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22 Nov

Our Future Derby

A new and exciting initiative which engages primary school children and introduces them to the changing world of work is being rolled-out across 37 primary schools in Derby. Find out how you can get involved.

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.

Derbyshire based FireFly Barbecue Wins 5 Gold Star Awards


FireFly Barbecue has been awarded 5 GOLD Great Taste awards from the Guild of Fine Food for their barbecue Sauces and Rubs. This was the company's first year of entry to the awards and winning so many for barbecue out over 12,000 entries shows just how far British barbecue has come in the last few years.

The Guild of Fine Food underpins the British speciality food sector, with the recognised Great Taste awards for produce that surpasses excellence in quality, taste and innovation.

GOLD stars were awarded for our hand smoked Himalayan Salt, Texas Spicy BBQ Sauce, Memphis Red BBQ Sauce, Reaver's Carolina Reaper Hot Sauce, and Kansas Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce.

Rigorous Judging

Over 500 judges working in small teams judged 12,366 food and drink products this year at 62 judging days, from March through to early July. They awarded one, two or three-stars to the foods that deserved it and one of the judges on each team captured constructive feedback for the producers who didn’t quite make the grade.