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7th July 2020

Continued support for NHS: Pretty Polly to extend 50% discount for a year

The British hosiery super brand Pretty Polly will extend its generous 50% discount online for NHS workers for one year and is encouraging others to follow suit.
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7th July 2020

R.E.A.L Creative Digital launches campaign to help COVID-hit businesses bounce back

Mansfield-based R.E.A.L Creative Digital has launched a new campaign to help businesses in the local area bounce back following the coronavirus lockdown.
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2nd July 2020

Bid to help find new jobs for hundreds facing redundancy

A team launched to assist workers made redundant during the coronavirus crisis is appealing for firms which are recruiting engineering and manufacturing skills into their workforce to get in touch.
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1st July 2020

Glenrose supports Rolls-Royce workers with complimentary financial advice

Derby-based Glenrose Financial Planners has offered to support Rolls-Royce workers potentially affected by redundancy by providing complimentary one-to-one consultations to help them plan their finances.
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30th June 2020

Clearmark launches virtual demo room

Clearmark Solutions Ltd has always been proud of its unique product demonstration room, housed at the head office in Nottinghamshire. With innovation and technology close to their hearts, they have created a high tech, interactive, digital replica.
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30th June 2020

Chamber responds to extension of lockdown in Leicester

Responding to the news that extended lockdown measures are to be introduced in Leicester, Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: “For businesses within the affected areas, this news will come as a significant blow."
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30th June 2020

Is your licensed premises ready to re-open safely?

The hospitality industry in no different to any other when it comes to Health and Safety. Here are some key responsibilities licensed premises need to get in place to ensure the safety of staff and customers.
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30th June 2020

SureScreen creates new jobs to cope with worldwide Covid-19 test demand

SureScreen has taken on 15 new staff to cope with the worldwide demand for its Covid-19 rapid testing kits.
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25th June 2020

Chamber survey shows the devastating impact of coronavirus on local businesses

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

Everything you need to know about today's lockdown announcements

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today announced a raft of measures aimed at easing the lockdown and restarting the economy as it looks to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
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23rd June 2020

Glenrose launches new online financial advice service

Derby-based Glenrose Financial Planners has launched a new online financial advice portal as part of its strategic plans for growth.
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22nd June 2020

Lubrizol supports community engineering by making a donation toREMAP

Derbyshire chemical company Lubrizol UK has confirmed its commitment to helping engineers use their skills to improve other people’s lives by donating £500 to its local branch of the national charity REMAP. The firm, based in Hazelwood, has once again
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19th June 2020

Queen’s praise for Chambers’ support

Her Majesty the Queen has today written a letter to Chambers of Commerce across the UK praising them for their role in supporting businesses and the economy throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
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19th June 2020

Priorities for Derby’s economic recovery revealed

The team leading efforts to reboot Derby’s economy after the COVID-19 crisis has revealed details of its recovery strategy.
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11th June 2020

Derbyshire businessman helps deliver PPE to Matlock Care Home

Derbyshire businessman Mike Proctor, of Proctor Cars, recently delivered 1,000 masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to those on the front line at a Matlock care home.
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11th June 2020

Third of businesses say customer engagement is their biggest COVID-19 challenge

A third of businesses say customer engagement is the biggest challenge they face during COVID-19, with the retail sector the hardest hit.
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10th June 2020

Derby’s £23 million bid to revitalise city centre

Derby is to ask the Government for £23.7m to help fund a series of schemes that will reinvigorate the city centre, attract more visitors and create hundreds of jobs.
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10th June 2020

Derby at forefront of the telecoms revolution in post-lockdown Britain

Businesses in Derby will have the chance to be ahead of the curve in post-lockdown Britain thanks to new technology being introduced in the region.
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10th June 2020

New report highlights ‘mad scramble for security’ at peak of COVID-19

A new report which looks at how businesses adapted to the COVID-19 crisis reveals a ‘mad scramble for security’ as companies switched to mass remote working.
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2nd June 2020

Cooper Parry launches new flexible working initiative

Business advisers and accountancy firm Cooper Parry has introduced a major new workplace initiative.
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29th May 2020

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

As a business owner, you’re probably thinking about your next steps when it comes to opening the doors of your business. In this FREE e-learning action plan, our experts have gathered the top 5 points for you to be dealing with right now.
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29th May 2020

More than half of Brits are happy with work life in lockdown

O2 research published this week shows most people working from home as a result of the impact of Covid-19 has proved to be a success.
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28th May 2020

Nottingham watch repairer’s timely website redesign sees business ticking over

A Nottingham city centre watch repairer has been able to keep his business ticking over by combining new technology and old-fashioned postal services.
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28th May 2020

Home improvement trend opens door to further success for Mansfield firm

A trend that saw people improving the look of their homes helped a family company in Mansfield to record an exceptional 2019/20 trading year.
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27th May 2020

Survey set to assess Covid-19 impacts on Derby businesses

Thousands of Derby businesses are to be asked how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting their operations and what help they need to recover.
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26th May 2020

Local newspaper launches interactive online map to support businesses during lockdown

The Derbyshire Times is launching a special new interactive online map to support local businesses during lockdown - and let local customers know where they can find the goods and services they need.
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22nd May 2020

Firms behind £450 million city investments back Derby to recover strongly from Covid-19 crisis

Developers behind three schemes, worth a combined £450 million, that will transform Derby have given a huge vote of confidence to the city’s ability to bounce back following the coronavirus pandemic.
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22nd May 2020

COVID-19 Return to Work Planning - Expert Advice

A stella expert panel discusses the challeneges businesses face returning to work in this special VIDEO PODCAST - with links to the Governments guidance and the actions you need to do about them!
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22nd May 2020

CITB SMSTS & SSSTS Refresher Deadline

Any delegate whose SMSTS/SSSTS achievement has expired since 15 March 2020 and who hasn’t been able to renew in time due to COVID-19, will be allowed to take the refresher rather than the full course - this amendment will remain in place until 30th Septem
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21st May 2020

Leicester car leasing company launches car club scheme to help people cut costs

Leicestershire based Pink Car Leasing has launched a brand new car club to offer members enjoy a flexible approach to owning a car, van or pick-up vehicle.
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20th May 2020

Derby’s pledge to stand with Rolls-Royce and its workers

Civic leaders in Derby have described today’s announcement of job losses at Rolls-Royce as heart-breaking for the workers, the company and the city.
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20th May 2020

New support group helps region’s businesses improve communication

A new online community is helping businesses in the East Midlands to connect and support one another through the challenges of lockdown.
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15th May 2020

UK consumer health testing specialist launches coronavirus antibody home-to-lab blood test

A home-to-lab finger-prick blood test that can detect IgG antibodies to coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is now available for private use and represents a breakthrough in the fight against coronavirus, says Nottingham-based company Medichecks.
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15th May 2020

How do you Adapt & Innovate through COVID-19?

A prime example of a company adapting and innovating is Future Proof Films, with their new ‘Pro Remote Video’ service.
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15th May 2020

Don’t put your online business at risk when outsourcing during coronavirus

Due to the recent increase in home working due to the coronavirus pandemic, many more people are considering a change of career or growing their virtual teams.
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14th May 2020

RISK first in UK to deliver Construction industry SMSTS, SSSTS and refresher courses remotely online

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis CITB has implemented remote delivery of training for SMSTS, SSSTS and refresher courses.
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14th May 2020

RBS covers PPE costs for local community

Midlands-based RBS has covered PPE costs for a local community shop in the Newark area, ensuring vulnerable communities will continued to be looked after during the Covid-19 crisis.
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12th May 2020

Chamber responds to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extension

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced a further extension to the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to October.
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12th May 2020

Local Business Supports Children’s Mental Health Nationwide

Nottingham-based business, Be Your Best Version, is making a big impact in managing mental health by helping children across the country overcome anxiety caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
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11th May 2020

Project D offers a community service and brings staff back to work

A Derby doughnut firm which furloughed all its staff at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak reinstated them all a week later after changing its business model to support the community.
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11th May 2020

City leaders request meeting with Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

City leaders have requested a meeting with the Communities Secretary to discuss Derby’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
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6th May 2020

City’s show of support for Rolls-Royce

Leaders of Derby’s Coronavirus Economic Recovery Task Force and the city council are to seek talks with Rolls-Royce to try to assist the company as it deals with a huge slowdown in the aviation sector caused by global lockdowns.
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5th May 2020

Derby 3 launch business swapping service during lockdown

Three Derby based entrepreneurs have created and launched a swapping services for small business during the Covid 19 lockdown.
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5th May 2020

Returning to Work COVID-19 Guides

Many organisations have started the process of preparing to open up or at least are beginning to think about what happens next.
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30th April 2020

Earthing Services reveals new innovations

Internationally-operating electrical earthing specialist Earthing Services has announced expansions to its range to overcome challenges in the most demanding environments.
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30th April 2020

East Midlands Regional Cyber Resilience Centre launches

A new regional centre aimed at helping the East Midlands to improve its cyber resilience has been launched. 
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29th April 2020

Derby launches Coronavirus Economic Recovery Task Force

A task force has been launched to lead Derby’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
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29th April 2020

Property Industry Will Innovate Amid Covid-19 According To East Mids Professionals

INNOVATION will be key to helping the property and construction industry navigate a post COVID-19 world according to a panel of experts from the East Midlands speaking at a virtual round table event this month.
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27th April 2020

Chamber welcomes new coronavirus ‘bounceback’ scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today confirmed the introduction of a new ‘micro-loan’ scheme to help small businesses hit by the coronavirus crisis.
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27th April 2020

Spatial Global moving overseas PPE into the NHS supply chain at a fraction of market price

Market rates rocket up to 600% more than normal but Spatial Global keeps it’s fees super low to help the NHS
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24th April 2020

East Midlands entrepreneur launches 'Pay What You Feel' marketing course

Award-winning entrepreneur Victoria Prince, from  Touchpoints Marketing in Nottinghamshire, has set up an online course to help fellow business owners jump-start their marketing strategies.
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22nd April 2020

Permaroof Launches Sales Of Revolutionary Disinfectant Spray

DERBYSHIRE-BASED Permaroof, the UK’s leading importer and distributor of Firestone RubberCover roofing products, has launched the sale of a revolutionary new disinfectant spray as it continues to diversify its product range in response to changing industr
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22nd April 2020

Lawyers launch free evening legal phone-in clinics

Fidler & Pepper Lawyers has extended its working times so that members of the public can call for free legal advice.
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21st April 2020

Marketing Derby wins Queen’s Award

We are delighted to announce that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the Prime Minister’s recommendation that Marketing Derby is to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
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21st April 2020

Liniar Moves Swiftly to Help Front Line Workers

Innovative PVCu systems company Liniar has developed a new supply chain whilst its extrusion facility is temporarily closed – producing protective face visors for front line workers during the COVID19 crisis.
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21st April 2020

Leadership in Covid-19: Nottingham University Business School announces May event to help business leaders survive and thrive in the ‘new normal’

Chief Executives, HR, Learning and Development and Talent Management professionals are being brought together by Nottingham University Business School to plot their way forward from the Covid-19 pandemic which is threatening irreversible damage to the UK
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21st April 2020

Schools team up to make vital PPE

Secondary schools across the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust are set to join forces to make face visors for staff working on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus.
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21st April 2020

Leading bathroom supplier HiB wins prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2020

Leading bathroom supplier HiB has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the innovation category.
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17th April 2020

UK Drone Delivery Group releases plan to accelerate growth of UK drone industry

The UK Drone Delivery Group, the new drone industry initiative* established to provide guidance on the steps required for the UK to accelerate the growth of the UK drone industry, has today released its long-awaited ‘White Paper’ for public consultation.
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17th April 2020

Parry switches production to meet urgent need for healthcare equipment

A Derby catering equipment specialist has adapted all of its manufacturing operations to produce vital healthcare equipment to support the fight against COVID-19.
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16th April 2020

PALLITE® Launch Pop Up Desk to Support the Nation Working-From-Home and Home-Schooling

PALLITE®, a Northamptonshire-based, environmentally-friendly packaging company, has created a lightweight, pop-up, honeycomb-board paper desk to aid home-workers and schoolers struggling for space at home.
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16th April 2020

Chamber launches £100,000 Covid-19 fund to support members

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) has introduced a £100,000 financial package to help support members affected by Covid-19.
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15th April 2020

Team spirit and innovation to help front line workers

Innovation in 3D printing and concern for healthcare workers on the front line is behind a production line of vital equipment, inspired by West Nottinghamshire College.
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14th April 2020

Nottingham firms team up to boost women’s wellbeing during coronavirus lockdown

Amid a Government mandate that identifies daily exercise as an essential activity, two Nottingham-based companies have joined forces to empower women across the country by supporting them to boost their health and wellbeing in a new initiative.
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12th April 2020

Back Her Business helps Loughborough’s female entrepreneurs access funding

A Loughborough-based entrepreneur behind a website to help create accessible housing for those most in need.
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10th April 2020

MTM Products supplies lifesaving equipment to the NHS

MTM Products has been enlisted to supply nurse call handset overlays to a leading NHS equipment supplier, helping fight COVID-19.
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9th April 2020

Manufacturing SMEs in the East Midlands could unlock £1.5bn through invoice finance

New research from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) estimates that £1.5bn could be freed up for SMEs in the manufacturing sector in East Midlands England through the use of invoice finance.
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8th April 2020

Leading Online Pharmacy Creates More Jobs In The Face Of Coronavirus Crisis

NOTTINGHAM-BASED online pharmacy UK Meds has increased its workforce by 40% to cope with demand for its prescription-only and lifestyle products following the outbreak of coronavirus in the UK.
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8th April 2020

Theatre launches online Family Fest…with a loo-roll themed competition

Nottingham Playhouse will be taking its famous Family Fest online this Easter half term, to keep children and parents entertained, despite coronavirus closing the theatre doors.
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7th April 2020

Kitronik to Provide Face Shields for Pharmacy Staff

Nottingham electronics company and the maker community team up to design, make and supply PPE Face Shields to PCT Pharmacy. Designs made freely available on the internet so other companies, schools and individuals can make PPE for the NHS. 
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7th April 2020

Online Learning Provider Creates Free Course For SME Remote Workers

MIDLANDS-based online learning provider Improve Online is offering a free taster course to help remote workers upskill.
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6th April 2020

New spin on waste management cuts 10 tonnes of waste per month 

Axil Integrated Services, has announced that since taking on the waste management at two of Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited sites, it has been able to reduce the company’s general waste by 50%
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4th April 2020

Fortus - A New Era of Business Advisors & Accountants 

Fortus Business Advisors & Accountants launches into the professional services marketplace
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4th April 2020

New Foundation Degree Prepares Creatives For The Changing Workplace

Derby College Group (DCG) is launching a new higher education study programme in partnership with The Open University which is designed to better prepare creative practitioners for the world of work.
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3rd April 2020

James Dyson designed and started manufacturing ventilators in under 10 days

Dyson has received an order from the UK government for 10,000 ventilators to support the NHS to treat coronavirus patients.
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3rd April 2020

F1 Teamwork, UCL, delivers breathing aid for COVID-19 in less than 100 hours

Breathing Aid improved and adapted it for mass production in less than 100 hours
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3rd April 2020

The UK's biggest hospital, with 4000 beds, is created in 2 weeks

NHS Nightingale, ExCeL, one of the world’s largest convention centres, will have 4,000 beds and and is seen as ideal temporary site to treat patients
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3rd April 2020

PM asks for 250k NHS volunteers and over 750k are recruited in days

The number of people who have volunteered to help the NHS in its fight against coronavirus has passed 750,000, triple the government's recruitment target.
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3rd April 2020

BuyaCar doubles down on help for NHS staff and other essential workers

"Many essential workers don't want a new car - they need a new car" - Andy Oldham, CEO of BuyaCar 
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2nd April 2020

EMA keeps vital freight flowing despite coronavirus lockdown

New figures show the critical role that East Midlands Airport (EMA), home to the UK’s largest dedicated air cargo operation, has in keeping goods moving into Britain during the Coronavirus pandemic.
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1st April 2020

March sees sharp fall in East Midlands business confidence

Business confidence in the East Midlands fell 24 points during March to 3%, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
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1st April 2020

Prime on the frontline as it launches PPE campaign for NHS workers

A Nottinghamshire printing specialist is leading the charge to provide much-needed PPE equipment to the NHS in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.
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1st April 2020

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

Manufacturing Growth Program is still actively offering Grant support (typically 33% of project costs) to help businesses re-assess, re-tool, and get ready to reboot!
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30th March 2020

Leadership Styles During the COVID-19 Crisis - What can you Learn?

It's funny how the images of leaders develop, and during extreme challenges, some gain gravitas or lose credibility almost overnight. As a leader in your business, what are you projecting consciously or unconsciously?
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30th March 2020

How to promote sustainability in the workplace

As the awareness of climate change and the environmental impact of our actions and activities increases, so does the pace of change demanded by buyers.
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26th March 2020

Government’s NHS volunteer drive target is smashed

The number of people volunteering to support the National Health Service during the coronavirus crisis has passed the half a million mark, which is more than double the Government's recruitment target.
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26th March 2020

cbe+ gains sponsorship from Leonardo to obtain SC21 certification

Specialist precision engineering sub-contractor CBE+ has been selected by leading UK aerospace original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Leonardo, for sponsorship on the SC21 Operational Excellence programme. 
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25th March 2020

Understanding the Psychological Impact of COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will have an impact on everyone. Understanding how to cope with the stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Here's an explanation of the emotional rollercoaster ever
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24th March 2020

Managing international business during the Covid-19 crisis

Spatial Global keeping calm and carrying on
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23rd March 2020

Midlands contractor celebrates appointment on £30 billion national central government framework

Midlands-based contractor G F Tomlinson is celebrating its successful selection on to the new £30 billion Crown Commercial Service Construction Works and Associated Services agreement, a major national framework for the delivery of public sector construct
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21st March 2020

Awards Win For Geo Green Power

East Midlands based renewable energy company Geo Green Power have picked up Best Solar PV Installer / Contractor in the East Midlands Energy Efficiency Awards plus Highly Commended and Commended in two other categories.
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21st March 2020

5 Things your team MUST have during the current crisis

The world of work is changing before our eyes, and whatever happens, will never be the same again. Unless you're part of the AMAZING ‘front line’ NHS team, you need 5 things to make sure your increasingly dispersed team realises their true potential:
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20th March 2020

Russells recognised as the best of the best

Burton-based Russell Roof Tiles has been recognised as a leading manufacturer in the UK, after being handpicked to appear in the 2020 Parliamentary Review.  
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20th March 2020

Space Data Centres offers free support to key service sectors during Covid-19 crisis

Space Data Centres is backing key service providers during the Covid-19 crisis with free access to a range of their services to help them keep the nation moving.
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19th March 2020

J Tomlinson project wins at East Midlands Energy Efficiency Awards 2020

Contractor J Tomlinson is on cloud nine after Airfield Business Park in Leicestershire scooped the title of Large Scale Project of the Year at the East Midlands Energy Efficiency Awards.
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18th March 2020

Pattonair rebrands as Incora following merger

Derby aerospace supply chain solutions provider Pattonair has today rebranded to Incora, following the companmy's recent merger with Wesco Aircraft.
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16th March 2020

Pattonair’s community work recognised at East Midlands Business Masters awards

Global aerospace and defence supply chain specialist Pattonair has been rewarded for its fantastic community work with an award at the prestigious Business Masters Awards.
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