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Rates Deferral to Help Local Businesses Add News71 to Scrapbook

New Government regulations, which are expected to be in place by the end of July, will offer businesses the option of deferring 60% of this year's increase until 2010/11 and 2011/12.

Businesses must keep paying their legally established liability as set out on their current bills.

For further information please visit www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/1190988.pdf

Hathersage Hall Business Centre Add News70 to Scrapbook

Hathersage Hall Business Centre offers an attractive working environment with high-speed broadband capability, set against the stunning backdrop of the Peak District National Park. These prestige new offices, with units ranging from 500 - 1500 sq ft, will be ready for occupation in September 2009.

Hathersage Hall Business Centre offers a rare opportunity to locate your business in the thriving Peak District village of Hathersage, just 10 miles south west of Sheffield.

Work is already well under way to convert the original 19th Century farm outbuildings into prestigious modern offices.  When completed in September this year, they will provide a total of 14,000 sq ft of office space to accommodate up to 15 small to medium sized businesses.

  • Prestige offices converted to high environmental standards
  • Attractive working environment with high-speed broadband capability
  • Units ranging from 500 - 1500 sq ft
  • Sympathetically restored Grade II listed farm buildings
  • Easy access to full range of amenities - shops, pubs and a popular restaurant
  • Well connected by road and with direct rail links to Sheffield and Manchester


Call 01433 651098 or email: enquiries@hathersagebusiness.co.uk

Major Development in Hope Valley Add News66 to Scrapbook

The Peak District National Park Authority wants to hear people’s views on one of the biggest village redevelopment proposals for generations.

The Authority, parish council and developers are all holding displays and events in the Hope Valley village of Bradwell, where Newburgh Estates want to redevelop the six-hectare (15-acre) Newburgh Engineering site after moving its main base to Rotherham.

Newburgh’s outline planning application includes a mixed development of around 150 new homes (from affordable rented apartments right up to large detached houses), a medical centre, supermarket, community social centre, café/restaurant, offices and industrial space for start-up businesses. Newburgh would also retain a presence on the site.

The redevelopment, which would be phased over five or more years, would mean a major transformation for the heart of the village, an estimated population increase of 30 per cent, a boost to its economy and improved community amenities.

People can view the scheme and give comments online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning (application no: NP/DDD/1208/1089). The deadline for comments is February 20.

Chamber Will Help Firms Add News65 to Scrapbook

Phil Stanyer, president of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, has set out a new year manifesto for the organisation, which represents more than 4,000 businesses across the two counties.

He said the chamber would step up its lobbying of government at all levels and push the Bank of England to adopt policies and fiscal measures to support business.

More emphasis will be put on helping member companies find new markets and suppliers, including these in the public sector and international markets.

The chamber will also promote assistance through productivity initiatives, skills development and infrastructure improvement.

Mr Stanyer said: "The challenge to business, and therefore, the well-being of the community, has never been greater.

"We intend to lead the way in resisting any moves that place additional, and often unfair, burdens on business, such as supplementary business rates, the EU Working Time Directive and workplace parking levies.

"It is down to us to take the lead and we are taking practical steps to do that.

"One lesson which we hope is emerging from the current economic crisis is the importance of our business community to the entire nation. With thousands of jobs stake, we are not fighting just for one interest group but for everyone's livelihoods."

Source: Derby Evening Telegraph

Food Firms can get Cash for New Ideas Add News69 to Scrapbook
Derbyshire firms involved in the food and drink sector are being urged to take advantage of a £250,000 pot of cash that can help them develop their business ideas.

The Food and Drink Innovation Network, backed by the East Midlands Development Agency, is looking for eligible companies to benefit from an innovation support grant. The grants are for small and medium-sized businesses, which employ fewer than 250 people.

They will be given to companies who need support with developing new technologies and products

Support valued at up to £10,000 is available per business, providing that 50% match-funding is given by each firm.

For more information, call the Food and Drink iNet on 0845 521 2066 or visit http://www.foodanddrink-inet.org.uk/.

Source: Derby Evening Telegraph

Derbyshire Jobless Rises Continue Add News68 to Scrapbook

The number of people in Derbyshire claiming unemployment-related benefits has risen for the fifth month in a row. According to the latest figures released by Derbyshire County Council's research and information team, there were 3,798 more people claiming unemployment-related benefits in November.

This is twice as many as there were in the same month last year and the rate of the increase is above the national and regional average.

In total, 11,393 people were claiming unemployment in Derbyshire. According to the research, the area which suffered the biggest rise in unemployment was south Derbyshire, where it rose by 74.7%.

This was closely followed by Amber Valley (a 66.8% rise) and Erewash (60.9%).

Chesterfield had the smallest percentage increase of 22.1%.

A county council spokeswoman said the main reason behind the rise, particularly in South Derbyshire, could be the job losses at digger giant JCB in neighbouring Staffordshire.

The Rocester-based firm, which employs about 5,000 people at 11 UK factories, including plants at Foston and Uttoxeter, was forced to cut production and lay off about 1,000 staff last year.

Source: Derby Evening Telegraph

Grants Power Green Technologies in Peak District Add News67 to Scrapbook

The battle against climate change has been boosted in the Peak District with grants to a renewable-energy village hall, a proposed hydro-electric plant and a schools action project.

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund allocates £200,000 a year to help business or community projects that strengthen the environment and communities for the future. Its latest round of grant allocations included:

  • £32,500 toward a new village hall for Over Haddon including a ground source heat pump (generating energy from the earth), rainwater collection system,  photovoltaic tiles to supply heat, light and electricity, and environmentally-friendly surface drainage
  • £25,000 toward a proposed Cromford Corn Mill hydro-electric project - a water-powered turbine on Bonsall Brook to generate electricity for the Venture Centre, Cromford, and sell to the national grid
  • £15,000 to help Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Climate Challenge Project - offering schools activities on energy use, alternative technologies, and the impact of climate change on wildlife and the environment.
Shop Local Add News63 to Scrapbook

This Christmas, High Peak Borough Council is calling on local residents and businesses to use their spending power to support local shops to help keep a range of great independent stores and jobs in our towns and villages.

If you have not explored your own High Street or visited neighbouring towns in the High Peak lately, you could be in for a big surprise - hand made chocolates, designer clothes and shoes, high quality unique and branded toys, bikes, books, soft furnishings, jewellery and unique hand crafted gifts are all available in our town centres.

High Peak also has some of the best independent food shops in the country. Our butchers provide locally sourced meat and poultry and have won national recognition for their quiches, pies, sausages and cooked meat products. Local specialities such as potato cakes, oatcakes and Christmas cakes are available from bakers and delicatessens.

Farmers markets are being held at the United Reform Church Whaley Bridge on Saturday 13 December and at Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on Monday 22 December. Farmers markets are open from 10 am to 3 pm and there is no admission fee.

Christmas can be an expensive time for those on a budget - so why not visit our traditional markets or Glossop indoor market where, not only is there a good range of quality items, but plenty of bargains - from Christmas cards through to woollens, gifts and household necessities.

Evidence shows that for every £10 spent in an independent shop, £25 is generated for the local economy - compared to £14 spent in multinationals.

High Peak residents can use their car-parking permits to get free parking all day on Sundays in Buxton, New Mills and Glossop and before 10 am and after 4 pm everyday (excluding Spring Gardens car park, Buxton). Free car parking is available in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge.

Climate-Proofing Help for Businesses Add News64 to Scrapbook

The Climate Resilience Programme, funded by East Midlands Development Agency and managed by environmental consultancy Pro Enviro, will offer a range of services to help participating businesses capitalise on opportunities and reduce the risks associated with climate change.

Firms will receive free bespoke climate risk assessments, access to support and information and will be able to apply for grants to pay costs involved in climate-proofing their business operations and equipment.

A series of free workshops connected to the programme are taking place for different sectors.

To register for any of the workshops or to find out more about the Climate Resilience Programme, visit www.climateresilience.org.uk.

Source: Derby Evening Telegraph

ICT Makeover Competition Add News62 to Scrapbook

An ICT makeover worth thousands of pounds is up for grabs through a competition being run by the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership and Derbyshire WellConnected. Thesuccessful entry willwin a fully-funded package of hardware, software, consultancy and training to improve profitability through improved use of information technology. There will also be free advice and help available for two runners up.

The consultancy work, installation and training will be carried out by Sheffield-based IT consultancy Sharpe Systems and paid for by the Derbyshire Well Connected campaign. The competition is open to small and large businesses from urban or rural areas ranging from the High Peak down to South Derbyshire. Kevin Edwards, chief executive of DDEP, said: "Internet and mobile technology can help to make any business or enterprise more efficient and better equipped for success. Whether you run a bed and breakfast, are a manufacturer, a farm shop or an office based company, it will be to your advantage to sit up and take notice of the benefits that ICT can make to your business."

To compete for a chance to win the ICT makeover, businesses should contact the DDEP communications team on 01865 882988 or email ddep@bottlepr.co.uk for details.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, November 18.

Remember if you have an ICT problem you can't solve or your need ICT advice call Derbyshire WellConnected for FREE advice now on 0845 058 6644

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