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21 Nov

New EAFRD to help create new jobs for Rural Businesses

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has opened a new call under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) worth £35 million.

18 Nov

Enterprise and Innovation Centre at Nottingham Trent University

The new home for local businesses, start-ups, students, graduates and local entrepreneurs. Nottingham Trent University are opening a dynamic and innovative centre for both entrepreneurs and growing enterprises that want to work and co-locate with them.

18 Nov

Flood Support from Nottinghamshire County Council and Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Council have announced their support for residents and businesses affected by recent flooding. Both councils are offering emergency payments of up to £300 for small businesses who have been affected by the floods.

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Nook & Cranny Ltd

Nook & Cranny LtdNook & Cranny Ltd is a rental property management company which provides luxury accommodation for executives in one of Nottingham’s most prestigious postcodes. Nook & Cranny’s primary target audience is business visitors from outside of the city of Nottingham, so the internet is a major route to market. As such, blogging and social media are key parts of the company’s overall marketing mix. The firm received 29 hours of support through the attendance of workshops, along with consultancy to ensure the website was as effective as it could be. Workshops attended covered a wide range of subjects including blogging for business, effective web content, integrating social media and advanced Google Analytics. Consultancy included expert advice about SEO.

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​​​​​​​Tek Troniks

Tek TroniksTek Troniks is a supplier of real-time, wireless temperature monitoring systems with alarm management, for the storage of temperature-sensitive goods in the food service, retail, production, medical and warehousing sectors. Tek Troniks accessed 18 hours of support through several fully-funded workshops including managing data, developing web content, effective SEO and email marketing. The key workshop attended, however, covered creating video content for the web. This was key to enabling Tek Troniks’ marketing team to develop a series of ‘how-to’ video product guides to explain some of the key features of its most popular product.

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Robert Rathbone

Robert RathboneRobert Rathbone is a professional photojournalist with more than 20 years’ experience with national newspapers, magazines and television in the UK. Drone technology has developed rapidly over the past few years and as a specialist, fully qualified provider of aerial filming, Robert wanted to invest in the latest equipment to enhance his offering to clients. Robert wanted to invest in a high-end drone capable of capturing production quality footage. He accessed £2,000 of funding towards the purchase of an industry-leading DJI Inspire 2 Drone, which enabled Robert to enhance his aerial filming capabilities.

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David Gill & Son

David Gill & SonDavid Gill & Son is a traditional blacksmith and ironworks, working out of the picturesque Aslockton Forge. David hand-crafts a range of personalised decorative objects, from candle holders to horseshoe hearts, which he sells online via Etsy. David accessed 21 hours of support from the D2N2 Growth Hub by attending fully-funded workshops which included working with digital images and visual marketing via Instagram and Pinterest. This was a vital avenue for promotion given the highly-visual nature of his products. These workshops gave him a broader understanding of the importance of images in ecommerce, and ways to capture professional-looking photographs for use on social media.

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Woodman’s Cider

Woodman’s CiderWoodman’s Cider is a maker of traditional hand-pressed cider, based in the heart of the Vale of Belvoir. As a relatively new business, the support Woodman’s Cider has received has been fundamental to helping it gets its website off the ground. They received 25 hours of fully-funded
support in workshops covering digital marketing, email marketing, ecommerce, developing effective web content and getting ready for GDPR. These workshops enabled them to launch their own website and social media channels, as well as implementing back-end CMS and email marketing systems to help them keep track of their engagements with customers.

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The Dairy Creative Agency

The Dairy Creative AgencyThe Dairy Creative Agency is a full-service marketing and design agency, working with a wide range of clients to deliver fresh ideas in marketing communications. After 138 hours of free digital support, partfunded by Rushcliffe Borough Council, they sent several members of staff on workshops covering a vast range of topics, including Google Analytics, social media advertising, ecommerce, email marketing, Cloud, mobile and chatbot technology, digital content and GDPR. The D2N2 Growth Hub were able to support the team to hone their existing skills and come up with new ideas of how to put them into practice.

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