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4th December 2020

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership to launch ‘Skills Bootcamps’

The government has announced plans to transform the training and skills system in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire in a bid to make it fit for the 21st century economy and help the country build back better from coronavirus.
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3rd December 2020

Microlise Supports Pipeline of Young Talent Through ‘Think Logistics’ Sponsorship

Microlise has renewed its association with Think Logistics, and is delighted to continue to partner with leading industry bodies and over 40 other logistics companies to attract school leavers, apprentices and graduates into the logistics, transport and s
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2nd December 2020

The Practical Planning Company relaunches website after being named ‘Architecture Company of the Year’

A Sandiacre-based architectural design start-up is celebrating Christmas early this year with a brand-new website after being named ‘Architecture Company of the Year 2020’. 
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2nd December 2020

Derby BIDS Support Calls For Greater Business Support

Homes for East Mids first-time buyers capped at £261,000 under revised government scheme
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2nd December 2020

FSB Issues ‘Shop Small At Christmas’ Rallying Cry

Shoppers in the East Midlands region are being urged to buy from - and celebrate - their local and independent businesses in a pre-Christmas campaign led by Britain’s biggest business representation group.
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1st December 2020

200 pints of lager and a packet of crisps: New pub funds leave sour taste in wet pubs

200 pints of lager and a packet of crisps: New pub funds leave sour taste in wet pubs
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1st December 2020

Summit details roadmap to Chesterfield thriving post pandemic

Public health will dominate the agenda in 2021 as Chesterfield looks to recover financially from the pandemic.
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1st December 2020

Peer Networks

Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer networking programme for SMEs that is delivered locally by the network of Growth Hubs across England.
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1st December 2020

Midlands businesses predict swift recovery once vaccine rolls out

An overwhelming number of Midlands businesses predict a swift recovery once COVID-19 vaccines roll out, according to new data published today.
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1st December 2020

Funding boost will supercharge Ring Road

Chartered Surveyor Banks Long & Co has welcomed news of a £110 million Government boost – bringing a complete ring road for Lincoln one step nearer reality.
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1st December 2020

North Notts BID backs "bounce back better" campaign as hospitality industry is hit by new tiered system

North Notts BID has announced its support for the Bounce Back Better campaign which calls for special measures to be introduced to support struggling hospitality businesses amid the new tier lockdown system.
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30th November 2020

Leicestershire mortgage firm warns Covid lockdown is creating a challenging borrowing market for self-employed and furloughed workers

Lenders are increasingly turning down mortgage applications from self-employed people, those who have been furloughed and people who work in the hospitality or tourism trade as the squeeze on the country’s finances continues to tighten.
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30th November 2020

East Midlands business confidence suffers but news of vaccine drives hope

Business confidence in the East Midlands fell four points during November to -22%, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
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29th November 2020

Loughborough University leads development of unique health app

Experts at Loughborough University have teamed up with the UK’s leading health and wellbeing store, Holland and Barrett, to create a unique personalised health and fitness app.
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28th November 2020

The end of free movement - How employers need to prepare

Over four-fifths (84%*) of East Midlands consumers have a greater appreciation for staff working in local businesses as a result of the pandemic.
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27th November 2020

Major initiative calls on East Midlands businesses to prioritise mental health and boost productivity

A major initiative aiming to boost economic productivity is calling on businesses across the East Midlands to prioritise their employees’ mental health after COVID-19 has put significant strain on workers’ wellbeing.
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27th November 2020

Barclays-BDO Logistics Confidence Index falls to lowest ever level

Confidence in the UK logistics sector has fallen to its lowest ever level, according to the latest Barclays-BDO Logistics Confidence Index, which assesses the expectations of more than 100 senior decision-makers across the sector.
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27th November 2020

Government must issue more support for small firms in highest Tiers

Responding to the announcement about which parts of England are being placed into each Tier, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chair Mike Cherry said:
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26th November 2020

Spending Review “missed opportunity” shows need for pro-business Budget, say small firms

Responding to the Chancellor’s Spending Review address, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry, said:
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26th November 2020

West Bridgford Based Intoware Is Awarded ISO27001 Certification For Information Security

West Bridgford based Intoware, a leading provider of workflow automation solutions for utilities, oil and gas and manufacturing industries is pleased to announce that it has received ISO27001 certification for information security management.
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25th November 2020

Timico boosts service offering with Gold Veeam Cloud & Service Provider Partnership

Timico, the leading IT managed services provider, has achieved Gold status within the Veeam® Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) program to bolstering its cloud and back-up service capabilities for customers.
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25th November 2020

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

East Midlands Chamber Sector Forum, Government and Economic Events for your diary
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25th November 2020

Small firms challenge Spending Review commitments

Small firms challenge Spending Review commitments
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25th November 2020

Rising COVID stars support thousands to carry on connecting

Stephen and Philip have helped over 30,0000 businesses and charities, everyday through the pandemic, reach their 250th day of free support services, having given over £16m worth of support that has kept the nation connecting, and with the KuKu boys, it ha
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25th November 2020

What benefits will businesses see from the UK government’s increase in Cyber Security spend?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent announcement of a £16.5bn increase to defence spending, brought with it an interesting caveat for the cyber security community.
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25th November 2020

LLEP P2P Network - Manufacturing Leicestershire

The Manufacturing Growth Programme would like to invite Manufacturers in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire to join the Business Growth Hubs in their new offering of Peer Networks, a fully funded initiative to increase your chances of success by learning
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25th November 2020

The changing face of town centres

The impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our town centres has been profound. While its effects on the High Street have been well-documented, other town centre businesses have also had to adapt to this rapidly changing landscape.
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24th November 2020

Amazon 2020 SME Impact Report

SMEs in Leicestershire exported more than £50 million of goods through Amazon in 2019, according to the 2020 Amazon UK SME Impact Report.
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23rd November 2020

Technology protects almost half of East Midlands firms during COVID-19 crisis

Almost half (46%) of East Midlands microbusinesses would cease trading amid lockdown measures if it wasn’t for their ability to use digital services, according to a new report from Lloyds Bank and Be the Business.
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23rd November 2020

Business leaders draw-up fresh proposal to help forgotten companies

A coalition of small business leaders, tax experts and company directors have mapped out the measures needed to address a government shortcoming which has left thousands with no income support throughout months of Covid-linked disruption.
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21st November 2020

A Nottingham property developer has scooped a prestigious prize at the annual Bricks Awards

ALB Investments, which has made its name converting large, disused buildings into residential and commercial properties, achieved top spot in the ‘Developer of the Year’ category at the East Midlands Bricks Awards – an annual initiative run by online maga
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19th November 2020

Experts to give marketing advantage to East Mids business

Two Nottingham based marketing consultants have developed a strategy offer to help businesses improve their marketing in the current tough economic conditions.
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18th November 2020

Derbyshire businessman invents outdoor dining pods for the hospitality sector hit by the global pandemic

A Derbyshire businessman has created a unique outdoor dining shelter to help save the hospitality industry during Covid-19.
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18th November 2020

New Centre to improve sustainability within the UK chemical industry

Loughborough University will lead a new Government initiative to revolutionise resource management in the UK’s £32 billion chemical industry, building a greener and more efficient economy.
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18th November 2020

Film celebrates all ProCon Award winners

On the day that the 2020 ProCon Leicestershire Awards ceremony was due to take place a quickfire video of all the previous winners has been released.
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18th November 2020

SureScreen leading the fight against COVID spread in Europe

While further tests are being carried out on exciting vaccines against COVID-19, SureScreen Diagnostics is leading the way with essential testing for the virus in Europe.
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18th November 2020

Free scientific support to help Derbys and Notts food and drink manufacturers grasp opportunities and overcome the challenges of 2021

Food scientists are standing by to provide vital scientific and technical support to food and drink producers in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in the new year as they navigate the impacts of the COVID pandemic.
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16th November 2020

Leicestershire food safety specialist hosts free sessions for takeaways operating in lockdown

Navitas Safety is offering expert advice on how to operate safely as a takeaway due to an increase in uptake among businesses seeking a means to survive the UK’s second lockdown.
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16th November 2020

People struggling in mental health ‘crisis’ are victims of second lockdown after Newark wellbeing sessions cancelled

Anxious people who suffered under the first lockdown have now found wellbeing sessions organised at a Newark café cancelled under lockdown 2.
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16th November 2020

Top tips for electricians struggling with their mental health

With a high percentage of electricians either self-employed or accustomed to working alone, it is unsurprising many struggle with mental health issues.
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16th November 2020

First Fence throws support behind Road Safety Week after rise in local offences

First Fence, the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of security and temporary fencing, has pledged to support and raise awareness for Road Safety Week, with its director calling for more action to be taken to address local speeding issues.
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14th November 2020

trentbarton’s mango app overtakes the cards

trentbarton’s mango app for smartphones has been downloaded more than 25,000 times and used for more than 250,000 bus journeys since its launch at the end of August.
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14th November 2020

Pall-Ex accelerates success during first year of new era

Pall-Ex has successfully steered its network into the fast lane during its first 12 months as a member and management owned network, increasing members numbers and freight volume.
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13th November 2020

NIHR launches new National Patient Recruitment Centre in Leicester for late phase commercial clinical research

The NIHR has launched five new National Patient Recruitment Centres (NPRCs) to enable more late phase commercial clinical research to be delivered within the NHS and make it easier for people to take part in studies.
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13th November 2020

Notts creative agency’s festival in a box twist on Zoom meetings is an instant hit

A Nottinghamshire-based creative agency, Born Agency, has created a new festival in a box that has proved an instant hit with firms looking to liven up meetings and sales conferences held on Zoom.
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12th November 2020

BREXIT Transition Hub Launched

Award winning Freight Forwarder and Ecommerce Fulfilment company Spatial Global have been inundated with importer and exporter questions, as well as ecommerce businesses wanting to know what they need to do to prepare for Brexit Transition End on December
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12th November 2020

Yü Energy launches energy health check tool for struggling businesses

Reducing staff (36%), reviewing expenses (35%) and cutting back on marketing (30%) are the most common money saving factors that businesses have put in place since the beginning of the pandemic. 
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12th November 2020

East Midlands Businesses Invited To Free Brexit Preparation Webinar

The industry leading European road freight team at Europa Road is inviting East Midlands businesses to join its practical, free-to-attend, Brexit Preparation Webinar. With the upcoming changes to the customs process post transition period, the webinar aim
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12th November 2020

More support needed for small firms with 50 days until EU transition ends as Covid crisis continues

There remain only 50 days until the end of the transition period, meanwhile new GDP figures from the ONS showed 1.1 percent growth for September and 15.5 percent growth in Q3, both of which remain down on February’s figures.
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11th November 2020

Covid-19: towards online solutions for food safety

During Coronavirus lockdown, Food Safety software solutions business QADEX – based in Sileby, near Loughborough - saw a profound and positive change in its interaction with customers, highlighting the move towards a digital future for the food safety indu
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11th November 2020

East Midlands loses faith in levelling-up agenda

New research by campaign group HS2 East has revealed a lack of public confidence in the levelling-up agenda. A poll of over 2,000 people from the Midlands and the North revealed that just 18 per cent of people in the East Midlands were confident Governmen
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11th November 2020

Bounce Back Loan Scheme top-ups open for eligible businesses

From today, participating lenders in the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) are able to offer smaller businesses across the UK a ‘top-up’ to their existing Bounce Back Loan if they originally borrowed less than the maximum amount available to them.
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11th November 2020

Ward crowned Metal Recycler of the Year at industry excellence awards

Derbyshire based metal and waste recycling specialist, Ward, has been named as Metal Recycling Business of the Year at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management 2020.
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10th November 2020

Self-employed community shrinks by 500,000 as small firms call for action

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of self-employed people in the UK has fallen to 4.5 million, down from 5.0 million at this time last year.
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10th November 2020

New Foxes book set to evoke memories of the 90s

A new ‘tell it all’ book by one of Leicester City FC’s most renowned board members of the 90s promises to relive the glory days of The Foxes journey to the top.
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10th November 2020

Leicester fabricator part of Government lobby group on workplace air quality

Leicester-based Aerofab Fabrications has joined a delegation of leading UK manufacturers that has told the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution (APPG), that manufacturing workers are still being exposed to dangerous levels of air pollutants.
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9th November 2020

Nottingham's Cultivate Innovation delivering new research project to produce a shared vision on a UK Net Zero future

Nottingham based innovation research consultancy Cultivate Innovation are working on a new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded project to utilise the best academic research available to articulate a consensus identifying urgent initial steps and a lo
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9th November 2020

The Sky’s the Limit after securing CAA Permission for Commercial Drone

Chocolate Cake Media can literally add a new perspective to video shoots now that it has Civil Aviation Authority permission to fly the company drone commercially
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9th November 2020

Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter step up security during second lockdown

Derby city centre’s two Business Improvement Districts have joined forces to increase the security presence in the BID areas.
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8th November 2020

MD of John Pye is named 'One to Watch' by Lloyds

Adam Pye, managing director of UK Auction HouseJohn Pye, has been named as ‘One to Watch’ by Lloyd’s Development Capital (LDC) as part of its top 50 of ‘Most Ambitious Business Leaders’ list.
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8th November 2020

Brady Solicitors named one of the top 200 law firms in England and Wales

Nottingham-based property management law firm Brady Solicitors has for the first time been named one of England and Wales’ top 200 law firms.
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7th November 2020

World’s Oldest Department Store Returns Online

The world’s oldest department store has returned to the virtual high street with the official launch of an new retail website www.bennettsofderby.co.uk  
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7th November 2020

Engineering consultancy retains Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award

M-EC Retains Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award
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7th November 2020

Microlise plays key role in consortium developing innovative eBSA Motorcycle

BSA Company Limited, the organisation that is resurrecting the iconic BSA brand, is developing a retro roadster which will combine classic style with the latest innovations in e-mobility.
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6th November 2020

Children First Derby Wins Queen's Award

The team of volunteers at Children First Derby have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for their vital work supporting the Derby based charity, dedicated to working with vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their
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6th November 2020

M&S and The Wilkins Group Going For Gold with 'Gin-spired' Snow Globe Liqueurs

A Nottingham packaging manufacturer has developed a new light-up label to help turn a range of gold-leaf-infused Christmas Liqueurs into festive snow-globe centrepieces.
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6th November 2020

App means beer drinkers won't go thirsty during lockdown

A historic independent family brewer has turned to technology from Derby-based App4 to ensure beer drinkers can enjoy their favourite pint during lockdown.
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5th November 2020

FSB East Midlands publishes the findings of its latest Small Business Index study

The East Midlands Small Business Index (EMSBI)[1], which measures confidence amongst businesses, has fallen once again in Q3 as the prospect of a return to financial certainty has now dissipated. The index score now sits at -29% after having been at 0% in
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5th November 2020

Lockdown two: What does the CJRS extension mean for Nottinghamshire's business owners and workers?

Last Saturday (31 October), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England would enter renewed lockdown restrictions from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December to try and combat the rise in Covid-19 cases.
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4th November 2020

Securiscape Ltd's super-shallow Glide Bollard HVM system is an industry game-changer

A new barrier system which uses high security bollards capable of being slid in and out of position to control access has been launched after it successfully stopped a 7.2 tonne truck during testing - and even tore its front axle clean off.
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4th November 2020

Small firms celebrate Universal Credit reform and call for further action

Responding to the announcement that the reinstatement of the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) – which reduces Universal Credit support among self-employed claimants by assuming that they earn a consistent monthly wage with no regard for the fact that their inco
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4th November 2020

Business support landscape still a mixed picture, say small firms

Responding to the announcement of fresh business support measures by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Commons, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry, said: 
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4th November 2020

Belmayne reaches out to community with free advice

Dronfield-based independent financial planners, Belmayne, are offering their support to local businesses and individuals struggling with issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
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4th November 2020

East Midlands business confidence takes hit after marginal gains over summer

Business confidence in the East Midlands fell for the first time since May during October, decreasing by 14 points to -18%, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
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3rd November 2020

PCW Consulting to host ‘business rejuvenation’ workshop to deliver post-pandemic prosperity

PCW Consulting and Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to deliver a free, virtual event to help organisations rejuvenate their culture and business in response to COVID-19. 
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3rd November 2020

NHS takes first delivery of game-changing 15-minute Covid antigen test

The first batch of rapid antigen tests, produced by SureScreen Diagnostics, have been delivered to the NHS in the West Midlands.
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3rd November 2020

Medium-sized businesses believe the regional economic gap has widened

COVID-19 will worsen the UK’s north/south economic divide according to a poll of 500 medium-sized business leaders, published today by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO.
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3rd November 2020

Takeaway is no longer an option for hospitality, it’s essential

A managing director at a national catering supplier has called on any remaining pubs, bars, and restaurants that haven’t pivoted towards takeaway to do so now as the second national lockdown looms.
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3rd November 2020

Ventola on target with latest Ten Entertainment Group ventures

Leicestershire lighting business Ventola Projects has completed the finishing touches on his latest Family Entertainment Centre (FEC) project with the Ten Entertainment Group.
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2nd November 2020

Full fibre ‘Faster Britain’ expansion delivers gigabit capable connectivity to Nottingham businesses

Full fibre now spans across NG1 with further expansion planned into 2021. 
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1st November 2020

Chamber reacts as second UK lockdown looms

England is set to go back into a full coronavirus lockdown on Thursday 5 November, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced.  
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30th October 2020

Number of landlords wanting to buy more BTL trebles after stamp duty holiday

One in 10 (10%) landlords now plan to purchase properties and expand their portfolio, compared to just 3% at the end of last year, according to research by Simply Business, who provide insurance to over 250,000 landlords. 
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30th October 2020

Job Support Scheme is critical lifeline as small firms struggle through new restrictions

With the Job Retention Scheme set to end on the 31 October, its successor the Job Support Scheme will come into action on the 1 November. Commenting on this change, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chair Mike Cherry said: 
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30th October 2020

Want to prepare your business against the upcoming EU Exit?

Download our top ten tips to help protect and prepare your business following the UK's departure from the EU. #brexit #prepareyourbusiness #euexit
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30th October 2020

East Midlands SME manufacturers invited to pinpoint the support required for economic recovery

The organisers behind England’s largest SME manufacturing survey are urging East Midlands companies to take part in their latest report, which will aim to pinpoint the exact type of financial support firms need to recover from Covid-19.
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29th October 2020

East Midlands law firm secures top spots in Legal 500 UK listing

Grantham-based JMP Solicitors has been ranked as a leading firm for personal injury and clinical negligence services in the prestigious Legal 500 listing, with senior associate solicitor and head of clinical negligence, Christine Bowerman, being named as
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28th October 2020

Chesterfield law firm Spencers Solicitors adds commercial law offering

If it’s true that most solicitors’ firms have decided to see 2020 as a year of consolidation at best, then it would appear that no-one has told Spencers Solicitors!
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28th October 2020

Together We’re Greater – Team Lincolnshire Plans for Growth

Together We’re Greater – Team Lincolnshire Plans for Growth
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27th October 2020

Chamber responds to confirmation of Tier 3 Covid restrictions for Nottingham

Nottingham and its surrounding areas will move into Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions later this week, it has been confirmed following crunch talks with the Government.
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27th October 2020

Air IT doubles in size after acquiring Netstar & Microtrading

Air IT Limited has today announced the acquisition of London-based IT managed service provider (MSP) Netstar UK Limited, and Birmingham-based MSP Microtrading Limited for undisclosed considerations.
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26th October 2020

Derbyshire property professional makes Amazon's best seller list

Derbyshire's home staging expert, property professional and director of Lemon and Lime Interiors www.lemonandlimeinteriors.co.uk Elaine Penhaul became an Amazon best-selling author this weekend (10-11 October) after the launch of her first book – ‘Sell Hi
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26th October 2020

Axess Systems invites schools and colleges to seek backup amid rise in ransomware attacks

A Derbyshire IT firm is urging schools, colleges and universities to tighten up their data storage systems amid an onslaught of ransomware attacks on the UK education sector. 
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26th October 2020

Business Gateway Growth Hub launches Peer Networks Programme

A new peer-to-peer networking programme, launched today, will enable local business leaders to collaborate with like-minded individuals to discuss current challenges and grow their organisations for future success.
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26th October 2020

£22m orders from apps key to saving hospitality jobs

More than one million orders of food and drink have been made through purpose-built apps since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic in the UK.
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25th October 2020

2020 Chesterfield High Street Awards winners named

Chesterfield has crowned its best high street businesses, individuals, market stall traders and events of 2020.
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24th October 2020

WARNING TO COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TENANTS AS RENT CLAIMS RISE

Specialist lawyers are warning commercial property tenants to beware as rent arrears claims are rising in the county courts.
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24th October 2020

J Tomlinson wins East Midlands BSG health and safety award

Building and maintenance services provider, J Tomlinson, has received an award from one of the UK’s largest health and safety consultancy, the Building Safety Group (BSG). The accolade, for best practice in health and safety, was presented to J Tomlinson
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