Capital growth for local company

Economit

The future is looking good for IT consultancy company Economit as it celebrates its 5th year in business.  Following a move to new premises at The Colour Shed, Darley Abbey in 2015, with help from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund through grant funding, the company has expanded considerably and the team has now welcomed seven new members of staff.  With an initial target to recruit four new team members, it has met and exceeded its target!

The company which was set up in 2011 by Mike Donoghue and Nick Gall focusing on delivering IT Director level services to clients that quantifiably reduce IT operational costs whilst retaining maximum operational success.  Its USP is its independent and unbiased view.  Economit offers an unparalleled service where the clients’ needs are put first when helping businesses make decisions on technology, hardware, software, infrastructure, cloud computing whilst developing an all-important IT strategy.

With clients all over the country and business in London constantly increasing, what is next for Economit? Mike Donoghue, Managing Director commented “Now we are established in the East Midlands, our sights are now firmly set on the country’s capital and we intend to apply a similar client acquisition formula there that has suited us well up to now. There is a significant market opportunity awaiting us in London”.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and Cabinet Member for Communities and City Centre Regeneration, said: “The Derby Enterprise Growth Fund grant made available to Economit is a great example of how businesses with potential can be supported to achieve sustainable growth.”

DEGF is a £20 million pot of funding achieved through a successful bid into the government’s Regional Growth Fund.  Derby City Council’s Economic Regeneration Team manage the fund which is distributed in the form of grants and loans.  Businesses with plans for growth and job creation in Derby and the travel to work area are encouraged to apply.  Due to making loan investments rather than simply distributing grant payments, the DEGF will be available to support businesses for years to come.  To find out more visit our website.

 

Local photography business ‘POPs’ up in the Intu!

Following a successful season in 2015, Darley Abbey based photographers Mackney can once again be found in the Derby Intu centre with their POP studio.

Mackney POP2  For a limited time, you have the opportunity to visit their pop up shop for a photo shoot where you can find a whole host of amazing themes to help create a new kind of child portraiture.  The team of award winning photographers have collaborated with experienced propmakers to create exciting backdrops that form the unique ‘POP’ look.

So what is special about POP?  POP is an opportunity for children to realise their dreams and take centre stage in their own staged set, whether they want to be a superhero, a football or a woodland fairy.   Mackney POPWith skilled photography, beautifully crafted and perfectly lit sets and a little post production magic the POP team at Mackney are able to create personalised artwork that any parent would be proud to display in their home.

Run by husband and wife team Simon & Wendy Mackney, the company has been based at The North Mill, Darley Abbey since 2012 providing a mixture of commercial and portrait photography.  It was awarded a grant and loan from DEGF back in 2015, to help refurb the studio facilities and develop the POP concept.  Wendy recently commented “With the help of DEGF, we’ve been able to grow our business in the right direction and help create a fantastic and fun work environment for our employees.”

DEGF is a £20 million pot of funding achieved through a successful bid into the government’s Regional Growth Fund.  Derby City Council’s Economic Regeneration Team manage the fund which is distributed in the form of grants and loans.  Businesses with plans for growth and job creation in Derby and the travel to work area are encouraged to apply.

Due to making loan investments rather than simply distributing grant payments, the DEGF will be available to support businesses for years to come.  To find out more visit our website.

 

New E-Commerce Jobs for Derby

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A move to Pride Park has seen local company EasyWebStore (EWS) expand its business and create several new jobs within the city.  With a grant from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund the company is now well placed to deliver its core aim of making it easier for businesses to sell online.

Founder and Operations Director David Hall started the company back in 2008 and has seen a consistent growth in revenue ever since. Large companies like Morrison’s, Starbucks and McCormick Schwartz along with a multitude of SMEs have benefited from EWS’ expertise in eCommerce solutions, supply chain management and digital marketing. Major rebranding at EWS together with platform improvements led the company into a phase of ‘hypergrowth’. Stimulation from the DEGF, has enabled the company to match its resources with
growing demand.

FullSizeRender (2)“It quickly became important to move to an accessible, highly visible location from where we can attract the staff with the skills we need to sustain growth” says David. “The move to Pride Park did this and put us right at the heart of the business community who are in need of our skills“. The DEGF grant has enabled us to take advantage of the opportunities we had, at just the right time.”

Derby City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities and City Centre Regeneration, Councillor Martin Rawson, comments: “The DEGF funding made available to EWS is a great example of how businesses with potential can be supported to achieve sustainable growth. ”

DEGF is a £20 million pot of funding achieved through a successful bid into the Regional Growth Fund.  Derby City Council’s Economic Regeneration Team manages the fund which is distributed in the form of grants and loans.   Applications for DEGF continue to be welcomed by Derby City Council.  To find out more visit: http://www.derby.gov.uk/degf

New Strategy = New Business

Local consultancy company QSS QSS Logo
received a grant from DEGF back in 2015 to help them grow their business and saw them create six new jobs in the city.  One of the roles created was for David Harris who has taken the role of Managing Director.  Since David joined the company back in September, he has played a key role in building relationships with both new and old customers, whilst growing the products and services that the company offers.

Following a substantial piece of work to prepare a new Strategy Plan for QSS, the company has seen a 95% success rate on bids tendered.  In recent months the company has won three out of four major contracts tendered for.  Whilst the main focus of bids has been within the rail industry the company is beginning to work in other sectors.  A recent contract saw the company support Heathrow Airport in attaining ISO50001 accreditation in energy management.

QSS trainingWith a new look website, additions and development of the services provided QSS Group Ltd look set to go from strength to strength.  With over 15 years of experience as a management consultancy company for the rail infrastructure industry and a vibrant team of staff in place, QSS are well placed to serve the whole of the UK, providing support in healthy and safety, risk management, emergency management, training and auditing, to name just a few of the services offered.    For more information please visit www.theqssgroup.co.uk

DEGF is supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and run by Derby City Council.  DEGF aims to support business expansion and job creation in Derby and the Travel to Work area through a mix of grants and loans.  For further information visit www.derby.gov.uk/degf

From Repton to Le Mans

Gibson_RGBDEGF are pleased to report that Repton company Gibson Technology has recently returned from yet another successful Le Mans 24 Hour race, supporting LMP2 race teams competing with the Gibson 015S chassis and Gibson-Nissan engines.

Strakka Racing finished the world’s toughest endurance race in a credible 4th place in LMP2, a great result in their Gibson 015S. The G Drive Jota team and their Gibson chassis were looking strong until just after the 15 hour mark, when another car forced them off the track.  Unfortunately the damage caused was too much and they had to make the decision to retire.

A total of 10 cars in the LMP2 field competed with Gibson-Nissan engines, with all cars finishing the race with the exception of the G Drive Jota car.  SMP Racing took third place on the podium with a Gibson-Nissan engine and 6 out of the top 10 cars in LMP2 being powered by Gibson-Nissan.

At this prestigious event the company were proud to launch the new LMP2 Gibson GK428 engine which was well received by the press and race fans alike.

Gibson new engineGibson Technology has been chosen by the FIA/ACO as the single engine supplier for LMP2 class sportscars and will supply all LMP2 teams from 2017 to 2020.  Gibson has developed and will manufacture a new 4.2 litre V8 engine, supplying all LMP2 teams in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), including the Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and the Asian Le Mans Series (from 2019 onwards).

Gibson received a grant from DEGF back in 2015 to help it improve its facilities so it is now able to test racing engines at a greater level of accuracy.

For up to date news on Gibson Technology visit www.gibsontech.co.uk.  For  more info on DEGF please visit www.derby.gov.uk/degf

Innovate UK Open Programme

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Have you heard that the Innovate UK open programme is now open for business?  This could be a great opportunity for you to put that great idea that is sat in the back of your mind into practice.

Lightbulb moment

The Innovate UK open programme provides businesses with funding for an innovative idea. It can also help them access knowledge and skills from the UK research base. This will help them become more competitive.

As with their sector-based competitions, the open programme supports innovation at various stages. It helps companies develop projects from proof of concept through to prototype development and demonstration.

Each year it will run 2 rounds of open funding competitions to provide these opportunities for businesses. This will build on the success of previous schemes such as Smart.

The open programme also helps businesses work with the research base. This will improve their ability to innovate and increase their competitiveness, through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Key Dates are as follows:

  • Competition opens – 6th June 2016
  • Briefing event webinar – 14th June 2016
  • Registration deadline – 31st August 2016
  • Application deadline – 7th September 2016

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/innovation-grants-for-business-apply-for-funding

At the cutting edge of engineering

ABP logo (ABP) is looking to the future.  With the help of a grant from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF) the company has purchased new machinery which has seen it increase its client base and provide an even higher standard of precision engineering.  British engineering has a global reputation for the highest level of quality and ABP takes great pride in this.  With investment in machinery sporting the very latest technology the company can achieve the best results in a variety of sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Energy and Medical.

As the company grows it has been able to create 10 new jobs within the past 18 months. The company is always on the lookout for new talent so anyone looking for a career in innovative precision engineering should contact the company directly by emailing their CV to sales@allbritishprecision.co.uk

All British Precision image 1ABP Director, Richard Allen commented “DEGF has transformed our organisation from a very ordinary sub-contract engineering company with ageing machinery and workforce to a state-of the-art precision engineering business. The new workshop speaks for itself.  

The investment in new machinery has so far attracted many new companies to come and work with us.  As a result we are now planning a further investment to satisfy demand.”  

DEGF is a £20 million pot of funding achieved through a successful bid into the government’s Regional Growth Fund.  Derby City Council’s Economic Regeneration Team manage the fund which aims to support growth and job creation in businesses within the city and surrounding area through a mix of loans and grants.  Businesses with plans for growth and job creation in Derby and the travel to work area are encouraged to apply.  Due to making loan investments rather than simply distributing grant payments, DEGF will be available to support businesses for years to come.

Auction House Bids for Success

If you haven’t yet visited the John Pye Auctions website, then its time you did. John Pye imageThere you will find a whole host of exciting lots for you to bid on, from home furnishings and electrical goods to vehicles and property.

Whilst all of the John Pye Auction sites offer a wide range of goods, the opening of its luxury assets division really sets it apart.  Where else would you be given the opportunity to acquire a quartet of Formula One World Championship Grand Prix Grid Cars or some of the world’s rarest and purest rubies, emeralds and sapphires?

John Pye F1-final

Since opening its premises in Derby, Nottingham based Auctioneers John Pye has continued to thrive and has now expanded into showrooms on Bond Street, London, with a further hub in Edinburgh serving Scottish shoppers.

The company was awarded a grant in 2015 from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund to assist it in the refurbishment of the Chequers Road site and since then has created 21 jobs in the local area.   Due to its prominent location and despite being the smallest, the Derby site has become one of the most prestigious sites in the company portfolio and has immediately realised profit for the company which was an unexpected bonus in its first year of trading.

John Pye logoAdam Pye, Managing Director commented “John Pye Auction have been wanting a location adjacent to the A52 for years now, we have major clients based in Derby. The premises were tired and needed full restoration which is now complete. The grant did a play a big factor in our final decision to open in Derby and I’m pleased we did. The weekly auctions are fully running and over 1000 people now participate every week.

I’d like to take this opportunity to openly thank the people of Derby, our Derby staff and Derby customers for making this one of our most popular auction sites in the country and of course a sincere thank you to the DEGF for their support and guidance”.

The Derby Enterprise Growth Fund aims to support growth and job creation in businesses in the city and surrounding area through a mixture of loans and grants.  For more information please visit our website.

 

Continued Growth for Local Documentation Specialists

DT-Publications-logo (2)There’s no looking back for Derby based company DT Publications Ltd following a grant from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund.  The company received the funding to support the development of its innovative software Druid.net.  Druid.net™ enables service, operational and maintenance information developed by engineering and manufacturers in the aerospace, defence, rail and utilities markets to be available for users electronically with 24/7 access from portable devices such as tablets and smartphones.  Recent development has seen the company produce a further version Druid.net Lite.

DT-Publications-engineer imageThe Druid product has been very well received in many sectors and clients include Siemens, the Grand Central, UGL Limited (Thailand) and more recently the company has secured two major contracts – one domestic and one international from BAE.

The products success has meant that the DT Publications team has had to grow to manage the increased workload and the company is now employing a further 6 staff members.  As the target set by the company when the funding was applied for was 3.5 posts this is a great success and is a great example of the difference a small amount of funding can make.

Dean Taylor, Managing Director commented “DT publications are delighted to be able to expand our work force based on an increase in turnover.  The funding provided by the DEGF has enabled us to develop Druid.net™ and increase market share giving us a stable platform for further expansion”.

DEGF is supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and run by Derby City Council. It aims to support the growth and job creation at businesses in Derby and the travel to work area through a mix of loans and grants.

BUSINESS GROWTH FOR LOCAL PR & MARKETING AGENCY

It’s exciting times for Allestree based marketing and PR agency, Balls2 Marketing Ltd who has increased its business income by one third in just six months. Creative husband and wife team Andy and Sarah Ball, successfully bid into the DEGF and seized the opportunity to build their business and their marketing team.

With a combined grant/loan award of £33,000 the agency has been able to purchase equipment, expand its premises and take on five more staff smashing its predicted job creation target of two!  Balls2Mktg image

The investment has enabled the launch of affordable social media and SEO packages for SMEs, in support of the growing need for companies to get a return on investment on their online activity. Additional office space was provided by restoring rooms within their existing base; a converted chapel with lots of period features. With the new team in place, both the company client base and business continue to grow.

Sarah and Andy believe that the job creation stimulated by the DEGF does not stop at Balls2 Marketing. “We want to help businesses to realise their own growth potential.” says Andy. “Our clients are based all over the world and range from start-ups to multinational companies. It’s particularly exciting when we can help them to benefit each other. One of the businesses we work with grew from a standing start to 39 employees in just one year. Even our smallest client has been able to create two new posts.”

Christine Durrant, Strategic Director of Communities and Place at Derby City Council comments: “It’s great to see the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund supporting this local business with an international client base. What a great example of how the fund has brought extended benefits, putting other companies in a position to grow or diversify”.

DEGF is a £20 million pot of funding achieved through a successful bid into the Regional Growth Fund.  Derby City Council’s Economic Regeneration Team manages the fund which is distributed in the form of grants and loans.  Businesses with plans for growth and job creation in Derby and the travel to work area are encouraged to apply.  To find out more visit: http://www.derby.gov.uk/degf