Announce Further Investment

The growing shift in consumer spending habits as a result of Covid-19 has made way for an e-commerce boom, driving record demand for warehouse space.
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8th February 2021

RECORD GROWTH FOR WELLS MCFARLANE

Leicestershire Chartered Surveyor and Property Consultant, Wells McFarlane has reported a record year, achieving sustained growth despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
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31st January 2021

Businesses get behind birthday boxes

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

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

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

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

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

New milestone for £200 million city centre project

Plans to regenerate a key area of Derby city centre have reached a major new milestone - with a contract signed to demolish a well-known former hotel.
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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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13th January 2021

Expert's plea for compromise on Stamp Duty Holiday deadline

A Derby legal expert has appealed to Government to change its rules around the forthcoming Stamp Duty Holiday cut-off to avoid chaos in the property market.
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11th January 2021

Surescreen scoops Government COVID testing supply contract

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

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

A PERSONALISED letterbox gift company set up by a husband and wife when the Coronavirus outbreak was at its peak is helping to banish the January blues with a brand-new range of boxes for 2021. Colleague Box - the Derby business whose bespoke boxes have
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7th January 2021

OPUS TRUST SECURES MAJOR RETAIL CONTRACT

The deal, with multiple extension options, will see Opus Trust deliver an omnichannel communication solution for FGH, taking them on a digital transformation journey that will further enhance the retail experience for more than two million FGH customers a
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4th January 2021

Nottingham development set to be a 'UK first'

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

East Midlands SMEs remain committed to sustainability despite Covid-19

The majority of SMEs in the East Midlands remain focused on improving their environmental sustainability despite Covid-19, according to Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking’s Business Barometer.
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24th December 2020

Deep concern if fast internet targets missed and government needs to re-commit funding, says RSM

Chris Knowles, Chief Digital Officer, RSM comments on warning from the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that the government is highly likely to miss its own connectivity targets and urges a recommitment to funding:
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23rd December 2020

Octavian Security awarded Armed Forces Covenant

Nottingham-based protection specialists Octavian Security UK has had its Armed Forces Covenant validated and awarded by the bronze Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.
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23rd December 2020

Nottinghamshire healthcare company expands operations amid challenging year

Despite a backdrop of mass redundancies and the UK entering its worst recession in 300 years, a business from Nottinghamshire has pivoted its operations - ending 2020 with a bolstered team, larger premises and new and improved products.
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21st December 2020

East Midlands business confidence rises to highest point since march 2020

Business confidence in the East Midlands rose 17 points month-on-month to -5% during December, its highest level since the beginning of the pandemic in March, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
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