Derby and Derbyshire Energy Efficiency (D2EE)

The D2EE project provides free energy consultancy and offers grants towards the cost of installing energy efficient measures to help eligible small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in Derby and Derbyshire to reduce their energy use and bills.
Grants are available towards the cost of energy efficiency improvements to premises or process equipment, which could include:
• lighting;
• insulation;
• heating;
• ventilation;
• energy efficient equipment;
• renewable energy.
All SMEs receive an energy audit and tailored advice for their premises and business activities.
For more information please visit http://www.derby.gov.uk/d2ee.

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Great companies think alike – don’t miss out on disabled people’s talents

Thousands of companies are benefiting from opening their recruitment to create a more diverse workforce.  But, many employers also tell us they want to know more about employing disabled people.  We’ll be celebrating World Autism Week and promoting the positive impact of employing autistic and disabled people.

Derby City Council in partnership with DWP are hosting a disability, equality and employment event.  The event is at the Council House, Corporation Street, Derby on Wednesday 28 March 2018 at 9.45 am until 12.30 pm and we’re inviting you to join us.  

Our event will be opened by Councillor Martin Repton, DCC – Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care and will cover:

  • what are the advantages of employing disabled people?
  • how can I get help and support for my disabled employees?
  • what does being a Disability Confident Employer mean?
  • what if I am already doing this?

We’ll have a great morning where you can pick up some tips and advice on employing disabled people, with lots of tea, coffee and networking going on.  Please contact Ann Webster at ann.webster@derby.gov.uk by Monday 19 March 2018 to book your place.  Also let Ann know if you have any access requirements.

We hope to see you there!

Derby Disability Confident Event Team         

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New year new premises

Manufacturing services business Addqual is the latest DEGF recipient to take workshop space at Derby’s iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park.Addqual

The hi-tech company, which operates in the aerospace and medical sectors, has moved to one of the iHub’s new workshops which will enable it to develop and establish its measurement and qualification services.

Addqual currently specialises in manufacturing services for aerospace and medical implant producers in the UK and overseas.

Addqual is the second business venture for the company founder Ben Anderson, formed in 2017 it services businesses operating in the aerospace and medical supply chains.  Anderson said: “Due to the nature of the work we undertake, it was essential for us to find top-quality workshop space and get the business moved in quickly.

“I looked at several workshop premises across the Midlands but the iHub really stood out and will provide the accommodation, facilities and on-going support I need to nurture my business during the next phase of its growth.

As the aim of the DEGF funding is business growth and job creation, the iHub is an ideal location for the business to attract, recruit and train the next wave of high quality engineering talent from across the Midlands.

DEGF is a £20 million recirculating grant and loan finance scheme, made available through a successful bid into the Regional Growth Fund. It is managed by Derby City Council’s Economic Regeneration Team who also manage the D2 Enterprise Growth Fund which is a £3 million grant only scheme, made available through a successful bid to the European Regional Development Fund.  Applications are invited for both schemes from SME businesses with plans for growth and job creation across Derbyshire.

To find out more about both schemes visit: http://www.derby.gov.uk/degf  or email degf@derby.gov.uk

Fashion brand flourishing in Derby

With help from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund fashion designer Chiemelie Umeh  is launching a new collection online in early 2018. The new year also sees her employing her first member of staff with plans to increase the headcount by end of 2018. 

Whilst she originally trained as a pharmacist and worked in that profession for ten years, Chiemelie’s dream had always been to build her own clothing brand. Her vision was to bring an Afro-European touch to women’s clothing, harmonizing the bright, bold pattern and colour of African design with European fabrics for a contemporary look with wide appeal.

Her creations first hit the catwalk at Africa Fashion Week at London in 2015 where the “Chiemelie” brand was born. Encouraged by the positive reviews Chie went on to exhibit at the pure London International trade exhibition in 2016. With potential distributors knocking on her door, Chiemelie needed to take the next step and invest in premises where she could create a sewing room and studio.

The new collection features a range of clothing bearing Chiemelie’s signature style. From ascot-ready dresses to elegant jumpsuits, each piece is set to make woman feel confident, beautiful and empowered.

Chiemelie says “I was very pleased when my application for a DEGF grant was accepted. Being able to access the funding was a game changer for me. It enabled me to respond at the right time to take advantage of the interest that came from exhibiting. Now I can move much faster to make my ambitions a reality.”

Derby City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration & the Economy Councillor Martin Rawson commented: “Our funding scheme is one of the most successful of its type in the country. We were very pleased to be able to give this young company some assistance at a vital time in its development. I look forward to hearing about the growth and expansion of this exciting new fashion brand as it creates future employment opportunities for local people.”

DEGF is now entering a new phase with the distribution of £12 million of recycled loan funding. Applications are invited from businesses with plans for growth and job creation in Derby and Derbyshire. Further funding is being sought to enable this fantastic scheme to be extended to more businesses in Derbyshire in the near future.

To find out more visit: www.derby.gov.uk/degf

DEGF cash provides springboard to success for On

IMG_4083Increased turnover, more staff, bigger premises and better equipment and technology were all unlocked at On Event Production Co as a result of funding from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund.  The firm, which is based in Castle Donington, received a loan of £182,000 and a grant of £100,000 from DEGF back in June 2015.

It used the cash to fit-out its headquarters on the Trent Lane Industrial Estate, and further develop its in-house fabrication department at the 15,000 sq ft premises.  The funding also enabled the firm to invest in a range of specialist equipment and technology to better meet the needs of its clients.

Since the funding injection, the firm has created fourteen new jobs, taking its IMG_4086employee headcount to 23, and has seen its turnover increase from £1.6m to £2.3m.  It has also worked with a host of globally-renowned brands, including Adidas, Nike, Pepsi, Britvic, Virgin, Apple and Disney Pixar, over the past couple of years. And last year, it picked up the prestigious Production Award at The Event Awards 2016.

Managing Director Guy Eaton said: “It’s been a fantastic couple of years here at On, in which we have experienced a significant growth, employed more staff and taken on bigger premises, which has led to more and bigger client wins.  The DEGF funding has enabled us to cement our position as one of the region’s most creative production companies, and the number one choice for agencies and business who want their events to be memorable and leave their audiences feeling excited and inspired.

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Deputy Leader Cllr Martin Rawson and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy said: “On Event Production had a clear idea of how investment would support their growth plans.  This is an excellent example of how support from funding can help improve infrastructure, stimulate growth and create jobs locally.  Derby City Council is delighted to have been able to support the company”.

DEGF is a £20 million recirculating grant and loan finance scheme, made available through a successful bid into the Regional Growth Fund. It is managed by Derby City Council’s Economic Regeneration Team who also manage the D2 Enterprise Growth Fund which is a £3 million grant only scheme, made available through a successful bid to the European Regional Development Fund.  Applications are invited for both schemes from SME businesses with plans for growth and job creation across Derbyshire.

To find out more about both schemes visit: http://www.derby.gov.uk/degf  or email degf@derby.gov.uk

 

The D2EGF 12 Days of Christmas

D2EGF logoThe D2EGF Enterprise Growth Fund has had a great year awarding grants to successful growing businesses in the Derby and Derbyshire area.  With over half of the available funds allocated it seemed appropriate to celebrate some of the projects that have been successful and seen 2017 as year of substantial growth in both their workforce and infrastructure.  The businesses below have all received grant funding that has enabled them to either purchase capital equipment, purchase new premises and/or diversify into new markets and as a result of this, create more jobs.

With just £1m left to spend in 2018 the D2EGF team look forward to working with lots of new businesses in 2018.  But be quick, we hope to get all of the funding allocated by July 2018.  To be in with a chance of receiving funding in 2018 all you need to do to get the ball rolling is support our simple online Expression of Interest which you can find on our website.

The 12 D2EGF Days of Christmas

ige_logoOn the First day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me IG Elements in a Pear Tree.

On the Second day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me Uniseal Europe, and IG Elements in a Pear Tree.           Uniseal
InovelloOn the Third day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me Inovello Ltd, Uniseal Europe, and IG Elements in a Pear Tree.

On the Fourth day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me Railway Electrical ServicesRES LogoInovello Ltd, Uniseal Europe and IG Elements in a Pear Tree.

hcp_logoOn the Fifth day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me Health Care Products Ltd, Railway Electrical Services, Inovello Ltd, Uniseal Europe and IG Elements in a Pear Tree.

On the Sixth day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me Paper Escape, Health Care Products,Paper Escape Railway Electrical Services, Inovello Ltd, Uniseal Europe and IG Elements in a Pear Tree.

Composite BraidingOn the Seventh day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me Composite Braiding, Paper Escape, Health Care Products, Railway Electrical Services, Inovello Ltd, Uniseal Europe and IG Elements in a Pear Tree.

Preform

On the Eighth day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me Preform Technologies Ltd, Composite Braiding, Paper Escape, Health Care Products, Railway Electrical Services, Inovello Ltd, Uniseal Europe and IG Elements in a Pear Tree.

On the Ninth day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me Newburgh Engineering, Preform Technologies, Composite Braiding, Paper Escape, Health Care Products, Railway Electrical Services, Inovello Ltd, Uniseal Europe and IG Elements in a Pear Tree.

promach-logoOn the Tenth day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me Promach 3D, Newburgh Engineering, Preform Technologies, Composite Braiding, Paper Escape, Health Care Products Railway Electrical Services, Inovello Ltd, Uniseal Europe and IG Elements in a Pear Tree.

vmc-website-header-image-intl-del-smlOn the Eleventh day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me Vintage Model Co, Promach 3D, Newburgh Engineering, Preform Technologies, Composite Braiding, Paper Escape, Health Care Products Railway Electrical Services, Inovello Ltd, Uniseal Europe and IG Elements in a Pear Tree.

On the Twelth day of Christmas D2EGF sent to me J Seamer & Sons, Vintage Model Co, SeamersPromach 3D, Newburgh Engineering, Preform Technologies, Composite Braiding, Paper Escape, Health Care Products, Railway Electrical Services, Inovello Ltd, Uniseal Europe and IG Elements in a Pear Tree.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF THE ABOVE BUSINESSES AND ALL OF THOSE WE ARE YET TO WORK WITH

Doing Business In India – How To Make It Happen Seminar

Are you interested in trading with, or expanding your business in India and would like to understand how to make it happen?  If so the breakfast seminar on 6th December 2017 from 8 – 10.30am at the Council House, Derby is the event for you.  Led by Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of India, Birmingham, the seminar will provide you with the opportunity to connect, discuss and ask questions to business leaders already active in the Indian market.

At the seminar, Dr Aman Puri will explain what the Indian
government is doing to make it easier to do business in India. Business leaders from healthcare, food manufacturing, aerospace and defence sectors will share their experiences of trading and building relationships in India. They will also provide an insight into the opportunities and challenges you will face whilst doing business with India.

To register please click the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/doing-business-in-india-how-to-make-it-happen-tickets-39731123861

We look forward to seeing you there!  For more information contact pratibha.hindocha@derby.gov.uk

 

D2EGF Breakfast Event

D2EGF event HiltonThe first event to highlight the D2EGF grant funding available for the whole of Derbyshire was held at the Hilton House Hotel on Wednesday 8th November 2017 and was a great success.

Over 35 people attended and heard how the Derby and Derbyshire Enterprise Growth Fund (D2EGF) still has £1m to be awarded and spent by the end of December 2018.  Attendees ranged from business support providers, banks and accountants to business owners and budding entrepreneurs.

Speakers were: Jo Hadson and Jane Kirby representing D2EGF; Ali Wright, Managing Director of Two Twenty Ltd, a previous recipient of grant funding and Lynn Oxborrow representing the D2N2 Scale Up Programme.

Over a breakfast butty, attendees shared their thoughts and aspirations before hearing from the speakers.  Amazing what can be achieved by 9.30am!!

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The team at D2EGF are hoping to hold similar events at other locations across Derbyshire.  Anyone interested in finding out more about the fund should visit www.derby.gov.uk/degf

D2EGF Breakfast Event

Derby and Derbyshire Enterprise Growth Fund, is delighted to invite you to its breakfast event at The Hilton House Hotel, Hilton.

The event will give you an opportunity to learn about accessing grants, loans and business support for SME’s throughout the Derbyshire region and will be of particular interest to growing companies that are thinking about investing in capital equipment, land or buildings and creating jobs.

Date: Wednesday 8th November
Time: 8am for 8.30am until 9.30am
Venue: Hilton House Hotel

Please feel free to bring your colleagues or any other professional you feel may benefit from this opportunity.

To book your place visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/derby-enterprise-growth-fund-breakfast-event-tickets-38490455990

For further information on the Derby and Derbyshire Enterprise Growth Fund please visit www.derby.gov.uk/degf .

This event is supported by European Regional Development Fund.

The team looks forward to seeing you there.

Precision Engineering brings growth to local company

Precision engineering company Promach 3D, are increasing the size of their workforce by 3.5 FTE posts with the support of a £21k grant from the Derby and Derbyshire Enterprise Growth Fund (D2EGF).

The grant contributed 20% towards an overall investment project that saw the business install a mezzanine floor to expand premises and increase workforce at Victory Rd, Derby.

Launched in 2004, Promach 3D specialise in the design and/or manufacture of conventional and complex components working from drawings, CAD models or existing parts, primarily for the aerospace, rail and motor sport industries.

By 2009 the business was ready to move into larger premises and chose a location that placed them right at the centre of the manufacturing industries in Derby. However, just a few years later the expanding business had already outgrown the purpose built unit at Victory Rd.

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Managing Director Martin Spooner explains why the directors were reluctant to relocate:

We like to work in partnership with our customers, collaborating on R&D projects. Being at the heart of a manufacturing district allowed us to be accessible and responsive. Location was key to being able to work as an extension of our customers own teams.

However, the building was no longer viable for growing the business and restricting our ambitions for the  company. No other premises available at the time, offered the same benefits in terms of location. We were already where we needed to be.”

After considering all options it became clear that the best solution would be to make better use of the space they already had. The solution was to install a mezzanine floor in the existing unit which would increase floor space by 70%.  The full expansion project complete with new state of the art CNC machinery complemented by CAD, CAM software and 3D printing, allows design and/or manufacture all under one roof.  Results include a healthy order book based on increased customer confidence and an excellent reputation within the elite precision industries.

The D2 Enterprise Growth Fund is a partnership between Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, the European Regional Development Fund and the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to help small businesses in Derby and Derbyshire, like Promach 3D, to expand and create good quality, long-term jobs.

It follows the achievements of the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund in and around the city; the fund has recently been successful in bidding for additional funding to make the scheme countywide.

For more information visit http://www.derby.gov.uk/degf

 

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