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11th June 2021

Siemens’ virtual work experience giving young people in the East Midlands a head start to STEM career

Free skills programme via the Springpod careers platform shows students aged 14-18 how engineering and technology is helping build a more sustainable future
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11th June 2021

NEW ARTISAN MARKET TAKES SHAPE AS NAME AND THEME ARE UNVEILED

The name and theme for a new indoor market which aims to give an East Midlands town a fresh lease of life have been unveiled as its opening date draws nearer.
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10th June 2021

New appointments keep Pall-Ex Group on the road to growth

Pall-Ex Group has expanded its network team with a raft of new appointments to support on-going growth.
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10th June 2021

Students help to ‘resolve’ IT poverty

Computer science students at West Nottinghamshire College are doing their bit to end digital poverty in the local community whilst honing their computer repair and upgrade services.
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10th June 2021

Derbyshire Craft Business gets a boost from Theo Paphitis

A Derbyshire based firm has received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.Last week, Sarah Hodgkinson owner of Crafty You Crafty Me tweeted Theo about her business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain
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9th June 2021

Medilink Midlands Innovation Day 2021

The foremost life science event in the Midlands will be going virtual this year, as Medilink Midlands celebrates its first ever Innovation Day, sponsored by We Are Pioneer Group.
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9th June 2021

Food Innovation Centre highlights the issue of food waste

One third of all food produced globally ends up as waste, which equates to millions of tonnes of food wasted around the world every year.
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8th June 2021

Volunteers needed for world-first COVID-19 vaccine booster study

Local volunteers are being sought to take part in a new trial that will investigate the use of different COVID-19 vaccines as a third ‘booster’ injection.
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8th June 2021

The Access Group responds to rapid growth in online payments with the launch of Access PaySuite

Loughborough-based The Access Group has announced the launch of Access PaySuite, its new FCA authorised payment division that is focused on integrated payment experiences.
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8th June 2021

Managed IT support provider adds innovative orthopaedic firm to their client portfolio as further team expansion is announced

Growing Midlands-based IT support provider, Infuse Technology are celebrating a period of continued growth, welcoming a string of new clients, including orthopaedic design and development firm Joint Medica, designers and manufacturers of innovative high c
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8th June 2021

Awards open for inspirational businesses from Mansfield and Ashfield

Mansfield and Ashfield businesses are being urged to submit entries into the area’s most prestigious awards - with this year seeing a return to a real-life glittering event.
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8th June 2021

Impression opens another London office and welcomes raft of new recruits

Digital marketing agency Impression has opened a second office in London and has appointed 16 new members of staff since January.
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8th June 2021

Nottingham telecoms provider Esendex celebrates 20 years championing excellence

The hunt is on for talented tech and IT professionals to join telecommunications provider Esendex, as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary.
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8th June 2021

Planning underway for Mansfield’s popular Christmas market

Spring might only just have turned into summer, but planning is already underway to bring a popular Christmas market back to Mansfield. 
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8th June 2021

£140,000 Nottingham beauty salon owner shares her story of how she built her business during lockdown

A Nottingham businesswoman has worked through two Covid-19 lockdowns to launch her dream £100,000 beauty salon.
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8th June 2021

SureScreen to create 1,000 new jobs at new world-class facility

SureScreen Diagnostics is to create up to 1,000 new jobs after agreeing to purchase a new manufacturing centre near the M1.
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7th June 2021

Partnership agreement will develop the next generation of construction experts

Construction company Robert Woodhead Limited (part of the Woodhead Group) and Chesterfield College have entered into an agreement to work together on a range of initiatives to help the next generation discover more about careers in construction and develo
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7th June 2021

Innovation Week 2021 aims to inspire

This year’s Leicestershire Innovation Week has one goal in mind: to inspire businesses of every size and sector to embrace innovation.
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7th June 2021

Derby training firm first on the grid for provision of course for high voltage workers

Bright sparks at Develop Training have created an industry “first” with the launch of a blended training course for workers who handle high voltage electrical systems.
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4th June 2021

Derby clothing brand Mr Shaw retraces its steps to the Baseball Ground as it pays tribute to the 1970s football glory days

A Derby fashion designer has drawn on his memories of walking to the Baseball Ground on Saturday afternoons to announce the launch of his new clothing collection, which has been inspired by the golden age of 1970s football.
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4th June 2021

Business Award Recognises Local Company’s Lofty Ambitions

A Long Eaton company has been recognised as a leading light in the loft storage industry by a panel of business judges.
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3rd June 2021

Leicestershire-based flooring firm rated 'One to Watch' by organisation that rates the best companies to work for in the UK

UK Flooring Direct employs more than 200 people at its headquarters in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and at its second site in Coventry, West Midlands, selling more than 250 products including wood and laminate flooring to both retail and trade customers via
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3rd June 2021

Double win for Liniar at Quanex Annual Awards

Liniar is delighted to announce it’s been awarded wins in two categories in this year’s annual Quanex Safety & Stakeholder Awards!
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3rd June 2021

East Midlands business leaders throw weight behind vital US-based cancer charity

A charity set up in the US almost a decade ago is to bring its fundraising efforts to help those suffering from cancer to the UK.
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2nd June 2021

100 ways to go greener

The Business Gateway Growth Hub is giving 100 Leicestershire companies the chance to use a brand new digital platform to monitor and reduce their carbon emissions in a pioneering green initiative.
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1st June 2021

East Midlands Recruiter Launches Innovative New Website for Fast-Track Job Applications

Award-winning East Midlands recruiter Encore Personnel has launched an innovative new website to support job seekers in finding their perfect role quickly, as unemployment figures continue to rise.
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1st June 2021

Leicester Bakery Wins Silver Award at National Free From Food Awards

On Thursday 27th May Blackfriars Bakery of South Wigston Leicester was awarded Silver in the ‘Snack Bars’ category at the national Free From Awards for it’s Cocoa, Cranberry & Orange Porridge Oat Bar, which is Gluten and Dairy Free.
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1st June 2021

Britcon welcomes Chesterfield College construction students to One Waterside Place site

Chesterfield Waterside, Chesterfield Borough Council and Britcon (UK) Ltd have begun an eight-week activity partnership with Chesterfield College by welcoming its Level 3 Construction Management students on site
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1st June 2021

STRUGGLING TO FIND A JOB? NOTTS CHARITY LAUNCHES PROGRAMME TO HELP YOUNG AND UNEMPLOYED RESIDENTS SECURE WORK

NOTTINGHAM-BASED community organisation Switch Up has launched a free employability program that will empower 14- to 24-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds in the city to achieve their career aspirations.
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1st June 2021

WFH spawns new “pocket” trend in home design, according to Nottingham architect

Acres Architects has identified “pocket living” as a growing new trend in the interior layout design of our dwellings due to increased home working.
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1st June 2021

PLANS SUBMITTED FOR PIONEERING T LEVEL CENTRE

PLANS for a £2.3million state-of-the-art T Level facility have been submitted to Charnwood Borough Council by a local team of specialists for Loughborough College.
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28th May 2021

Volunteer appeal to help inspire primary school children in Derby is launched

A SCHEME aimed at connecting business leaders with primary school children in Derby is making an appeal for volunteers to inspire future generations in our city ahead of National Volunteers Week (June 1 to June 7).
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28th May 2021

Learning and Development Culture Drives Continued Professional Success at Wealth Management Group

The RU Group, one of the region’s leading wealth management and financial advice firms, is celebrating the ongoing achievements of its team with a raft of accreditation's and accolades from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
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27th May 2021

Game show and panto bring end of term funds and joy

Travel and tourism students from West Nottinghamshire College put on a double bill of fun in the college’s Create Theatre while raising money for a local bereavement centre.
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26th May 2021

Liniar smashes its climate change agreement by 54%, saving 20,400 tonnes of CO²!

Whilst the main focus of the last 12 months has been on keeping its workforce safe during the pandemic and meeting the high demand in the marketplace, PVCu systems manufacturer Liniar has also continued to drive forward itsClimate Change Agreement (CCA) t
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26th May 2021

BUSTLER MARKET OPENS ITS DOORS TO NEW 1,500 SEAT VENUE

Derby’s biggest street food specialist, Bustler Market, has now fully reopened after its recent relocation to The Chocolate Factory on Siddals Road at the end of last year. Following the Government’s recent lifting of indoor leisure restrictions, last wee
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26th May 2021

Exclusive Invitation Digital Growth Conference: Winning at Digital Marketing in 2021

We’ve seen the digital landscape change so much in the last 16 months, with more and more consumers having an online presence. It's never been a better time to make sure you’re ahead and don’t get caught out by changes from digital marketing platforms lik
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26th May 2021

Trainee mechanics have great new skills under their belts

Trainee mechanics at West Nottinghamshire College’s Engineering Innovation Centre have welcomed technical training sessions from a worldwide vehicle parts manufacturer.
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26th May 2021

Business collaborations are divine idea from Danielle

A DERBYSHIRE businesswoman is collaborating with other small business owners to help reach new customers, share ideas and support each other.
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26th May 2021

Croots Farm Shop unveils fresh new look

Popular Derbyshire farm shop Croots has unveiled a fresh new look as part of its rebranding.
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26th May 2021

Henry Brothers starts work on Staffordshire University’s first net-zero carbon facility

Contractor Henry Brothers has broken ground on a new £4.4m nursery and forest school being built at Staffordshire University’s Leek Road site in Stoke-on-Trent.
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26th May 2021

BOXING LEGEND INSPIRES YOUNG PEOPLE OF NOTTINGHAM

JOHN FURY, the legendary boxing cornerman, former professional, and father of two-time heavyweight boxing world champion Tyson fury, has visited Nottingham School of Boxing to inspire young people from the city who may be struggling with their mental heal
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26th May 2021

Leicester research team trial new drug for people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Patient Recruitment Centre (PRC), Leicester is running a clinical research trial looking at a new drug for treating people with type 2 diabetes.
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25th May 2021

Derby BIDs Put Out The Flags For Visitors’ Return

Derby city centre’s two Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are brightening up their areas to welcome visitors back ahead of key events this summer.
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25th May 2021

Story, songs and animation helps children with eczema care for the ‘dragon’ in their skin

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, the orchestra of the East Midlands, has brought together a creative team to work with health experts from Birmingham City University and the University of Nottingham to produce The Dragon in My Skin - a new book, animated film a
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25th May 2021

STUDENT CHALLENGE RAISES MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH

Students at Nottingham Trent University have raised more than £7,000 for cancer research by taking part in the Institute of Directors (IoD) Enterprise Challenge.
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25th May 2021

Howes Percival named in the Top 100 ‘Best Companies' list

Leading law firm Howes Percival has been ranked in the ‘Best Companies to Work For' list for the second year running.
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25th May 2021

Poké restaurant voted Nottingham’s most popular takeaway

A Hawaiian takeaway restaurant is making waves in Nottingham after taking the winning title for Deliveroo’s most popular food choice in the city.
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25th May 2021

200 Degrees Coffee opens its new coffee shop in Manchester

200 Degrees Coffee has opened its 12th coffee shop in The Hyphen Building, Mosley Street, in Manchester, offering hand-crafted coffee and delicious food to the famously vibrant city.
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25th May 2021

Leicester College staff go ‘back to school’ on major local construction project

Leicester College staff will work with leading energy and services company, ENGIE on an Education and Training Foundation pilot project that will help them to bring new skills and understanding to the delivery of the College’s new T Level Construction cou
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25th May 2021

Increased sales of filters in pandemic helps specialist distributor accelerate growth

A specialist Ilkeston company has come through the Covid pandemic in a healthy state, taking increased orders which has meant moving to larger premises and hiring extra staff
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24th May 2021

600 Job Opportunities Announced for Leicestershire

Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment and Lemonpath Limited to recruit 600 new starters across both Loughborough and Syston sites.
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24th May 2021

FURTHER ISLAND QUARTER PLANS REVEALED AS PART OF ON-SITE EVENT

NEW images of the proposals for The Island Quarter have been released as part of an event to mark the progress of works on Canal Turn, the opening phase of the development.
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21st May 2021

MHR strengthens People First platform to revolutionise HR and payroll

People First employs cutting-edge new functionality to transform business resilience, workplace flexibility and people connectivity
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20th May 2021

Innovative Self Store App Disrupts the Industry

Rutland self-storage entrepreneur launches app that promises to revolutionise the self-store industry.
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20th May 2021

SAS International and Loughborough University – a winning partnership

A collaboration between SAS International and Loughborough University has advanced the design and manufacture of novel earthquake-resistant metal ceilings – potentially saving thousands of lives across the globe.
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20th May 2021

IT specialists save hundreds of customers from Dell flaw

IT firm Neuways has issued an emergency security patch and saved its customers from a recent flaw affecting hundreds of millions of devices around the world.
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20th May 2021

Russell Roof Tiles Sustainable Solution for Award Winning Construction Company in Nottinghamshire

RUSSELL ROOF TILES SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION FOR AWARD WINNING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
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19th May 2021

Axess Systems pass on expertise on how to protect your organisation from ransomware attacks

A Derbyshire IT firm has shared its tips on how to protect and recover from ransomware attacks after the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) reported an increase in security breaches since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
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19th May 2021

SME owners urged to give evidence on trading with Europe to UK Trade and Business Commission

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is urging small business owners in who have been impacted by the UK's new trading arrangements with the EU to provide evidence for the cross-party Trade and Business Commission, so that the voice of every sector is heard
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19th May 2021

IoD launches search for most talented Midlands business leaders

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has launched its annual search for the most talented business leaders in the Midlands.
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19th May 2021

Businesses called on to enter new Love Chesterfield Awards 2021

Entrepreneurship, sustainability and community contribution from businesses will be recognised in the brand-new Love Chesterfield Awards 2021.
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18th May 2021

Derby couple who created £1m lockdown business celebrating first birthday, new place and sale of 100,000th gift box

A PERSONALISED gift box company set up by a Derby couple when the Coronavirus pandemic was at its peak is celebrating its first birthday - and is closing in on the sale of its 100,000th box.
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18th May 2021

WALESBY FOREST PRESIDENT SETS OFF ON 108-MILE WALK TO RAISE VITAL FUNDS FOR THE CENTRE

78-year-old David Huxley, president of the board of trustees at internationally acclaimed Walesby Forest in Nottinghamshire, has begun walking the Robin Hood Way – a total of 108 miles – to raise money for the centre.
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18th May 2021

SHORTLIST FOR UK’S PREMIER HGV DRIVER AWARDS ANNOUNCED

The shortlist for the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards has been announced, shining a light on the best-of-the-best from across the road transport industry, who continue to play a critical role in keeping the UK running.
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18th May 2021

Thought leadership: Lessons from a Nottingham female tech founder

The number of women working in technology roles has continued to increase over the past year, with 31% of UK tech jobs held by women, according to a February report released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
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18th May 2021

Central England Co-operative cuts food waste by 40% thanks to ground-breaking schemes

Central England Co-op has revealed that it has reduced its food waste by 40% during the past three years.
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17th May 2021

Wathall’s and Colleague Box Team Up To Offer Bereavement Comfort and Support

Wathall’s - Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors - have teamed up with personalised giftbox designers Colleague Box to create ‘A Hug After Loss’ that people across the UK can send to their family, friends and colleagues who have lost
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17th May 2021

Poké restaurant voted Nottingham’s most popular takeaway

A Hawaiian takeaway restaurant is making waves in Nottingham after taking the winning title for Deliveroo’s most popular food choice in the city.
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17th May 2021

Rising energy firm boosts customer count amidst Ofgem price hikes

A Leicestershire energy firm has seen a ten per cent increase in domestic switches following a raft of acclaim in the customer satisfaction stakes.
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17th May 2021

EAST MIDLANDS RESIDENTS SPEND AN EXTRA £1,278 AS THEY INCREASE TIME ONLINE

People in the East Midlands have, on average, spent an additional £1,278 each on online shopping in the past year, the latest Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index has revealed.
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17th May 2021

Green aviation facility given £7.6m boost by D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

The UK Electrification of Aerospace Propulsion Facility to be catalyst for green economic recovery in the aerospace sector
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14th May 2021

CONNECT DERBY GETS RAVE REVIEWS FROM BUSINESSES IN ANNUAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY SURVEY

Connect Derby, the city’s leading managed workspace provider, has published the results of its 2021 business community survey – and the statistics underlinejust how much the team has supported its tenants during the pandemic.
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14th May 2021

Community legal support recognised with national award win for Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre

The work of Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre in supporting members of the local community with free and affordable legal advice has been recognised once again with a win at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2021.
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14th May 2021

Students’ video gaming skills inspire future careers choices

Avid video gamers at West Nottinghamshire College are harnessing their gaming skills to prepare for the jobs market – hoping to turn their hobby into dream careers.
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14th May 2021

TEQ’s use of Finite Element Analysis leads to boosted packaging functionality and sustainability

Leading international thermoformer TEQ – which has a UK base in Nottinghamshire - is benefiting from using cutting-edge computer simulation techniques to boost packaging functionality and sustainability.
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14th May 2021

OLYMPIC TRIATHLON DREAMS GIVEN A BOOST BY WEBUYCYCLE.CO.UK

UK bicycle reseller supports 2021 and 2024 Olympic Dreams of British Triathletes Tom Bishop and Sian Rainsley donating a portion of resale profits!
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14th May 2021

The future of ecommerce and what will the Internet look like by 2050; Futurologists share their predictions

From implant chips to green web hosting, here’s what experts believe the future of the internet will look like
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13th May 2021

LOCAL RURAL CHAMPION CALLS ON LEICESTERSHIRE BUSINESSES TO ENTER NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS

Local business owner and Rural Business Award winner, Claire Hart from Market Harborough, is encouraging fellow rural entrepreneurs to showcase their work, products and services to the nation at the 2021/22 Rural Business Awards. Entries for this year’s c
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13th May 2021

SECURING A SALE WITHIN TWO WEEKS: HOW HOME STAGING CAN SELL YOUR PROPERTY

A PERIOD home in South Derbyshire was sold within two weeks of hitting the market after professional home staging company Lemon and Lime Interiors transformed its interior.
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12th May 2021

NORTH NOTTS DRESSINGS TO REINVIGORATE LOCAL HIGH STREETS

HIGH STREETS across North Nottinghamshire are being transformed by eye-catching street decorations to encourage people to eat and shop locally as restrictions begin to ease.
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12th May 2021

NOTTS BREWING COMPANY SAVES NEARLY £100,000 THROUGH RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

NOTTINGHAM’S Murphy & Son – an international professional brewing supplies and consultancy business – has saved almost £100,000 over the past three years thanks to its commitment to product development and progression.
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12th May 2021

How to Plan a Financial Strategy for You and Your Business: Part 2

As a business owner, you set out for your business to do well financially. After all, no one reasonably sets out to fail! And yet, many businesses do fail, and mostly for financially reasons. One of the best ways to ensure success is to have a goal and pl
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12th May 2021

How to Align Your Purpose and Strategy

Are you an SME who currently has one eye on the future? Are you keen to define your long-term aspirations and understand the role they play in informing your current business planning? If you are, this valuable webinar will help you unearth what being in
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12th May 2021

Family-run Leicestershire farm receives planning permission for natural burial ground

A family-run Leicestershire farm has received approval to transform one of its fields into a natural burial ground, providing a peaceful environment for remembrance at a site filled with wildflowers and views of the countryside.
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12th May 2021

Winning mindset key for business leaders in pandemic fight back

Developing a winning mindset is key for businesses looking to successfully bounce back from the pandemic.
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12th May 2021

B-HIVE DEVELOPS UK’S FIRST POTATO PROTEIN EXTRACTION PROCESS

AGRITECH R&D business B-Hive Innovations is leading the way in crop valorisation after developing a new process that will extract food-grade functional protein from potatoes.
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11th May 2021

Chesterfield College asks creative businesses to join their campaign to highlight how Creativity Pays

Chesterfield College is calling for creative businesses across Derbyshire to join their campaign to highlight how crucial creative skills are for the economy, our communities and our wellbeing. The campaign, Creativity Pays, will showcase creative busines
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11th May 2021

MAJOR NEW STUDENT ACCOMMODATION SCHEME IN NOTTINGHAM HOPES TO GET THE GREEN LIGHT

A planning application has been submitted to build a major new student accommodation scheme on Traffic Street, in Nottingham’s Southside Regeneration Area, and within easy reach of the city’s universities.
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11th May 2021

NEW GOVERNMENT HUB IN NOTTINGHAM COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION

DESCRIBED as one of the most transformational developments delivered in the East Midlands in more than a decade, Unity Square – the new UK Government Hub in Nottingham, which will be home to HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) and other government departments
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11th May 2021

200 DEGREES COFFEE ROASTERS TO OPEN NEW COFFEE SHOP IN YORK CITY CENTRE

Nottingham based 200 Degrees Coffee Roasters are delighted to announce that their 14th coffee shop will be in the historic city of York and will open in late June.
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11th May 2021

Bumper month for hospitality. Bookings up 27% in 3 weeks since 12th April, and up 46% for w/c 17th May

Patrick Hooykaas, UK Managing Director at TheFork, formally known as Bookatable, comments on hospitality bookings ahead of 17th May: "It's been a bumper month for the hospitality industry. The craze for going out to restaurants is more prevalent than afte
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11th May 2021

Local Logistics Firm Reveals Top 100 Place

Ambitious independent logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group which opened its state-of-the-art, £60m warehouse in Midlands Logistics Park, Unit 2, Plantation Lane, Corby (Northants) in June 2020 has appeared for the first time in The Sunday Times Profi
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11th May 2021

Encore Signs Military Pact to Support Ex-Service Men and Women

Leading and award-winning Midlands recruitment agency Encore Personnel, which supplies more than 3,500 temporary staff each week, has signed a pact with the Armed Forces which enshrines its commitment to supporting ex-service men and women in finding work
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11th May 2021

Virtual work placement ideas go global

Business students at West Nottinghamshire College have taken part in the country’s first 5G business challenge, with the results showcased at a recent global 5G industry event.
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11th May 2021

Coeliac sufferer using her business to help others in the East Midlands

This week marks Coeliac UK Awareness week 2021, with the goal to #ShineALightOnCoeliac.
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10th May 2021

Virtual student challenge launched to help organisations create positive change

Organisations looking for new ways to deliver positive change and growth following the pandemic can access the knowledge and skills of final year business students, as Nottingham Business School (NBS) launches its #NBSBright challenge.
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