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18 Jun

The British Street Food Awards

The toughest street food competition in the world is coming to Derby.

18 Jun

Double Award Joy for East Midlands ICT Firm

Managed IT and Communications Service Provider, Air-IT are celebrating after winning two awards in as many weeks at the Derby Telegraph and Nottingham Post Business Awards.

18 Jun

£2.5bn British Patient Capital Programme launched to enable long-term investment in innovative companies across the UK

The British Business Bank is launching British Patient Capital, a new £2.5bn programme designed to enable long-term investment in high growth potential companies across the UK led by ambitious entrepreneurs who want to build successful, world-class busine

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 Ambition for Ashfield and Mansfield
Information and contact details relating to local initiatives and grants to help local businesses.
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 Connector Programme
The Business Connector programme is part of a £4.8m Big Lottery Fund scheme, run by the charity Business in the Community to enable the skills and talent from business and the Civil Service to benefit local communities by placing talented individuals in communities of greatest need – allowing them to use their time, networks and expertise to connect the needs of their local community with the resource of local business.
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 Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme
The Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme: Briefing Paper provides a clear 15 page summary of the full ESOS guidance, what it means for your company and how to comply
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 FEAST
The Food & Drink Forum has secured funding to offer a range of useful services to food and drink manufacturers over the next three years, including; grant funding, business mentoring, industry events, technical support and technical apprentices.
thumbnail Gedling Grant
Gedling Grant
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. In this fact-sheet financial experts share their top tips to minimise the impact of inheritance tax (IHT).
thumbnail Introduction to Copyright
Copyright is a form of Intellectual Property. This document provides a summary of the issues surrounding copyright protection.
thumbnail Key tax deadlines 2016-17 HMRC
Covering PAYE, self assessment, Employer Annual Return and similar deadlines
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 Research and Development Tax Credits
A large majority of UK SMEs aren’t aware that they are eligible for R&D Tax Credits and those that do claim, aren’t getting their full entitlement. Find out how we can help.
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)
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 Sustainable Travel Funding
The Sustainable Travel Team at Derbyshire County Council supports workplaces throughout the County to encourage sustainable travel through advice and capital funding.
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 Textile Growth Scheme
Grant funding and support for businesses in the textile supply chain in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and other areas, delivered by Manchester Growth Hub
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 Application Form - EMC
Application form for different levels of Virtual Office services