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27th September 2021

Driver David triumphs at trentbarton awards

A bus-driving star who has never missed a single day’s work won the top prize in trentbarton’s 2020-21 really good service awards.
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27th September 2021

INIT EXTENDS CONTACTLESS TICKETING FOR NOTTINGHAM BUSES AND TRAMS

USERS of Nottingham’s public transport network can now enjoy improved ticketing options as more journey types are added to its contactless payment system.
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27th September 2021

Budding mixologists stir their stuff at college restaurant

Students who are learning the art of restaurant hospitality put their advancing skills to the test in West Nottinghamshire College’s Refined eaterie recently.
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27th September 2021

PALLITE® Expand Sustainable Packaging Range to Include ThermaLITE: Insulative Packaging Made from 100% Recycled Materials

PALLITE®, an award-winning international designer and manufacturer of paper honeycomb board products from Northamptonshire, UK, has expanded their sustainable packaging range to include thermallyinsulative packaging – ThermaLITE by PALLITE®.
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27th September 2021

STUDENT NIGHT RETURNS TO VICTORIA CENTRE WITH ALMOST 50 RETAILERS ON BOARD

STUDENT NIGHT RETURNS TO VICTORIA CENTRE WITH ALMOST 50 RETAILERS ON BOARD A night dedicated to Nottingham’s vibrant student community returns to the city’s leading shopping destination, Victoria Centre, next week and it’s set to be bigger than ever.
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24th September 2021

Chesterfield business picks up Company of the Year Award

Long-standing Chesterfield business, MTM Products, is celebrating after being named Industrial Graphics Specialists Company of the Year by a leading industry publication.
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24th September 2021

Robinson partners with The History of Parliament Trust to celebrate 300 years of Leadership and Innovation

Robinson – the manufacturer specialising in value-added custom packaging – is the proud partner of a new publication to celebrate the best of British leadership, launched this week with The History of Parliament Trust at Westminster Abbey.
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24th September 2021

New University spin out to deliver faster and safer engineering maintenance technologies

A new spin out company from The University of Nottingham is to help keep passenger planes in the air, while reducing the risk of injury to the engineering ground crews who maintain them.
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24th September 2021

Exporters need urgent support to reap benefits of new trade deals

A new report out today from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shines a spotlight on the ongoing difficulties that small business exporters are facing from the Covid-19 pandemic and the UK’s exit from the EU.
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23rd September 2021

East Midlands business wins ‘Best Sustainability Initiative’ at Vertical Farming World Awards

Agritech firm Light Science Technologies (LST) has won ‘Best Sustainability Initiative’ at the 2021 Vertical Farming World Awards, for its sustainable grow light range nurturGROW.
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22nd September 2021

DERBYSHIRE FESTIVAL OF BUSINESS LAUNCHED AT UNIVERSITY

The University of Derby, in partnership with Vision Derbyshire, has launched the Derbyshire Festival of Business, a new initiative which aims to celebrate the resilience of our business community over the past two years and help businesses capitalise on o
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21st September 2021

Nottingham Family-Run Firm Wins Paper Recycling Business Of The Year Award

A Nottingham family-run firm, Shredall SDS Group, has won the award for Paper Recycling Business of the Year 2021 at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management.
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21st September 2021

Mansfield Innovation Centre gears up for growth

Mansfield Innovation Centre says it’s experiencing high levels of demand from local businesses for high-quality office space as coronavirus lockdown restrictions continue to ease.
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20th September 2021

M&H Carriers achieves compliance clarity with TruTac

TruTac, the tachograph experts, have helped distribution specialist M&H Carriers increase the efficiency and compliance of its fleet by amalgamating a trio of management systems into one.
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17th September 2021

Electric home heating firm rides customer approval wave

A leading electric home heating solutions provider has received industry recognition for its commitment to customer service.
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17th September 2021

Game-changing First-of-its-kind escrow platform bids to transform the UK Trades industry

A new online platform that protects tradespeople from late and non-payments has launched nationwide making it the first company in the world to bring peer-review escrow services to the trade industry.
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17th September 2021

‘Stronger and more accountable’ decisions for Nottinghamshire

Ambitions for devolved government powers for Nottinghamshire could move a step closer. Nottinghamshire County Council is to debate plans to return to a leader and cabinet model of decision making in order to strengthen the case for devolved powers from ce
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17th September 2021

Shop local initiative set to make some “Appy” customers

Shopping in Ripley is to become easier as retailers are given access to a national online retail platform designed to boost trade in local high streets.
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17th September 2021

TruTac presented with Queen’s Award for Innovation

TruTac, the tachograph and compliance experts, received a Queens Award for Innovation in April 2020. In formal recognition of the achievement, TruTac was recently presented with a coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise Crystal by the Queen’s representative,
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16th September 2021

GUY MARTIN’S LAND SPEED RECORD ATTEMPT GAINS TRACTION IN TESTS

Former motorcycle racer, TV presenter and author Guy Martin, has completed initial tests in the 1200shp ‘52 Express’ streamliner in which he plans to attempt the motorcycle land speed record in Bolivia next year. Tests were made of the steering and brakin
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16th September 2021

Fortinet accreditation recognises Digital Space as industry leader

Digital Space is pleased to announce that it has become one of just six organisations to achieve Fortinet’s Expert MSSP (Managed Security Services Provider) partner status, placing itself as an industry leader across the UK.
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16th September 2021

Digital agency Impression launches strategy service with raft of new hires

Nottingham and London based digital marketing agency Impression has launched its new digital strategy service with the additional appointment of three senior hires.
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16th September 2021

Kybotech wins big at the North Notts Business Awards

Worksop-based Kybotech has scooped two accolades at the North Notts Business Awards.
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15th September 2021

Nottingham communications agency wins new accolade

A Nottingham-based communications agency is celebrating after earning recognition in this year’s UK Enterprise Awards.
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15th September 2021

THE MIDLANDS BUSINESS NETWORK EXPO WEDNESDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2021 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

KING POWER STADIUM - The Midlands Business Network Expo is exactly where you need to be if you’re looking to take your business to the next level!
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15th September 2021

FLOTEC SCOOPS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR INNOVATION.

Loughborough-based Flotec, a trusted and leading supplier of reliable hose and engineering solutions to the rail market,has scooped a prestigious award for innovation in manufacturing and engineering
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15th September 2021

BPR Medical supports UK’s first climate-friendly gas and air labour

Mum Kaja Gersinska has become the first person in the UK to use climate-friendly pain relief during labour after giving birth at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
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14th September 2021

Working capital vacuum threat as recovery continues

A severe shortage of working capital is set to cause a growing number of business failures as companies responding to the recovery become overstretched and insolvent due to a lack of cash, a leading Midlands-based restructuring expert is warning.
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11th September 2021

Accelerating sustainable healthcare product development

In partnership with Loughborough University, Kindeva (formerly, 3M Drug Delivery Systems) is developing ways to enhance the performance, cost effectiveness and green credentials of respiratory inhalers.
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11th September 2021

Cawarden wins ‘Demolition Contractor of the Year’ at British Demolition Awards 2021

Derby-based Specialist Contractor, Cawarden has been crowned ‘Demolition Contractor of the Year’ at the third annual British Demolition Awards, a prestigious celebration of all things demolition, held on Friday 3 September at the American Express Communit
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11th September 2021

Earth Observation at forefront of unique business support service launched in Leicester

A unique business support programme to help entrepreneurs and businesses from any sector across the UK to get their innovative Earth Observation ideas off the ground has been launched at Space Park Leicester.
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11th September 2021

Prepare for labelling law change, says Nottinghamshire Trading Standards

Nottinghamshire businesses are being urged to prepare for an upcoming change to the law governing allergen labelling on food which is pre-packaged for direct sale (PPDS).
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10th September 2021

Central England Co-op achieves top environmental standards recognition for the fourth time

Central England Co-op has been re-awarded three Carbon Trust Standards for reducing its carbon emissions, waste and water use for the fourth time.
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10th September 2021

OLYMPIC KNOW-HOW TO OVERCOME BUSINESS CHALLENGES

Derbyshire Institute of Sport has created more than 20 world-class athletes including 10 Olympians/Paralympians who competed in Tokyo this year.
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10th September 2021

Cobot Maker Space launched to explore the future of robots and industry

A new facility for human-robot interaction research designed to support industry in exploring the use of this technology has been launched at the University of Nottingham.
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9th September 2021

Midlands businesses seek private equity funding in growth push

More than a quarter of mid-size Midlands businesses surveyed are looking for private equity investment in a bid to achieve post-pandemic growth.
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8th September 2021

Unemployment to rise by 50,000 due to jobs tax hike, new analysis finds

A Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) assessment of the potential impacts of a 1.25% increase in national insurance contributions (NICs) for employers, sole traders and employees indicates that the move could cause 50,000 more people to be left out of wo
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7th September 2021

Metro Bank Supports Take 5 Week – Encouraging Consumers to be Aware of Potential Scams & Fight Fraud

Metro Bank, the UK’s community bank, supports UK Finance’s 2021 Take Five week which kicks off on September 13th encouraging consumers to STOP and CHALLENGE before sharing personal and banking information to PROTECT themselves against potential scams and
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2nd September 2021

Burton firm recognized with gold standard

GOLD MEDAL WINNING
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2nd September 2021

New Digital Innovation Centre leads the way in supporting businesses and students

As work continues to install the latest digital connectivity to support around 40 businesses based in Nottinghamshire County Council’s Worksop Turbine business centre, a new Digital Innovation Centre in the building has already started supporting local st
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31st August 2021

Business rates system an “indefensible” disincentive to invest, small firms tell ministers

Business rates system an “indefensible” disincentive to invest, small firms tell ministers
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30th August 2021

National awards success for Koa Consulting

A Derby-based business development consultancy which helps business owners to increase their sales, win more customers and grow is celebrating after scooping a prestigious national award.
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24th August 2021

Sentric Music and Loughborough University – empowering musicians

An 18-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Loughborough University and Sentric Music is delivering positive change within the music industry.
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23rd August 2021

Small firms call for cut to “jobs tax” as soaring prices and vacancies put recovery at risk

The UK’s largest business group is urging the Government to address rising input prices, lack of access to the right staff and trade disruption as its full Q2 2021 SBI report, published today, highlights how these trends could stifle a nascent economic re
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22nd August 2021

HUUB TO GIVE TEAM EUROPE THE EDGE

Triathlon market leader HUUB is an innovative company with a mission to make athletes faster.
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21st August 2021

NOTTINGHAM YOUNGSTERS GAIN A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE MAGNIFICENT MIND OF PAUL SMITH

Nottingham icon and one of Britain’s foremost fashion designers, Paul Smith, has returned to home soil inspiring local young people and making his first trip to the “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” exhibition, currently on its final stop of a worldwide tour
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20th August 2021

Derbyshire start-up scoops top prize in Gumtree Small Business Blast Off Competition

Gumtree UK, the online classifieds platform, has today revealed the winners of its Small Business Blast Off Competition, launched earlier this year to celebrate the many entrepreneurs and SME owners that transformed their businesses in order to survive th
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19th August 2021

What's happening in September?

KuKu Connect physical Connect Receptions are now back and in full swing!
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17th August 2021

Confidence Falls Back Slightly, But Growth and Hiring Aspirations Strong Among Region’s Small Businesses

Half of small business owners (50%) predict that their business performance will improve in the next three months. In the East Midlands, small business confidence for the next 3 months is positive in Q2 2021 (50%) which is the same figure at the end of Q1
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16th August 2021

Space Park Leicester to host 100th ESA BIC UK start-up

A technology company developing the UK’s first autonomous drone delivery network dedicated to the fast and direct delivery of vital, time-sensitive medical supplies, has become the latest company to join the world’s largest space innovation network for te
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15th August 2021

Space Park Leicester move for growing air quality monitoring firm

A University of Leicester spinout created to tackle air pollution is moving to a new research and innovation centre launched to support the city’s fast-growing space industry.
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13th August 2021

Leadership expert and former police chief Kul Mahay to host careers initiative alongside Minister for Education Gavin Williamson, Lord Lieutenant of West Midlands and Armed Forces

A former police chief who was once one of the most senior Asian officers in the UK, is to host a two-day STEM careers initiative alongside the West Midlands Lieutenancy, which is aimed at encouraging more youngsters from a black, Asian and mixed ethnicity
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12th August 2021

Derby legal firm’s key role in SureScreen expansion

Smith Partnership has played a key role in helping secure one of the most important business expansions in the East Midlands.
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11th August 2021

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver ‘Skills Bootcamps’

Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire set to benefit from flexible free courses
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11th August 2021

Burton businesses celebrate three years of local group as firm trebles turnover thanks to much needed support

Burton small businesses have been bucking the trend thanks to a network group set up to support entrepreneurship in the town.
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10th August 2021

National Stone Centre to be Transformed into World-Class Visitor Experience

The National Stone Centre near Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Dales will be transformed into a world-class visitor experience as it today reveals a new partnership with industry body, the Institute of Quarrying.
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10th August 2021

Work underway to create the UK’s first International Air and Space Training Institute

The initial home for IASTI Newark is taking shape.
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10th August 2021

Fortec launches its sector leading IT solution

Fortec Distribution Network (Fortec) has launched its sector leading core operational system, Nexus, its latest step towards delivering excellence for its stakeholders.
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10th August 2021

Hardy Signs Exhibiting at Love Business Expo 2022

As everything starts to settle down and events are on the rise, it’s about time we booked our first face-to-face exhibition! We will be present at the Love Business Expo 2022 on the 17th of February at the Holywell Park Conference Centre in Loughborough.
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9th August 2021

A Perfect 100% for Nottingham Recruitment Specialist

Thorn Baker Group celebrate a perfect score in the REC Compliance Test.
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9th August 2021

CITY FOOD PARCEL CHARITY SETS UP PIONEERING COMMUNITY LAUNDRY

A NOTTINGHAM food bank which helped thousands of people during the pandemic is extending its services to include a free community launderette. 
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9th August 2021

A new campaign created by employers for employers to boost mental health and productivity by encouraging open conversations in workplaces in the East Midlands has been officially launched.

“Bridge the Gap, Starta Chat” has been launched by the Mental Health and Productivity Pilot (MHPP) to give businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors the help they need to encourage staff and bosses alike to open up about their mental health.
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6th August 2021

NEW ROOM, NEW YOU: HOW GARDEN ROOMS CAN ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME

After work and home life started to combine under one roof due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us ended up needing extra space – with garden rooms being highlighted as one of the most useful property investments. Adrian Buttress, managing director of
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6th August 2021

WAU BIKE CHARGED FOR SUCCESS WITH OPENING NEW ESSEX FACTORY

REVOLUTIONARY Nottingham-based e-bike company WAU, has announced the opening of its new factory in Essex, as the firm continues to expand to meet surging demand.
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6th August 2021

Talk Staff on the Acquisition Hunt as Part of Proactive Push for Growth

People Consultancy, Talk Staff, today announces it is on the hunt to acquire HR or Payroll providers as part of a huge expansion plan
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5th August 2021

£3m investment paves the way for 35 new jobs at Food Innovations Baking Group

35 jobs are being created by the UK’s leading independent manufacturer of home baking products, following its relocation to a new site in Nottinghamshire.
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5th August 2021

Grantham Charity Festival Returns This Weekend In Memory Of Beloved Wife and Mother

On Saturday 7th August, Knipfest returns once again to raise money for charities including St Barnabas Hospice, in memory of Julie Copley. The popular music festival will be held at Woodnook, home of the Kesteven Rugby Football Club.
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4th August 2021

News release: £250K awarded to Nottingham College to give young people life-changing work experiences abroad

Up to 100 students from Nottingham College will be given once in a lifetime overseas work experience opportunities thanks to the College’s success in attracting over £250K in funding from the Turing Scheme.
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4th August 2021

DeltaNet International launches new Mental Health and Wellbeing eLearning collection

DeltaNet International, a global eLearning provider of compliance and performance management training solutions, has today announced the availability of its Mental Health and Wellbeing collection of eLearning courses.
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4th August 2021

CELEBRATING 28TH ANNIVERSARY WITH 1 MILLION SIGNS

This month we celebrate our 28th anniversary this month. Founded in 1993 by Nik Hardy, the company have become the UK leading professional and digital signage supplier to a wide range of sectors.
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29th July 2021

Superior Wellness features on Channel 5

Europe’s largest hot tub distributor are excited to announce they will be featured on Channel 5’s brand new show, Hot Tub Brits: More Bubbles Please!
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29th July 2021

Quadruple Award Wins for Local Nursery Group

Delight at Children 1st Day Nurseries as the company and its nurseries in Long Eaton, Toton and Newark named in ‘Top 20’ Most Recommended’
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29th July 2021

New biomethane refuelling station opens in Newark, Nottinghamshire, supporting the decarbonisation of local fleets

CNG Fuels today announces the opening of a new low-carbon HGV refuelling station in Newark, Nottinghamshire, enabling local fleet operators to decarbonise haulage emissions, save money and reduce air pollution by running vehicles on 100% renewable biometh
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28th July 2021

College staff put through fitness paces by sport students

Staff at West Nottinghamshire College were put through their fitness paces by sport and exercise science students at an energetic ‘boot camp’.
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28th July 2021

THE BLIND RABBIT IS FIRST BIG BAR TO LAUNCH POST LOCKDOWN

THE BLIND Rabbit, Nottingham’s New York inspired bar, grill and live entertainment space is set to open this summer – and becomes the first major venue to open post lockdown in the city centre.
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28th July 2021

McLaughlins launches UK’s first franchise scheme for surveyors amid major company rebrand as MCL

Family owned chartered surveyors McLaughlins is seeking industry professionals to become franchisees of its newly renamed and rapidly expanding MCL business.
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28th July 2021

Award-winning satellite ecosystem protection project developed by Leicester researchers showcased to Kenyan President

An award-winning satellite project developed by researchers at the University of Leicester with support from the National Centre for Earth Observation has been showcased as part President Kenyatta’s visit to London, where he marked the UK-Kenya partnershi
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28th July 2021

Allscreens Nationwide becomes first in the UK to launch brand new commercial ADAS Calibration service

One of the country’s fastest growing windscreen repair and replacement companies, Allscreens Nationwide, has launched a brand new Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) Calibration service at its flagship branch, in Leicester. The company is now the fi
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28th July 2021

Smart, self-configuring factories on horizon thanks to new £5m research centre

A new £5m research centre aims to put UK manufacturing on the map for the sustainable and scalable production of high-value, customised products using smart and connected factories.
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28th July 2021

LOCAL MANUFACTURER CELEBRATES RECORD-BREAKING SAFETY SUCCESS

Employees at JELD-WEN Stairs in Melton Mowbray have celebrated a record-breaking safety milestone, after reaching 2,650 days without a lost working day.
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27th July 2021

Derbyshire school friends' vintage clothing business is booming

FROM American sportwear and iconic Nike high-tops to brightly-coloured shell suits – circa 1990 – and Louis Vuitton handbags, two school friends from Derbyshire making a name for themselves vintage clothing market which has grown ten-fold during the pande
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27th July 2021

LEICESTERSHIRE GIN DISTILLER RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

Burleighs Gin, the Leicestershire distiller, has been awarded both silver and bronze medals in a renowned international competition dedicated to the wine and spirits industry.
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27th July 2021

LEICESTERSHIRE GIN DISTILLER RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

Burleighs Gin, the Leicestershire distiller, has been awarded both silver and bronze medals in a renowned international competition dedicated to the wine and spirits industry.
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27th July 2021

Virtual Assistant bucks the trend in first year of trading

A Virtual Assistant has bucked the trend in her first year of trading by supporting more than double the number of clients than the industry average – despite starting during Covid.
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27th July 2021

New £3.1 million MRI scanner facility opens in Leicester

A new MRI scanner facility that will help expand vital research into heart and circulatory diseases has opened at Glenfield Hospital.
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26th July 2021

PERMALAWN LAUNCHES FRESH SEARCH FOR STOCKISTS

AS the height of summer approaches, PermaLawn is encouraging UK merchants to consider diversifying their stock range by adding artificial grass that’s simple to install with a high-quality aesthetic, giving their customers an easy way to broaden their own
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26th July 2021

New T Level courses at Leicester College allow employers to claim £1,000 for every student on industrial placement

Leicester College will offer a new range of technical-focused T Level courses, starting in autumn 2021. Designed by employers with The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, these two-year qualifications combine classroom study and a subst
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26th July 2021

East Midlands Recruitment firm cements business growth with global team expansion

There have been few business success stories in the last year, so the growth seen by Nottingham based Distinct Recruitment over the last 12 months is all the more significant.
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26th July 2021

Pall-Ex Group deploys solutions from Honeywell and The Barcode Warehouse in latest major technology investment

Logistics giant Pall-Ex Group is collaborating with technology companies The Barcode Warehouse and Honeywell to deliver the next phase of the pallet network’s growth plan.
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23rd July 2021

Parks count on new technology to monitor footfall

New technology is being trialled at selected parks across the UK to count people using phone signals, providing valuable data that can be used to improve safety and services.
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23rd July 2021

Shortlist revealed for 2021 Love Chesterfield Awards

The very best Chesterfield-based businesses and developments have been revealed by Destination Chesterfield.
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23rd July 2021

Loughborough University launches business start-up accelerator programme that looks to nurture talent across Leicestershire

Cofounders of Pickle Illustration, Lauren Jefferis and Olivia Collins, are some of the local entrepreneurs already benefiting from LU Inc’s business start-up support.
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21st July 2021

TruTac software is a ‘one-stop shop’ for JG Pears

One of the UK’s leading animal by-product processors has simplified its fleet and driver management by using TruTac’s compliance software suite, TruControl.
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20th July 2021

Cowens are on track for double award

East Midlands based insurance broker and financial planner, Cowens Group have been selected as a finalist in both the commercial lines broker of the year SME/MID/Corporate category at the prestigious British Insurance Awards 2021
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20th July 2021

Henry Brothers starts work on Glossopdale School extension

Contractor Henry Brothers has broken ground and started work to build a new £4million extension at Glossopdale School, funded by Derbyshire County Council.
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20th July 2021

Short, Medium & Long Distance Winners Announced for the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards 2021

A trio of drivers from DHL Supply Chain, Maritime Transport and Gist have secured the distance categories in the Microlise Driver of The Year Awards 2021.
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20th July 2021

Node4 Announces Acquisition Of TNP To Significantly Expand Its Breadth of IT Service Capabilities

Bringing Complementary Skills And Experience To The Node4 Group With Exciting Opportunities For Growth
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