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How has the Brexit vote affected the UK economy? September verdict

The pound has stabilised after a post-referendum dive   The pound fell to a 31-year low against the dollar of $1.
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Businesses haven’t even heard of Government’s £3bn apprenticeship fund

Theresa May has pledged to support vocational training but many companies are unaware of flagship jobs scheme –
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Thinkubator Challenge

Bringing business brains together Nottingham Business School’s Thinkubator Challenge provides access to free expertise to support business growth and innovation.
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Innovations in health and food: apply for business funding

Businesses can apply for a share of £15 million for projects that support SMEs to develop innovations in health and life sciences.
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Brexit affects LEADER funding programme for rural businesses

The North and South Nottinghamshire LEADER programmes offer financial support to help grow rural businesses and to create new jobs.
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Midlands businesses missing out on R&D tax credit support

The number of Midlands businesses embracing R&D tax credits has risen this year, with figures showing a 12 percent increase, however, more can be done to catch up with other UK regions.
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Six Lincolnshire firms in final of East Midlands Family Business Awards

Six Lincolnshire businesses have secured a place in the final stage of the East Midlands Family Business Awards.
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Philip Hammond announces Autumn Statement on 23 November

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond will deliver his first Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23 November.
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New survey shows East Midlands company owners gamble wealth on their businesses

ast Midlands business owners are drawing modest salaries and eschewing lavish lifestyles in favour of investing heavily in their business, according to a new study by UK chartered accountants Haines Watts.
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Chancellor looks to industry roundtables to prepare for post-Brexit Autumn Statement

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced he will engage in a series of high-profile meetings with industry roundtables in the run up to the Autumn Statement.
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Intellectual Property Practices in Creative and IT Industries

A Comparison Study between China and the UK from the User-Centred Perspective You are cordially invited to take part in a survey by filling out a questionnaire about your thoughts and experiences in Intellectual Property (IP) in creative industries ...
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Recession fears fade as UK's growth engine rebounds at record pace after Brexit shock

The UK economy is on track to avoid recession this year, according to a closely watched survey that showed business activity bounced back in August as consumers "bucked Brexit" and carried on spending.
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Theresa May tells G20 she plans to tackle bad corporate behaviour

The prime minister tells summit she will make proposals against corporate tax avoidance and excessive pay by Christmas Prime Minister Theresa May addressed delegates in Hangzhou, saying companies have a responsibility to pay taxes.
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Inward investment figures show confidence in UK plc

In the year ending April 2016, a record-number of investments were made by foreign firms in the UK —
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Small Business Saturday: Flash Mob!

Bondholder Derby City Council is hosting an event to celebrate the national Small Business Saturday campaign which celebrates the country's small businesses and showcases their importance in the national economy.
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Eurozone core inflation fall raises prospect of ECB stimulus measures

Underlying inflation in single currency area was lower year on year in July, despite action taken by bank over past 18 months Speculation is growing that the European Central Bank could take action to stimulate the eurozone economy after official figu...
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East Midlands skills shortage at “breaking point” as construction output slows

The skills shortage in the construction industry is at “breaking point”, according to a survey commissioned by a public sector owned built environment specialist operating across the East Midlands.
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Government invests £40m to boost England’s tourism sector

A £40m fund is set to be made available to towns and cities across England as part of an aim to deliver new tourism outside London.
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Midlands deal-making keeps pace despite Brexit vote, says KPMG

The rate of deals done by KPMG’s deal advisory practice across the Midlands since the EU referendum suggests that, despite Brexit, there is still appetite for M&
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Grow your business at DMU’s Innovation Centre

The Innovation Centre is the perfect platform to grow your business. The experienced in-house team understands the needs of small businesses and provides many services to support the development of your business idea.
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Treasury to guarantee EU-funded projects

Uncertainty over future funding for a range of projects following the UK’s decision to leave the EU has been ended after the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed that the Treasury will continue to support them financially.
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Employment continues to rise in the East Midlands

The number of people in work in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire increased in the quarter which ended a week after the EU Referendum.
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Project Management for your business

Have you installed new machinery recently? Have you tried to implement new software or hardware? Or planned to attend an exhibition?
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IR35 reforms will decimate Government projects, survey shows

Government services will be decimated if proposed reforms to IR35 in the public sector go through, with 80% of contractors planning on abandoning the sector rather than accepting a contract inside IR35.
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NEP and SEMLEP merge to form one Local Enterprise Partnership

The merger of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) and South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has been approved by Government The two LEPs are now engaged in making sure that the transition to a single integrated LEP by the...
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Growth Hub teams up with UK’s most active business support network

A new partnership between the Northamptonshire Growth Hub and Enterprise Nation - the UK’s most active community of small business owners - Northamptonshire Marketplace offers a network of thousands of advisers offering professional guidance on a...
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East Midlands leads the way in UK’s Big Box league

The East Midlands led the UK’s industrial and logistics market in the first half of 2016, according to the latest Big Box analysis by property advisers JLL.
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European funding helps launch projects in Northamptonshire to help businesses grow

A grant of £6.5 million has been awarded to the University of Northampton to help businesses in the county thrive.
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Shoppers defy signs of Brexit gloom as summer sales increase

Discounts and summer sunshine kept shoppers spending last month despite fears of a post-referendum slowdown according to the latest British Retail Consortium (BRC)-KPMG sales monitor.
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Derbyshire mounts legal challenge against Sheffield

Leader of Derbyshire County Council Councillor Anne Western says the authority has been left with little choice as it launches a legal challenge over proposals to put a Sheffield City Region Mayor in charge of some council services in Chesterfield.
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Local Businesses Can Boost Their Bottom-Line With Pokémon Go

Chesterfield-based Mitchells Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers says small businesses should consider using the new Poké
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More bank transparency for SMEs, demands CMA report

Transparency of information is a central remedy to help SMEs get the best deal from their bank, according to a 
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£4m funding for Derby City Council

Derby City Council is set to receive £4m of investment to kick-start redevelopment of the Becketwell regeneration site.
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Bank of England cuts interest rates to record 0.25% low

Interest rates have been cut to a new record low of 0.25%, the Bank of England (BoE) announced today (4 August).
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Fraud on the increase in the Midlands, says KPMG

The value of alleged fraud cases coming to court in the Midlands saw a fourfold increase in the first half of 2016 compared to 2015, according to the latest KPMG Fraud Barometer.
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PM Theresa May targets industrial growth with new Cabinet committee

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to chair the first meeting of new committee put together to develop the UK’
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£13.3m Lincolnshire Lakes project to create 4000 jobs

A £13.3m road improvement scheme in North Lincolnshire has been given the green light, paving the way for thousands of jobs and homes to be created.
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Video Marketing: The Art and Business of the Creative Brief

The University of Nottingham are offering businesses an amazing opportunity to work with Gianluca Sergi, an advisor and regular consultant to Emmy and Oscar winning organisations and filmmakers in Hollywood.
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Business Banking Insight website launched

A new website has been launched to help businesses find their way through the maze of finance issues and funding opportunities.
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D2N2 bids for £426m investment for economy

A £426million capital investment programme —set to create an estimated 12,910 new jobs —
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Rethinking Engineering Supply Chains

ENSCITE PHASE 2 IS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS ENSCITE PHASE 2 is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) ENSCITE will provide a package of business support activities aimed at local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the...
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SMEs still looking for finance despite Brexit blow

UK small business confidence is beginning to feel the effects of Brexit. New research suggests that the number of small and medium sized enterprise (SME) owners expecting the economy to improve over the next 12 months plummeted by 30 percentage points ...
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Profit warnings in the Midlands buck national trend

Quoted companies in the Midlands issued four profit warnings in the second quarter of 2016, an improvement on the six profit warnings issued in the same quarter last year.
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New collaboration between Derby and Nottingham launched

A new collaboration to drive jobs and prosperity for both Derby and Nottingham was launched yesterday.
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REINVENTING THE LANDSCAPE

Work In Progress by Derbyshire Artist Kerri Pratt During 2016, Derby artist Kerri Pratt is conducting a research based project supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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East Midlands unemployment rate remains at 4.5% despite Brexit uncertainty

The number of people in work in the East Midlands increased by 8,199 and the number of people out of work fell by just 616 in the run-up to the EU Referendum, according to figures released yesterday.
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New FSB report reveals huge opportunity to double the number of small business exporters

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published a comprehensive report exploring the way small businesses interact with the global export market.
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Launch of Great British High Street competition 2016

High Streets Minister Marcus Jones today (7 July 2016) called on communities across the country to enter their villages, towns and cities into the Great British High Street competition 2016.
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Update: Bank of England opts to hold interest rates despite pressure

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has unexpectedly opted to hold interest rates at their current level of 0.
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Business groups look to Theresa May for answers

As Theresa May becomes the UK's new prime minister, business groups have called for decisive action on the economy after the Brexit vote as well as clarity on the status of EU nationals in the UK.
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All change in small business policy space as May’s dramatic reshuffle comes to an end

Theresa May’s reshuffle has been one of the most dramatic on record The department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been disbanded by new prime minister Theresa May in one of the most radical cabinet reshuffles in decades.
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DCLG to introduce business rates ‘check, challenge, appeal’ system

Councils will lose less income on unnecessary business rates appeals under a new system, the DCLG has promised.
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New Units and Shared Workspace available at DMU’s Innovation Centre

The Innovation Centre is a working space, providing a platform for business start-ups, entrepreneurs, students, graduates and academics, to shape their business and innovative ideas.
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Midlands Engine revs up at Nottingham Summit

Addressing business leaders and decision makers at the Midlands Engine Summit yesterday, Small Business Minister Anna Soubry announced further support to boost growth in the region and help the Midlands Engine realise its vision and bring 300,000 jobs ...
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UK social media habits are a corporate security risk, warns Intel Security

UK companies need to have a policy on social media, warns Intel Security as a survey reveals that more than one in five employees admit they connect with strangers on LinkedIn.
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Nottingham Trent University to help drive Midlands' economic growth

Sir John Peace, chairman of Midlands Engine Six Midlands universities have joined forces to drive productivity and economic growth through skills, innovation and enterprise.
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Brexit: George Osborne pledges to cut corporation tax

George Osborne has pledged to cut corporation tax to encourage businesses to continue investing in the UK following the EU referendum vote.
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Transport minister announces new industry scheme to cut emissions, save fuel in HGVs

The Transport Minister Andrew Jones has announced that a new scheme, developed by LowCVP members, is to be rolled out to support the introduction of lower carbon, fuel saving commercial vehicle technology.
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How the business world has reacted to Brexit

The referendum result has sent UK Plc's PR teams into overdrive. Here's what they're saying. A large majority of big businesses and a little more than half of small firms opposed Britain leaving the EU –
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Osborne breaks Referendum silence to reassure British business

Chancellor George Osborne has broken his silence on the result of the EU Referendum, appearing behind the lectern at the Treasury this morning.
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Brexit: What does it mean for small business owners?

But what is likely to happen over the next few weeks which will affect your business? With UK voters providing a clear mandate to the government to begin the process of leaving the European Union.
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UK to leave EU after 43 years of membership

The UK public has voted to leave the European Union following 43 years of membership. As the final results came in early this morning (June 24), the Leave camp was found to have won by 51.
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Business Private Medical Insurance - Fast Track Your Way to Health

Running a business is hard!  I wouldn't want the extra pressure of falling ill and needing to see a hospital specialist and having to wait months just to find out what's wrong with me.
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Cost of data breaches rises as they become more complex

In the same week as the UK police revealed UK businesses had lost over £1bn from cyber attacks in the past 12 months, a new study claims the average cost of a data breach has also rocketed by nearly a third - to £
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Could you be a Reservist? Businesses urged to show their support for Armed Forces

Staff from businesses across Nottinghamshire could play a vital role in supporting the Armed Forces as business leaders are urging companies to be more flexible about employing Reservists.
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D2N2 Annual Conference 2016

  David Ralph and Asha Khemka being interviewed at the Vision University Centre site in February 2016 A UK financial services pioneer and a member of the world’
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Eastleigh: RSM warns about wedding venue tax risks

RSM, the Eastleigh-based accountancy firm, has warned hotels and other venues licensed to host weddings to check their tax position in respect of receptions, after a recent Tribunal decision has left one hotelier with a bill of more than £
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Employment trend remains positive “in spite of referendum inertia”

The number of people in work in the East Midlands increased by 15,037 and the number of people out of work fell by 2,804 in the three months to April, according to figures released yesterday.
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Nottinghamshire County Council re-opens £6m jobs and growth fund

A £6m Nottinghamshire County Council fund to boost economic growth and job creation originally launched in April 2014 has re-opened for business.
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Up to £2m available for D2N2 area businesses

Compendium Living MD Dave Bullock pictured at Derby’s £100m Castleward project, which received £
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Sajid Javid launches all-party group for entrepreneurship in Westminster

Sajid Javid launched a “call for evidence” from entrepreneurs and startups on non-compete clauses in employment contracts last month The business secretary Sajid Javid has launched an all-party parliamentary group for entrepreneurship (APP...
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Stop ignoring unglamorous 'everyday entrepreneurs', government told

The government should better support traditional, non tech and low risk small businesses, a new report has recommended.
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East Midlands sees rise in high skilled employment

There has been a 4.5% rise in high skilled employment in the East Midlands, with the strongest concentration being in Nottingham and Derby.
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New energy efficiency club launches for businesses in Market Harborough

A free quarterly business club that will advise companies from the Market Harborough area on ways to improve aspects of business efficiency is to launch this month on Thursday 9th June.
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Citibase in St Peters Quarter, Derby to hold an open day

Citibase Derby to celebrate the expansion of its business hub by hosting an open day for new start-up’
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SME vote still split on Brexit

Another day, another survey on business sentiment surrounding the EU referendum. Today a new Guradian poll has the SME vote evenly split between leave and remain.
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Catalogue of HMRC blunders could cost business owners and government dear

May 2016 was not a good month for the tax man Millions of pounds of VAT and corporate tax may have gone uncollected since February, after the UK tax authority changed its bank details without informing payers.
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Sharp decline in business confidence in the East Midlands

Tom Madden, ICAEW Regional Director for the East Midlands EU Referendum uncertainty and weaknesses in the global economy are undermining business confidence in the East Midlands.
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Job creation and upskilling top priorities for the East Midlands’ fastest growing companies

Phil Sayers, Partner at Grant Thornton’s East Midlands regional office in Leicester The East Midlands’
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Small shop owners confident about competing with bigger brands

The personal touches more likely to be provided by small retailers are valued by consumers Almost two-thirds of local business owners feel able to compete with established household names, according to new research carried out by Local Business Week.
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£3m funding to support business innovation in Northamptonshire

  A funding programme to support Northamptonshire and East Midlands businesses in the High Performance Technologies (HPT) sector has enabled £
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What is Growth Hub Week and why does it matter?

Growth Hub Week is a government campaign, running from May 16 to 20, celebrating the country’s network of 39 growth hubs and their work in nurturing local business.
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Get ahead of your competition

Are you a business seeking to grow but need assistance to do so? Small business owners can get caught up in the day-to-day management of their company and may struggle to gain an objective perspective of their business.
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Startups 100 2016 is coming soon…

Official ranking of the UK's top 100 new businesses launched in the last three years will be announced on May 16.
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Tax system unfair, say SMEs

Directors working SMEs have been voicing their dissatisfaction with the current tax regime, with two thirds calling it biased and unfair, with a further half saying they feel ‘
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The small business EU debate: Vote Leave on why entrepreneurs should back Brexit

John Longworth, business council chairman at Vote Leave, outlines his argument for why small business owners should vote for Britain to leave the European Union in the referendum on 23 June.
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Regional business leader urges voters to keep Britain in the European Union

The boss of a leading homes builder and developer in Bourne has stepped into the political debate over the UK’
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“Fourth Industrial Revolution” at risk thanks to increase in cyber attacks

East Midlands firms are being urged to take a simple new test to check how cyber aware they are. The free test has been designed by EEF, the manufacturers’
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Hurdles plaguing SMEs beware – Enterprise Bill law has just become reality

The ease of starting a business in the UK has just improved, with the Enterprise Bill having received Royal Assent and becoming the Enterprise Act.
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Profits grow at record rate for East Midlands’ top 200 businesses

East Midlands’ businesses have experienced the highest average compound growth rate in profits since 2013, according to the initial findings of the annual Top 200 report produced by Grant Thornton UK in partnership with the CBI.
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‘Cause for serious concern’: Tyrie expresses Making Tax Digital fears

HMRC’S LATEST digital initiative could have a profoundly negative impact on both small and large businesses, the chair of the Treasury Committee has warned.
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Self-employment: A trade-off between freedom and security

A quarter of those surveyed thought work-life balance was the biggest advantage to freelancing New research carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has highlighted the financial penalty that freelancers pay for having more control over...
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UK SMEs lose £9bn every year to invoice fraud, finds research

Invoice fraud is costing the UK’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) over £9bn every year, according to new research.
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Solicitor advises businesses on changes to Enterprise and Employment Act

Partner and solicitor at Nottingham’s Nelsons Solicitors, Duncan Taylor discusses how UK companies need to be aware of the changes heralded in by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act which, amongst other changes, requires directors t...
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SMEs to claim £1bn from RBS after the bank allegedly pushed them into failing

Small businesses are launching legal action against RBS after dozens of them accused the bank of pushing them into bankruptcy in a bid to boost its own profits.
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Administrations continue to fall as benign economic conditions ease pressure on business

Benign conditions  across the UK economy are reflected in new analysis by KPMG which indicates that the number of companies entering administration has fallen during the first quarter of 2016.
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Remain’ vote maintains fragile lead among business leaders

The EU referendum voting intentions among business leaders are much more evenly divided than many previously thought, according to a 
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Small businesses rush to make the most of exporting opportunities

Small businesses exporting to Europe saw revenues from the Continent increase by six per cent in 2015 New statistics released by UK Trade &
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Freeths Devolution Discussion Breakfast

East Midlands Business Link is pleased to announce their latest event – a Devolution Discussion Breakfast.
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Businesses not insuring themselves against cyber threats

While the majority of organisations say that it is ‘vital’ their organisation is insured against information security breaches, less than half (41 per cent) are fully covered for both security breaches and data loss and just over a third ...
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Local businesses celebrate success at Venturefest East Midlands

The region’s premier business growth event, Venturefest East Midlands, welcomed over 1200 visitors through the doors of the King Power Stadium, Leicester last month celebrating innovation, new business opportunities and the successes of the regio...
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Innovate UK pledges support to cutting-edge companies with £561m investment plan

Innovate UK is set to invest £561m throughout its delivery plan for the year 2016 to 2017. The UK’
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Consumer spending growth falls to lowest level in two years

Consumer spending growth slowed to just 1.6 percent in March, its lowest level in two years, as consumers reined in purchases in nearly all categories –
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Why micro business owners must declare people with significant control

People with significant control must be declared when firms issue annual statements to Companies House after 30 June In an attempt to tackle abuse of corporate structures and create an environment of trust and accountability around British business, t...
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22% of small business employees wish to be self-employed

Record number of UK workers now in self-employment, with this number set to rise further over the coming year Nearly a quarter (22%) of UK employees in small firms and 27% of those in medium-sized firms want to become self-employed, according to data ...
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Britain’s small online businesses fall behind European rivals on international sales

Demand for the products of the UK’s small online businesses was found to be highest in China Only half of Britain’
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Registrations now open for IAMCR Conference in Leicester

Registrations are now open for the International Association for Media and Communication (IAMCR) Conference, which will be taking place at University of Leicester in July 2016.
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Freeths Devolution Discussion Breakfast – register here

discussion sponsored by Freeths Initiate group East Midlands Business Link is pleased to announce our latest event –
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Credit data sharing scheme launched to boost competition amongst small business lenders

Nine high street banks will need to release information as part of the government’s credit data sharing scheme The government has launched its new small business credit data sharing scheme to make it easier for new banks and alternative lenders ...
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Made In Lincolnshire 2016

Made in Lincolnshire seeks to celebrate the area’s excellence in manufacturing and its well earned reputation for innovation within the sector.
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Jobcentre scheme creates 80,000 new businesses

More than 80,000 businesses have been set up by jobseekers through the New Enterprise Allowance. Figures released today by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show 80,830 start-ups in trades like electrical installation, graphic design and jewe...
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DMU Graduate Champions - Information for Organisations

De Montfort University Leicester is calling on employers from across the UK to get involved in a pioneering scheme which offers life-changing internships for graduates - and it won't cost the companies a penny.
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East Midlands business leaders back EU membership – but support for Brexit grows

Nearly three quarters (73 percent) of senior business leaders in the East Midlands believe that British businesses are better off inside the European Union (EU) than out of it, according to a survey carried out by Business Growth Fund (BGF).
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Uphill battle as three quarters of UK manufacturers struggle to recruit skilled staff

Productivity and the UK’s ability to be a power player in the digital industrial revolution are at risk because the government has failed to get to grips with the skills crunch affecting manufacturers, warns a new report out today.
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UK consumers lead the way on mobile shopping

  Online retail spending is set to exceed £60bn in the UK this year and mobile devices will be responsible for 36% of all UK retail sales according to new data.
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Small firms voice growing concerns over crime with poor confidence in police

Business crime can prevent small firms from growing Small business owners are failing to report crimes committed against their firms to the police because they do not believe it would lead to a successful prosecution, new research has found.
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Pitch to Rich axed

Richard Branson’s £1m business challenge reborn as VOOM 2016 While Pitch to Rich may roll off of the tongue quite easily, Richard Branson has rebranded the £
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42% rise in the number of UK student start-ups

More students are choosing to juggle entrepreneurship with studying to increase job security and to earn extra cash to reduce their debts The number of student-founded start-ups in the UK is “
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East Midlands’ Businesses expecting high growth in 2016

Businesses in the East Midlands are predicting growth of up to ten per cent in the next quarter. Global High Growth, a leading business coaching service, surveyed 1,000 local high growth businesses on the region’
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Budget 2016: Confidence of UK’s small firms at lowest level in three years

A new survey of the UK’s small enterprises by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has underlined the gloomy outlook of many of the nation’
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Full steam ahead for Midlands Engine

..as Business Secretary confirms Budget support to drive growth for the region Business Secretary Sajid Javid will today visit Birmingham City University and a former Typhoo tea factory in Birmingham, which will be renovated into a creative innovation...
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56% reduction in shop closure rate in the East Midlands

The East Midlands saw a 56% reduction in shop closures during 2015 – that’s according to PwC and the Local Data Company (LDC).
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Osborne woos small businesses with tax cuts

Corporation tax will fall to 17% and 650,000 firms will pay no business rates - but sugary drinks take a hit.
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Budget 2016: Osborne to outline economic plans at 12.30 today

At 12.30 GMT today, after Prime Minister’s questions at midday, Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his eighth budget.
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There’s still time to enter the SK Pioneers competition

Budding entrepreneurs have been swift to enter South Kesteven District Council’s annual SK Pioneers competition with the chance of winning £
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Sunday trading reform plans extinguished by House of Commons vote

Large shops will continue to face restricted opening hours on Sundays   The government has announced the end of plans to let large shops open for more than six hours on Sundays –
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Launch of £1 Billion Support Programme for UK's Co-operative Businesses - ‘The Hive’

Launched by Co-operatives UK, the Hive is a £1 billion business support programme designed to enable growth among the UK's £
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Britain’s female entrepreneurs are younger, more numerous and more successful than ever

The proportion of female entrepreneurs in the UK has doubled in recent years, with nearly 60 per cent of millennial entrepreneurs –
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Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire business survey

Nottingham Trent University are investigating the demand for a new university-led outreach business support programme.
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Manufacturing growth slumps to three-year low

UK manufacturing has suffered its weakest performance for almost three years, according to a new survey.
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Live web chats for potential exporters

  on the ball: Corin Crane will chair Venturefest, which takes place at the King Power Stadium Businesses thinking of exporting will be able to hold live web discussions with experts around the world later this month.
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SME growth in the Midlands expected to accelerate thanks to empa scheme

  Left to right: Alan Coole, head of empa, David Bullock, business development director for Firefly and David Ralph, CEO for D2N2.
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Get creative and grow your business at Venturefest East Midlands

Businesses within the Creative and Digital Economy can benefit from a number of industry focused sessions at this year’
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Nottingham reaches historic trade agreement with China

  Sajid Javid Nottingham and its sister city of Ningbo in China have reached an historic five year agreement to develop closer trade, civic, cultural and educational ties.
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London calling: The capital’s small firms could have the final say on Brexit

The FSB found that over 55 per cent of London-based members did not want a Brexit The Brexit debate reached a climax in parliament this week as David Cameron set 23 June as the date for a referendum.
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42% of small firms could still be swayed on EU vote, says FSB

In the first business survey conducted since the EU referendum date was announced, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has today (Friday) revealed the results of a snap poll from over 4,000 small business owners.
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Are you prepared for the Insurance Act?

In order to avoid falling foul of the Insurance Act it is really important that SME bosses are fully aware of the implications  
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Derbyshire business leaders seek clarity ahead of European Union referendum

  An organisation which supports businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire says it will decide in April whether or not to support a "Brexit".
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East Midlands Chamber Business Awards Launched at Love Business 2016

The annual quest to celebrate business excellence in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire was launched at Love Business Expo 2016.
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Rescheduled healthy workplace event for local businesses takes place next month

A free event designed to help businesses in the area create more healthy workplaces has been rescheduled for next month (March).
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Would you like a free market stall?

If you have ever thought about becoming a market trader but didn’t want to commit to the cost of a stall at first, here is the perfect solution for you!
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Record-breaking asset based finance sector supports 15% of UK turnover

New figures have revealed that the UK’s asset based finance industry is leading Europe in its support for businesses.
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NEP European Social Fund (ESF) - Call for projects and information workshop

The European Social Fund (ESF) call from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) for community grants is now open.
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Leicester Startups

Leicester Startups is a community where existing and aspiring startup entrepreneurs help each other. Get involved at www.
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HAS NORTH NOTTS GOT TALENT?

Local performers are being given the chance to take to the stage at one of the area’s glitziest annual events.
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Collaboration on the menu at “Power of 3” event

  Left to right: Lorraine Baggs from Nottingham, John Forkin of Marketing Derby and Helen Donnellan of Leicester at MIPIM 2015.
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Infero Training Ltd - Valentine's Offer

Throughout the whole of February we are offering a free box of specialized chocolates when you book on any of our 
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Employers feeling pinch as AE pensions take off

Two-thirds of UK workers are now saving through a workplace pension scheme, thanks to automatic pension enrolment, but seven in ten employers are feeling the impact in cost terms.
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Businesses hear how new university centre will help to ‘skill-up’ workforce of the next generation

Employers and businesses have attended a free breakfast event at West Nottinghamshire College to hear how a £
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Greater support for manufacturers needed, conference told

The slowing pace of growth in the manufacturing sector across Nottinghamshire was the focus of a major economic conference at Donington Park earlier today.
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Sunday trading laws to be devolved to councils

  High streets and city centres are set to benefit from Government plans to devolve Sunday trading laws, business secretary Sajid Javid has announced.
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SME finance markets improving

The UK market for small business finance has improved significantly, but challenges still remain, according to the latest small business finance markets report Approximately 350,000 new enterprises have been registered in the last year and the UK now ...
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Leicester leading as a start-up capital

Leicester is the third best city to start a business according to recent research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
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IT Support Or IT Installations

For the month of Febuary, Connected Systems is offering a 10% discount of all IT Support days/contracts and IT installations for customers in the Nottingham Area.
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Masterclasses In Business Success

LLMC/Growth Hub Masterclasses From Thursday 15th October, the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub will be offering a range of free masterclasses with guest speakers around the county, helping local firms to increase their competitiveness and grow.
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Government to support UK cyber security start-ups

The Government has launched a new programme to encourage and support cyber security start-ups in a bid to keep the UK safe from cyber attacks.
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Number of self-employed hits record high

The number of self-employed people in the UK has risen, according to the latest employment statistics.
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MPs launch inquiry into UK corporate tax system

MPs launch inquiry into UK corporate tax system MPs have launched an inquiry into the UK's corporate tax system in an effort to address the vulnerability of the country's tax base.
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Find out to get business support to the tune of £25,000 in Burton and South Derbyshire

A PROMINENT Burton-based enterprise agency has won a prestigious contract to deliver start-up funding to new businesses across the Midlands region.
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EU Referendum: Businesses Divided

EU referendum: New YouGov poll finds big companies and startups want to stay in the EU while small businesses more divided FTSE 100 chief executives are likely to back Britain's EU membership, according to YouGov (Source:
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UK’s mid-sized businesses overwhelmingly in favour of reformed EU relationship

New research from business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK, which has its East Midlands office in Leicester, suggests the UK’
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Dragons’ Den for Ashfield and Mansfield - First 2016 Round

The Dragons’ Den for Ashfield and Mansfield scheme is open to keen entrepreneurs in Mansfield and Ashfield who are looking for financial support to help them develop business ideas and set up a new enterprise.
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Chamber reacts to Cities Outlook report

A report released yesterday has highlighted the widening of a north-south divide in towns and cities with low-wage, high-welfare economies.
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Businesses in support of devolution deal for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

Businesses have reacted positively to the draft devolution deal for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire –
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Venturefest East Midlands announces innovative Global Trade Exchange

Venturefest East Midlands, the region’s premier business growth event, has announced that they’
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Get fit with Fitbug

Hi, In order to try and help you get fitter and engage in your health, for each private medical policy that goes ahead we will give you a Fitbug Orb worth approximately £
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EMPA calls on firms to solve skills shortage

The head of East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) has called upon SMEs in Nottingham to step forward and fill the growing skills shortage in the construction industry.
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British government restructured for widespread business export performance focus

The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) initiative has been restructured in a huge campaign that will see the entire British government tasked with improving the export performance of businesses, regardless of the department.
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Engineering giant calls for more government support

The boss of one of the UK's best-known advanced manufacturing businesses has called for more support from the government to create "a level playing field" with international rivals.
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Grow on Growth Fund Extended to D2N2 and LLEP Areas

Following consultation last year, BIS have now approved the extension of the Grow on Growth Fund to the D2N2 and Leicestershire LEP areas.
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Businesses Invited To Hear About The Proposed Business Improvement District For North Nottinghamshire

All Bassetlaw firms are urged to attend this month’s North Notts Business Connections breakfast meeting to find out all about the proposed Business Improvement District from those who are responsible for driving the project forward.
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Prime Minister David Cameron commits £70m to a new scheme to encourage business people to mentor teenagers

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he wants a "new generation of high-flying mentors" from Britain's leading businesses to mentor at-risk teenagers.
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UK firms fear greater economic and political uncertainty in 2016, report shows

The economy has been named as the largest challenge facing UK companies this year, according to a new Business Census report of business leaders’
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D2N2 supports businesses for up to £2m

Up to £2 million in funding could be loaned to businesses looking to grow and create more jobs as part of an opportunity launched by D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership earlier this week.
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Government knocks back PTA petition

The government has rebuffed a petition demanding they scrap plans to force self-employed and small business to do quarterly reporting under HMRC’
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Activity growth slows to seven-month low

The Lloyds Bank East Midlands Business Activity Index – a seasonally adjusted index that measures the combined output of the region’
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Manufacturers aren't confident about the year ahead

The incoming living wage is making a fifth of firms plan for job losses. Many were glad to see the back of 2015 –
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drumBeat to host free online marketing session

Gainsborough-based company drumBEAT Marketing is set to host an online marketing workshop on 27th January in partnership with onlincolnshire and the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub.
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Business growth in the East Midlands expected to rise by around 1.8 percent

Business growth in the East Midlands is set to rise by around 1.8 percent according to the latest UK Powerhouse Report.
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Derby tops start-up table

Riverside Chambers, part of the Connect Derby scheme Research completed by London online company Quality Formations has declared Derby is the UK's business start-up capital.
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Shoppers hit the high street - many to return unwanted presents

Footfall had a couple of post-Christmas peaks, but it wasn't enough to replicate last year's boost. Retailers had their fingers crossed for a Christmas boost after what had been a fairly underwhelming post-Black Friday period, but haven’
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Up to £6500 available to take on an apprentice

If employers recruit an unemployed city resident as an apprentice there is up to £6500 of funding available.
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North Notts. Business Awards 2016

There’s less than 3 weeks left to submit your entries to the judges for the North Notts Business Awards 2016.
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UK private sector growth ticks up as year ends

Economic growth across the private sector picked up in the three months to December, according to the latest CBI Growth Indicator.
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Business confidence in the East Midlands falls over fears of weaker UK demand

Jon Pulford Business confidence for the next six months has declined in the East Midlands as companies see falling UK and global demand as the biggest threats to their fortunes in 2016, according to the latest Business in Britain report from Lloyds ...
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Ball in Government’s court on devolution, says council

The leaders of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire councils have met to agree a final negotiating position on devolution to present to the Government.
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Have your say on Social Enterprise in Nottingham!

The Social Enterprise Nottingham Consortium is a small group of organisations who have joined forces to promote the development of social enterprise* across the City.
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What will a Fed rate rise mean for UK small businesses?

Janet Yellen's decision has major consequences for British firms founded after the crisis, says Jeremy Cook.
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Skills shortages threaten growth, fear builders

Eighty per cent of Midlands building contractors believe skills shortages will hold their businesses back next year, with particular concerns over a lack of quantity surveyors, estimators and site based-personnel.
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Small firms required to file tax quarterly under new HMRC plans

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has formally launched its plans to digitise Britain's tax system which will see small business owners and the self-employed submitting tax returns online every three months.
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Leicester third best place to start a business

Leicester was recently named the third best UK city to set up a small business, according to research compiled by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
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EXCLUSIVE: Facebook hits landmark business use level and launches new communication tools

In an exclusive interview with Real Business, Facebook’s Benji Shomair, director of Pages, revealed how use of the platform by businesses has grown and what new applications have been introduced to improve communication between brands and consu...
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'Engine of growth' 300,000 jobs hope

A new plan to make the Midlands an 'engine of growth' could help create 300,000 jobs and boost the region's economy.
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EAST MIDLANDS DEVOLUTION – What does it mean for your business?

Devolution Deals have been announced for areas up and down the country and the areas which have them are already beginning to reap the benefits.
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Northamptonshire Growth Hub birthday

Over 70 Northamptonshire businesses came together to celebrate the Northamptonshire Growth Hub’
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Venturefest East Midlands

Following high demand for spaces, Venturefest East Midlands has now shortlisted Pitchfest applicants, who will now go on to receive expert pitch training this month to further assist their preparation for the live final.
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Frustrated reaction to closure of government's Business Growth Service intensifies

A week after chancellor George Osborne decided to shut the doors to the Business Growth Service and the schemes it ran, we have been in continued conversation with the business community to gauge its reaction –
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The vast majority of consumer product launches fail

Three quarters of new products don't break the £100,000 mark in their first year, according to a new report.
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Business Growth Service to be wound down

Speaking at the National Enterprise Network annual conference last week, Adam Hardy from the Department for Business (BIS) confirmed that the Business Growth Service, including Growth Accelerator and the Manufacturing Advisory Service, would be wound d...
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180m Midlands investment as government confirms funding

The Government has today confirmed a £60 million capital investment in the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA).
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Autumn Statement 2015: A 500-word summary for entrepreneurs and SME business owners

If you don't have the time or patience to trawl through the full Autumn Statement and Spending Review document, Real Business has summarised all of chancellor George Osborne's salient points for your reading pleasure.
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Autumn Statement: What is on George Osborne’s agenda

Many business around the country are eagerly awaiting the unveiling of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review at the House of Commons later today, as it is believed he will announce large spending cuts across a wide range of sector...
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Retailers can't afford to ignore Black Friday

Visa Europe reckons shoppers will spend £1.9bn on the 'consumer holiday' this year. Black Friday is nearly here, but some retailers look set to give the annual 'consumer holiday’
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Grants available to improve rural areas in Derbyshire

Grants of more than £2,500 are available to help small businesses, farmers and community groups in parts of Derbyshire Dales and High Peak to develop and grow.
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Sunday trading law proposals set for defeat as SNP announces plans to vote against them

USDAW general secretary John Hannett has said the changes could cause “chaos” for retailers Plans by the government to relax Sunday trading laws across England and Wales are facing defeat in the House of Commons, as the SNP claimed it wo...
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HMRC announces next step in its ten-year modernisation programme

HMRC announces next step in its ten-year modernisation programme to become a tax authority fit for the future Fewer, more modern regional centres and highly skilled staff will provide customers with better services.
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There are no British companies in the Top 100 Global Innovators

But our cousins across the Channel accounted for 10% of the list. Bah! Patriotic types will be aghast to hear not a single British company made it onto a list of the 100 most innovative companies in the world, trailing far behind our continental rival...
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Business Secretary introduces new innovation measures

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a new national panel of innovation expertise and a regional review of the UK’
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Domestic and export orders fall among small firms

Output among small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers fell in the three months to October, as both domestic and export orders dropped, according to the latest CBI SME Trends Survey.
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2015 Launch of the Global Legatum Prosperity Index™

The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, MP launched the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™ on 2 November. The Index, which has been endorsed by Chancellor George Osborne, ranks 142 countries in terms of wealth and wellbeing.
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HMRC 'Threat to Tax Collection'

MPs warn HMRC could be “threat to tax collection” with poor customer service, as millions of calls go unanswered Half of all calls to the taxman in the first six months of this year were not picked up MPs have criticised HMRC for “
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Free Start-up Programme in Leicester

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East Midlands gets a digital boost for the economy

A pioneering project to enhance the digital skills of small to medium sized businesses across the East Midlands has provided support to more than 1,300 businesses in two years and created millions of pounds worth of economic benefits.
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UK named as world’s sixth most business-friendly country

UK has the joint lowest corporate tax rates of the G20 and economy is now growing faster than any other G7 nation The UK is now the sixth best place in the world to do business –
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Northamptonshire businesses urged to complete survey to help shape future workshop content

Businesses across the South East Midlands are being given the chance to help shape the content of future Velocity workshops.
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George Osborne to launch National Infrastructure Commission today

Chancellor George Osborne will today unveil the National Infrastructure Commission, an initiative to shepherd £
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Number of SMEs in the Midlands on the rise

The number of SMEs in the East Midlands has increased by 9% year-on-year to 164,070 businesses as at March 2015, according to new research by Santander.
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Barclays and EIF unlock £100m worth of loans for UK SMEs to create blue chip firms

Access to finance from traditional bodies is difficult for British businesses, but a new European Commission-backed scheme has unlocked £
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Independent shops feel the pinch with “disastrous” rate of closure for first half of 2015

Booksellers were among those hardest hit More independent shops closed than opened in the first six months of the year for the first time since 2012, according to The Local Data Company and British Independent Retailers Association.
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Take part in Pitchfest and win up to £3000 with Venturefest East Midlands

Venturefest East Midlands, the region’s premier growth network, is now inviting East Midlands based companies to take part in Pitchfest 2016.
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Business people and education leaders: Make under 16 work experience a national priority

BCC publishes the first release from its Business and Education Survey A huge majority of business, school and college leaders want ministers to recognise the importance of pre-16 work experience, according to a new survey 
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Law and business graduate entrepreneur is shortlisted for national award

James Loveday, a recent graduate from the University of Lincoln has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD), Director of the Year Awards 2015, for the Student Member of the Year Award, for his start up business ...
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Government plans to reform recruitment legislation and stop UK firms hiring only overseas workers

Business secretary Sajid Javid has announced tough plans to crack down on firms who recruit solely from overseas without advertising in the UK –
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Selfies could be used instead of passwords, company claims

Could a selfie be used instead of a password? New technology could allow consumers to get past online security checks with a self portrait photo , or selfie, instead of using a password.
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Change of political leader is interesting time for businesses

As the old saying goes, a week is a long time in politics, something which Jeremy Corbyn will be acutely aware of after his landslide victory in the Labour Party's leadership election.
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The government has sold the last of its Royal Mail stake

  It's given more shares to workers, but the unions aren't best pleased. Royal Mail is now a fully privatised company after the government disposed of its remaining 14% stake in the postal service last night.
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Entrepreneur launches digital Derby campaign

A Derby entrepreneur is aiming to boost the stock of skilled digital professionals in the city by launching a new academy.
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Employment law changes October 2015: a six-point checklist

Every October brings new employment law changes, and 2015 is certainly no different. While the Government’
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Government simplifies digital content laws with new Act

A new Government Act is granting new legal rights to consumers, increasing the entitlement to have faulty digital products repaired or replaced.
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Minimum wage increase for apprentices the ‘largest in history’

The national minimum wage for apprentices goes up today (October 1) to £3.30 per hour in the largest increase ever introduced.
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National living wage: micro-businesses face biggest challenge

Businesses with fewer than nine employees face the biggest increase to their wage bill as a result of the new national living wage, according to research from the Resolution Foundation.
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Build your business with confidence

Statistics show that half of UK start-ups fail within five years. While the current shape of the economy is an influencing factor in this, there is no doubt that a company's lack of confidence in its ability to grow plays a part.
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Starbucks will pay all staff the National Living Wage

It's also offering employees interest-free loans for rental deposits. Starbucks will pay all staff the new National Living Wage, alongside offering interest-free loans to cover rental deposits.
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Scott Knowles has been appointed as the new chief executive of East Midlands Chamber.

He had been the Chamber's acting chief executive since his predecessor, George Cowcher, stepped down in July.
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Creative Quarter wins national award

Nottingham's Creative Quarter has been named one of Britain's best business environments after winning a national award.
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Liberal Democrats pledge startup allowance for new businesses

Tim Farron became leader of the Liberal Democrats after Nick Clegg resigned The Liberal Democrats have prioritised small businesses as part of a move to target the centre ground, offering a startup allowance fund worth £
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SMEs owed £67bn in unpaid invoices – and the problem's getting worse

Business leaders at the helm of SMEs need to look at funding alternatives to stop late payers from destroying their businesses.
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Elite entrepreneurs threaten to leave UK if Corbyn becomes Prime Minister

Some of the UK's most successful firms have slammed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for 'catastropic' business policies Some of the UK’
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Small firms face "problems of success", not failure

Small business owners are facing "problems of success", such as staff shortages, but remain optimistic according to new research.
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Lidl will pay its staff the Living Wage

The discount supermarket's staff will get a minimum of £8.20 an hour. Lidl has announced it will pay its staff the Living Wage, bagging itself good publicity, thumbing its nose at its struggling competitors and throwing down a gauntlet to the ...
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Cobweb’s national Start-up Barometer

Can-do hobbies, food, hair & beauty, and consultancy were among the most popular types of business start up across the UK during 2014.
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Devolution talk is something that will impact all firms

WE'VE moved quickly in this Parliament to a position of "when", not "if", regarding the transfer of powers away from Whitehall.
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British business gives a cautious welcome to Labour's new leader Jeremy Corbyn

Businesses urge new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to recognise the importance of business and wealth creation in the UK.
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Growth grant fund launches for Nottinghamshire businesses

From today (11th September 2015), companies in Nottinghamshire have the opportunity to bid for grants for business growth projects thanks to £
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Business booster for rural firms in East Midlands

RURAL businesses in the East Midlands looking to expand will be able to benefit from new funding worth more than £
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East Midlands business leaders to push MPs over electrification of Midlands Main Line

  Business and council leaders in the East Midlands plan to push MPs to clarify when work will resume to electrify the Midland MainLine.
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Lincoln Science and Innovation Park could create 2,000 jobs

As phase one of the city project nears completion, site director Tom Blount explains his vision... One man hopes his test-tube business community will be a breeding ground for trust and mutual understanding.
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Northants named one of 10 best counties in England to run a rural business

Northamptonshire has been named as one of the top 10 counties in England for running a rural business by the CLA.
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UK economy accelerated over summer but China crisis could hit trade, CBI says

Rate of expansion edges higher for second consecutive month but impact of Asian crisis could spill over into domestic economy, employers’
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Barclays scraps trainee age restrictions as Bolder Apprentices scheme seeks older workers

A new programme from Barclays called Bolder Apprentices will allow people aged between 24 and 65 start a new career or return to work in a number of divisions throughout the company by learning the ropes as a trainee.
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New £30 limit introduced for contactless card payments

The contactless payment revolution is continuing to flourish as shoppers will now be able to make increased-value payments.
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Why Oliver Bonas is smart to adopt the living wage

As the introduction of the mandatory national living wage looms, some businesses are jumping before they're pushed.
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East Midlands Prosperity Map

The millionaire population of the Midlands has swelled by 36% to 57,000 since 2010 and in addition, the East Midlands appears to be home to some of the hardest workers in the UK.
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Applications for distillery licences treble in a year as UK toasts local offerings

Locally produced gins account for 93 per cent of the total value sold in the UK The success of boutique British brands has encouraged a new raft of budding businesses as the number of applications for distillery licences trebled 
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IoD: jobs figures show "UK has entered new stage of recovery"

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has described recent employment and wage statistics as a "new stage of the recovery", with the headline rate of unemployment steady at 5.
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How widening lending options are opening up new opportunities for the UK’s small firms

Having cash available is critical to new businesses The head of business development at Tungsten Network explores the increasing lending options being introduced for small businesses and why options such as e-invoicing can make all the difference in t...
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Jeremy Corbyn wants to introduce a maximum wage

The would-be Labour leader is not exactly endearing himself to the business community. Last week Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn sought to challenge those who labeled him ‘
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Current employment law is hurting small business

The current state of employment law is wasting small businesses time and putting them at unnecessary risk of financial and reputational damage, according to new research.
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Request from the Association of Independent Professionals & Entrepreneurs

As you may be aware,  the Government is proposing an extremely worrying changes to tax rules for travel and subsistence.
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Business owners struggle to switch off from work while on holiday

Research by employment law consultancy Peninsula suggests just how hard many small-business owners and managers find it to fully switch off while on holiday.
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Small business income on the up as growth continues to be spread across the UK

Business income was 4.7 per cent higher in the first six months of the year than in the same period for 2014, according to Barclays‘
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Small companies will be able to raise funds by borrowing against unpaid invoices as Minister ends bans on invoice finance

Small companies will be given the right to raise funds by borrowing against unpaid invoices from big business customers from early next year, Small Business Minister Anna Soubry will announce today.
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Firms in Northamptonshire offered chance to bid for share of £1.5 million

  Organisations are invited to bid for a slice of £1.5million of European Funding to support local businesses and communities across the South East Midlands, launched this week.
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East Mids output growth continues

The East Midlands private sector continued to record strong growth of output and new orders during July, with companies increasing their staffing levels accordingly.
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Half of small businesses in the East Midlands have been hit by crime, experts warn

At least half of small and medium-sized companies in the East Midlands have been victims of crime, according to figures released today - with experts warning it is having a crippling effect on business.
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East Mids LEPs awarded European funding

A European fund has awarded hundreds of millions of pounds to local enterprise partnerships (LEP) across the East Midlands in a bid to stimulate job creation and skills across the region.
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Major event for SME business growth launches registrations

Registrations are now open for Venturefest East Midlands, the region’s premier SME business growth network, taking place at the King Power Stadium, Leicester on 15 &
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Derbyshire companies lead the way on new Insider list

A Mansfield-headquartered sportswear giant has topped Insider's inaugural league table of the top 200 companies across Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.
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£24m rural growth programme opens

THE government has opened a £24m scheme to create more opportunities for rural businesses and communities.
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Artists Access to Art Colleges Offer Placements

The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering around 65 placements, giving artists and designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.
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Start-ups fall out of love with London

Rising rents to blame for number of early-stage businesses wanting to move out of the capital after 12 month "honeymoon" phase Start-up companies choosing to set-up in London are likely to want to leave the capital after the first year of trading du...
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Micro-firms rely on unpaid support to survive

The majority of UK micro-business owners rely on regular help from friends and family, much of it unpaid, according to new research.
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BGF Lincolnshire Announces New Range of Innovation Support Services

Following a successful year of helping local SMEs achieve growth, Lincolnshire County Council's ERDF-funded business growth &
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University of Leicester helps boost two Midlands companies through KTP funding

Grants worth over £300,000 support projects with Synapse Information Ltd and Red Monkey Play Ltd Two Midlands-based companies have been given a huge boost after the University of Leicester secured grants on their behalf for innovation projects w...
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Two East Midlands businesses join David Cameron on South-East Asia trip

Prime Minister David Cameron, as business deals worth more than £750 million will be sealed during four-day tour of south-east Asia.
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UK second most confident country in Europe says Nielsen report

The UK boasts Europe's second most confident consumers behind the Danes, according to Nielsen's Consumer Confidence Index, with consumer confidence on the rise for the sixth consecutive quarter.
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Chuka Umunna exclusive: Small Business Saturday is crucial for the success of firms big and little

The shadow business secretary spoke to Real Business at the launch of Small Business Saturday 2015, providing details on his ambitious aims for the annual day and why the event is instrumental in helping companies of all sizes prosper.
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EM manufacturers among least confident - report

Manufacturers in the East Midlands are among the least confident in the UK according to a new study, with productivity lagging behind other regions.
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East Midlands Chamber gives David Cameron red light over poor progress on business pledges

Prime Minister David Cameron is under fire from The East Midlands of Chamber The biggest business organisation in Nottinghamshire has accused David Cameron of "tinkering round the edges" rather than bringing in bold policies which will help firms su...
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Small business commissioner to target late payments

A small business commissioner will help firms tackle the issue of the billions of pounds in late payments for goods and services, under government plans.
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UK business leaders' top concerns revealed

Finding talent is as big a concern for UK business leaders as increasing turnover, according to a new survey published by management consulting firm Clarus Consulting.
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NEP outlines plans to boost region's economy

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) has outlined its ambition to boost the region's economy by £
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30 British companies are in the world's top 500

The UK still punches above its weight when it comes to the world's corporate big beasts. Tagged: World Business,Fortune Global 500 Chancellor George Osborne often boasts that Britain’
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US and Japanese firms moving to UK could have accounting rule compliance extension

The Conservative government has unveiled plans to “remake and enhance” the accounting principles for US and Japanese companies moving to Britain, giving businesses up to four years to comply.
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What happened to the self-employment boom?

The latest Government statistics show that the number of self-employed people in the UK has fallen by 131,000 in the past 12 months.
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Mids cities sign up for high street regeneration scheme

Three cities in the Midlands have been named among 34 towns and cities which are set to benefit from a programme designed to increase footfall, stimulate job creation and reduce the number of vacant properties in 100 UK high streets.
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Strike reforms welcomed by employers' groups, but deemed "spiteful" by trade unions

The Conservatives have confirmed the introduction of new legislation aimed “to make strike laws fair for working people”
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HS2: Toton is the best option for East Midlands hub, says chief

Council and business leaders have welcomed the decision to support Toton as the location for the HS2 East Midlands hub.
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'Internet of things' innovators could win £10m from UK Government

The Government's technology arm, Innovate UK, has launched a competition to find the brightest 'Internet of Things' innovators - but at what risk to consumer privacy?
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Are Midlands businesses making the most of the export market?

Are Midlands businesses making the most of the export market? As the global economic power shift continues, some UK companies are finding more opportunities in rapidly developing markets - but do enough businesses have the ambition and courage to take...
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Independent businesses concerned over plans to expand Sunday trading

  LINCOLNSHIRE — A proposal that could give local authorities the power to extend trading hours of larger shops on a Sunday has been met with trepidation by local small and medium businesses after the Summer Budget announcement.
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Businesses will be forced to publish gender pay difference

David Cameron has pledged to close the gender pay gap. The Government today confirmed plans to force large businesses to publish details of what they pay men and women they employ, in a bid to shame them into levelling up the gender pay gap.
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EM groups call for stronger links with India and Africa

Business leaders have called for companies in the East Midlands to take advantage of its links with the Indian sub-continent and east Africa to boost overseas trade.
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What does the Greek crisis mean for your small business?

Greece's economic instability is a topic that has been teetering along the edges of our consciousness ever since the financial crisis.
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Notts and Derbyshire devo deal leading the way

Ground breaking proposals for devolving powers from central government to the East Midlands are being seen as a model for many other UK regions, according to local councils in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
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Budget 2015: How will it affect small and medium-sized businesses?

Corporation tax has been slashed and the employment allowance increased. But will that be enough to counter the impact of Living Wage hikes on the nation's small firms?
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Its 70 Greek-owned companies makes UK the eighth most at-risk country in the world

Greece has been given until Sunday to reach a deal with its creditors or face bankruptcy and an exit from the euro zone –
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Corporation tax rate to fall

The government will reduce the corporation tax rate to 18 per cent by 2020 as it seeks to boost UK competitiveness.
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How creative can you be with £20,000?

New round of INV-ENT now open, focussing on creative & cultural industries (CCI). The INV-ENT (Innovation &
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Following Glastonbury visit, business secretary Sajid Javid backs Fearless Vampire Killers

Sajid Javid, the David Cameron-appointed business secretary who replaced Vince Cable, has revealed the government has invested in 19 rising British music acts to help them take their talents overseas.
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What to expect in George Osborne's summer budget

Pensions changes, slashed spending and an inheritance tax cut could all be on the way. Wednesday could be the day we finally get to see George Osborne’
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Chancellor urged to help SME builders

Improved access to finance could help the SME housebuilding sector develop an additional 20,000 homes per year, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said ahead of this week's Budget.
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East Mids Chamber chief steps down

George Cowcher has stepped down as the chief executive of East Midlands Chamber, which represents thousands of businesses across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, after almost a decade at the organisation.
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Britain's startups are 'much more diverse than Silicon Valley'

The technology sector frequently gets in the neck for its record on diversity – those working in startups are disproportionately male and white or Asian, and have sometimes seemed less than accomodating to those who don't fit the stereotype.
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Lincoln MP asks for Enterprise Zone status for city

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney is lobbying the government to grant Lincoln an Enterprise Zone. The city MP asked the Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Anna Soubry MP, to consider granting Lincoln an Enterprise Zone.
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Manufacturers eye investment for productivity growth

Manufacturers across Britain are poised to invest in a range of operations over the next two years in a bid to boost productivity, according to new research.
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Insider panel to share export success tips

Insider has formed an expert panel to give companies from across the East Midlands an insight into how to become a global business.
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Fortune favours the brave: Be confident in British heritage, says Cobra Beer's Karan Bilimoria

Speaking at Value Creation, an event exclusively focused on unlocking growth, Cobra Beer founder Karan Bilimoria hailed Britain as “
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The talents of Britain's elderly are going to waste

A study claims Britain's economy could be boosted by £100bn if more older people were in work. It seems retiring at 55 and making the most of some time off could be bad for the economy.
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UK government invests £100m into developing 3D printing in aerospace technologies

The new Aerospace Research Centre and National Centre for Net Shape and Additive Manufacturing in Coventry cost £
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University of Lincoln reveals £130m masterplan

The University of Lincoln has unveiled plans to invest £130m in new academic buildings and facilities, which will include expanding its National Centre for Food Manufacturing and building additional student accommodation.
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Manchester City FC backs Ideas Britain competition to find top sports entrepreneurs

Innovation in Sport competition is now open for early-bird entries  Manchester City Football Club is among the backers of the Innovation in Sport competition –
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Diversity drives success in UK's start-up culture

The UK has one of the world's most diverse start-up ecosystems, according to new research. Compared to the United States, those working in UK start-ups are five times more likely to be female;
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Midlands is UK's top growth spot

Derby tops the list of the fastest growing UK area, as new research shows that manufacturing is fuelling a business revival in the Midlands.
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Government’s apprenticeship drive hits the capital markets

On the eve of its 20th birthday, 850 of the Alternative Investment Market’s (AIM) 1100 companies have pledged to “
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Jobless figures continue to improve

Leicestershire's dole queues have shortened and more permanent jobs opportunities are available, according to new figures.
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Record inward investments boost UK jobs

A record-breaking number of inward investments are estimated to have created almost 85,000 UK jobs and safeguarded 23,000 more, UK Trade &
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Manufacturers 'seek productivity gains' to maintain growth

More than four fifths of small and medium-sized manufacturers in England need to improve productivity in the next six months if they are to achieve their growth plans, a survey published today (9 June 2015) has found.
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Venturefest East Midlands continues to promote SME business growth into 2016

Venturefest East Midlands, the region’s premier SME business growth network, will be returning in 2016.
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Andy Murray enters crowdfunding arena in Seedrs deal

Tennis champion Andy Murray has teamed up with crowdfunding site Seedrs to invest in businesses he believes in.
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Slow start to 2015 is only temporary says BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has downgraded its UK GDP growth forecast for 2015 from 2.7% to 2.
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Osborne lays out austerity plans to raise £4.5bn – Sale of Royal Mail included

Chancellor George Osborne has set out plans to pay down the UK's deficit, which involves selling the government's remaining 30 per cent stake in Royal Mail.
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Networking event aims to cut red tape and highlight business support across the region

South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) says one of its key priorities is to provide high quality regulatory services that support the growth of the local economy.
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Businesses warned over growing cyber security threat

Big businesses now face an average cost of £1.46m from the most severe online security breaches, according to newly published government research.
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Richard III reburial saw huge boost to local economy

The discovery of King Richard lll has pumped an astonishing £59 million into Leicester’s economy, according to new figures.
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Online deliveries grew by 11% in April: IMRG

  Deliveries of parcels ordered online grew by 11% in April, new figures suggest. That takes the growth rate for deliveries so far this year to 10.
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The UK's small business owners expect alternative finance demand to surge

Britain's alternative finance sector is set to receive an increased amount of attention in the next two years, as 64 per cent of small business owners across the country expect demand to grow.
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Margaret Mountford: Cynicism helps over-55s succeed in business

The number of over-55s starting a business could be about to shoot up, and their “healthy dose of cynicism”
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Online retail surges in the North of England

  When it comes to online retailing, the UK is outpacing the rest of Europe and the North of England is overtaking the rest of the country according to new research.
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Chancellor sees the Midlands as an 'engine for growth' as he visits region

Chancellor George Osborne will visit Derby and Birmingham today and outline plans for the growth of the Midlands Chancellor George Osborne will set out the next steps in making the Midlands an "engine for growth" during a visit to the region today.
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Geldards hires new partner to strengthen public services

A new partner is set to join the Derby office of law firm Geldards to strengthen its public services practice.
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The Crucible Project needs graduates

Providing graduates with the chance to turn an idea into a business with funding and support.   The Crucible Project is looking for 10 innovative De Montfort University graduates to turn an idea or product concept into a business reality- that is...
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Queen’s speech 2015: Key announcements for small businesses

Enterprise bill, changes to income tax and development of HS2 confirmed in Queen’s 64th state opening of parliament Yesterday, in what was her 64th state opening of parliament, the Queen announced the plans of the newly-formed Conservative gover...
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Startdoms Accelerator Teams Up with Apex Works to help high growth businesses

Dr. Constantina Katsari - Muston, an internationally renowned innovation and growth acceleration specialist and academic specialising in high growth businesses, has teamed up with Apex Works to offer strategic and focused support for high growth compan...
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Lloyds to inject £1.2bn into UK companies over next three years

LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, has pledged to bolster the nation's "forgotten army" of medium-sized businesses Private equity giant LDC has announced plans to bolster Britain’
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Business leaders identify supply chain barriers

More investment in skills and research, along with better access to finance, could result in supply chain companies reaping the benefits of Britain's "industrial renaissance".
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Export order spike drives manufacturing growth – CBI

An increase in export orders has boosted the UK's manufacturing industry, according to new figures from the CBI.
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What does the general election result mean for small business growth?

In the aftermath of the general election returning a majority Conservative government, Russell Gould, COO at Everline and ezbob, gives his thoughts on the issues that David Cameron and his administration need to focus on.
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It's official - Britain is in deflation

The UK has tipped into deflation - with overall prices for goods and services falling - for first time since records began Britain has tipped into deflation for the first time in more than half a century.
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Business caution leads to quiet month for deals

The number of deals completed in April dipped below the 400 mark for the first time in nearly two years, according to a report from Experian, as businesses adopted a 'wait and see' approach pending the result of the General Election.
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Tories vow to slash 'burdensome' red tape for business by £10bn

Sajid Javid, who replaced Vince Cable as business secretary, will also unveil plans to create 2m jobs over next five years in new enterprise bill The new business secretary Sajid Javid is to pledge to cut red tape for companies by at least £
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New minister for trade and investment Francis Maude unveils programme for fledgling businesses

In his first major act as the minister in charge of boosting the exporting power of the UK’s business community, Francis Maude has launched UK Trade &
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Online sales grew by 13% in April: IMRG

Ecommerce returned to healthy growth in April, new figures from the IMRG suggest. The IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index figures, which show online sales grew by 13% in April compared to the same time last year following four months of single-digit ...
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HSBC sets up £8 billion loan fund for UK SMEs

  HSBC has set up a new national fund worth £8 billion aimed at start-ups and established small firms.
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UNVEILED - Multi-million pound office scheme to replace Leicester's New Walk council HQ

Multi-million pound plans have been unveiled for the redevelopment of the former site of Leicester City Council's New Walk Centre headquarters.
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MMC Ventures and Institute of Directors join forces

Today saw the announcement that  MMC and IoD ‘99’ will partner up to support British high-growth businesses.
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Anna Soubry given Cabinet role by David Cameron

Anna Soubry Anna Soubry has been appointed as a Cabinet minister by David Cameron. The Broxtowe MP is the new Minister of State for Small Business in a reshuffle by the Prime Minister.
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Sajid Javid named as new business secretary

Prime Minster David Cameron has appointed Sajid Javid as the secretary of state for business, innovation and skills.
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Flint Bishop partner heads to Geldards

A third senior member of East Midlands law firm Flint Bishop has left the practice to join rival Geldards.
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Smaller manufacturers buck the trend

Two new surveys from the CBI show that while the manufacturing sector as a whole is struggling, smaller manufacturers report increases in total domestic orders, output and numbers employed in the three months to April.
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Business "stands with new Government" says BCC

Business groups have been swift to react to the unexpected outright win for the Conservatives in the general election as three losing party leaders tender their resignations.
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Northamptonshire firms have appetite for success!

Food and drink companies across the South East Midlands have pledged to join forces to help continue to grow the industry and establish the region as a national centre of excellence.
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Mids firms urged to invest amid election jitters

Companies across the Midlands have been urged to get investment ready following today's General Election.
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East Midlands students in first round of national Young Enterprise competition

BUDDING young entrepreneurs from the East Midlands will be putting their business heads on to compete in the East Midlands Regional Final of the Young Enterprise Company Programme, supported by HSBC at Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough Univ...
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Entrepreneurs call for cut in corporation tax

A cut in corporation tax is at the top of the wish list for one in five entrepreneurs, according to a new survey by accountancy firm EY.
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UK’s internet economy expected to grow £200bn

The UK is the largest digital economy in the G20 as the internet now contributes 10 percent of GDP to the economy, surpassing the manufacturing the retail sectors.
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The UK's tech hubs achieve growth as IT job openings and salaries rise

London's Tech City may be the most publicised, but it certainly isn't the only one, as proven by a study of the UK's technology communities that found the demand for IT professionals across the nation grew in Q1 2015.
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Most British SMEs overlook commercial benefits of going green

Nearly three-quarters of British SMEs do not fully understand the cost benefits of going green and developing environmentally-sound policies.
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Holland Alexander awarded Venturefest East Midlands’ programme contract

PRESS RELEASE Following a highly successful first Venturefest East Midlands events in Nottingham this month, communications agency Holland Alexander have been awarded the programme contract for a further three years to 2018.
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Derby Business School Showcase and MBA evening

Free showcase event aimed at connecting students with employers returns for another year. This year's Derby Business School Showcase event will be held alongside their MBA evening with CMI at the University's main Kedleston Road site in Derby on Thurs...
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British profit warnings linked to price of oil

Slumping oil prices and rising competition have led to a growing number of British businesses issuing profit warnings this year.
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Small business owners back Conservatives in open letter

In an open letter to the Daily Telegraph, the owners of 5,000 small businesses have urged voters to back the Conservatives in the General Election.
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Next Government must focus on SMEs, says Forum

The Forum of Private Business is calling on the next Government to protect the interests of small businesses as it launches its own Manifesto for Small Business.
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East Midlands Businesses Buck National Trend

Businesses in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire outperformed their national counterparts in the first three months of the year, according to the results of a new survey.
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Success for small companies in Queen's Awards

A trio of small companies are among five businesses in the East Midlands to have been honoured for innovation in this year's Queen's Awards for Enterprise.
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Bank referral legislation could lead to £2bn more SME funding

Legislation could see more than 100,000 small businesses fast-tracked to alternative funding route The Bank referral legislation, part of the Small Business Act, could see up to £
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Famous mountaineer to speak at Family Business Futures Conference

English mountaineer and alpinist, Kenton Cool, is the latest person to be confirmed as a speaker at the inaugural Family Business Futures Conference at The City Rooms, Leicester, on 28 April.
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Should Leicester be part of a Midlands economic powerhouse?

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Leicester Graduates – connecting SMEs with talent

On the 15th of June 2015 the University of Leicester will be launching our exclusive graduate programme for Small and Medium Enterprises in the UK.
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Innovation conference attracts 150 businesses to University of Lincoln

Conference organisers launch the event at the Joseph Banks Laboratories at the University of Lincoln.
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Spotlight on innovation at first Venturefest East Midlands

Enterprise and innovation was celebrated at the first Venturefest East Midlands. Held at the East Midlands Conference Centre yesterday, the event is part of a national initiative that aims to drive the development of new business opportunities.
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Inaugural Venturefest East Midlands proves a huge success

On Tuesday 14 April over 1000 delegates gathered at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, for the inaugural Venturefest East Midlands.
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Online sales grew by 12.3% in March: BRC

Online sales turned in double-digit growth in March, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium today.
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Olympic medal winner Bryan Steel starts business network with a twist – you need a bike

Alongside insurance broker Paul Hopewell, silver medalist Bryan Steel has set up a business network group with a difference:
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David steers enterprising new course

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UK's growth is holding steady: CBI

The CBI’s Growth Indicator for the first three months of 2015 shows that the UK’s growth is steady, and expected to gain momentum next quarter.
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Mid-tier companies embracing digital to transform the customer experience

However, cautious approaches to investment could lead to two-tier digital economy Mid-tier companies are boosting their investment in digital as they strive to transform their customer experience, according to a new report from KPMG Enterprise.
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Weak start for manufacturers and services - BCC

Manufacturing and services companies have got off to a weaker start in the first months of the year following a very strong performance in 2014, a new report from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revealed.
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The Enterprise Centre run by the University of Derby.

SIX businesses are being forced to find new homes after the University of Derby announced controversial plans to take back space within its Enterprise Centre.
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Get inspired at Venturefest East Midlands

Venturefest East Midlands has joined forces with Creative Quarter Nottingham for the Inspiration Hub at this year’
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Shared parental leave rules come into force in UK amid small business fears

Parents who both work have right from Sunday to take up to 50 weeks off after having a baby, or adopting a child –
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One in ten start-ups formed at university

The number of start-ups being set up by students has increased by 54% in the past 12 months, according to PeoplePerHour.
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PIKT Evaluation Invitation to Tender

Part of the Partnerships in Knowledge Transfer ( PIKT) contractual obligations to ERDF, is to have an external evaluation of the project carried out.
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Enrolsme: Automatic Enrolment into Workplace Pensions Looks Set to Stunt Small Business Growth

Enrolsme research highlights the concerns small businesses have when it comes to complying with the automatic enrolment legislation Small businesses with less than 50 staff are next to be affected by the automatic enrolment legislation.
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Bespoke service to turn bright ideas into reality

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Derby Coaching For Success Offer Free Business Support

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Mids enterprises increase as high-growth companies decline – report

The number of enterprises making the Midlands their home increased by more than 6 per cent last year, according to the findings of a new report, but the volume of high-growth companies in the region faced a "significant" decline.
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Boost for firms as Small Business Act becomes law

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act receives Royal Assent. Measures designed to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business have become law following Royal Assent for the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act...
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Employability Mentoring Project from De Montfort University

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Mids supply chain projects to receive share of £67m

Four supply chain projects across the Midlands, which could create hundreds of jobs, are set to benefit from a share of a £
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Co-op Bank continues ruthless cut-backs to offset losses

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David Cameron answers Labour challenge during PMQS with surprise announcement on VAT

In the last session of prime minister's questions before the general election, David Cameron promised the Conservative party will not increase VAT if they come back into power.
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SME manufacturers defy slowdown predictions

Small and medium-sized manufacturers in the East Midlands are defying predictions of the slowdown in the sector by reporting an increase in turnover, according a new study.
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Branson launches £1m competition for start-ups

Young and growing firms will pitch to the Virgin billionaire for a mixture of cash and marketing support Richard Branson has launched a £
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Entrepreneurial videos showcased ahead of Venturefest East Midlands’ Next Generation competition

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SMEs hit by 'big business bullies'

Spiralling costs of doing business, "suffocating" red tape, and bullying tactics from large companies are stifling the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to the findings of a survey published this morning (23 March 2015).
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Government pledges £15m to train next generation of quantum engineers

The government has today committed up to £15 million to train the next generation of quantum engineers who will build innovative new products like 6G smartphones.
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BUSINESS IN MILTON KEYNES

City firms among first to benefit from £79million European funding Businesses in Milton Keynes have received a boost from the European Union Businesses and communities across Milton Keynes will be amongst the first in England to have a chance t...
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Budget "well received" by East Mids businesses

George Osborne's focus on long-term economic growth has been "well received" by businesses across the East Midlands, according to East Midlands Chamber chief executive George Cowcher.
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Budget should spark East Mids confidence

Today's Budget announcement should instil confidence in businesses across the Midlands, according to Wes Scales, a partner at Leicester's Mark J Rees Chartered Accountants.
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The Budget 2015: A 500-word summary for entrepreneurs and business owners

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Former Ilkeston police station to be reopened as business centre

An Edwardian police station in Ilkeston is set to be transformed into a business incubation centre for start-ups.
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£2,000 Vouchers for Intellectual Property with S&P

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Challenger bank Secure Trust makes business lending push

Launch of bank's asset finance division adds to growing use of secured SME loans Secure Trust Bank, the challenger bank led by the former RBS executive Paul Lynam, has made a new push into small business lending by launching an asset finance arm.
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SRA set to stop insolvency regulation

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has proposed to stop regulating solicitors who act as insolvency practitioners.
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UKTI trebles number of medium sized businesses receiving export support to 3,000

Over 3,000 medium sized businesses (MSBs) are now receiving government support to break into new markets overseas, Trade Minister Lord Livingston announced today (11 March 2015).
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Derby launches 15-year masterplan

A new 15-year masterplan for Derby has been unveiled which aims to regenerate a number of sites within the central core.
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Lord Young backs London youth enterprise hack-a-thon

Lord Young, adviser to the Prime Minister David Cameron on small business and enterprise, is backing a new campaign designed to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.
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Work begins on Enscite’s new high-tech HQ

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Small businesses lead the recovery

A greater number of small businesses have increased their turnover, expanded workforces and reported profits over the last 12 months and the positive trend is set to continue over the next year.
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Tax-free savings boost for 1.5 million savers

With one month to go until over a million savers no longer have to pay tax on their savings, George Osborne has announced a new online calculator to help people work out if they are eligible.
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East Mids companies should 'broaden export horizons'

Companies in the East Midlands are being urged to broaden their export horizons after government statistics revealed overseas sales values fell by 8 per cent in the region last year.
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Retail price figures point to worrying possibility of "deflation in the wider economy"

Record price cuts in high street stores have brought the UK economy a “step-closer” to slumping into deflation.
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Export to grow: How SMEs can manage foreign exchange costs

According to government figures, small businesses that export are five times more likely to succeed than those that don’
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Space the "key selling point" for Lincolnshire

Space will be the "key selling point" for potential investors in Lincolnshire, according to the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP).
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Strong Growth Figures in Derby & East Midlands

According to a UK-wide report by RBS, the East Midlands has surpassed all regions other than London and the North West in terms of regional growth.
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More students starting up businesses at university

One in ten start-ups begin while their founders are still in education and the number of start-ups being founded by students has increased by 54% in the past 12 months.
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Target cyber hack shows how vulnerable smaller businesses are to digital attacks

SMEs are increasingly being targeted by hackers because of their connections to bigger businesses, but still don't understand the risks.
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UK banks turn to social media to fend off digital competition

British banks are starting to use social media sites to allow money transfers in the latest sign of traditional lenders attempting to fend off competition from digital payment providers.
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Banks reject one in four tech SME funding applications

But one-third of small IT businesses still plan to apply for funding in new financial year One in four funding applications submitted to banks by SME tech companies in the past year was rejected, according to figures release by online bookkeeping serv...
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Venturefest East Midlands brings exclusive live crowdfunding competition to the region

Venturefest East Midlands is today launching an exclusive crowd fund competition for East Midlands based SMEs.
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Pickles hails enterprise zone job creation

Enterprise zones have now created more than 15,500 jobs across the UK, communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced, with about 4,400 of those generated in the Midlands.
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DMU set for multimillion-pound business school investment

De Montfort University (DMU) has announced plans to lease the Great Hall of Leicester Castle and transform it into a business school as part of a multimillion-pound investment.
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New start-up programme announced for black and minority ethnic entrepreneurs

Black and minority ethnic entrepreneurs (BAME) with start-ups in the creative industries will have the opportunity to access dedicated business support and mentoring through a new incubator programme which is set to launch in April.
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The Small Business Charter’s Growth Vouchers Programme

Small businesses can benefit from the Small Business Charter’s Growth Vouchers Programme, designed to support small businesses with the right tools to address strategy, growth issues and business management.
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Britons turn their backs on supermarket chains

Local, small businesses are giving their larger counterparts a run for their money as Britons turn their backs on supermarket chains and multi-national corporations.
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EMB secures five-year export agreement

EMB Group, a not-for-profit business 75 per cent owned by East Midlands Chambers of Commerce, has been handed a five-year contract by the government to offer export support to businesses in the East Midlands.
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SME growth more likely to happen with effective time management

Effective time management could be the key to SME growth, as study finds punctuality makes it 20 per cent more likely that companies will achieve increased growth margins than those with poor timekeeping and organisation.
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Regional growth figures released for Q4 2014

The RBS regional growth tracker for Q4 shows London, North West & East Midlands led the way in the last 12 months.
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The top 10 fastest-growing manufacturing sectors in the UK

Driven by the manufacturing of motor vehicles, transport equipment and food, the value of total UK manufacturer’
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East Mids. urged to seize reshoring opportunity

Reshoring production in the West Midlands could create up to 35,000 jobs in the region, according to new research from EY.
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What Germany can teach the UK about business

Prime Minister David Cameron wants the UK to do more to support the UK’s medium-sized businesses and has highlighted Germany’
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Former EMIN Employee aims to raise up to £50,000 in the Himalayas Cycle Challenge

Please support Nick Tennant in his foothills of the Himalayas cycle trek to raise money for the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal Nick, who used to work for Emin as Finance and Operations Manager is now working within the NHS and plans to be off to the Hima...
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Number of empty shops in Nottingham plummeting, according to new figures

New figures suggest that Nottingham is bucking the trend compared to other northern cities EMPTY shops are being filled across Nottingham as new figures suggest vacancy rates are falling.
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East Mids PMI hits 19-month low

The combined output of the East Midlands' manufacturing and service sectors fell to a 19-month low in January, according to the latest Lloyds Bank PMI report.
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Growth slows but confidence remains, says Chamber

The UK’s economy grew at its fastest rate for seven years in 2014, but the pace of growth slowed in the final three months of the year according to new figures.
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SME manufacturers sell more on the home front

Small manufacturers in the UK have enjoyed an increase in domestic orders in the three months to January.
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Employers' liability insurance: What, why and how

An “it will never happen to me” mentality and "allergy" to paperwork is seeing many SMEs fail to take out employers' liability insurance –
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Notts Uni. to host materials innovation event

A range of advanced materials are being put on display at Nottingham Trent University as part of a £
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Skills shortage 'will hit recovery'

One in five job vacancies are unfilled because employers cannot find workers with the right skills, according to research Long-standing skills shortages remain among chefs, mechanics, electricians and machine maintenance workers.
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Family business support is expanding

Families in Business (FiB), the membership and consultancy organisation dedicated to supporting the UK’
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Government to boost UK innovation by challenging manufacturers to find new ways of developing skills

By Shané Schutte Manufacturing firms have been invited by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) to bid for a share of £
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Family Business Futures Conference 25 February 2015

PRESS RELEASE Inaugural Family Business Futures Conference to take place in Leicester Leicester has been chosen as the host city for the first Family Business Futures Conference, which will take place at The City Rooms on 25 February 2015.
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£104m Growth Deal boost for East Mids LEPs

The government has committed a further £104m to local enterprise partnerships (LEP) across the East Midlands as part of an expansion of its Growth Deals with the region.
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Technology firm in Northamptonshire wins best exporter award in Great Faces of British Business

A Northamptonshire company has been named ‘Best Exporter in the East Midlands’ in a national competition.
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Construction Industry to Create 182,000 Jobs by 2018

The construction industry will create nearly 200,000 new jobs over the next five years as demand for new homes fuels a boom in the sector.
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Nottingham's Chapel Quarter changes hands

Nottingham's landmark leisure and office complex Chapel Quarter has been acquired as part of one of the largest commercial property investment deals in the city for some time.
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Derby's leading firms challenged to find jobs for our young people

A RALLYING call has been issued to Derby businesses to do more to help some of the city's most disadvantaged young people get on the career ladder.
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The booming FinTech 50 businesses are exploring the use of new technologies – and many are British

By David Prosser Has Britain found its niche in the dotcom 2.0 boom? The growing number of financial technology businesses that are based in the UK but successful in the global marketplace suggests it just might have done –
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'Growth in new orders but exports will fall' - CBI

British manufacturers experienced continued new order growth in the three months to January but companies now expect export orders to fall in the coming quarter, according to the latest research.
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A look at new sickness pay reform and its impact on SMEs

By Ben Stepney Ben Stepney casts his eye over sick pay reform and discusses the challenges SMEs face when trying to juggle employment law rights for their staff and turning a profit.
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IMF cuts global forecast, but UK growth remains stable

The IMF has cut its global growth forecast for 2015 to 3.5 per cent, down 0.3 percentage points from its October prediction.
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East Mids cities feature in job growth report

Two cities in the East Midlands have been listed among the best places for job creation in a new report.
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Did retailers overdo the festive discounting?

As retail figures come in, commentators are divided about the value of discounting on key Christmas shopping days such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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UK has “two–speed” digital economy, warns FSB

Many rural firms are in the digital slow lane compared to those in cities because of patchy broadband quality across the UK.
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Student home sites in Leicester sold off to American investors

Two major student accommodation schemes have been sold to American investors in a multi-million pound deal.
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The tumbling price of oil is dragging the UK down

Malcom Webb, CEO of Oil and Gas UK has recently made a bid to scrap one of the industry's most important taxes.
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HSE provides East Mids death, injury and ill-health breakdown

A breakdown of fatalities, injuries and work-related illnesses across the East Midlands in 2013/14 has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as it appeals to employers to make the wellbeing of workers their top priority for the new y...
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Failure to meet demand for engineering skills could cost UK £27bn a year

Research published this week by Cebr found that engineering sectors contributed £455.
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Debt recovery firm calls for 'opt-out’ late payment fine system

Compulsory daily interest charges should be introduced to punish businesses that pay their suppliers late, according to a commercial debt recovery firm.
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How does the UK truly feel about men and women sharing parental leave and childcare?

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and employment relations minister Jo Swinson have voiced opinions on a new government study that found more than half of the country believes childcare should be a responsibility for both parents.
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Nottingham looks to improve trade relations with India

Nick McDonald Councillor, Nottingham City Council talks to Girja Shankar Kaura Nottingham city has for long had trade relations with India.
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UK SMEs increasing international activity entering into 2015

Latest research from Western Union Business Solutions released today following survey of 1,000 plus UK-based small and medium-sized enterprises  
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'Confidence cocktail' for UK businesses - BDO

Businesses across the UK are expecting growth in 2015 after low inflation, solid jobs growth and falling costs delivered a confidence boost last month, according to new research.
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Minister Greg Clark MP signs £79.3m deal for South East Midlands

A £79.3million investment into the South East Midlands has today given the official go-ahead, with Minister Greg Clark MP signing a Local Growth Deal that will create at least 3,000 jobs and 4,000 new homes in the area by 2021.
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Package of support set to revitalise Mansfield district

Businesses and residents in Mansfield district are set to benefit from a £658,776 package of measures aimed at creating jobs, helping business growth and enhancing Mansfield market.
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Plans submitted for former Rushden & Diamonds site

Plans to demolish the former home of Rushden & Diamonds FC and replace it with a new retail and leisure development have been formally submitted.
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The rise of apprentices learning new trades in later life

FOR Stephen Bestwick and hundreds of other apprentices across the county a new year means a new career.
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Highest volume of debt transactions with alternative lenders ever recorded

Alternative non-bank lenders recorded 73 deals in the UK and Europe for the third quarter of this year, up 109 per cent on the 35 deals in the same period of 2013.
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2015 a pivotal year for small businesses - FSB

John Allan, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman's New Year message: As I look forward to 2015 I am struck by a feeling of optimism, and by a sense that the small business landscape may never look quite the same again.
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Investment in UK tech firms soars to £1.4bn

The near-$1bn rise in funding represents the biggest annual increase in technology investment in the last four years UK-based tech companies attracted $2.
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Record number of debt transactions with alternative lenders in Q3

Number of deals in European mid-market up 109%, from 35 in Q3 2013 to a record high of 73 in Q3 2014.
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Over half a million startups launched in 2014, with 45,000 in November alone

The surge in new business creation shows no signs of abating, with 2014 figures already surpassing those from the previous year.
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Midlands recovery gathers pace – R3

Midlands businesses are showing greater signs of recovery than any other region in Britain, according to the latest Business Distress Index from insolvency trade body R3.
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Jobs in every UK region - new CBI/Accenture survey

Flexible labour market to deliver more permanent posts than temporary One half of British businesses are planning to expand their workforce in 2015, with jobs projected to be created in all UK regions, and permanent jobs outstripping temporary work.
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions caused ‘online tsunami’ of demand that overwhelmed retailers and logistics providers: report

Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions led to an “online tsunami” of ecommerce orders fuelled by pent-up consumer demand, according to new research from the IMRG and MetaPack.
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Nottinghamshire firms can look forward to 2015 with optimism

The Chamber of Commerce for Nottinghamshire says businesses can look forward to 2015 with optimism following a year of strong economic growth across the region.
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UK Economic Growth Weaker Than First Reported

A fall in business investment helps take some of the heat out of the UK's recovery, official figures show.
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Business owners working over Christmas

The majority of small business owners will work at some point during the Christmas holidays, with almost half spending more than three hours a day on work tasks.
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Production set to rise after 'steady' December - CBI

Production in the UK is expected to rise in the next three months after activity in the manufacturing sector remained steady in December, according to the CBI.
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UK leads the charge for female entrepreneurship in Europe

British entrepreneurs can afford to take it easy this Christmas as a study has found that the UK is leading the way for business building in Europe, and the rise of female founders in the country means the gender gap is closing.
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Derby Gets Enterprise Zone

As part of the Autumn Statement earlier this week, Derby was the only location to be granted Enterprise Zone status for the brand new £
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University of Derby: £5m Whitehall grant for new science block

PLANS by the University of Derby for a state-of-the-art science and technology block have been given a boost after it secured a £
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China named a rising force in the digital media business

With the UK already playing catch-up against US technology firms, China has now emerged as a new threat, with new figures revealing it accounts for a third of the six companies generating the highest online media revenues globally.
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BioCity announces AstraZeneca Alderley Park Incubation Fund

BioCity, the Bioscience incubation specialist with locations in the East Midlands (BioCity and Medicity in Nottingham), the North West (BioHub at Alderley Park) and Scotland (BioCity Scotland at Newhouse), has announced a new investment fund, created f...
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Nottingham's Enterprise Zone to extend to Derby

Nottingham's Enterprise Zone will be extended to a site in Derby as a way of attracting private investment to the area and creating jobs.
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East Mids companies react to Autumn Statement

Companies across the East Midlands have hailed the support announced for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Autumn Statement.
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Global Energy Efficiency competition launch

GEE are about to launch ‘The East Midlands Race to Carbon Reduction’ Project. This will basically offer a free lighting audit to the whole East Midlands over 3 years, championing the region as a beacon of excellence in the UK in the hope we...
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Major roads investment in the Midlands

£1.4 billion for road investments in the Midlands will create an estimated 900 new construction jobs for the region.
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Business leaders from around the East Midlands head to Westminster to unveil demands for next government

Business leaders from across the East Midlands have unveiled their demands of the next UK Government.
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UK family businesses face succession crisis

Two-thirds of British family businesses could be sold off because there's no one left to take over, a landmark report has found The UK's family businesses are facing a succession crisis.
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UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE: Businesses team up with leading academics from South East Midlands Universities in Milton Keynes

University leaders have vowed to form close working links with local businesses, giving them the chance to make the most of the expertise, research and facilities at their disposal.
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October marks 2014’s fifth month of record-breaking startup activity

The number of new businesses opening in October 2014 was the third highest since the recession started, with 51,460 new businesses incorporated with Companies House, according to statistics released today.
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SMEs up investment in productivity

The latest MAS Barometer survey shows that 69% of manufacturing SMEs expect to increase investment in new technology, machinery or premises in order to raise productivity.
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SMEs need to register and file returns for employee share plans or face penalties

Starting 6 July 2015, businesses need to have registered all employee share schemes with HMRC and filed online returns in relation to them.
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SMEs 'struggle to enter new markets'

Fewer small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have entered new markets over the past year, according to the latest research, although those which have done are confident about their growth potential.
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Positive outlook for SMEs, less so for finance providers

SMEs are in a positive frame of mind with more than three quarters now in profit and more than two thirds intending to pay off their debts in the near future, new research has found.
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East Midlands manufacturers and suppliers collaborate to form best practice group

Toyota, Bombardier Transport and East Midlands Trains (EMT) are among the major organisations behind an East Midlands Collaborative Purchasing Group (CPG) that aims to share supply chain expertise with local companies.
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Start-up numbers surge in Midlands and North East

A start-up boom has been taking place outside London, with new and fast-growth companies appearing in unexpected locations While London remains the most buoyant area for start-ups in the UK, the Midlands, the North West, North East and the East of Eng...
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Peace plan for prosperity rests on right kind of growth

BRITAIN'S regions must be set free to flourish economically so that counties like Nottinghamshire are not left behind, says Sir John Peace, founder of business information group Experian.
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Retailing on the web holds ‘keys to our economy’

Booming internet retailing could be ‘good for business’ across the East Midlands as the region emerges from the recession, business leaders have been told.
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Investec ranks fastest growing Midlands firms

Mid-sized businesses in the Midlands have been named among some of the fastest growing in the UK, according to a new report by banking and asset management group Investec.
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UK is one of the global headquarters of entrepreneurship

As Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) comes to an end, it is revealed that the UK is definitely gaining ground in the entrepreneurial race.
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Chamber Set for Westminster Manifesto Launch

Business leaders from across the East Midlands will unveil their demands of the next Government in the Houses of Parliament next week.
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East Midlands mini-budget wish list for the Chancellor

The Chancellor may need not them but he is getting a growing wish list from the East Midlands for his pre-Christmas mini-budget.
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UK firms turn to ex-hackers to "skill-up" against cyber crime

The corporate world is "skilling-up" to protect itself against cyber security breaches. How? By considering turning to ex-hackers in a bid to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals.
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Less than half of SMEs make it to fifth birthday

Small and medium-sized businesses in the UK have a worse survival rate than before the recession. The majority of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) don’
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More support needed to unleash growth potential – BDO

Medium-sized businesses are punching above their weight in the export stakes, accounting for £1 in every £
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Government funding to support small business growth

Small businesses (SMEs) across the UK are being offered the chance to receive £2,000 towards a series of growth advice workshops and one-to-one mentoring support through the new Small Business Charter Growth Vouchers Scheme.
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Act now and apply for multi-million engineering skills fund

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is urging Midlands’ manufacturers to take advantage of a £
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Why everyone should be backing Small Business Saturday

Just a month to go until Small Business Saturday and UK small firms are gearing up for a mega sales push as celebrities such as model Daisy Lowe throw their support behind the day Businesses across the UK are gearing up for the second annual Small Bus...
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Lincs costume manufacturer Smiffys crowned Midlands Family Business 2014

A Lincolnshire family business founded in 1894 and today the UK’s leading manufacturer of fancy dress and carnival costumes has scooped the top prize in the 2014 Midlands Family Business Awards.
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Three party leaders use CBI conference to outline business intentions

A month out from the last Autumn Statement before next year’s general election, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband took the opportunity to appear at the CBI’
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Growth of activity remains sharp in October – PMI

Activity in the East Midlands private sector economy continued to rise in October but new order growth eased to an 18-month low.
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Banks could scrap their free accounts: Inquiry into big four charges may lead to new fees

Competition and Markets Authority to probe big banks control over sector Millions 'can't be bothered' to move banks because of confusing charges Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HSBC under investigation 
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Enterprise support organisations receive “exceptional” levels of demand for start-up

The number of start-ups seeking support and advice increased by 58 per cent in the last financial year, according to new figures from the National Enterprise Network.
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UK small firms set their sights on the world

Half of UK small businesses are trading with countries outside the UK, and that figure is set to increase to 60% by 2015.
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Firms are increasing pay and creating more jobs, says BCC

The BCC has today published findings from its Workforce Survey, Contracts, Pay and Working Conditions.
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Singapore judged best country for businesses in World Bank report

In a report to find the best country for businesses worldwide, Singapore has been ranked number one for the ninth consecutive year.
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Ministers launch £400,000 competition to encourage inventors to target disabled market

The Government has launched a Dragons' Den style competition to encourage British entrepreneurs to create gadgets to help disabled people.
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We must raise interest rates now, says Bank of England hawk

The UK economy is running out of spare capacity, Ian McCafferty has warned, and action must be taken now Bank of England policymaker Ian McCafferty has called for the Bank to begin raising interest rates now, warning that any spare capacity in Britain...
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£16 million now available to support East Midlands' growing businesses

Businesses with clear growth aspirations are invited to apply for a share of a £16 million fund via the University of Derby.
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SMEs urged to take action against cyber crime

Small businesses are underestimating or even ignoring the threat of cyber crime, according to a government panel of technology experts.
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UK continues to be a manufacturing nation, says ONS

Perceptions that manufacturing is disappearing from the UK are wide of the mark, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
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Pace of UK economic growth slows

The pace of growth in the UK’s economy slowed in the third quarter (Q3) of the year, according to official figures.
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Keep rates low to protect UK from euro crisis, says Bank of England

Officials warn rise will not happen until 2015 as it could leave Britons 'vulnerable to shocks' UK's growth is easing as eurozone is rocked by uncertainty The prospect of interest rates staying at record lows will be welcomed by millions of borrowe...
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UK government looks unlikely to reach debt reduction targets

Last month, government borrowing was £11.8bn, an increase of 1.6bn compared to last year, according to a recent report from the Office for National Statistics.
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Derby University Network of Entrepreneurs (DUNE) Launch Event

On the afternoon of Thursday November 6th, students and entrepreneurs are invited to grasp the opportunity to 
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Firms receiving government export support increases by 50%

The number of businesses receiving export support has increased by 50% in the last financial year, Trade Minister Lord Livingston announced today (20 October 2014).
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Business calls for measures to boost supply chain

Weaknesses in the UK’s supply chain are holding back industrial investment, according to British business.
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Ex-Royal Navy commander David Shutts is new CBI East Midlands director

The UK's main business lobby group has appointed a new director for the East Midlands. David Shutts, a former Royal Navy chief engineer , has replaced Lucy Haynes, who had been a regular face on the Leicestershire business circuit during her four year...
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Online sales grew at slowest level for more than a year in September

Online sales grew at their slowest rate in September for more than a year as an Indian summer dissuaded shoppers from stocking up their winter wardrobes, BRC figures showed today.
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HMRC crackdown pushes tax evasion prosecutions up by a third

The number of people being pursued through the courts for tax evasion has risen by almost a third in the last year, as HM Revenue &
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Business Secretary hints that SME tax cuts "coming soon"

Small businesses could benefit from increased business rates relief soon, Business Secretary Vince Cable has suggested.
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The number of high street stores falls

The number of shops on British high streets has significantly dipped in the first nine months of this year, according to new retail figures.
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Cost of doing business rises 3.1% above inflation

Small business running costs have continued to rise during 2014 despite the fall in inflation. The biggest increases, according to new research, are being seen in marketing, energy, transport and staff.
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Why EU membership is important to UK SMEs

The EU is the most important export market for UK SMEs who are currently trading internationally according to the Open University Business School (OUBS) research.
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Quarterly Economic Survey: ‘No time to waste’ as export and manufacturing growth slows

To coincide with its International Trade Conference, BCC is publishing the results of its Quarterly Economic Survey for Q3 2014.
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Shopping centres to become more "experiential" to attract shoppers

Shopping centres bid to become more “experiential” as a new report showcases the digital future of retail.
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Banks launch £55m fund for East Mids SMEs

A £55m Small Business Fund has been launched by Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest aimed at supporting small businesses across the East Midlands.
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Derby graduates create "world’s most destructive computer game"

SMASHING, crashing, shooting and causing massive explosions: a team of Derby graduates claims to be building the world’
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Firms do not need to be scientific for R&D tax relief

R&D tax reliefs were introduced back in 2000 and provide tax incentives for companies to invest in innovation.
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New electronic sheet music reader launching

An engineering graduate has launched the first purpose-built portable music sheet reader. The Zik has a 22 inch screen to allow musicians to perform without frequently refreshing the page.
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Midlands businesses returning to stability, says R3

Latest research from the insolvency body R3 highlights that the number of Midlands businesses currently negotiating payment terms with their creditors (22,000) is less than half the number recorded in November of last year (48,000).
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SMEs turning to China to find growth

SMEs view China as the biggest future export market, ahead of Europe and North America and other BRIC countries.
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Minimum wage changes: Rate sees the biggest increase in six years but is it enough?

The minimum wage is rising today in the biggest increase since the 2008 financial crisis for Britain’
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New generation of “micropreneurs” is transforming the UK economy

The proportion of high-growth companies has fallen considerably in recent years, causing a drag on economic development potential, according to a new study.
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Construction output rise hits eight month high

Construction output rose at its fastest rate for eight months in September according to industry buyers.
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New generation of “micropreneurs” is transforming the UK economy

The proportion of high-growth companies has fallen considerably in recent years, causing a drag on economic development potential, according to a new study.
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More young people starting their own businesses

The number of under-35s starting a business has risen by more than 70% since 2006, according to new figures published this week.
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UK manufacturing growth at 17-month low in September

The UK manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 17 months in September as a result of the strong pound and eurozone weakness, a survey has said.
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Derby misses out on HS2 training college

DERBY has missed out on becoming the site of a new college that will train engineering apprentices working on high-speed rail projects such as HS2.
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SMEs feel confident about small business bill

A new report has found that small businesses have enormous faith in the small business bill, while it is still moving through legislative processes.
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De Montfort University Graduate Champions

The DMU Graduate Champions internship schemes seeks to benefit both businesses and graduates by funding fixed term opportunities within local and national employers.
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Northamptonshire ready to overcome obstacles to £20bn economy

Northamptonshire will need to tackle skills and housing issues if it is to meet the target of growing its economy beyond £
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Geldards commits to East Mids with latest deal

Geldards has agreed to acquire the long-established practice of a law firm with offices in Derby and Ilkeston.
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Security event teaches Lincoln firms how to stay safe from PC viruses

Lincoln businesses are being invited to a free workshop to learn how to protect themselves from computer viruses and internet security threats.
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HMRC scheme to simplify EU VAT compliance

Businesses supplying digital services across the European Union will be able to register for a new HMRC online VAT service from 20 October, to save them from having to register VAT separately in every country where they do business.
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Unlimited holiday entitlement is no "entitlement" at all

Richard Branson has set tongues wagging with plans to introduce a policy of unlimited holiday time for employees at Virgin Group headquarters.
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Women to power forward during Global Entrepreneurship Week

Since GEW announced Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), GEW host organizations and partners have been eager to get involved and are planning an array of events to support and empower female entrepreneurs.
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Derby businesses encouraged to claim broadband grants

Derby businesses have until March 2015 to apply for a government grant worth up to £3,000 to benefit from faster broadband speeds and better connectivity.
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Giving small firms the tools to tackle cyber crime

The government has teamed up with the Open University to launch a free online course to raise awareness of cyber security and help business owners improve their knowledge and skills.
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Business 'breathes a sigh of relief' after 'no' vote

The outcome of the Scottish independence referendum sparked a bout of euphoria on international markets and was greeted with barely-concealed relief by many business organisations.
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Small food and drink producers outstripping larger rivals

A decline in profit margins for the UK’s biggest supermarkets has highlighted progress for smaller, independent food producers.
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More than 100 companies call for overhaul of business rates

Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, Boots, Whitbread, and General Motors sign open letter warning that business rates are "critical problem" for UK More than 100 of Britain’
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Business Confidence on Increase, Survey Shows

Nearly two-thirds of Greater Lincolnshire businesses reported improved performance over the past year, and almost three-quarters expect their business to grow in the next 12 months.
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Pound drops as inflation falls to five-year low

The pound has slumped on news inflation fell to just 1.5% in August, further undermining any calls for an imminent interest rate rise.
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What does Facebook’s Buy Button mean for businesses?

According to the Centre For Retail Research, online retail sales made via mobile will grow by 62 per cent this year, to a total of £
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Small firms boom but shopper numbers fall

OPTIMISM among Britain's small companies is surging but businesses have demanded a fresh effort to revive manufacturing as shopper numbers fell last month.
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Business Minister’s message to county firms

Business and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP has helped launch a series of 58 free business workshops.
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Chambers unveil plans to transform our future

Exciting plans to help identify and develop transformational and iconic projects across South Yorkshire and the North Midlands to generate significant new opportunities for business and people in the region have been announced.
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UKTI and LEP to provide Leicestershire export boost

Two trade organisations in the region have teamed up in an effort to ensure businesses across Leicestershire are getting the best help to boost overseas sales.
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European SMEs scared off exporting, despite changes in regulation

Lack of knowledge of exporting processes, sometimes difficult and expensive, are preventing European SMEs from exporting outside the union.
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Online shopping on mobiles overtakes desktop for first time

Figures show 52% of visits made via a mobile, while 36% of UK online sales are now completed on a smartphone or tablet Visits to retail websites via mobile devices have overtaken desktop traffic for the first time, figures show.
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NASA explains why you won't get a drone delivery anytime soon

Delivery drones are great at exactly one job right now: generating buzz. However, NASA has told the New York Times that actual widget-shipping drones from Amazon or Google are still far in the future.
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Medium-sized businesses to face less accounting paperwork

An estimated 11,000 UK medium-sized businesses could benefit to the tune of £8 million a year as result of changes to accounting rules.
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East Midlands manufacturers continue upward trajectory despite overseas uncertainty

Manufacturers in the East Midlands have continued their upward trajectory, reporting positives across every key indicator of business health, according to the latest quarterly Manufacturing Outlook survey by manufacturing organisation EEF and accountan...
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Manufacturing growth is slowing, driven by falling exports

Two separate surveys suggest that growth in the manufacturing sector is beginning to cool. Yesterday's survey by EEF, the manufacturers organisation, and BDO, found that manufacturing was still on track for strong growth in 2014 overall, but that rece...
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Family Business Awards shortlists 28 East Mids companies

Twenty-eight family businesses, leaders and advisers have been shortlisted in the Midlands Family Business Awards 2014, organisers have revealed.
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Barclays launches 'market day' for Leicester businesses

Barclays in Leicester has introduced a new 'market day' initiative designed to support businesses in the city.
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Businesses encouraged to bag council funding

A scheme to make it easier to do business in Northampton has attracted more than £1m in private investment and created more than 50 jobs, the council has claimed.
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7 out of 10 retail and finance apps vulnerable to attack, warns report

Software analysis firm CAST has today revealed that the growing number of data breaches and security incidents can be directly linked to poor code quality.
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Understanding employer perceptions of student & graduate skills

As part of a review of learning and teaching provision at De Montfort University, the Careers & Employability team have been asked to carry out a concise research project around the attitudes of employers towards the skills that they value in stude...
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First annual rise in advertised salaries since recession

Pay offered in job adverts sees first annual rise since recession according to research by website Adzuna Salaries offered in job advertisements have posted their first annual rise since the recession struck, according to jobs website Adzuna.
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Mobile App and Websites for Emin Members

Hello, We are a team of experienced developers and have developed more than 100 mobile apps, websites and softwares.
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Advertising draws firms to county

Four firms are moving into Northamptonshire thanks to a successful advertising campaign. Electric car company Bluebird Performance Engineering is moving to Rockingham.
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Mid-sized businesses reluctant to export despite renewed confidence

According to Lloyds Bank three out of five firms (58 per cent), with an annual turnover between £
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Home businesses get unexpected boost as Government strives to create more entrepreneurs

Kitchen table businesses will be exempt from business rates as part of a Government drive to create more home businesses Entrepreneurs who run their business from home will not have to pay business rates, under new legislation from the Government.
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Surge in small firms using R&D tax credits

The number of small businesses claiming tax credits for research and development (R&D) has risen by 30%, according to HM Revenue &
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Slow wage growth sounds alarm bells

Unexpectedly slow wage growth in the past quarter has prompted the Bank of England to halve its forecast for average wage growth.
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Firms 'must do more to prevent misleading consumers'

Promotions for financial products are still falling short of rules to ensure advertisements do not mislead consumers, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
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Win Symantec software: Small firms need to take cyber threats seriously

Symantec recently revealed that UK small businesses lack awareness of how vulnerable they are to serious cyberattacks, and what impact this could have, both in terms of cost and reputation to their business.
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UK shoppers buy more online in July

UK shoppers bought more of their shopping online in July, according to British Retail Consortium (BRC) figures, helping ecommerce to make its strongest contribution of the year to overall retail growth.
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Growth in activity quickens to eight-month high

The economic recovery in the East Midlands private sector gathered pace in July 2014, quickening to an eight-month high, according to the latest PMI stats.
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New IP law sends clear message to potential perpetrators

Registered design right holders in the SME sector will be better protected by changes under the Intellectual Property Act, with fines and possible prison sentences for deliberate copying sending a clear message to potential perpetrators.
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Richard Baker: Survey a sign of the times

Sales and business activity are growing at a fair rate in Nottinghamshire. Richard Baker, Business Editor, asks:
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VAT changes to impact B2C companies

From 1 January 2015, however, all businesses will need to account for, and pay VAT to, the country where the customer is located.
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High-street banks to be forced to recommend alternative finance to small business

New legislation unveiled by George Osborne today set to provide major boost to burgeoning industry Britain’
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UK businesses 'facing skills crisis'

Three-quarters of British businesses believe a significant skills crisis will hit the UK within the next three years, according to a new report.
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Legal issues you should consider when recruiting

For smaller employers, recruitment can be a daunting task, partly because of the time commitment to select and appoint, and partly the importance, particularly in a smaller organisation, of ensuring that the person will be suitable for the business.
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Midlands LEPs "coming of age" – roundtable

The Midlands's local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) are "coming of age" following the more than £
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Boost for local shops as consumer habits shift

A new study into the state of British high streets has found that consumer demand for convenience is benefiting local stores and town centres.
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Is the Government finally listening to retailers on business rates?

Government conducts U-turn on appeals process for business rates, boosting hopes of wider reform The Government has conducted a U-turn on its plans to overhaul the process for appealing business rate bills after warnings that it would leave companies ...
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Strong take up for logistics sector in the Mids

Take-up of commercial property in the Midlands logistics sector is up 20 per cent for first half of 2014.
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Last chance for Northamptonshire HPT funding bids

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) has put out a final call for high performance technology (HPT) companies to submit funding applications for capital investment projects.
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Tax experts call for HMRC collection safeguards

Tax professionals are calling on the government to provide additional safeguards around their proposals for direct recovery of tax debt.
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Tax experts call for HMRC collection safeguards

Tax professionals are calling on the government to provide additional safeguards around their proposals for direct recovery of tax debt.
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Cities partner for business push

Core Cities, the consortium of England's eight largest cities outside of London, have formed a new partnership to support business growth and called on the government for new powers and freedoms.
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Consumer confidence dips for first time in 6 months

July saw a fall in consumer confidence for the first time in six months, according to data from analysts GfK.
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Last chance for Northamptonshire HPT funding bids

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) has put out a final call for high performance technology (HPT) companies to submit funding applications for capital investment projects.
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Administrations reach nine-year low

The number of companies entering administration has fallen to the lowest level since the start of 2005, according to new figures.
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More than 1 in 10 companies on the brink of failure

More than one in ten (12 per cent) small and medium companies has considered closing down in the last three months, and 15 per cent have had to lose a member of staff, according to Zurich's latest business risk survey.
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Growing businesses, not start-ups, need support the most

Support for start-ups is all well and good, but it's proven, growing mid-sized firms which truly deserve recognition, encouragement and support.
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Paypal to launch working capital product for UK firms

Paypal, the online payments provider, today announced the launch of a new working capital product for British companies.
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Growth in UK deals starts to slow

Growth in the volume of UK deals has slowed which raises questions about how long the recovery will continue at its current rate, according to research by the Law Society and Legal Monitor.
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SME collaboration puts UK ahead of the game

Collaboration between SMEs and global corporations has helped to put the UK at the forefront of innovation, Rolls-Royce Submarines' head of engineering improvement told an Insider breakfast.
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Retail sales bouncing back – CBI

Retail sales bounced back in July as shoppers stocked up on barbeque supplies and summer clothes, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
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Manufacturers – we want your views

Insider has launched a new national survey at Made in the UK to assess the mood and plans of Britain's manufacturers.
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Small firms' compliance costs continue to rise

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) says that despite repeated government promises to reduce red tape and the time and money required to keep track of regulatory changes, the average UK SME annual compliance bill in 2014 rose to £
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£1m fund to help firms who put something back into community

FIRMS which look to do good along with doing well commercially could win backing from a new £1m fund being announced in the city today.
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Midlands business distress near record lows

Levels of Midlands business growth remain at all-time highs and distress near record lows, according to insolvency trade body R3.
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Registration deadline approaching for advanced materials conference

There are just two days left to secure your free place at the advanced materials session of Made in the UK, where manufacturers across almost every discipline will learn about how new materials are set to change their industry.
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East Mids business activity 'remains strong'

Growth in business activity across the East Midlands remained strong in June with the recovery now "well on track", according to the findings of a report published today (14 July 2014).
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Regional economy gathers momentum

THE East Midlands economy is showing signs of recovery, according to analysis by professional services network PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in its latest UK Economic Outlook report.
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New holiday pay rules "could put firms out of business"

The CBI has warned that businesses face the risk of crippling additional costs thanks to tribunal cases challenging the way holiday pay is calculated.
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LEP secures £40 million funding for key Greater Lincolnshire projects

The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has gained £40 million in funding from government for key infrastructure projects, with more earmarked for the future.
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'Schools must do more to prepare young for work'

Businesses want the education system to better prepare young people with the attitudes and attributes they need to succeed in the world of work, says this year's CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey.
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Growth Deals secured for East Mids LEPs

A series of Growth Deals worth hundreds of millions of pounds have been agreed with local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) across the East Midlands.
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UK regions perform well in enterprise support league

Regions across the UK are some of the best in Europe for supporting entrepreneurship, a new study by Santander has revealed.
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Small firms struggling to access export support

Despite a continuing push to make Government services more accessible, many small businesses are struggling to access export support schemes, according to a survey published today.
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Northamptonshire hi-tech fund secures 500 jobs

Almost 500 jobs are to be created or safeguarded in Northamptonshire because of an initiative run by the area's local enterprise partnership (LEP), the organisation has claimed.
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Anastasia spreading the word on crowd-funding

IT RAISES millions for new ventures every week – yet few people have heard of it outside London.
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Government body calls on manufacturers to outline funding needs at Made in the UK

The Technology Strategy Board, the UK's national innovation agency, is urging delegates at Insider's Made in the UK conferences to feed back their investment needs so that a fresh case can be made to government for more funding.
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SMEs flourish in Northampton

Northampton has been recognised as being among the best places for supporting entrepreneurs and innovators in the UK.
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Number of Self-funded Small Businesses Jumps 18%

Report reveals that nearly half of small and mid-sized businesses are choosing to use their own savings to fund growth Research by Bibby Financial Services (BFS) discovered that the number of self-funded, or family and friend assisted, small businesse...
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Red tape fears at 6th Growth Fund

Local businesses will be able to bid for a share of £200m from round six of the Government’
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Legal advice on how to get creative and succeed

CREATIVE start-up businesses received free legal advice through a new project led by Nottingham Trent University.
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Santander refers rejected small business loans to Funding Circle

Santander announced yesterday that small firms that failed to get credit from them would have their loan applications forwarded to peer-to-peer lender Funding Circle.
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Invitation to Tender

Description of Requirement EMIN is seeking to recruit a Contractor to undertake an independent (final) evaluation of its work on the Enterprise Inc2 project to date.
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More Funding for Graduate Placements in East Midlands

By Daniel Hunter A new initiative to provide funding for small and medium sizes businesses (SMEs) in the East Midlands, has been launched.
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Derby Shortlisted for HS2 College

Derby has been shortlisted to become the home of the National College for High Speed Rail, which expects to train 2,000 apprentices during the lifetime of the construction of the HS2 line.
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New incentive to bring manufacturing back to UK

Vince Cable has announced a new government scheme that will allow companies to bid for a share of £
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Chinese investment in Nottingham set to flourish, say delegates during foreign visit

The Vice Mayor of Chinese province Ningbo said he expects Nottingham to see great economic benefits from its relationship with his home.
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New Fund Offers Financial Help to Women in Business

Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan has announced a new £1million challenge fund to help women grow their online businesses.
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FEBA urges businesses to grab a share of £3m pot

First Enterprise Business Agency (FEBA) has pumped more than £5m into the East Midlands economy since October 2008, according to new figures.
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Tailored support set to revitalise Mansfield market

Mansfield District Council has introduced a package of measures to help reinvigorate Mansfield market, with the aim of increasing the number and choice of stalls and improving the shopping experience for customers.
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£4.7bn windfall for East Mids businesses thanks to UKTI

East Midlands companies have scored overseas business which will be worth about £4.7bn over the next five years with the help of UK Trade &
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Surge in demand for skilled worker in East Midlands

THE employment outlook across the East Midlands is at its highest level since early 2012, according to research by employment specialists Manpower.
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Two weeks to prepare for next malware threat

Businesses are being urged to take steps to protect themselves from a dangerous malware threat, which could see their data be held to ransom.
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East Mids. manufacturers sustain strong start

Manufacturers across the East Midlands have sustained the strong start made in 2014, reporting positives in outputs and orders, according to the latest quarterly figures from the EEF and BDO.
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Retailers call for scrapping of business rates for smallest companies

Retailers have called on the Government to exempt 100,000 small businesses from business rates altogether.
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Up to £20,000 to grow your business.

NEP and Northamptonshire County Council are delighted to re-launch the INV-ENT funding programme this month and to invite applications from Northamptonshire SMEs.
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Manufacturers feeling optimistic

RECORD numbers of small manufacturing firms in the East Midlands are looking to invest in their businesses to make the most of new opportunities, a benchmark business survey says.
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Queen's Speech to help recovery "step it up a gear"

The legislative programme set out in the Queen's Speech has been tipped to help the economic recovery "step it up a gear", although there was criticism for the lack of detail on issues such as the rollout of super-fast broadband to enterprise zones.
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Government lays out plans to ease late payment woes for small businesses

Large firms to be shamed as Vince Cable announces measures to curb late payments - but not everyone's happy There's no doubting that late payments have a huge impact on our small businesses:
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Client research will really pay off in long run

IN the excitement of landing a new customer it can be tempting to overlook some of the basics, then we can get stuck with a customer that doesn't actually make us any profit –
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New website could help small firms move banks

The Business Banking Insight (BBI) website has gone live this week, with feedback from UK SMEs on how well banks perform and information to help them shop around for the best service.
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More funding options for mid-market companies

Fast-growing mid-market businesses now have the opportunity to access financing options which were previously only open to large corporates, according to new research from Grant Thornton.
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Who should we thank for falling unemployment?

Who should we thank for falling unemployment? SMEs. So we must do everything we can to help them carry on the good work.
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Why the cloud is like a serviced office

“If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business.
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Trading Standards warns against publishing and marketing scams

  Rogue publishers, and operatives will use deliberately misleading patter that is often carefully scripted to sell advertising space in various types of publications.
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Nick Rushton and Peter Souslby could lead LLEP as search for chairman fails

The search for a person to chair an organisation hoping to attract £250 million of Government cash to grow Leicestershire's economy could be scrapped, a senior politician has claimed.
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UK tax inspectors collect record £23.9bn from large businesses, criminals and tax avoidance schemes

Investigations carried out by UK tax inspectors have collected a record £23.9 billion over the last year, according to official figures.
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City on a mission to strengthen Indian links

NOTTINGHAM City Council is to make a tentative push into building trade and investment links with India.
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Manufacturing sector remains solid - CBI

Activity in the UK's manufacturing sector has remained "solid" in May with output expected to rise strongly in the next three months, the latest CBI industrial trends survey has found.
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Brown signs point to progress for Lincoln tourism group

It's a case of third-time lucky for Lincoln as the campaign to get 'official' brown signs pointing to the city and its tourism attractions finally paid off today.
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De Montfort University Employability Mentoring

Mentoring is a brilliant way to develop skills within the industry workforce around self development whilst helping others to grow and learn from your experiences so far.
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The 2014 Enterprise Awards are now open

The 2014 Enterprise Awards are now open Students and graduates can win great prize packages of up to £
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Two floors of civic centre rebranded as office space

NEW office space is being developed for businesses keen to move into West Bridgford. Refurbishment has begun on the Rushcliffe Civic Centre, in Pavilion Road, as part of a wider plan to encourage economic growth to the area.
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Number of SMEs in "financial distress" rises

More than 200,000 SMEs are in significant financial distress despite the improving economic climate, according to new research from business recovery firm Begbies Traynor.
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CBI raises growth forecast but warns on business investment

The CBI has upped its economic growth forecast for 2014 but called on politicians to put incentivising business investment ahead of short-term electioneering.
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Lincolnshire Firms Investing More in Staff and Equipment, Survey Finds

Lincolnshire businesses are investing more into equipment and staff training, the latest economic survey for the county has found.
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New UK regional aid to give local firms a boost

The government has announced that it is extending its Assisted Area status to several new parts of the UK, allowing eligible local businesses to bid for funding and tax breaks.
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Record rise in East Mids employment

Job creation in the East Midlands has reached record highs as new business growth continued unabated in April, according to the latest PMI figures.
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The UK European Satellite Navigation Competition 2014 is open for submissions

Do you or your associates have a brilliant idea that uses satellite navigation technology? Tracking. Moving.
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Manufacturing sector fuels regional growth

A strong performance from the manufacturing sector has helped the economies of all nine English regions grow for the fifth consecutive quarter, according to analysis released today (8 May 2014).
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Economic recovery on the agenda at today’s Nottingham Post Business Summit

The Nottingham Post’s first Business Summit is taking place today, 29th May 2014, at the Nottingham Conference Centre.
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Financial sector workers 'twice as productive'

Financial and professional services firms in the East Midlands contribute more than 8 per cent of the region's economic output with employees in the sector almost twice as productive as the average UK worker, according to a report published today (29 A...
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'Critical distress' levels up 16% in city

NOTTINGHAM businesses experienced a seven per cent year-on-year increase in critical financial distress levels during the first three months of 2014, bucking national and regional trends.
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Derby Enterprise Growth Fund

Funding support to grow Derby businesses Derby City Council have secured £40m of the Regional Growth Fund to grow enterprise and jobs in Derby and its travel to work area.
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Making the most of the Employment Allowance

On the 6 April, the government launched the new Employment Allowance, which means that eligible businesses no longer have to pay employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs) if they usually pay less than £
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Enterprising Leicester - Grants Scheme

Are you STARTING a business? OR are you GROWING your business? Do you need FINANCE Enterprising Leicester offers grants of £
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'Strong' retail growth to continue

Strong retail growth seen in April is set to continue into next month according to CBI's latest Distributive Trades Survey.
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LEPs must focus on helping growing firms

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are too focused on a "narrow idea of economic success", according to a study by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES).
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Event aims to have impact on growth

A NEW quarterly event for ambitious Nottingham companies is due to kick off on Thursday. Bite Size High Growth, billed as a high impact event for businesses that want to achieve new and sustainable levels of success, will be held at 5.
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Sharpest rise in manufacturing optimism since 1973

Business optimism among manufacturers saw its sharpest improvement since 1973 on the back of strong growth in orders at home and abroad, according to a CBI survey.
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Vacant Shops Grant Scheme

The Nottingham City Council Vacant Shops Grant Scheme is now open for applications. If you are a long-term leaseholder or a landlord with 
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Late payments to SMEs still rising

The continuing culture of late payment remains a deep concern for many small businesses, according to the latest research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB).
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Free Initial Consultation

At TaxAssist Accountants Leicester, we offer a free initial consultation whereby we can explain our services and provide you with a fixed fee quote at the end of the meeting.
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More than 1.5 million SMEs don't have a business plan

More than 1.5 million UK SMEs don't have a business plan, and they could be missing out on an extra 20% of profit as a result, according to business software provider Exact.
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UK needs to tap into emerging markets

PUBLIC procurement of goods and services in 12 key emerging markets will almost triple to £452 billion by 2030, according to new CBI research.
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Have you signed up for Growth Vouchers yet?

At the beginning of the year, the government announced a 15-month, £30m small business growth scheme.
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Funding available to help businesses recruit new graduate talent

Businesses looking to recruit new skilled staff can benefit from a series of bursaries to support graduate internships.
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Northamptonshire Business Awards 2014

The Business Event of the Year 10 Award categories Deadline for Entries: 30th September 2014 The Northamptonshire Business Awards Ceremony.
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New group is out to prove firms' move away from city is wrong

MEMBERS of Nottingham's business services community are clubbing together with the aim of raising the city's profile.
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Michael Heseltine gives encouragement to LEP investment opportunity

BUSINESS leaders and Nottinghamshire's Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) put forward their case to win a chunk of government cash when they met political heavyweight Lord Heseltine.
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£30m VC fund launched with Business Bank support

A £30m venture capital fund, backed by the government's British Business Bank, has been launched to target early stage technology companies.
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Chamber of Commerce land £2m share of Government cash to help Lincolnshire firms grow

A £2million slice of Government cash has been awarded to help make it easier for businesses in Lincolnshire to find funding and create jobs.
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Record number of firms start up in Derby

THE number of new companies created in Derby reached a record high in 2013 for the second consecutive year.
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Beware pitfalls of UK recovery

THE UK economy produced a robust final quarter, with 2013 growth at 1.9 per cent. Many commentators believe this represents the best period of growth since 2007 with economic recovery becoming more broad-based and sustainable.
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Upsurge in exports for Northamptonshire firms

Businesses in Northamptonshire experienced growing exports with confidence levels remaining high in the first three months of 2014, according to the chamber's latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES).
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New billing rules could reduce SME energy costs

Ofgem has brought in new rules that will make it easier for small businesses to negotiate the rates they pay for energy.
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Award categories announced for Lincolnshire Business Awards

The 2014 Lincolnshire Media Business Awards are now open to all businesses within Lincolnshire. The Lincolnshire Echo is looking to celebrate and champion local business successes.
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Tribunal rules open the door to conciliation

REGULATIONS will come into force on Sunday that mean it will not be possible to lodge an employment tribunal claim without an Early Conciliation (EC) certificate issued by Acas.
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SME alternative lending consultation launched

Proposals to help small businesses find alternative loan providers after being rejected for finance have been unveiled.
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Women Who Do

An exciting new programme offering free support to women, who want to explore the possibility of working for themselves, or develop a new business idea, is being launched this month (June).
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Business mentor joins Connect Derby

Coach and mentor Filomena Rodriguez has been appointed business development officer at Connect Derby, a new scheme aimed at supporting enterprise and creating jobs.
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Geldards advises US firm on £23.5m deal

Lawyers based at the Nottingham office of Geldards have advised Professional Compounding Centers of America on a deal worth £
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Burning question: What did you learn at MIPIM?

MIPIM's not just a jolly in the sun – well it is for some, but they're doing it wrong. There’
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Businesses Asked To Support Northampton In Bloom

Businesses are being asked to support Northampton's bid for Gold in this year's East Midlands in Bloom competition.
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Insider Breakfast helps businesses look at alternative forms of funding

Insider is holding a special breakfast next week (25 March 2014) looking at finance outside of the mainstream for businesses.
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A Budget for makers, doers and savers

George Osborne's 2014 Budget has delivered tax savings for low- and middle-income earners, a raft of new measures to help savers and pensioners, and a commitment to support British exporters and manufacturers.
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UK Small Businesses Sitting on £770bn in Untapped Assets

Small and medium sized firms own £770bn in untapped assets – equivalent to 48% of the UK’
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Insider News Midlands – Northampton enterprise zone businesses urged to claim rate relief

Up to a quarter of businesses based within the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone could be missing out on business rate relief worth thousands of pounds, according to the council.
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Derby funding scheme awards £100k to two companies

Two south Derbyshire businesses have been awarded enterprise grants to help them grow and create jobs.
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BBC One series: calling all amateur artists

BBC One is on the hunt for the best of Britain's amateur artists for a new competitive arts series. The programme is looking for amateur painters from all over the UK who have a passion for painting and drawing.
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Sunny outlook for East Mids manufacturers

Manufacturers in the East Midlands are forecasting a 16-year record high in orders for the coming quarter, higher than any other UK region, according to a new survey by EEF and BDO.
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One million to get pay rise with NMW increase

The government has approved a rise in the National Minimum Wage to £6.50 per hour, with more than one million people set to see their pay rise by as much as £
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£2,500 Bursary To Start Your Business

The University of Northampton Enterprise Club is looking for recent graduates to take part in the 2014 Enterprise Inc programme.
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Migrant entrepreneurs have set up one in seven UK companies

Migrant entrepreneurs have set up one in seven UK companies, an investigation has found. Research conducted jointly by the think tank Centre for Entrepreneurs and business information experts DueDil has shown migrant-founded companies are responsible ...
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Derby ranked as 'city of the future'

Derby has sealed its position as a European ‘city of the future’ by ranking high in this year’
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Northampton named business capital

Northampton is the best place in the UK to start and run a business, according to new research from Experian.
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Manufacturing businesses set for spending boost

Manufacturing businesses in the East Midlands are gearing up to spend more on new machinery, according to an industry survey.
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The Derby Telegraph Business Awards

The Derby Telegraph Business Awards aim to celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies in Derbyshire who are putting our region on the map by boosting the economy while making a positive contribution to th...
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Business bank is set to branch out across Midlands

A Leicester-based business bank is expanding its presence into the West Midlands. Cambridge & Counties Bank opened its office in New Walk, Leicester, in June 2012, as an alternative source of lending for small and medium sized business which were ...
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Sick pay reforms could damage small businesses

From 6 April this year, businesses are to lose the right to reclaim statutory sick pay (SSP) and the reform could trigger small business closures, accountancy firm Baker Tilly is warning.
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How the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme could help your small business

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) has so far helped more than 1,000 businesses to raise finance.
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ERDF Funded Innovation Vouchers at The University of Nottingham

Innovation Vouchers are an easy way of accessing university knowledge and equipment. Primarily aimed at small- and medium-sized companies in the East Midlands, they provide for a programme of work to be undertaken by the University for a business at a ...
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Partners sought for Elvaston estate

Businesses and organisations interested in helping Derbyshire County Council find new uses for some of the buildings on the Elvaston estate are invited to come and find out more on Tuesday 4 March.
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Funded courses for Employers

The Skills Network is providing funded training courses to employers in the UK; there is no cost to your employees or your business.
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Notts TV funding to create 25 jobs

Notts TV, which is set to start broadcasting at the end of April 2014, has been awarded a £133,000 boost from the Nottingham Technology Grant Fund (N'Tech).
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SMEs urged to seek university help – round table

Small and medium-sized businesses with innovative ideas which they cannot find the time to work on should turn to universities for help, an Insider round table has heard.
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Cameron pledges £2000 growth vouchers to 20,000 small firms.

The scheme will match business leaders with mentors to help them grow, through a marketplace-stlye website.
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10 ways to get the best value out of your accountant

Your accountant can sort out your tax return or your annual accounts and provide advice on a range of issues, but how do you get the best return on the fees you pay to an accountant?
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Most SMEs unaware of R&D tax credits, says survey

The vast majority of the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are currently unaware of a tax break that is arguably the centrepiece of the coalition’
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£426,000 Funding Boost for Businesses

Businesses can benefit from free workshops and support after onlincolnshire secured almost half a million pound of funding from the EU.
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Leicester for Business Project

Leicester for Business services include helping you develop a business idea, assistance with start-up and support for businesses that have already commenced trading.
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New measures to help communities hit by flooding

David Cameron has announced a comprehensive package of new measures to help hard-working homes, businesses and farmers hit by the floods.
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East Midlands Fastest 40: extra tickets available

An extra 20 tickets are now available for the East Midlands Fastest 40 Awards evening, after the initial allocation sold out in just two weeks.
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Pressure on employers to pay 'living wage'

An interim report by the Living Wage Commission has found that more than half of those defined as "in poverty" are also in work, and it is urging employers to pay staff the living wage as a minimum.
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NBV Enterprise Solutions invests in Mansfield and Ashfield

Invest Ashfield & Mansfield has been set up to promote Ashfield and Mansfield as key business locations within the East Midlands.
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How to achieve sustainable business growth

With the giant cogs of the British economy finally whirring back into life, many businesses may experience significant growth in 2014.
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Invitation to Tender

Framework Tender for additional Business Mentors - Enterprise Inc2 (EMX08006)De Montfort University (DMU) is a university of quality and distinctiveness, offering students a supportive environment and state-of-the-art facilities to ensure graduates are...
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Manufacturers urged to enter Made in England Awards

With manufacturing expected to grow by more than 2.5 per cent in 2014, companies of all sizes across South East Midlands, Central &
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National Business Awards UK - 2014 Early Registrations Invited

The National Business Awards are the UK’s premier, cross-industry accolades for enterprise excellence.
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Music centre to open in Leicester

A higher education institution focused on preparing students for work in the music industry will open in Leicester in April.
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Innovation centre will 'keep graduates in Leicester'

The £5.9m Dock innovation centre is "worth every penny" and will help Leicester to retain the talent produced by its universities, according to mayor Peter Soulsby.
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Fairline to expand manufacturing staff as order book grows

Northamptonshire boat maker Fairline is looking to add almost 40 manufacturing staff to its Corby factory following an uptake in its order book.
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Employ top talent - Funding available

The Careers and Employability Services at The University of Nottingham is keen to speak to small and medium size organisations who can offer paid placements/internships to recent graduates and current students.
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Lack of digital skills costs UK £63 billion

A new report, The Case for Digitisation, commissioned by Go ON UK and conducted by Booz & Company, has found that the UK is missing out on valuable revenue because individuals and businesses are not maximising the opportunities offered by the inter...
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SMEs could save £10,000 a year, says Cameron

The UK's 4.9 million small businesses could save up to £10,000 each a year by taking advantage of government measures, including business rate relief, prime minister David Cameron has said.
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Win VIP Hospitality at the World Tennis Day Showdown!

Your chance to win tickets and enjoy a pre-event VIP hospitality party at the World Tennis Day Showdown presented by Financial Times at Earls Court Two in London.
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Innovation centre will 'keep graduates in Leicester'

The £5.9m Dock innovation centre is "worth every penny" and will help Leicester to retain the talent produced by its universities, according to mayor Peter Soulsby.
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Reforms for insolvencies procedures

New measures to reduce the cost of insolvencies procedures have been unveiled which could benefit creditors by £
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£330m Northampton campus gains outline approval

Outline planning permission has been secured for the University of Northampton's £330m Waterside campus in the town's enterprise zone.
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Contractors win £100m construction deals

Two building contractors in the East Midlands have been awarded a share of a £100m contract by public sector construction procurement, design and consultation specialist Scape.
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Curiosity killed the cat, but it's your best tool when networking

Whether you are a networking novice or a networking ninja, these easy-peasy tactics will help to make your networking more productive and fun!
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Lloyds Bank expands its East Midlands team

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has appointed a business development director to its operation in the East Midlands.
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Funding competition opens for small retailers

Worth Foundation Fund, set up by the founders of Worth Retail, has raised the investment prize through equity crowd funding platform Seedrs.
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Help for Local Entrepreneurs

Much needed help will soon be on-hand for thousands of local entrepreneurs and small businesses is on its way thanks to a new European project 
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Derby Coaching for Success Provides Free Business Advice

Derby Coaching for Success is aiming to help Derby City businesses improve their performance and create new jobs.
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Derby Bids For Further Job Creation Funding

Derby City Council and the University of Derby is bidding for further Government money to continue its highly successful business support and job creation programme.
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Homeworking: the pros, cons and IT issues

Homeworking Portable IT equipment, the widespread availability of broadband internet and the explosion of cloud-based computing services mean it’
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Lincolnshire carbon neutral development completes

A green, sustainable business development has been completed in Lincolnshire in a bid to meet demand for space from local companies.
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The Government is lending £20m to British businesses through Funding Circle

Side-step lengthy processes and borrow from a community of 60,000 people together with the Government*, councils and universities.
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Peak District TV campaign goes live

The Peak District is launching its first-ever television commercial as part of a £150,000 multimedia campaign to tempt more visitors to the area and boost the economy.
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First loans from Funding Circle scheme complete

Beeston cycling and outdoor specialist is one of the first recipients of a new loan scheme in Nottingham.
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East Mids seeks £56m from RGF latest round

Eleven projects in the East Midlands are hoping to secure £56m from the fifth round of the Regional Growth Fund (RDF), according to government figures.
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Event aims to break down barriers to help support local businesses

Regulatory officers from across a range of services are being brought together at a special event aimed at making it easier for local businesses to seek advice.
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View the latest Quarterly Economic Survey results

ACCORDING to the latest economic survey, Lincolnshire businesses are optimistic about their business prospects for 2014 with a majority of firms expecting an upturn in profitability, turnover and market share over the next 12 months.
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Northampton Alive projects total nearly £100million in 2013

Nearly £100million have been invested in bringing projects to life in 2013, creating jobs, supporting businesses and enabling even more growth and future investment.
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2014 - a year of commemoration and celebration for Northampton

Northampton Borough Council has revealed plans for a year of commemoration and celebration in 2014.
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New Online Service For SME's

Help influence the design of a new online service for SMEs from HMRC. Closing date 17 January 2014  
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RBS Inspiring Enterprise

At the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, they are encouraging a more entrepreneurial culture. From the classroom to the boardroom, they are inspiring enterprise at every stage of the journey.
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SuperConnected Derby

Connection Vouchers are available until March 2015 to help your business meet the upfront capital costs of connecting to a better broadband service.
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D2N2 to utilise new European funding to benefit rural businesses across the area

Rural businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are to benefit from more than £6m of funding thanks to the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
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All you ever wanted to know about Growth Vouchers

At the end of January, the government will launch a £30 million research programme to test the value to small businesses of accessing professional advice.
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Exploiting sustainable sources of chemicals and energy

The University of Nottingham has received funding of nearly £1.5m to lead a UK-wide network that will promote working with industry on developing sustainable sources of chemicals and energy which will safeguard the environment.
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University Meets Conference Industry's AIMs

The University of Derby Buxton has proved it's right on target by being accredited with the conference and events industry's most widely recognised award - known as AIM.
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Economy strengthens again in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire's economy gained further momentum in the final three months of 2013 thanks to another strong performance by the region's businesses.
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The University of Northampton marks the start of the building work on its Innovation Centre

The University of Northampton held a Ground-breaking Ceremony on Monday 2 December to mark the start of the building work on its Innovation Centre, which is situated at the gateway to the Northampton Enterprise Zone.
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University's Business Enterprise Support Team internationally recognised as a key part of Global Entrepreneurship Week

The Business Enterprise Support Team (BEST), part of The University of Northampton’s Business School, have been awarded the Global Entrepreneurship Week High Impact Award 2013.
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Funding success offers more support for postgraduate students

A project that aims to stimulate and widen participation in postgraduate studies at Nottingham Trent University has been given the green light by HEFCE.
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Graduate named most promising creative and entrepreneurial design maker

Glassware specialist and De Montfort University (DMU) graduate Samantha Donaldson has scooped the prize for the ‘
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Mentors needed to support young people into employment in Lincolnshire

The Prince’s Trust is calling for volunteers in Lincolnshire to help young people maintain their progression into employment, education, or training after leaving Trust programmes.
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Cash injection available for UK's innovative low-carbon SMEs

Shell Springboard now calling for applications Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in search of financial backing for their low-carbon ideas can now submit their applications to Shell Springboard.
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You're never too old to start your own business, says FEBA

First Enterprise Business Agency (FEBA), which is responsible for providing government-backed loans across the county, has made its most flexible loan, previously reserved for 18 to 30 year olds, available to all for a two month pilot period.
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Graduate scheme can give your business a major boost

A successful graduate placement scheme, which brings together talented young people who have recently graduated from university and local employers, is looking for more recruits.
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Nottingham Trent University shortlisted for top business award

Nottingham Trent University has been shortlisted for the Midlands Enterprising University of the Year award.
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Seed funding scheme helps start-ups

An investment scheme designed to help start-ups raise equity finance has enabled more than 1,100 companies to raise a total of £
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DMU appeals to county businesses to join Graduate Champions project

De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester is today calling on businesses from across Leicestershire to sign up to an innovative new scheme offering intensive work placements for graduates who are looking to boost their career prospects.
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More funding to help Lincolnshire businesses reduce waste

Even more businesses across the county will have the opportunity to gather advice on how to cut waste and save money, thanks to a £
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Round five of Regional Growth Fund opens

The fifth round of the government's flagship economic stimulus, the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), has opened to bids.
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Food and Drink iNet Launches New Phase of Support

Food and drink firms across the East Midlands are to continue to receive support for innovation projects after the Food and Drink iNet secured funding until 2015.
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2 million pound grants programme to help businesses

DETAILS have been announced of a new £2million package of grants to help nurture and support local businesses.
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Nottingham Manufacturing Network launches

A new business network is being launched with the aim of giving Nottingham's manufacturers a competitive advantage.
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Leicester conference centre to open its doors

The University of Leicester's new £17.5m conference centre will open its doors today (1 October 2013).
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Search starts for six promising entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs from the East Midlands have the chance to travel to Europe and be mentored by successful European business people as part of an exchange scheme involving Nottingham Trent University.
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Mentoring & Coaching Support for Start-Ups / SME's

Life Matters Coaching provides bespoke, professional & quality coaching and mentoring support to individuals, small businesses and start-ups in the East Midlands area.
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University of Lincoln shortlisted for national enterprise award

The University of Lincoln has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of its growing reputation as one of the UK’
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Rail Fair petition launches to improve trains from Lincoln to Nottingham

A petition has been launched to improve a local rail service dubbed one of the UK's worst. The Castle Line between Lincoln and Nottingham via Newark Castle is the target of the Rail Fair campaign, which is backed by the Lincoln and Newark business clu...
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University of Leicester Graduate Internships programme

University of Leicester Graduate Internships programme – They are looking for organisations to take on graduate interns this autumn Following the success of last year’
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A total of £69m is to be provided to support the creation of new businesses by the government

The package includes £34m for Start-Up Loans to support around 7,600 businesses. So far more than 35,000 entrepreneurs have formally registered an interest in loan through the scheme with almost 8,000 start-ups helped.
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Digital Marketing Residency at Ikano Bank

You’re a digital marketing start-up wanting to build a portfolio of corporate clients yet feel they’
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Calling All UK Entries to the Energy Globe Award Competition

Organisations in the UK have until the end of September to submit their projects for a chance to win this prominent environmental award.
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Young entrepreneurs to strengthen European relations

Representatives from The Hive are heading to Poland next month to attend a seminar organised by European organisation Pro Futuro Europae.
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University of Leicester receives 950,000 pounds funding to kickstart collaborations with local enterprise

The University of Leicester has received £950,000 funding from the European Research Development Fund (ERDF) to partner graduate research expertise with growing SMEs in the East Midlands region.
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D2N2 LEP welcomes 47.67million pounds of schemes to transform superfast broadband across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire –
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Chambers To Discuss Merger Proposals

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce have entered into negotiations about a proposed merger to strengthen the Chamber movement in the East Midlands.
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Free Help to Reduce Energy Costs

Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University can provide local organisations with a FREE Carbon Reduction Action Plan Package…
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Applications Invited to Nesta’s Dynamic Demand Challenge

Nesta's Centre for Challenge Prizes is described as ‘a hub for expertise and insight on challenge prizes’
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£10,000 Business Growth Idea Competition Now Open

The £10,000 Business Growth Idea Competition has been set up to encourage entrepreneurs who have enterprising ideas to boost economic growth in the UK.
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Give your business a boost with a DMU graduate internship

Businesses in Leicester are being given the chance to tap into a talent pool of ambitious university graduates at a fraction of the normal cost.
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Business event will bring Lincolnshire countys major industries together for a single show

Lincolnshire Media, in partnership with the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is putting on the free Business Live event in a bid to put the spotlight on a range of industries which are important to the local economy.
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Improving Business Advice

The Government department (BIS) responsible for helping businesses is asking for your ideas and comments to improve the advice and support available.
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Firms can apply to fund for up to £500,000 to expand

A new Government supported funding programme is set to provide financial support ranging from £
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Let's Do Business

Evolve at the University of Derby Corporate, has been awarded ERDF funding for a project to support new and growing businesses in Derby.
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Economic survey reveals obstacles to small business growth

Banks' continued reluctance to lend to small businesses, coupled with the bite of public spending cuts, are the two greatest obstacles to growth of small and medium sized enterprises, according to a two-year study of business owners' attitudes.
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College Court hits £1million on the books ahead of opening

A new University of Leicester conference centre has already secured £1 million in business –
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Funding boost of £3 million is in the pipeline for Derbyshire businesses to create jobs

Companies in Derbyshire could be in line to bid for grants of up to £50,000 after Government funding of £
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Million-pound funding pot will create new jobs in Lincoln

Lincoln businesses will benefit from up to £1 million of funding to create new jobs and grow the local economy.
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The Million Pound Start Up

The Million Pound Startup is a global contest for one business to win £1,000,000 in equity investment.
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HMRC's Digital Services to be transformed by £200 million Government investment

By April 2015, up to two million people will be able to take control of their tax affairs through their own online accounts.
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Demand Booms for Innovation Centres

Demand for office space at Chesterfield Borough Council's Innovation Centres is at an all-time high. More than 500 people are now working in Chesterfield for businesses that have been supported by the Innovation Centres.
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Smarta 100 Awards 2013

The Smarta 100, in partnership with O2, seeks to find the best businesses in the UK. They are not just looking for those who make the most money, but the businesses that have the most original ideas and make a true difference.
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Business Community Grows Again at Corby Enterprise Centre

The ever increasing business community at Corby Enterprise Centre grows again this month with 3 more tenants moving in this month and 2 more confirmed to join the Centre in the next 2 weeks.
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Entrepreneurs Festival 2013

The Entrepreneurs Festival 2013 will take place in Manchester on the 4 - 6 September 2013, bringing together talented graduates 
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Growing Business Awards - Launch of 2013 Round (UK)

The Growing Business Awards (GBAs) is an independent awards programme run in association with the CBI and Real Business Association.
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Paid residency for digital entrepreneur at Ikano Bank

In summer 2013, Projector, Broadway’s business support programme will launch a pilot project to help creative and digital entrepreneurs gain experience of working with a corporate client.
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East Midlands entrepreneurs and growth businesses urged to bid for loan funding

First Business Enterprise Agency (FEBA) is urging East Midlands businesses to bid for a share of a £
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How images affect your email marketing success

With the ability to target opted-in users who know your brand, email marketing is a communication medium with unparalleled potential.
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Fund101 from Enterprise Nation and Paypal

With funding once again generously provided by PayPal, Fund101  offers a pot of money of up to £
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Social Incubator North

Social Incubator North is a new way for entrepreneurs; where business has soul and success is more than the bottom line.
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Learn to be your own expert advisor with Life Matters Coaching Ltd

Everyone needs an advocate sometimes, support to get that next promotion, guidence on goal-setting or business idea generation.
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Introductory offer for brand new sector specific HR packs

We have created sector specific HR packs to ensure employers are fully up-to-date with employment legislation.
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New business generation gets set for a growth boost

Twenty six small businesses from across Nottingham have started on a programme which has been designed to help them create new jobs in the city.
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Satellite Navigation - Calling Entrepreneurs

Do you have an idea for a  service, product or business innovation that uses satellite navigation in everyday life?
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NTU alumni creates award winning city-centre oasis

Former NTU student Helen Taylor has helped design an award winning office space in the heart of Nottingham’
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Health and wellness business incubator to be located in the Nottingham Enterprise Zone

Alliance Boots has announced a collaboration with BioCity, to establish a new business incubator focused on health and wellness called MediCity.
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De Montfort University Workshop Tender Alert

Background In 2011, De Montfort University was part of a successful bid for a 3 year ERDF (amongst others) funded project to support graduate enterprise and entrepreneurship across the East Midlands.
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Launch of Discovering Start-Ups Competition 2013

Discovering Start-Ups is a competition bringing together industry expertise and offering assistance to new-start technology companies.
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Transformational ICT - support programme

The eBusiness Club delivers the Transformational ICT programme which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is managed by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce www.
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Government Announces Funding for SMEs to Boost Cyber Security

The Government has announced a new strand of the Innovation Voucher scheme for Cyber Security. Businesses are known to be the biggest victims of cybercrime, so, as part of its Cyber Security Strategy, the Government is looking to make the UK one of th...
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Graduate secures six-figure investment from serial entrepreneur

A Nottingham Trent University graduate who founded an online restaurant booking guide has received a significant financial investment from a leading entrepreneur.
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Lord Young proposes removing start-up loans age cap

An age cap on accessing taxpayer-funded loans to set up a business should be removed, says the prime minister's enterprise adviser, Lord Young.
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Business People Share Secret of Their Success

Some of the brightest up-and-coming businesspeople from across the region have attended a major conference to share their success stories.
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DMU Summer Internships

Current De Montfort University students are placed into local SME’s to work 28 hours per week for 13 weeks.
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Chesterfield Innovation Support Project

The project aims to raise the awareness of the value of innovation and provide direct funded support to eligible businesses based in Dunston and Tapton Innovation Centres as well as other businesses across Chesterfield wishing to grow and innovate.
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Bank of England and HM Treasury announce extension to the Funding for Lending Scheme

The Bank of England and HM Treasury have announced an extension to the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS).
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HMRC simplifies tax filing for small firms

HMRC has introduced two simpler income tax schemes for small businesses – Cash Basis and Simplified Expenses –
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Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK

This unique and prestigious Award is sponsored by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the serial entrepreneur best known for founding easyJet.
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Support for SMEs as cyber threat grows

The majority of small firms (87%) have experienced a cyber security breach in the past year, according to research published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
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IP Healthcheck

The Intellectual Property Office are offering a free IP healthcheclk for your business. Why use it? Every business will own some form of intellectual property.
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DMU graduates are shining example of start-up success

A footwear business set up by two De Montfort University (DMU) graduates is being celebrated as a shining example of start-up success as the Houses of Parliament today (16 April).
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NACUE and University Alliance launch Start-up: a story

University Alliance and NACUE are today launching a joint project, Start-up: a story, which celebrates graduates who are turning their business idea into reality.
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Free publicity for your business

Shrewd business owners keep their costs to a minimum, because it helps to reduce risk. Yet one area where it can be difficult to do so is marketing, where some methods can be costly.
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Broadway launches exciting opportunity for business in the creative industries

Projector, Broadway’s new business support programme assists emerging and existing businesses in the creative industries.
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Hive@Mansfield business idea Proof of Concept Programme

A 13 week business idea Proof of Concept programme to enable someone with an idea to evaluate it and produce robust business and implementation plans to achieve business success.
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Business Funding to Encourage Innovation in Technology Learning

The IC tomorrow Digital Innovation Contest – Education is offering business funding for the development of innovative commercial prototypes.
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Boost to 'alternative lending' for SMEs

An additional £70 million of lending is to be made available to SMEs, as the government seeks to increase access to finance.
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The future for innovation in the East Midlands is bright

As the Sustainable Construction iNet (iNet) reaches its milestone fifth year and the end of its current contract with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the University of Northampton, the team reflect on their laudable achievements to da...
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A new documentary series about small and medium sized businesses in the UK wants to hear from you...

DO YOU OWN YOUR OWN COMPANY? DO YOU NEED TO ATTRACT MORE CUSTOMERS? WOULD YOU BENEFIT FROM SOME MARKETING ADVICE?
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Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2013 - Open for Application (UK)

Small and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises throughout the UK are invited to apply for the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2013.
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Leading digital marketing guru brings international experience to East Midlands’ firms

Regional exporters are to see a new leader at the helm of the East Midlands’ International Trade Association (emita) with the appointment of new chairman, Susan Hallam, who has taken over the reigns from long-standing chairman Gerry Blacoe, MBE.
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Start-Up Loans help 2,000 new businesses

The Start-Up Loan scheme has now helped 2,000 young entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground —
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National Business Awards UK - 2013 Round Open

Designed with the aim of being a significant endorsement of corporate achievement, the National Business Awards UK enable businesses and social firms from different industries and sizes to compete on a level playing field.
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Lincolnshire Investment Network

Bringing together businesses, investors and professional services to drive business development and growth across the county.
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Supporting sustainable export

The Sustainable Construction iNet (iNet), the organisation which provides support and funding via the European Regional Development Fund, has been giving advice and access to its network of contacts at the UKTI Green Technology Roadshow, held at the Ra...
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Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards - 2013 Round Now Open

The international Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards celebrate the work of young media artists from around the world by recognising talent in media production.
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CrowdBnk #GreatIdeas Competition - £10,000 for UK Entrepreneurs

The CrowdBnk #GreatIdeas Competition has been established to fund ideas that generate new business concepts.
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Business mentors are ready and waiting to support SMEs

The largest ever recruitment of volunteer business mentors to help support businesses looking to start, grow and create jobs has now hit its target of 15,000.
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East Midlands’ businesses urged to clean up at UKTI Roadshow

Green technology firms across the county are being urged to sign up to meet with over 50 international buyers at a special free roadshow being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport next month.
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OneStart - £100,000 Business Ideas Competition for Biotech Entrepreneurs

OneStart is a new competition designed to inspire, encourage and assist the next generation of European bio-entrepreneurs.
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iNet gives East Midlands businesses £165k boost

Companies across the East Midlands have had the opportunity to benefit from over £165K of innovation support match-funding via the Sustainable Construction iNet (iNet), since October 2011.
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Starting Blocks business support workshops

De Montfort University’s Innovation Centre have partnered with Seed Creativity to deliver a schedule of presentations and workshops designed to help small businesses and growing SME’
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DNCC Welcomes Start-Up Loan Boost

Commenting on measures to bolster the Young Person’s Loan Fund (YPLF)  – including an additional £
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50% Discount On Web Design or E-commerce website

Internet Expert will provide you EMIN members a 50% discount on their web design or e-commerce website.
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Four must-know facts about search engines to help you with SEO

You don’t have to be a web expert to get the hang of basic search engine optimisation and make your site more visible to potential customers, says Lola Bailey, author of The Small Business Guide to Online Marketing.
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Exports remain key to East Midlands’ economy

The East Midlands’ economy is in a positive position because of its exporting links with the world’
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New poll reveals the entrepreneurial ambition of British youth

Large numbers of young people are hoping to set up their own business when they leave education, according to a new poll released by Dell and StartUp Britain.
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The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Institute of Directors are looking for young entrepreneurs to join the Young Directors Forum.

The YDF East Midlands seeks to provide younger entrepreneurs with an ability to share experiences and discuss thoughts with their contemporaries in a relaxed networking environment thereby developing skills to become better directors/leaders in the fut...
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Social, local, mobile: what does SoLoMo mean for your business?

Does your website have a strategy for social, local and mobile (SoLoMo) technologies? The power of SoLoMo lies in the interplay between social media, local business search presence and mobile device usage.
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Export week takes East Midlands’s business global

During the UK’s first ever Export Week Peter Hogarth, Regional Director for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) East Midlands, has welcomed the news that UKTI support can increase business turnover by 5.
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Entrepreneur Start-Up Fund Launched

A new loan fund has been launched which aims to help budding young entrepreneurs across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire start-up their own businesses.
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Winners of the 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards Announced

Nottinghamshire company Lindhurst Innovation Engineers has been crowned the winner of the 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards.
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Online service for small businesses launched

A free online service has been launched to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with information, advice and guidance on exporting overseas.
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Inspiring Enterprise - our commitment to women in enterprise

By the end of 2015, we will inspire and enable 20,000 women to explore and unlock their enterprise potential.
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Nottingham web expert urges firms to rev up for overseas trade

A Nottingham internet expert is urging firms to make the most of search engines to boost international trade –
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Countdown to export week in the East Midlands

East Midlands’ firms are being urged to take up the international trade challenge and explore export opportunities during a special week-long programme of free events from Monday 12 November.
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Millions of micro-businesses are let down by their websites

There are more micro-businesses than ever according to the latest BIS research, but a new survey suggests that many of them are losing business because of their outdated websites.
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Help for new exporters set to take off

Companies which have never sold their goods and services beyond the UK are being urged to get on board with two UKTI initiatives:
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Marketing boost for Derbyshire Artists

Arts Derbyshire provides marketing grants to new and emerging artists to help boost the county’
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New Innovation Voucher Scheme

£8,000 Vouchers available for small companies to take advantage of the University of Leicester’
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SEO Bootcamp:Nottingham and London

Do you want to improve your rankings in the search engines? Learn from one of the best SEO trainers in the business, Susan Hallam of Hallam Internet.
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George Osborne unveils plans to launch new bank to fund small businesses

George Osborne has made his latest bid to prop up the faltering economy by revealing plans to launch a small business bank to make it easier for growing companies to gain access to "multi-billion pounds" of government funding.
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Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship, taking place in 115 
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Tickets on sale for 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards

Tickets have now gone on sale for the 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards ceremony which is regarded as one of the highlights of the food and drink sector calendar in the East Midlands.
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Appeals work - small firms overturn 40% of bank loan rejections

More than 2,000 small businesses that had been turned down by their banks have secured the funding they needed after appealing —
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10% Discount to EMIN Members

We will offer 10% off our already very low prices for web design and the first 3 months of ongoing contract work.
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Food and Drink iNet offers free business support to East Midlands food and drink firms

Food and drink firms across the East Midlands are being urged to take advantage of free business support available from the Food and Drink iNet.
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The Manufacturer of the Year Awards competition

Established over 10 years ago, The Manufacturer of the Year Awards competition is specifically designed to acknowledge and celebrate the strength and diversity of UK manufacturing.
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What are your training needs?

FREE one-day training workshops from MAS – but what topics would you like to see for your staff?
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Back to basics - How will innovation make me money?

There are enormous financial benefits to be had if you get your innovation activities and strategy right.
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£400,000 Competition Launched for Innovations in Energy and Infrastructure

'Design for Future Climate: Climate Resilient Infrastructure' is a new competition set up to fund the development of innovative solutions to increase the resilience of the UK's infrastructure to a changing future climate.
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New Science and Innovation Park in Lincoln Announced

Lincoln is to become home to some of the finest scientific minds and most innovative high-tech businesses in the UK, thanks to ambitious plans announced today (Thursday 2 August 2012).
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Days Left to Enter 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards

The East Midlands’ most forward-thinking food and drink manufacturers and researchers are being urged to get their entries in for the 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards.
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£1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards (August 2012)

Shell LiveWIRE currently have up to 4 x £1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards to give away each month to new businesses in the UK (in their first 12 months of trading).
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Small firms must keep HMRC up-to-date or face hefty fines warns FPB

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is warning entrepreneurs to fully update HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) about any changes to their businesses, no matter how small, following a report that one firm is facing a £
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£300,000 funding pot to help rural businesses grow

A £300,000 fund has been launched to help rural businesses branch out. The Leicestershire County Council-funded grants are aimed at small companies who work in the land-based, food and drink, tourism and creative sectors.
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2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards launched

Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards which recognise and reward the brightest ideas in the East Midlands food and drink sector.
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Catering and Hospitality Expo sets up in Nottingham

A trade show dedicated to the food and drink sector is coming to Nottingham for the first time in September.
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Olympic lessons: what can elite sportspeople teach small businesses?

This summer, we’ll all be watching the world’s best athletes and sports people compete in the London Olympics.
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O2 extends free marketing opportunity to independent retailers

O2 has opened up its Priority Moments service to independent retail and small business customers on the UK's high streets.
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EMtel Infinity has Arrived

EMtel Infinity is a new Fibre to the Cabinet broadband service which runs over fibre optic cables rather than copper.
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The power of kindness and testimonials

More than 90% of consumers listen to their friends and the people they trust when they are making a purchase decision.
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Most UK businesses are ignoring ‘cookie’ laws

EU laws requiring websites to obtain ‘informed consent’ from users before employing cookies to store information from a computer or mobile device came into force on 26 May.
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StartUp Britain offers helping hand for hundreds of start-ups on the high street

StartUp Britain has announced a scheme which will throw open empty high street shops to hundreds of start-ups desperate for an outlet, in a move to boost enterprise and retail growth.
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Call for Submissions: The Nottingham Castle Annual Open 2012

The Nottingham Annual Open remains the familiar and much-loved Annual Open event that has been a regular feature of the Castle's programme since 1878.
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GrowthAccelerator Programme

GrowthAccelerator is a service provided by the country’s leading business growth specialists, known for delivering uniquely tailored advice to high-flying businesses –
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Marketing 4 StartUp Britain 2012

Following the success of last year's first ever event, StartUp Britain and the Marketing Agencies Association invite you to join them again for Marketing 4 StartUp Britain 2012, 16th to 20th July.
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The Food and Drink Forum stages its AGM and networking event

More than 120 guests attended the flagship event of business support organisation The Food and Drink Forum.
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One million sole traders could benefit from incorporating

SMEs could be wasting £4.2 billion by not considering a change of business structure, according to new research.
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Invitation to Tender for De Montfort University

In 2011, De Montfort University was part of a successful bid for a 3 year ERDF (amongst others) funded project to support graduate enterprise and entrepreneurship across the East Midlands.
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Business owners reluctant to call themselves entrepreneurs

At a time when enterprise and entrepreneurs are being touted as the key to revitalising the economy, new research reveals that many people that run their own business are actually reluctant to call themselves entrepreneurs.
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Speakers announced for Food and Drink Forum AGM and networking event

More than 150 guests are expected at the annual general meeting and networking supper of one of the largest food and drink business support organisations in the East Midlands.
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StartUp loans scheme needs support of mentors to succeed

Government's startup fund alone isn't enough to help young entrepreneurs, they also need mentors. The 
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HP Smart Business Awards

Launched as a new programme for 2012, the annual awards will celebrate the best achievements of the UK's small and medium sized businesses.
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Food and Drink iNet event to help stop waste being a drain on business

East Midlands food and drink companies are being invited to discover ways of transforming waste into energy.
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How to use social media to win new business: The dos and don'ts

Don't know your Twitter from your Tumblr, or your Facebook from your Flickr? Then a huge well of potential new customers for your business is lying untapped right now.
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EDF Group Launches €60 Million Investment Fund for UK Energy SMEs

The Electranova Capital Fund is a new venture capital scheme designed to support businesses operating in the energy sector.
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HSBC's Global Connections Competition - Deadline Reminder

The Global Connections Competition is administered by HSBC Bank. HSBC believes that having better business connections helps companies to succeed.
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Winners of DMU's 2012 business awards announced

The winners of an annual competition that helps some of Leicester’s most talented young people turn their business ideas into reality have been announced.
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East Midlands companies offered free advice on winning contracts

East Midlands businesses are being invited to learn the secret of success when it comes to bidding for public sector contracts.
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Search begins for Midlands’ best family businesses 2012

The race is on to find the Midlands best family businesses and their leaders as nominations open for the 2012 Midlands Family Business Awards.
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Is your Business based in Derby City, Chesterfield or Corby?

If yes,  you may be eligible to attend a range of Online Marketing workshops,  free of charge!
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The Food and Drink Forum announces date for flagship event

One of the largest food and drink business support membership organisations in the East Midlands has announced the date for its flagship event of the year.
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£500,000 for Innovation for Growth in Agriculture, Food and Drink

Innovation for Growth in Agriculture, Food and Drink is a new competition for feasibility funding delivered by The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Defra.
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Hive duo chosen for UK top 100 entrepreneurs group

Two companies supported by The Hive at Nottingham Trent University have been chosen to be part of a unique enterprise community of 100, high-potential start-ups and aspirant entrepreneurs.
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Nectar awards offer innovative small firms £2k prize

Innovative and sustainable small firms have until the end of May to compete for six £2,000 prizes in the Nectar Business Small Business Awards.
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HMRC tax seminars available around the clock

Small firms and the self-employed can watch HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) online tax presentations and webinars around the clock, following an expansion of the free service.
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New businesses and entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to be mentored by some of the region’s finest professionals!

Want to set up your own business but not sure how to go about it? Enter the Nottinghamshire Business Idea competition, and not only win a prize of office space for a year and a comprehensive package of support and resources worth £
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Inspirational female entrepreneurs called on to enter awards

Inspirational female entrepreneurs who have battled against the odds are being called on to enter the 2012 NatWest everywoman awards before 20 July.
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Grants for Small Businesses Employing Their First Apprentice – Now Available!

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) is offering up to 40,000 Apprenticeship Grants to small and medium sized businesses (employing less than 250 employees), to the value of £
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UK European Satellite Navigation Competition

The UK leg of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has launched a competition which is open to anybody with an idea which utilises satellite navigation technology, be it for position, time, navigation or any other application, including...
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Grants available to innovative East Midlands food and drink manufacturers

Food and drink businesses in the East Midlands with bright ideas for innovation are being urged to come forward to apply for a share of a £
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Can you wait until next month before taking on new staff?

The length of service that an employee needs in order to be able to bring a claim for unfair dismissal is increasing from one year to two years.
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Supplier Marketing Opportunity – NCC Registry Offices

To improve and create that extra special environment for our customers registering births, deaths, marriages, and civil partnerships, Nottinghamshire County Council are looking for local businesses to participate in a fantastic business opportunity whe...
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ArtGrad.net – an equity offer for a Techno-Whizz and Social Media Guru

If you want to earn yourself a share in a creative e-business that has designs on changing the way art is bought and sold …
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Can your business help with dissertation research?

Marian Evans is a mature student researching for her final year MBA dissertation at De Montfort University, Leicester.
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Call for Artwork

NESTA want to transform their busy networking and events space into an area that inspires their staff and visitors, whilst giving budding artists from across the country the opportunity to showcase their creativity to a large and diverse audience.
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EMIN Invitation to Tender

EMIN now have a new live tender opportunity for the Project Management of a new project called Partnerships in Knowledge Transfer.
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Virgin urges small firms to Screw Business As Usual

Business owners with ideas on how to “make business a force for good” have been called on to enter Virgin Unite’
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'Web Fuelled Business' - FREE 1 Day Bootcamps to Get Your Business Online

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is teaming up with School for Startups founder and founding Dragons’
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Creatives working Commercially

Wanting to work in the Creative industries? Need to improve your portfolio and gain commercial experience?
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Bright new prospects for our regions graduate population as new initative helps them to startup in business

New funding has just been secured to help final year University students and graduates across the East Midlands to develop their entrepreneurial skills and launch their own business thanks to a £
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HMRC begins online advice seminars

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has begun a series of online presentations or webinars giving help on tax to businesses and the self employed.
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Former Dragon launches free web-training workshops for online traders

Former Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Doug Richard has launched a series of free business training bootcamps aimed at small firms that want to expand online.
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£1 billion growth fund open for business

The funding is part of the Regional Growth Fund and takes the total to £2.4 billion. It will be available to businesses and public / private partnerships with ambitions to create new jobs and make a significant impact on their local economy...
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New HMRC video urges employers to dump the dummies

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has launched a new online video to help employers reduce the problems caused by inaccurate employee data.
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Caan backs major new search to support green entrepreneurs

A major opportunity for three of the UK's most innovative environmental entrepreneurs to get first class support and access to millions of pounds was launched this week –
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Free Consultancy from De Montfort University

The Leicester Business School In-Company project scheme is in its 7th year and there are now 5 programmes involved in the scheme;
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Workshops aim to boost business

Leicestershire businesses are being invited to meet regulators, to discuss how they can work together to boost the economy.
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There's a business in everyone

Government and private enterprise are working together to support new business startups and growth. What's the business in you?
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Getting paid on time

Government and business press for prompt payment. The Government and industry is calling on businesses and public organisations to pay suppliers on time and for small firms to pursue those who put them at risk by delaying.
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Prime Minister: We’ll make apprenticeships a gold standard option for ambitious young people

New round of Government funding to support thousands of apprenticeships up to degree equivalent. - £
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Firms embrace the cloud, but are they leaving IT support to chance?

A recent IT Donut survey suggests that although 2012 could be the year smaller firms show real enthusiasm for cloud computing and mobile working, many businesses are neglecting an altogether more essential part of their business IT.
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Business-to-business exhibitions - why face-to-face networking is vital for SMEs

Why are business exhibitions still a good idea? Exhibitions may seem like an unnecessary activity now that interaction with clients and business contacts are managed through social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Challenge to find the best new British innovations launched

Business Minister Mark Prisk has today launched a nationwide competition to find the most innovative pre-market products, processes and concepts the UK has to offer.
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Results from SpeedFunding™ in Leicester – 24th January

Angels Den held another great event last week at Hotel Maiyango in Leicester. The event saw a total of four businesses pitch to eight angels, one lucky business had 6 interested angels!
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IoD and UKTI experts team up to boost local exports

Two of the country's top business organisations and local companies join forces in an international trade panel event to be held in Derby on Tuesday 7 February, in a bid to boost exports.
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The Armourers and Brasiers’ Materials Science Venture Prize

The Armourers and Brasiers’ Company is, through the Gauntlet Trust, one of the leading supporters of materials science education and research at schools and universities in the UK, providing funding for grants, prizes, teaching support, industria...
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How can I get the best out of staff and tackle under-performance?

Induct new staff When you take on new staff it is important that you plan for their induction so that they receive any training necessary to help them do a good job.
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East Midlands to Lead the Way in Sports Medicine

A unique £10 million centre for sport and exercise medicine is to be set up in the East Midlands as part of Olympic-year government plans to promote health and fitness, announced today by the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.
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Business 2012 Exhibition

So why attend Business 2012… well you may be the only person in a business of your size that doesn’
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Invitation to Tender

EMIN now have a new live tender opportunity for the development of a new website and CMS for our Enterprise Inc 2 project.
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£1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards

Shell LiveWIRE currently have up to 4 x £1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards to give away each month to new businesses in the UK (in their first 12 months of trading).
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NBV Offers Discounted Places On Business Start Up Workshops In January

Not for profit business support organisation NBV have confirmed that they will be offering discounted workshops in the Nottingham area to help those considering starting a business obtain all of the information that they need.
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Law Donut top five resources for start-ups

We’re always being told that people who start their own businesses (aka entrepreneurs) are risk-takers –
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Search is on for most innovative mobile products and services

Innovative start-ups and small firms producing products and services related to the mobile phone industry are being called on to enter a new competition, backed by UK Trade &
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New Incubation Centre Opens for Business

A brand new business incubation centre supporting start-up enterprises has been completed at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln.
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One size does not fit all - unlocking the growth potential of female entrepreneurship

Today, female-led businesses represent around 15 per cent of the UK’s total business base, with more than 700,000 currently contributing approximately £
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Enterprising students mark Global Entrepreneurship Week

Students at Loughborough University took part in a week-long programme of events to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).
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Engineering prize to be worth £1m

A £1m prize - named after the Queen - is to be awarded for exceptional advances in engineering.
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New Intellectual Property Court Process will Boost UK Business

The Government has confirmed that a new small claims service will be introduced at the Patent County Court (PCC), helping small and medium sized businesses protect their copyright, patents, trade marks and designs.
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Winners announced in the Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards 2011

A pioneering method to detect fake whisky through the bottle using space technology has been crowned the Food and Drink iNet Innovation Champion 2011.
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Scott Bader Innovation Centre Officially Opened During Global Entrepreneurship Week

Scott Bader Innovation Centre in Northamptonshire was officially launched last week as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations, with the first occupier set to move in next month.
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ID Centre helps small businesses with the re-launch of its associate membership scheme

Following a recent report, which suggests that office take-up across the city is slowly on the increase, Derby business incubation facility, the ID Centre is doing its bit to support small businesses with the re-launch of its associate membership packa...
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Last chance for East Midlands businesses to secure a place on Mission to Mexico

East Midlands businesses will be able to discover the opportunities available to them in Mexico first hand, on a market visit to the country organised by UK Trade &
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More consumers reading marketing emails

Consumers are showing more interest in the email marketing they receive because businesses have improved their targeting techniques, research by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has highlighted.
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Jam entrepreneur spreads the word at DMU Enterprise Fair

The man behind the SuperJam brand will deliver a keynote speech at De Montfort University (DMU) next week in a bid to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs.
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eBiz byte seminars - Book your free place today!

The eBusiness Club would like to invite you to take advantage of the free eBiz byte seminars running in November designed to help you with all stages of your e-business development.
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Get 20% off Instantsite or Email packages through 123-reg.co.uk

We are pleased to announce that we are able to offer our members with a special discount code for Instantsite packages on 123-reg.
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Win a year’s mentoring with Dragon Deborah Meaden

Small-business owners with ambitious development plans can win a year’s free mentoring with Dragons’
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Reduction in Unfair Dismissal Qualifying Period

The Government has announced that the qualifying period for an employee to be able to bring a claim of unfair dismissal is to be extended from one year to two years' service.
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Student entrepreneurs to launch new app at GameCity 6

Four Nottingham Trent University students who have set up their own games development company during their placement year are to reveal their first smartphone application (app) at this year's GameCity festival.
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Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011 - Final 8 Revealed

The following eight businesses have made it through to the Final of the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011 in London on 9th November.
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Checklist of October regulation changes published

Small businesses can check how to comply with regulation changes introduced on 1 October, following the publication of online guidance by Business Link.
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Are you based in Oadby, Wigston or South Wigston?

If so, you should ensure that your voice is heard in a new business survey launched this week.Oadby and Wigston Borough Council are seeking the views of their local community about plans for new business space in the area and want to know what type of ...
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Front Up Rugby scores at the Rugby World Cup & secures funding

Front Up Rugby is entering Rugby World Cup fever at a storming pace after they secured funding for their next stage of growth through Angels Den.
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EU exchange open to East Midlands' entrepreneurs

New entrepreneurs in the East Midlands are being offered the chance to learn from their more experienced counterparts in Europe as part of an exchange programme supported by The Hive at Nottingham Trent University.
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Rent-a-Desk for £75 / Month

If you need a low cost desk to work from then why not consider sharing our office space, we provide a desk, a PC with Internet connection, a shared meeting room with projector, and an incoming phone number on a pay-as-you-go basis for just £
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Entrepreneurs take their fledgling firms to market

Graduates have been given the chance to showcase designs and products at a market.Former students from fashion, design and art courses at De Montfort University were selling their work at Market Corner yesterday.
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Special Startup Offer - Complete Business Website (with a blog) for just £570

Get your starup business online for just £570 with buswebs.co.uk. Our special offer startup package gives you a complete website, complete with a blog and Twitter feed (if you want one).
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Who Moved Your Cheese

All businesses will undergo change at some point. How we manage the change process is crucial for success.
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HMRC extends crackdown on poor record-keepers

Small firms should check their books are in order – that’s the warning from HM Revenue &
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Environmentally-friendly firms to be recognised

Environmentally-friendly small firms have only two weeks to boost their green credentials before the Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) awards close for entries.
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Last few days to enter Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards 2011

Firms, researchers and individuals in the East Midlands have just a few days left to enter this year’
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Transport iNet offers its support to Derbyshire companies

The Transport iNet is reminding companies in Derbyshire that it is available to provide advice, supply chain opportunities, and routes to funding through to 2013.
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New mentoring scheme for British businesses

Businesses will now have access to more knowledge and support as a new mentoring scheme launches, and through a brand new web portal, www.
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Technology Show Highlights Opportunities for Business

De Montfort University (DMU) will be opening its doors to business next week to showcase its cutting-edge research.
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Compete To Win event programme - Finding and winning business through CompeteFor

A series of FREE events throughout the East Midlands to help you and your business. Next July, the UK will host the world's biggest sporting event, London 2012.
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Family-friendly laws: blessing or burden?

New parents are now able to share maternity and paternity leave between them - the latest in a raft of “
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An entrepreneur's guide to alternative finance

With many small businesses facing problems securing commercial bank lending, alternative ways of gaining access to finance are being explored.
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Food Industry Challenges Event

Aimed specfically at food manufacturers and the engineering sector this event will focus on the Food and Drink iNet's ChIEFS (Championing Innovation between the Engineering and Food Sectors) project.
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Boost your Business

Want to receive a boost for your business?Corby Enterprise Centre are running a series of free workshops designed specifically to assist businesses with some of the main issues they maybe currently facing.
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13 New Enterprise Zones Revealed

More enterprise zones have been announced by the government across England. Ministers hope that the new enterprise zones will create up to 30,000 jobs by 2015.
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HMRC announces online-only tax plans for SMEs

HMRC has announced plans to move the business tax system fully online.The web-only VAT and tax system could come into effect by April 2013, HMRC says, saving the taxman £
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All aboard as Startup Britain launches nationwide bus tour

StartUp Britain, the major enterprise initiative launched in May this year, will begin a bus tour of some of the UK’
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Support For East Midlands Businesses Affected By Riots

RBS and NatWest will provide interest free loans of up to £25k to small business customers directly impacted by the riots across the East Midlands for up to 6 months.
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Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards speaker announced

Food critic Jay Rayner has been unveiled as the speaker for this year’s Food and Drink iNet (Innovation Network) Innovation Awards.
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The Future of Games

The video games industry is changing rapidly. Established studios are going to the wall and new players, focusing on social and mobile, are getting in on the action.
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Forthcoming Agency Workers Regulations

From 1 October 2011, some agency workers acquire new rights and entitlements.  If you ever use agency temps you need to be aware of 
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Social Media In and Out of the Workplace

Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites are very popular with a whole range of people including, no doubt, many of your employees.
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Business Model Canvas Workshop

EMIN Members save 15% off the ticket price!    The Business Model Canvas has revolutionised the way entrepreneurs develop their entrepreneurial idea:
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Discounts on branding for your company with 19 Grams

19 Grams are offering discouted branding work to help your business flourish. Being recent EMIN Enteprise Inc.
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Phoenix Square Business Lounge - Special Offer

The members-only Phoenix Square Business Lounge offers 24/7 access, free wifi, desk space, soft seating, lockers, and tea and coffee making facilities.
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Save more than 5% on your print & promotional budget PLUS 500 FREE business cards for every EMIN member

Evolution Print & Design Ltd   Save more than 5% on your print & promotional budget PLUS 500 FREE business cards for every EMIN member Evolution Print &
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Prince of Wales announces fund for women entrepreneurs in the countryside

The Prince of Wales today announced nearly £200,000 of new grants to help boost British farmers and rural communities.
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Banks say they are lending to small firms

Small businesses are not bothering to apply for new finance because they assume they'll be turned down.
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Top tax tips for small business owners

Russell Cockburn, author of Small Business Tax Planning has provided eight useful tips for small business owners, covering everything from how to pay yourself and your employees, to the expenses you can legitimately claim.
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East Midlands' Most Innovative Businesses and Enterprising Individuals Receive Recognition from the Queen

The East Midlands’ most enterprising individuals and businesses will attend an evening reception at Buckingham Palace after they were announced as this year’
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Shell competition for latest carbon-cutting technologies opens for seventh year

The Shell Springboard Awards are now open for the seventh round of applications.£320,000 will be awarded to UK based small businesses who have an innovative product or service that will help address climate change, normally in awards of £
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NBV Virtual Office

A virtual office can be one of the most cost effective solutions to presenting a professional image for your business, without the headache of property ownership or lease agreements.
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Enterprising students win Loughborough University business plan awards

Young entrepreneurs from Loughborough University have been honoured for their exciting and innovative plans to build new businesses.
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Guests help The Hive celebrate 10 years

The Hive recently welcomed special guests and entrepreneurs past and present to an event to celebrate their ten year anniversary.
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Calling for Companies Seeking Investment

Connect Midlands has now started the selection process for this years’ Connect Midlands Investment Conference (CMIC).
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Half of sole traders could be missing out on tax savings

More than half of sole traders could be missing out on tax savings by not turning to professional accountants for help with their bookkeeping.
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Lets keep business happening in the summer – 50% off meeting space hire

For the period of July and August Corby Enterprise Centre are proud to offer 50% off their meeting room space for all EMIN members to try and keep business happening during the summer months.
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The University of Northampton wins top Social Entrepreneurship Award

The University of Northampton has won a prestigious award for its achievements in social enterprise at the UK’
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Apprentice candidates' catalogue of business failures

Creditsafe’s analysis of the directorship history of the candidates featured on the BBC’s hit show The Apprentice reveals their vaunted boasts of business acumen may not stand up to scrutiny.
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Reaching More Customers Through Social Media

Have you noticed how some people are using Blogging, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook to reach a whole new range of new customers for their business?
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Engaging the nation with science and engineering

Speaking at the 10th Cheltenham Science Festival, Science Minister David Willetts announced £790,000 to promote national events to engage the public with science and engineering.
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Digital Research & Development Fund for Arts and Culture

The Digital Research & Development Fund for Arts and Culture is looking to support arts and cultural organisations across England who want to work with digital technologies to:
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Look Out Mungo’s About

Thom Corah is an Enterprise Inc beneficiary who has an exciting start up company based in Leicester called Mungo Technology.
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Role models sought for UK Women’s Entrepreneurship Ambassadors

The UKFEA is a brand new ambassadors programme to inspire more women across the UK to get involved in enterprise.
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New funding available for social enterprises

Up to £1000 in grant funding is now available to help leaders of social enterprises pay for training to grow their organisations.
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Business Brain Training Set for Summer Launch

Derby based business men Richard Shakespeare and Mike Howsley today announced the launch of Business Brain Training.
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Get Active Together! - The challenge for you and your business to get active in 2011

The Active Together Workplace Challenge is aimed at organisations in Leicestershire, promotes a more active lifestyle and offers innovative methods to stay active.
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After 2,000 Job Applications, Richard Shakespeare Launches his Second Business in the Past Six Months

In 2010, Richard Shakespeare applied for almost 2,000 jobs in his quest to find employment following redundancy before deciding to set up his own business.
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Do you have a website to be proud of?

As part of the relaunch of the new and improved Getting British Business Online website, they are launching the Best of British Competition which recognises excellence in the websites of small businesses.
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EMIN workshop helps young entrepreneurs

Sileby-based communications agency The Phoenix Partners recently ran a workshop at De Montfort University for young entrepreneurs in association with Enterprise Inc, on the subject of 'Working With and Understanding the Media'.
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TSB Grant for Research and Development

A new Technology Strategy Board scheme is offering funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&
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New phase of support for the East Midlands food and drink sector

The Food and Drink iNet has just launched a new phase of support to help ensure the East Midlands food and drink sector is at the forefront of innovation and increasing profitability.
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Risky Business: One-In-Six Firms Conduct No Checks Before Trading

Half (47%)* of UK businesses have lost money after trading with another company without completing adequate due diligence or insisting on a signed contract Less than a third (31%) of companies run credit checks before trading New research commi...
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Funding available for leaders of social enterprises

Stephen Smith, CEO of EMB Ltd, the leading enterprise and economic development company that delivers a range of business improvement services, has welcomed Skills Minister John Hayes's recent announcement about the new package of support being made ava...
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Would you like to be featured on Inafishbowl?

The search is on...The application process is now open! Applications are being taken from businesses who wish to be featured in the East Midlands bowl.
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Enterprise centre hits 100 per cent capacity

A new business hub built to support Lincoln's up-and-coming enterprises has reached 100 per cent occupancy just over a year after opening.
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Marketest offer £1000 Research in Business Competition!

Marketest have launched the Business Start-up Competition, allowing start-ups, entrepreneurs and young businesses to add value to their business plan through expert market research worth £
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Companies warned to be on their guard against web theft

A Midlands based Internet marketing company is warning firms to be on their guard after having their website copied by a competitor.
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Molecular Profiles is only Notts-Derbys firm to win Government RGF money

A Nottingham firm has been given a major boost today after Business Secretary Vince Cable confirmed it had been provisionally successful in a bid for some £
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Further funding release boosts £111m invested in East Midlands through European Regional Development Fund to date

Since East Midlands Development Agency (emda) launched the East Midlands 2007-13 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Competitiveness Programme in March 2008, more than £
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Want To Achieve Goals You Have Set in 2011?

Do You... Want to take your business to the next level? Want to bring more focus into your business or your life in general?
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Food festival is ‘coming home’

The East Midlands Food and Drink Festival is returning to its Melton roots this year, attracting thousands of visitors to the town as well as boosting footfall in the town centre.
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Pera set on continuing Coaching for High Growth

Pera, the Melton Mowbray-based business support organisation, has told Insider it will continue to run the Coaching for High Growth programme with the support of the East Midlands Development Agency (Emda), despite the agency’
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GINEM reveals post-Emda strategy

The Growth Investment Network East Midlands (GINEM) is looking at “a combination of routes”
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Save money and go green: free training for your business

Businesses throughout Lincolnshire are being offered two days of training free in a bid to help boost their green credentials - and save money.
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Minister visits East Mids' EU funded projects

Communities minister baroness Hanham CBE has visited two sites in Leicester and Corby to see how the region is benefiting from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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Fishbowl hosts live clinic

Key small business decision-makers from around the East Midlands gave their views on the challenges facing small firms at the Inafishbowl Business Clinic Live.
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New 'Solutions for Business' portfolio refocused on growth

The Government is launching a new portfolio of products today to help businesses and support growth in the economy.
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First four new generation Enterprise Zone locations identified

Four vanguard areas - Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester and London – have named the sites of their new Enterprise Zones.
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New Grant for Research and Development scheme launches

A new Grant for Research and Development (GRD) scheme is being introduced to offer funding to small companies, enabling them to research and develop new products, processes and services.
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Northampton graduate puts canines on canvas

Dog-loving graduate Minnie Teckman is putting canines on canvas – thanks to entrepreneurial support from The University of Northampton’
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Would you like some FREE consultancy?

Leicester Business School’s In-Company project scheme now in its 6th year and has three programmes involved:
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Free innovation advice for East Midlands food and drink firms at Food and Drink iNet sessions

Food and drink sector businesses are being invited to a free event to discover more about the support for innovation that's available in the East Midlands.
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Awards honour East Midlands Women of Worth

An Ilkeston print solutions specialist, a Nottingham lingerie retailer and a Smalley based inventor of an ergonomic chair were the winners in this year's East Midlands Women of Worth awards.
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First 'Creative Garden' Event A Blooming Success

The first in a series of 'Creative Garden' events to help new businesses bloom attracted hundreds of visitors from around the East Midlands.
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UK parents and children set to get help with homework through University student

Student Abigail Ehoff is already making her mark on the business world – thanks to an enterprising idea which is set to help frustrated parents and children complete homework across the UK.
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Media Image is Key to Success for Region's Young Entrepreneurs

Projecting the right media image is a skill that every young entrepreneur needs to have if their business is to succeed, maintains experiential marketing agency The Phoenix Partners.
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IC tomorrow Digital Innovation Contest

A £200K consumer trials scheme for UK based digital entrepreneurs.Digital entrepreneurs are invited to join a new £
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Help KITE understand regulation from your perspective

Researchers from Newcastle University (together with Prof. Monder Ram OBE of Leicester Business School) are seeking to interview managing directors of small firms (approx.
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Corby Enterprise Centre - Open Day

Corby Enterprise Centre - Open DayWednesday 23rd March 2011, 1pm–4pmCorby Enterprise Centre, London Road, Priors Hall, Corby, NN17 5EU Corby Enterprise Centre (CEC) 
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University of Derby Incubation Facilities – Spaces Now Available!

The iD Centre, which is based at Lathkill House on the RTC Business Park, London Road, Derby, was launched in June 2003 to provide new start-up businesses in the rail, engineering, aerospace and technology industries with subsidised office space and hi...
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Discounts available for FORMAT11 Events for Derby based creatives

Up to £50 discount off workshops / courses and events for Derby based photographers / businesses.
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Creative graduate business aims to bloom through the recession

A Loughborough University textiles graduate has just launched her decorative glass company this month, after more than two years of riding the recession.
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IP Management Roadshow

 Do you want to…- add value to your business?- receive free, bespoke IP advice for your business?
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Leicestershire businesses urged to get Active Together!

Heralded the launch of the Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, Active Together Workplace Challenge (ATWPC) with a high energy, office based work-out led by Rosemary Conley, CBE.
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emda seeks aspiring high growth businesses

East Midlands Development Agency (emda) is looking for 35 businesses with high growth potential to take part in its final Coaching for High Growth programme.
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First subscribers offer for the new Local Impact Measurement Tool

Securing public funding is getting more difficult. Local Authorities have to get more bang for their buck!
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Dragons Den Competition - Charnwood Borough Council

The winner of Charnwood’s Dragons’ Den 2011 will get the keys to an office at the Ark Business Centre, Gordon Road, Loughborough.
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Changes to the Shell LiveWIRE Awards in 2011

Exciting things are happening at Shell LiveWIRE in 2011, beginning with important changes to our Awards.
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Angels Arrive in the East Midlands

Calling all entrepreneurs in the East Midlands looking for investment!For many entrepreneurs and small businesses, raising finance can be a slow and painful process.
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NESTA - The Games Consortium

NESTA is piloting an initiative that will help developers to publish their games direct to market. 'The Games Consortium' is looking for developers to come together to form a publisher.
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£8m and over 240 businesses later - The Hive celebrates ten years of entrepreneurship

Following the creation of over 240 new businesses and their subsequent generation of more than £
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Free Transformational ICT planning workshop

Book your free Transformational ICT planning workshop place today.Transformational ICT is part of the Solutions for Business portfolio of business support.
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Free Email Marketing Software, save £250!

Keeping in touch is the key to growing your business and email marketing is an easy, cost effective way to do just that.
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Cashback on any Software

Simply review your existing software and we will reward cashback on your next software (any) purchase !
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Do you need some help with research?

The University of Nottingham has a number of free or low cost ways to support social enterprises with research-related issues.
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UnLtd announces latest group of winners

Twenty of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming social entrepreneurs gathered together to share their plans for changing the world for the better, with the help of £
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Corby Enterprise Centre - Part time Receptionist / administrator

Corby Enterprise Centre requires enthusiastic Receptionist / office administrator to assist in the running of this flagship development within Corby.
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Prime Minister David Cameron Announces £4 Million Capacity Fund For Local Enterprise Partnership Programme

The Prime Minister David Cameron has announced £4 Million in additional funding for the new public private Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
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Deadline extended for competition to win an Ipad, Iphone and Business Software

Budding entrepreneurs interested in turning their business ideas into a reality have an extra month to enter a competition to find the most enterprising young person in the East Midlands.
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Need Help Innovating?

16 hours of FREE expert support is currently available to established businesses seeking to develop new products or processes, or to generate additional income from their existing Intellectual Property (IP).
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Corby Enterprise Centre welcomes new tenants

Another two companies have moved into the Corby Enterprise Centre, taking the total number of businesses to eight that have been signed by the town’
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Do You Want Your Staff to Be More Effective?

In these times of change it is important that your staff are able to diversify and develop their skills in order to be more effective in their daily tasks.
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Forget Dragons, It’s All About Angels!

Angels Den Launches here in the East Midlands this January. Angels Den exists to help entrepreneurs and SME owners get the investment they need to take their businesses into high growth.
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The Next Big Thing - Win an Ipad, Iphone and Business Software

It’s time to get your entrepreneurial thinking caps on because Unleashing Enterprise are 
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Small and micro companies invited to apply for funding for feasibility studies

The Technology Strategy Board proposes to stimulate innovation across its core technology areas to help ensure that small and micro businesses in the UK are well-equipped to respond to society’
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Head and Griffiths Logo Competition 2010

Company BackgroundHead & Griffiths specialise in made-to-measure tailoring utilising talented British designers to create collections using only the highest quality cloths and finishing, to give each client the perfect tailored garment.
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Start-up Support

The IoD has joined forces with a number of partners to deliver a package of support to kick-start an entrepreneurial revolution including;
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Women in Enterprise

Our ambition in the East Midlands is to unleash the economic potential of women to achieve sustainable economic development, through increasing the number of women starting and growing enterprises, to match the level of men.
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The Entrepreneurial Pig

The Shell Live Wire Viral Video Competition kicked off this week, with entrants frantically trying to get as many people as possible to view their 2minute videos explaining why it is great to be an entrepreneur.
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Public holiday to mark royal wedding

The day of the Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton will be a public holiday, Prime Minister David Cameron announced.
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Partnerships with Creative Agencies

Ultimateweb Ltd are looking for East Midlands-based creative agencies for partnerships on web development projects such as ecommerce and CMS sites.
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BIG builds on Reaching Communities

The BIG Lottery Fund is investing an additional £75 million specifically for rural and urban community-use buildings through its flagship programme, Reaching Communities.
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UK Social Enterprise Awards

Nationwide competition open until 18 January 2011Ceremony to be held at the Indigo O2 venueOrganisations and individuals can now enter the Social Enterprise Awards, the nationwide competition that celebrates the work and achievements of the UK’
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UnLtd 4iP Awards

Are you up for the UnLtd 4iP challenge?Do you have an innovative idea that will motivate others to improve their health and lifestyle?
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Young social entrepreneurs crowned Future 100 winners

One hundred of the most innovative young social entrepreneurs have been crowned winners of the Striding Out Future 100.
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Council handed the keys to Corby Enterprise Centre

The construction of Corby Enterprise Centre (CEC), the town’s new £8.3m hub for local businesses and entrepreneurs, is complete.
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Maximise your business potential on-line + EMIN Members Get £250 Voucher

Thursday 9th December 2010 9.15 - 16.00Mountfields House Conference Centre Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3GEIs your business ready to improve its online marketing?
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Win a FREE team building taster workshop!

Inspirative Arts is an organisation set up to deliver Creative Expressive Workshops for all ages and abilities in a safe and friendly environment.
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Goal Mapping Event

Develop Your Natural Ability To Achieve Your Goals!  Goal Mapping - the simple system for achieving 
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Business Web Sites £250 fixed price Offer

We are presently offering SME business web sites for only £250 fixed price all in, either from scratch or enhance what you have.
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Microsoft Dynamics NAV – Buy Three Users of this Powerful ERP software for a Pound!

Loughborough-based business software specialist Concentrix Ltd, in association with Microsoft, is offering three user licenses of the powerful business management and ERP software suite Microsoft Dynamics NAV, for just £
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Rolling Star Email and SMS Marketing

Email marketing is the most effective marketing channel there is and should be an integral part of your marketing mix.
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Northampton Business student launches Latvian newspaper for the UK

A student from The University of Northampton’s Business School has launched a newspaper for Latvians living in the UK.
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Celebrating Social Enterprise Day

EMB Ltd is helping to celebrate national Social Enterprise Day on Thursday 18 November 2010 by taking part in the 'It's time to meet your local social enterprise' campaign.
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Shortlist unveiled for the Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards 2010

Organisers of the Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards 2010 have revealed the short-listed East Midlands firms and research teams that are in the running to receive an accolade.
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Banks Mill Open Studios event this Autumn - meet the artists and view, purchase or even commission their work!

Banks Mill Studios on Bridge Street in Derby is once again opening its doors at the end of November and you’
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DMU Graduate Puts His Stamp On Royal Mail

The Royal Mail in Rugby is benefiting from a graduate employment scheme which is giving businesses access to talented graduates and expertise from De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester.
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Shell LiveWIRE Goes Viral!

Calling all filmmakers aged 16-30 – Shell LiveWIRE needs you!On 15th November, they are launching the Shell LiveWIRE Viral Video Competition as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010.
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Countdown To 2010 Global Entrepreneurship Week Begins

2010’s Global Entrepreneurship Week is just a fortnight away and already over 20 events are planned across the East Midlands.
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Special offer for EMIN members

Please visit our fully functional website   www.mitchelldistribution.co.uk  WE ARE OFFERING REDUCED TARIFFS ON ALL PALLET AND PARCEL RATES TO ALL EMIM MEMBERS FOR ALL UK AND INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS.
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FSB response to the Chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review

FSB response to the Chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review Following the Chancellor's statement on the Comprehensive Spending Review today (20 October), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) urged the Coalition Government to now put in plac...
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New cash awards announced in UnLtd five-year strategy

The UK foundation for social entrepreneurs, UnLtd, has launched a new strategy which will see it focus on creating more community-based entrepreneurs as part of the Big Society agenda.
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New web content marketing service

To support the launch of our new web content marketing service, we would like to offer a free account to the first 20 EMIN members who get in touch with me (dave@applied-it-savings.
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Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ innovation competition

The global automotive industry continues to grow at a staggering rate and never before has it been more important to encourage industry innovation to drive forward and deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century and beyond.
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Tickets go on sale for the Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards 2010

Tickets have now gone on sale for the Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards 2010 ceremony and gala dinner, co-hosted by journalist John Sergeant and weather presenter Des Coleman.
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Carbon Trust Entrepreneurs Fast Track

ANGLE Technology is a delivery partner for the Carbon Trust Entrepreneurs Fast Track – helping to ‘
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Free business model seminars across Midlands

EMIN members are invited to a series of seminars and workshops being run by Unconsultancy across Leicester, Birmingham and Nottingham.
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Creating Focus lunchtime conversations

Two for the price of one! Places are £25, bring a friend for free! Come to a world cafe style constructive and lively discussion on the questions:
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FREE Business Growth Consultations

Alchemy 7 Growth Partners are offering a free 1 hour business growth consultation to EMIN members. The consultations provide a review of current sales and marketing activity, and highlight additional growth opportunities with the emphasis being on low ...
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How to Start a Training Business

Sahara Consultancy has been trading successfully as a training company for over 20 years & we have packaged all that knowledge &
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European funding reaches out to boost local business support…

Business Link, the free business advisory service, has launched an initiative, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to increase locally available business support by providing additional community-based business advisers across...
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EMIN now has a networking group on LinkedIn!

We are pleased to announce that we have now created a new networking group on LinkedIn for EMIN members and other small businesses in the East Midlands.
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Tickets now on sale for Doug Richard's 'Start Here! Starting & Growing a Successful Business' Event – Special Offer for EMIN Members

Doug Richard, the original dragon on BBC2's Dragons Den and serial entrepreneur will be presenting his master class:
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DRAGON takes to Leicester streets to challenge the city's budding entrepreneurs

Doug Richard, BBC TV DRAGONS’ den panelist and founder of School for Startups, speaks to city’
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Nottinghamshire County Council need your help to improve its public procurement services

A study is being carried out by Nottinghamshire County Council to improve access to its public procurement opportunities for SMEs in the Nottinghamshire area.
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Economic Assessment & Strategy Consultation

Over the past six months, Leicester & Leicestershire has been preparing a joint Economic Assessment (EA) which provides a comprehensive evidence base about 
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AddVenture

Are you a small business (or do you have an idea) looking for expertise or support to help grow your business?
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EMIN off to pastures new

After 6 happy years based at De Montfort University’s Innovation Centre, the EMIN office has recently relocated to pastures new in Derby.
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Affordable marketing and website design for your new business

High quality, effective marketing and website design to start your business is within reach. Choose from 3 packages or talk to us about bespoke services tailored to your needs.
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Website Design from £138

We are currently offering website design at promotional prices. Bespoke designs that can provide your business with the competitive edge it needs to stay ahead in today’
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IT Support

Offering you a professional, reliable and low cost IT support service with no call out charge. We can support all your IT equipment on a contracted or pay as you go service.
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Rolling Star Email & SMS Marketing Solutions

Not sure how to get started with emarketing??  Try our free 30 day trial of our award winning Email and SMS marketing system.
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Don't rely on Jobboards - make the most out of them

We all know the benefits of using recruitment agencies to find staff but the recruitment indutry is changing and you need to keep up with the times.
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Rolling Star Email Marketing Solutions - Just Add Your Content

Not sure what email marketing is all about?? For starters, its the most effective marketing channel available.
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in-STA advertising

Advertise in Sheffield Showroom Cinema for only £100 per month. Your ad made and displayed by us and viewed by thousands on our 50" lcd TV.
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Looking for ways of cutting costs when hiring local staff?

Then look no further! Built for local companies in mind, we have created a brand new job posting facility just for our East Midlands region.
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Free internet directory for UK business networking clubs

http://www.networkingclubs.co.uk is a free website directory for business networking clubs in the UK.
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A great free local resource for job postings

Hello,My name is Richard Johnson and I have recently set up a locally basedjob board for EMPLOYERS ONLY.
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PDS Ltd special offer for Small Businesses

At present PDS Ltd are offering 10% off on their Small Business Starter, Small Business User and Small Business Pro packages.
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PDS Ltd special offer for Small Businesses

At present PDS Ltd are offering 10% off on their Small Business Starter, Small Business User and Small Business Pro packages.
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Business coaching

Call or email now to get details of rates for EMIN members or EMIN referrals, New coaching slots available evenings and Saturday mornings .
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Fast simple and needed

My name is Richard Johnson and I have recently set up a locally basedjob board for EMPLOYERS ONLY.Would you care to have a look?
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Training

For all of our clients who have a contract with us we offer 10% off all of our training courses!
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Supporting East Midlands Companies

Job Advertising - Dedicated to the East Midlands areaLooking to advertise your vacancy?Use our fast, accurate,simple to use on-linesystem.
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Recession-Beating E-commerce Solutions from eStreet

Online shopping is booming despite the recession and we can get your retail business firmly established on the web with our great value eStreet ecommerce system.
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VTAccounts - free add-in

If you use VTAccounts and MS Office 2007 then we have a free Excel Add-in which enables you to produce the PDF for HMRC submission at the click of a button.
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Cadbury Drummers available for events and experiential marketing campaigns...

Cadbury found us and hired us to DRUM in their latest TV advert, for which the budget was donated to Children in Need.
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Half Price Website Health Checks until April

Beebosoft's Website Health Check for Half Price  Was £200 NOW £100If you would like to find out more about this offer please email:
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Business Engagement Manager

The University of Lincoln's Enterprise team seeks increased University engagement with 
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JOB ADVERTISING FOR FREE!!

The regions premier online job board for direct employers only.www.EastMidlandsJobs.co.ukNeed to advertise a vacancy?
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Free Non-Geographic Number for EMIN Members

Many things will change in your business. Your telephone number shouldn’t be one of them.And happily it never needs to.
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new concept to online jobs! (and its free to all regional companies)

Hello and thanking for having a look at my advert.I have just created (with some help) a brand new concept in online job advertising and searching.
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www.MagicTroll.co.uk

A Free Local Classified Ads service. - Coming Soon - 2009
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De Montfort University joins global program to boost software business startups

 De Montfort University (DMU) has announced that its Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT) has been selected to join the Microsoft BizSpark program as a Network Partner - the first in the East Midlands region.
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THE ELEMENTZ PRODUCTIONS

Providing musical productions and sound services for artists and commercial businesses. Specializing in Vocals and Post-production.
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Healthcare Sector Magazine Launched

A new Healthcare & Biotechnology newsletter has been been published by UK Trade & Investment East Midlands with the support of emda and Medilink East Midlands.
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