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12 Jun

Digital Start-Up Proodle Solutions Earn a Triple Win at the Ingenuity19 Competition

Proodle Solutions, a start-up digital business that has built a unique platform to boost universities’ international student recruitment efforts, scooped three major awards at the Ingenuity19 Competition worth £9,500

12 Jun

Number of people in work continues to rise across the region

The number of people in work across the East Midlands rose in the three months to the end of April compared to the previous quarter according to figures released this morning.

10 Jun

D2N2 Digital Skills Academy

Free training and support to learn digital skills that will harness your potential.

Useful Links

Information and contact details relating to local initiatives and grants to help local businesses.

thumbnail Acas
Guidance on good practice including writing an equality and diversity policy and monitoring how the policy is working in the workplace.
thumbnail An Introduction to Patents
How to use patents to protect an invention.
thumbnail Better Business Regulation
Business Regulation Made Simple - essential information on the regulatory areas that apply to all businesses at launch: fair trading, fire safety, health and safety, tax, waste, food safety and licensing.
thumbnail British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey
Find out the latest statistics on the state of the economy as gathered from Chamber members nationally and locally.
thumbnail Business Network Magazine
Read the latest news on businesses and business support in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
thumbnail Business Plan - Template
An electronic template you can adapt to suit your business complete with guidance notes. Everything you need to create a professional business plan.
thumbnail Cash Flow Forecast - Template
A helpful range of spreadsheets covering three primary scenarios for businesses, start-up costs, cash-flow and survival income.
thumbnail Cash flow Management
A number of fact-sheets from the Institute of Credit Management to help you manage payment terms, invoicing, suppliers, credit insurance, factoring, chasing payment and what to do when your customer goes bust.
thumbnail D2N2 Colleges and Employer Engagement
Case study guide to the Local Enterprise Partnership's Colleges and Employer Engagement.
thumbnail D2N2 Key Sectors for Economic Focus
D2N2 the Local Enterprise Partnership has identified eight areas of economic focus, where the area is already strong or has we have the potential to support growth.
thumbnail D2N2 Strategy for Growth
The Local Enterprise Partnership's strategy for economic growth in Derby and Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire from 2013 to 2023 including priorities for skills, enterprise, infrastructure and specific sectors.
thumbnail Employers guide to automatic enrolment and NEST
A business guide to auto-enrolment, designed to help employers plan for legal changes to workplace pensions. Produced by British Chambers of Commerce in conjunction with the National Employment Savings Trust
thumbnail Employment Particulars - Form for Written Statement
Template for a Written Statement of Employment Particulars form, meeting the requirements of employment legislation. With guidance notes.
thumbnail Exporting Country Guides
Individual guides to more than 100 different countries aimed at businesses interested in developing their overseas trade, doing business overseas or setting up in business overseas.
thumbnail Health and Safety Policy
A sample health and safety policy.
thumbnail Inheritance Tax Planning
Over the course of your life, you will have built up money and assets that you will want to leave to your loved ones. However, your estate may be subject to Inheritance tax if its value exceeds the £325,000 threshold. This informaiton guide provides some useful information on how inheritance tax works.
thumbnail Introduction to Copyright
Copyright is a form of Intellectual Property. This document provides a summary of the issues surrounding copyright protection.
thumbnail Maximising the Value of Intellectual Property
A guide to Government sponsored business support to help companies make the most of intellectual property.
thumbnail Nottingham City Council Car Club
A scheme which offers members of the public and businesses the use of a car on a pay-as-you-go basis.
thumbnail Registered Designs - an Introduction
Guide to protecting the visual appeal of an object.
thumbnail Safe Start Up
A series of guides from the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health for cafe owners and caterers, florists, building trades, beauty therapy and complementary health, hairdressers, landscape gardeners and home care workers. Information and practical tips to ensure you don't break the law and how to protect yourself, your staff, your customers and your reputation. A general guide, Going it Alone, covers a range of things you should think about when starting any business.
thumbnail Socio-economic Framework for the East Midlands
This document contains a range of statistical and other information about the East Midlands region, produced to inform the delivery of EU Structural Funds (2014-2020)

Support For Female Entrepreneurs 

A comprehensive guide that showcases some of the best, most useful tools and up-to-date resources available today to help women get started in running their own businesses.

thumbnail Starting a Business at Home
Record numbers of people are starting a business and becoming their own boss and manyof these businesses are started from home. This guide will help you decide if this could be an option for you.
thumbnail Tax Advice for business
HMRC have published a series of guides providing tax advice for social enterprises, driving instructors, bookkeepers, construction firms, childminders, dentists, hospital consultants, foster carers, sports businesses, the hair and beauty industry, and letting of property.
thumbnail Tax help fact sheets
Keeping records for business. Self Assessment - the three line account. Employing someone for the first timePaying your tax - what you need to know. Problems paying your tax - what you need to know. Paying tax if you buy and sell things from home - what you need to know. Starting a limited company. Importing and exporting goods - what you need to know. HMRC - what you need to know if you stop trading. Expenses and allowances for the self-employed. VAT - what you need to know. What you need to do and who to contact when you start back in business.
thumbnail Trading Standards - Business Companion
A series of guides organised by what, where and how you sell and by key topics and activities. Publications that reflect how the law views businesses
thumbnail UK Trademarks - A Brief Guide
A trade mark is any sign or symbol that can distinguish the goods and/or services of one trader from those of another. This is a guide to the procedures and costs involved in obtaining a trademark in the UK.
thumbnail Virtual Office  - EMC
Information on different levels of Virtual Office services