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DNCC Welcomes Planned Cap on Cost of Red Tape Add News51 to Scrapbook

Derbyshire business leaders have welcomed proposals to limit the cost of new Government regulations.

Plans announced by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform include introducing a limit on the cost of new regulation for each Government department, with budgets agreed this year. George Cowcher , chief executive of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, said: "This move is to be welcomed as the intention is to put a cap on the cost to business but it is by no means the entire solution.

"Good, clear, well-thought-out regulation should be straightforward and easy to follow - it should help, not hinder business operations and provide a fair playing field on which to compete.

"If introducing a limit on costs encourages simpler and more minimal regulation, then it is a good start."

The Government wants to cut the burden to business by 25 per cent by 2010.

Source: Derby Evening Telegraph

New Website to Aid Conferences Add News50 to Scrapbook

Derbyshire's conference industry is set to receive a boost with the re-launch of a website dedicated to promoting the best the county has to offer.

The new look website, at www.conference-derbyshire.co.uk, has been improved to offer better search facilities for customers, more content and details of future events.

Conference Derbyshire is part of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber but is run independently.

Co-ordinator Sammy Purewal said: "The site will feature our new branding and will help maximise the opportunities online.

"We want to convert interest into solid business for the county."

Source: Derby Evening Telegraph

Group to Offer Green Taining Add News49 to Scrapbook

An environmental group in Derbyshire has launched a new training programme for businesses. Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire, which carries out work throughout the county on regeneration, sustainability and the environment, is offering training to firms to help raise awareness of the benefits of being greener.

The charity's executive director John Bowie said the training programme was a natural extension of their work.

For more information call Groundwork on 01773 539430.

Connect InvoRed Programme Add News48 to Scrapbook

The Connect InvoRed programme has hosted it's busiest summer of workshop to date, but there are still even more over the coming weeks!  

On August 12th there is a Business Strategy Bootcamp in Chesterfield, and on August 21st Right Funds for You in Kegworth. On 23rd and 24th September the popular and top-rated Amber Workshop is being held in Loughborough, and 14th October will see a Business Planning Bootcamp also in Loughborough.

The Connect InvoRed (Investment Readiness) programme is funded by emda and aims to provide science, engineering, technology or high-growth companies with the tools that they need to develop and to raise investment.

The programme is delivered through a range of workshops where delegates learn how to create a winning business proposition and how to prepare for that all important investment deal.

There are two levels of support available within the InvoRed programme; the Amber stream for entrepreneurs with a gem of an idea seeking their first round of company funding, and the Green stream for more experienced entrepreneurs or businesses who typically have a business model and a management team in place.

Companies developing strong propositions may then be selected to present at exclusive investment raising platforms such as Springboard or the Connect Midlands Investment Conference (CMIC).

For more information on the Connect InvoRed programme, or any of these events, click here, call 01509 228702, or email invoredeast@connectmidlands.org

Creative Industries Starter Studios Add News47 to Scrapbook

Creative Industries starter studios, meeting rooms and other facilities will be available at a brand new arts centre in Rowsley, Derbyshire, opening in November 2008.

First Movement is very proud to have received about £1.8million of funding to develop a new purpose built Level Centre with performance space, technology studio, meeting space and creative industry resources in Rowsley, near Matlock. The building is almost ready and will be officially launched in November.

There will be a Creative Industries Sneak Preview Open Day on Friday 19th September 2008 at 2pm. First Movement will launch its new website during this preview event and it will give organisations and individuals a chance to sample the facilities in advance of the official launch date. Email fmt@first-movement.org.uk to reserve a place.

First Movement is an arts organisation dedicated to developing high quality arts projects with learning disabled people operating long-term projects in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The Level Centre idea developed from First Movement’s Level Projects which are radical, live arts collaborations between learning disabled people living miles apart. Using world leading video conferencing, large-scale projection and new technologies it creates a single, virtual arts space in which participants create and perform with people they would otherwise never meet.

For further information email fmt@first-movement.org.uk or telephone 01629 57687.

DDEP Launches Business Broadband Campaign Add News45 to Scrapbook

A Campaign to help businesses in Derbyshire exploit broadband internet access and other forms of information technology as been launched by Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership under the name 'Derbyshire - Well Connected'.

The campaign includes an advice line and website.

There will also be events running throughout the year, designed to help Derbyshire firms become better connected.

DDEP chief executive Kevin Edwards said: "The campaign has been designed to better the economy of Derbyshire as a whole, through improving the productivity and efficiency of large or small businesses.

"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, own a large hotel, a farm shop or an office-based company, it will be to your advantage to sit up and take notice of the benefits that it can make to your business."

To find out more, visit www.derbyshire-wellconnected.co.uk or call the advice line on 0845 058 6644.

Source: Derby Evening Telegraph

Firms Failing to Exploit CGT Changes Add News44 to Scrapbook

Derbyshire businesses could be making more of the changes to Capital Gains Tax, according to tax experts. The new Capital Gains Tax system was introduced over three months ago but PricewaterhouseCoopers believes that some entrepreneurs may not yet have realised that the new structure could bring them benefits.

The changes, introduced on April 6, include a new flat rate of tax payable at 18% on all capital gains, replacing a range of tax rates extending from 10% to 40%.

The simpler system also includes tax relief for entrepreneurs, which applies to the first £1m of capital gains, which will remain taxable at 10%.

Source: This Is Business

200 Networking in High Peak Add News46 to Scrapbook

High Peak Business Network has been up and running for about 18 months since it was started by Marianne and Nicola, and during this period the number of people who have signed up to receive details of the events has grown steadily - the 200th person has just signed up.

New Business Start Up Guide Add News43 to Scrapbook
First Impression, the Glossop based marketing and printing company have produced an informative and easy to use guide to help people starting out in business. To receive a copy of the guide, which provides sources of information and useful web links, contact First Impression on 01457 857111 or download it from www.firstimpression.co.uk.
Mentoring for All in East Midlands Add News42 to Scrapbook

MentoringforAll East Midlands is designed to help business owners access the knowledge and expertise of another business leader to develop their own skills and competencies. Using a business mentor can help you focus on your longer term development needs, unlock creativity to solve problems, make you aware of support and resources, and provide you with increased motivation.

Mentors are drawn from an extensive pool of experienced business leaders and matched according to your needs. The programme is designed around a plan of 10 mentoring sessions over a 12 month period at times and locations to suit you.

The mentoring sessions can be used to discuss any issue relating to the management or operation of your business – what is discussed is up to you. The mentor acts as a sounding board, offering an experienced point of view.

The initiative is open to all businesses in the East Midlands that have been trading for around one year and that employ no more than 250 people. For businesses that have been trading for less than 12 months, support is available through Business Link’s Mentoring Scheme for Start up Businesses.

The cost of the programme is heavily subsidised and will cost businesses just £250 (plus VAT).

For further information visit www.mentoringeastmidlands.co.uk or telephone 0115 970 5550.

Source: High Peak Business Connect

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