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Derby Enterprise Growth Fund Add News124 to Scrapbook
The Derby Enterprise Growth Fund offers potential funding opportunities for Derbyshire Dales businesses - For more information visit www.derby.gov.uk/degf
Funding for Employing 18-24 Year Olds Add News123 to Scrapbook
Employers will now be eligible for the Youth Contract (worth up to £2,275) for any 18-24 year old they take on that has been on out of work benefits for six months. To be eligible previously, an employer could only hire an 18-24 year old after nine months of them claiming benefits. For more information visit Youth Contract
A to B (Arts to Business) Add News120 to Scrapbook

Arts to Business (A to B) aims to make starting a business very simple, fun and engaging - showing women and mothers how to progress from one stage to the next.

Through arts and crafts isolated women in rural areas will initially develop their confidence and motivation. With encouragement many will, for the first time, think about what goals they could achieve.

The aim is that this will become a model for aspiring rural women and mothers across the UK to help reversing their under-representation in enterprise. Simply, it will help address a major UK challenge and missed opportunity - exploiting the enterprise potential of under-represented women.

Vote for this project to leave a lasting legacy with an e-guide for local communities/individuals wishing to promote women's self-employment. You will be able to follow women's stories via twitter, a website and through video diaries.

Vote here: www.inspiringenterprise.rbs.com/inspiring-women/public-voting/b-arts-business

Tourism Boost for Buxton Add News121 to Scrapbook

TOURISM in Buxton generated a massive £72.4 million for the local economy in 2011, latest figures have revealed.

Despite a very challenging economic climate, research by Global Tourism Solutions (UK) Ltd has revealed that the tourism industry grew by 5% on 2010 figures – much higher than the 2% increase reported in East Midlands and on a par with national targets.

The growth is reflected in employment figures with the tourism industry now supporting 1,152 full-time jobs in Buxton. And tourist numbers jumped by 8% with the total visiting Buxton in 2011 rising to 1.46 million.

High Peak Borough Council Leader Councillor Caitlin Bisknell said: "I’m delighted to see such positive growth in the value of tourism during 2011. It is no doubt due, in part, to the positive contribution of our new Pavilion Arts Centre. The centre has a great and varied programme of events which have attracted new visitors and boosted spending in the retail economy.”

Buxton is hoping to build on its success with the development of new ideas such as the Buxton Adventure Festival held this autumn. The event, featuring speakers from the world of adventure, travel, photography and sport, drew an audience of 850 visitors over a single weekend. A real ale trail has also been launched this year to further boost the appeal of the annual food festival.

Work is already underway on the Georgian Crescent project which includes a 79-bedroom 5-star hotel and a high quality café which will allow visitors to `take the waters` for the first time since the 1970s. High Peak Borough Council are working in partnership with Derbyshire County Council on the project.

Regeneration Scheme Brings Jobs Boost to Glossop Add News122 to Scrapbook

DOZENS of local people, including many who were previously unemployed, have secured new jobs in Glossop’s Howard Town Mill development.

High Peak Borough Council has worked closely with Jobcentre Plus and training providers to ensure local people could access opportunities provided by the £7 million project to revitalise the redundant Howard Town Mill site in the town centre. Seven local firms won sub-contracts which helped safeguard existing jobs and led to numerous local people finding work during the construction phase.

As the construction neared completion, 54 unemployed people attended customer service training sessions at the Glossop Municipal Buildings delivered by the University of Derby and local training provider Astral Training ran help sessions to guide job seekers through the online applications process and offer interview support to those applying for positions with Marks and Spencer.

M & S, which opened its Simply Food store on the site, has employed more than 20 previously unemployed people as part of its new workforce and over 87% of its entire workforce live within a three-mile radius of the store.

In addition to the M & S jobs, eight people secured work with Travelodge at its new 62-room hotel while others found jobs with Domino’s Pizza, Cotton Traders and Mountain Warehouse.

Derbyshire County Council AGE Grant Add News119 to Scrapbook

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of Apprentices Aged 16 and 17

Derbyshire County Council is making 200 grants of £2,500 available, to provide valuable financial support to employers wishing to take on an apprentice aged 16 or 17. These grants, administered by Learning Unlimited (part of the Chesterfield College Group), are available to companies with 50 or fewer employees.

At over halfway through the Grant period there are still just over 100 grants available to small businesses in Derbyshire. The Derbyshire Dales, and High Peak areas are targeted for this grant assistance.

Full details are at www.chesterfield.ac.uk/age16and17

Wage Incentive for Employing Young Person Add News118 to Scrapbook

From 2 April 2012 if you employ someone who is currently on the work programme, a wage incentives worth up to £2,275 each, will be available for employers who can offer an 18 to 24 year-old from the Government's Work Programme, a job lasting at least 26 weeks.

The wage incentive will be available if you employ someone for 16 hours or more each week. There will be a part-time rate of £1,137.50 for work between 16 and 29 hours and a full time rate of £2,275 for 30 hours or more. This will be paid 26 weeks after the employee starts work. Small businesses (less than 50 employees) can also claim a part payment 8 weeks after the employee starts work.

Wage incentives will be primarily available to private, voluntary and community sectors and social enterprise employers

Further information

Employers in the High Peak, who interested in employing a local person currently receiving support from the government's ‘work programme' can contact Chamber Training (part of Derbyshire Notthinghamshire Chamber of Commerce). Chamber Training provides a free service to employers to match vacancies to local unemployed people; can sift CVs, short-list for interview and provide free interview rooms in Glossop. They maintain an on-going relationship with employers once the candidate is in post, to help resolve any problems. Contact Sean O'Neill with details of your vacancy or discuss your recruitment needs: Tel: 07837 170733 E-mail: Sean.O'Neill@dncc.co.uk

Regional Growth Fund Business Briefing Add News117 to Scrapbook

Following on from the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the opening of the third round of applications for the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce will be holding an RGF Business Briefing on 13 March 2012.

The Chamber and the LEP want the two counties to attract further funding in Round Three and will be working with, businesses and other partners to encourage strong bids from local firms, which meet the key criteria of creating jobs, stimulating economic growth and leveraging further private investment.

Taking place at JCB Academy from 8.30am–10.30am, this event will give local firms a better understanding of how to bid for Regional Growth Fund cash and the sorts of projects the fund was set up to support.

Breakfast rolls and refreshments will be available on arrival.

To book your place please follow the online booking procedure, or for more information, please call 01332 851280.

Staffordshire Broadband Consultation Add News116 to Scrapbook

Over the next few years, broadband services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will be improved.

The Government's Broadband Delivery UK programme has allocated £7.44m to improve services in the area. A local project led by Staffordshire County Council, City of Stoke-on-Trent Council, and the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership is working to raise the extra funds needed to deliver faster, more reliable broadband.

You will find more details of the plans here.

If you live in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent, you can help the project by completing an online survey. You can measure your broadband speed when completing the survey. Residents and businesses are encouraged to take part.

Please visit: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/broadbandconsultation to take part in the survey.

Trusted Trader Add News114 to Scrapbook

Businesses have until the end of January to sign up to Trusted Trader for free after Derbyshire County Council extended the deadline on its membership offer.

The usual joining fee of up to £54 has been waived until January 31.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "We didn’t want any businesses to miss out which is why we’ve extended the offer for a further month.”
With more than 1,100 businesses listed, Trusted Trader is the biggest scheme of its kind in the country run by a council.

For more details, call 01629 536148 or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/trustedtrader.

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