Growing talent in Derby

schofield-brittenAn ethos of “All about People” has seen local talent services company, Schofield Britten, go from strength to strength in this busy sector.  A grant from DEGF back in 2013 to help the company expand and move into larger premises has seen the company increase both its staff team and client base.  Since this initial investment, the company has continued to grow and have now purchased neighbouring property to further expand its workforce and launch a new training academy.

“Because we do things differently to most companies in the recruitment sector and also have employee performance coaching and engagement services which are unique, it makes complete sense to launch the GENIUS academy to train our workforce of the future” says chairman Peter Schofield.  “Since we first received DEGF support in 2013 we have seen at least 50% growth every year, driven by our ability to support increasing demand from employers in our region.  The DEGF funding kick-started our growth and enabled us to then go on to support the growth of many local companies by sourcing and developing the additional skills they need” he added.

fordstanley_logoWith an initial job creation target of 11, Schofield Britten, which trades under the name of Ford & Stanley, has not only achieved this, but exceeded it.  A further 19 staff members now make up the team.  This coupled with the number of jobs created indirectly as a result of businesses working with the company, shows that the company are leaders in its field.

Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (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 Derbyshire are encouraged to apply by visiting our website www.derby.gov.uk/degf  Due to making loan investments rather than simply distributing grant payments, DEGF will be available to support businesses for many years to come.

 

Derby Jobs Fair

In partnership with Derby City Council, The Jobcentre Plus have organised a Jobs Fair on Thursday 23 February 2017, between 10am – 2pm at The Spot Conference Centre, Wilmot Street.

The Jobs Fair could provide an excellent opportunity for businesses to recruit from a wider and more diverse pool of people. If you or know of any employers looking to recruit, please see attach an invitation to participate.

If you are interested or have any other questions, please contact either Pratibha Hindocha (Pratibha.hindocha@derby.gov.uk) or Jo Alton (joanne.alton@dwp.gsi.gov.uk / telephone 0115 9094861)

Derby Translation Business attracts new recruit

fw-imageA local small business has welcomed a new member to the team in the role of Translation Project Coordinator.  Stephanie Donat, a part-time freelance translator joined the team at Freeman Williams in December 2016 to manage various translation and interpreting projects in multiple languages and across various subjects.

freeman-williamsFreeman Williams based at the College Business Centre, Derby specialise in translating, interpreting and proofreading services for a wide range of businesses.  Its clients are drawn from a range of sectors with particular experience of technical translations for the railway, engineering and automotive industries, fashion and textiles.  More recently the company has been working increasingly in the fields of marketing and PR.

The company received a grant from Derby Enterprise Growth Fund to help it achieve its expansion plans.  The funding enabled the company to invest in the latest state of the art software to support its work.

The company has recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and continues to attract a wide range of new and repeat business.  Company Director, Abi Miller explained the uniqueness of the service: “All of our translations are carried out by professional freelance translators who work into their own mother tongue language. When the translations are delivered to us, everything is proofread in-house by one of our project managers for accuracy and quality. Our clients (and also our translators) appreciate this thorough, rigorous approach and it is something that we include at no additional cost to the customer. ”

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.  Due to the unparalleled success of the Fund in making loan investments rather than simply distributing grant payments, the Fund will be available to support businesses for years to come.  Businesses with plans for growth and job creation in Derby and Derbyshire are encouraged to apply.  To find out more visit our website

Local firm looks forward to Spring

ph9Local firm ph9 web design will be welcoming both old and new clients to their stand at the prestigious Spring Fair at the NEC Birmingham from Sunday 5th February until Thursday 9th February.

Spring Fair is an annual trade show which expects to welcome 60,000 visitors over the 5 day period. Trading under the name of uporium, the company is a regular exhibitor at the event which see it offering helping businesses sell online easily.

ph9 has been in business since 2004 delivering a range of web services including trading under the uporium brand who’s speciality is Ecommerce websites. In 2015 the company received a grant and loan from DEGF to help expand the business and create two further jobs within the team.

Rob Watson, Director commented “We look forward to welcoming anyone who wants to sell online easily to visit us at our stand in Hall 6 at the Spring Fair at the NEC. It’s a pleasure to not only provide clients with a website, but to show them how to use it too.”

DEGF Funding Officer, Maria Marsden stated “It is great to see businesses like ph9 continuing to thrive in such a competitive sector. Events like Spring Fair are a great opportunity for the company to attract new clients”.

Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (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 Derbyshire are encouraged to apply by visiting our website www.derby.gov.uk/degf  Due to making loan investments rather than simply distributing grant payments, DEGF will be available to support businesses for many years to come.

Printer investment brings success

mx-displayA thriving design and print company is enjoying continued success following investment from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund.

The company received grant and loan funding back in 2015 which enabled it to update its equipment and invest in the latest print technology becoming the first in the UK to use the LED UV printer.

MX Display has been based at the Meteor Business Park, Derby, since 2006.  Following the capital investment it has seen business grow and the company has created 7 additional jobs at the local site.  It has also recently opened an office in London.  This new office will focus on servicing the London & South market with support from the team at Derby.

Adrian Rushton, Managing Director explained “The funding was an important part of our strategic growth as it enabled us to invest in new equipment, opening up new markets and increasing our customer base”.

DEGF Fund Officer Maria Marsden mx-staff-meetingcommented: “Derby is building a reputation of excellence in the creative industries and it is important that businesses in this sector are encouraged to create job opportunities that will retain and develop the growing skills base in the city.  MX Display is an ideal example of a successful creative business which is doing just this”.

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 Derbyshire 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.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

 

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Just a quick note to wish all of the businesses we’ve worked with through 2016 and all of the businesses we’re yet to work with all the best of the season.  2016 has been a tough year for many people, for many reasons and who knows what 2017 will bring but lets hope its a successful and prosperous one for the business community of Derby & Derbyshire.

 

 

Local Entrepreneur has Christmas all wrapped up.

Abigail Warner has been running a successful design business since 2007, located in the city’s cathedral quarter at Sadler Bridge Studios.  Designing bespoke luxury paper goods for the wedding market as well as greeting cards and social stationery, the Abigail Warner brand is firmly establishing itself in the market and has enabled the business to attract some impressive clients, including Selfridges, John Lewis, Harrods and Fenwicks.

abigail-pic4Following a successful pilot project in Selfridges in 2015, this year sees Abigail Warner in two of London’s top stores Christmas offering, Selfridges and John Lewis.

The special service that Abigail is providing is personalised wrapping paper.  abigail-pic2Abigail has worked with each of the stores to design a range of wrapping paper that is bespoke and exclusive to that store.  Customers choose from a catalogue of designs, specify the name they want on it and hey presto the paper is printed for them in store.  With a minimal waiting time, perfect for a quick browse around the rest of the floor, the service is proving a great success.  abigail-pic3In Selfridges the range has been extended to include Christmas stockings and banners.  Christmas has never been more personal.  Now not only the present content will get the recipient excited so will the wrapping!

abigail-pic1Abigail Warner received a grant and loan from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund to help with the purchase of the printing equipment.  Abigail commented “Without the support of the Fund I would have hugely struggled to make my ambitious expansion plans become a reality – working with the large high street retailers means that my cashflow is always incredibly stretched as their trading terms are not favorable to small businesses – but the Fund has enabled me to make purchases that were business changing and will have a lasting impact on both the operational side of the business and my strategic plans.  Maria in particular was a great source of help, advice and support and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity”.

DEGF Funding Officer, Maria Marsden stated “I was recently able to view first hand how the bespoke wrapping paper service works and it was great to see customers accessing this great product. DEGF funding has helped Abigail expand on her pilot project and I’m excited to see the next stage in the company’s growth as more stores recognise what a special service this is and look to work with this innovative designer”.

Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (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 Derbyshire are encouraged to apply by visiting our website www.derby.gov.uk/degf  Due to making loan investments rather than simply distributing grant payments, DEGF will be available to support businesses for many years to come. 

Entrepreneurial spirit recognised by local MP

Picture: Alex Cantrill-Jones / ACJ MediaThe MP for south Derbyshire, Heather Wheeler, has praised the entrepreneurial spirit of DEGF funded staircase manufacturer TwoTwenty during a recent visit to the firm’s headquarters.

Mrs Wheeler toured TwoTwenty’s Foston-based factory and congratulated members of staff on the firm’s recent award wins and continued business growth.

During her visit, Mrs Wheeler praised TwoTwenty for its ambitious growth and development plans despite the uncertain economic climate.

“It’s wonderful to see businesses in Derbyshire thriving,” she said. “TwoTwenty has a fantastic reputation in its industry and is clearly going from strength to strength.

“What’s more, the firm’s staff truly care about the service they give their customers, which was evident to me during my visit to their factory.”

Ali Wright, TwoTwenty’s founder and director, said: “Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, we’ve seen a significant increase in demand for our staircases in recent months. As a result, we’re investing in every part of the business to make sure we can meet that demand.

“We have a fantastic team who deliver a superb product and service and we will continue to build our business to support our customers even further.”

TwoTwenty’s continued success was recognised at national and local level this year. The BWF Awards saw the firm win the Process Efficiency award, while at the Burton Mail Business Awards, TwoTwenty scooped the Overall Business of the Year award.

Small Business Saturday 2016

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Derby City Council is hosting an event to celebrate the national Small Business Saturday campaign.  Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’.

 

Christmas is Coming


The Emporium
at Draycott has now been opened over a year and this thriving Aladdin’s Cave of luxury items for the home, is embracing the Christmas spirit with a wide range of Christmas products.  So now on top of the fabulous range of furniture and soft furnishings for the home you can stock up on all your Christmas decorations.

So if you’re looking for inspiration on how to decorate your home this year, a visit is a must.  The Emporium can be found at Draycott Mill, The Courtyard, off Market Street, Draycott DE72 3NB or you can visit their Facebook page for a taster of what you will find.

DEGF were able to assist Managing Director, Maria Beale in purchasing the property and adjoining business Purple Squirrel Storage by providing a loan.  The Fund was happy to contribute to this innovative new business and is pleased to see its continuing success.

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 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.  For further information visit www.derby.gov.uk/degf