Sweet investment helps business growth

hcp_logoDerby based business; The Sweetener Company, is set to create 4 new full-time jobs with support from the Derby and Derbyshire Enterprise Growth Fund (D2EGF).

The firm applied for a grant of £24,000 from the fund which is a partnership between Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council to help small businesses in Derby and Derbyshire expand and create high quality, long-term jobs.  The grant has paid for the final part of a ‘PET jar’ production line which required a total investment of £750k.  Whilst tablet sweeteners remain popular, demand for granulated sweeteners meant that the company had to consider major investment in production processes to meet customer demand for both formats.  To be cost effective in manufacturing the powdered form of their product, the company decided to build a production line that would create the jar itself with sophisticated blow moulding equipment then fill, seal and cap the jar.

THCPhe Sweetener Company is the largest sweetener tablet producer in the UK and has been manufacturing well-known household brands for over 10 years. Rapid expansion over the past five years has seen sales growth reach 40% with a staggering 3.5 million tablets being produced per hour.

Based on a single 8 hour shift, the new production line is capable of producing 5 million jars per annum.  As well as creating new jobs, being able to produce both sweetener formats, (tablets and granulated), has also secured the jobs of the existing 40 strong workforce.

Managing Director Bob Seaborne explained “Supermarkets who order our products like to keep their supply chains as simple as possible. This means that they want to purchase granulated sweetener from the same supplier as the sweetener tablets.  Our ability to do business with them would have been at risk if we hadn’t been able to meet their needs by providing both products. The D2EGF funding literally allowed us to purchase the final machine to complete the production line which will help to secure our future.”

Derby City Council’s Enterprise Growth Fund Officer, Maria Marsden has been assisting businesses with DEGF applications for over two years and understands what makes a successful bid into the fund. Maria says: The Sweetener Company’s successful grant application was based on their potential for sustainable growth and job creation. Impact of the new investment is already being seen in the sales forecast with confirmed orders in place from a leading house-hold brand.”

The D2 Enterprise Growth Fund is funded by Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, the European Regional Development Fund and the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. 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.  The funding has been awarded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will enable DEGF to support a greater number of businesses wishing to invest in innovation and growth and job creation. The fund will now have two streams, DEGF and D2EGF.  For more information visit www.derby.gov.uk/degf

Doing Business in India: How to get ahead

24 May 2017 from 8.30am to 10.15am

Room 11, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby DE1 2FS
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According to the IMF, India will be the fastest growing major economy in 2017, ahead of China. PM David Cameron took the largest ever trade delegation to India on his first visit there as Prime Minister. PM Theresa May’s first non-EU trade visit was to India. India is the third largest investor in the UK, and the UK is the third largest investor in India.
There are some clear opportunities for UK companies to engage more in terms of both trade and investment with India. But as India’s such a big market, where do you focus? What are the risks? How easy is it to do business there? Derby City Council has teamed up with a leading London-based specialist EPG and will be hosting a free seminar designed to assist SMEs considering the Indian market.
This seminar will provide a look at how to do business in India, with introductions to the macro economy in India, as well as cultural aspects, how to find good partners and protect your IP, as well as centre vs state regulations and HR laws, with relevant case studies. It will be an insightful look at how to succeed in India.
It will be delivered by experienced trade and legal professionals with deep expertise of working in India and the UK.

The Agenda
08.00-8.30 am
Refreshments and registration

8.30 am
Opening remarks
Councillor Baggy Shanker – Cabinet Member for Regulated Services – Derby City Council.

8.40 am
The Macro Landscape in India
Pratik Dattani, – Economic Policy Group
An introduction to the background plus the scale of India, and the main challenges UK companies face in India.

8.50 am
Cultural factors
Supriyo Chaudhuri – Economic Policy Group
What are the main cultural differences that affect doing business not just between the UK and India, but between different states in India. For example, bank holidays may be different, and particularly family-owned businesses may be patriarchal in nature.

9.10 am
Finding the right partners, IP protection and regulation
Satyendra Khaitan – Khaitan Legal Associates
Why do some Joint Ventures fail in India? How do foreign partners set the same expectations in Joint Ventures from the outset? What can foreign companies do to ensure their IP is protected from the outset? How can state regulations impact success in India, even when a foreign company has complied with national laws?

9.55 am
Questions & Answers

10.10 am
Concluding remarks – Councillor Baggy Shanker / Pratik Dattani.

10.15 am
Networking – Nibbles and Drinks will be provided

For more information contact Pratibha Hindocha: pratibha.hindocha@derby.gov.uk or 01332 641675

A Stitch in Time…..

Ashley Buckley 3Three years ago with a little help from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund, Ashley Buckley Personal Tailoring launched in Iron Gate and the business is still going strong.  Tucked away on the first floor here is a traditional business that continues to move with the times whilst retaining those important values of craftmanship and customer service.  If you want a quality made to measure suit this is the place for you.

In a time when many clothes are mass produced it is great to see a small business providing such a high quality bespoke service.  This is a different kind of clothes shopping.  Sat relaxing on a leather sofa, customers can select their fabric from a vast range of top grade cloth.  Ashley’s favourite fabric to work with is tweed but there are many fabrics to choose from, including the finest Italian silks to create that luxurious suit lining.  Everything thing is considered even down to the quality of the buttons, there’s no plastic to be found here.

Ashley Buckley has been in tailoring for 42 years.  With a team of two part-time seamstresses, the business not only provides bespoke tailoring but also alterations and repairs. Ashley Buckley 4

Ashley said: “The Cathedral Quarter is the perfect location for my business and the support of Derby Enterprise Growth Fund has enabled tailoring skills to be kept within the city”.

Maria Marsden, DEGF Officer commented “This was a small grant for the Fund but it was money well spent to keep this traditional tailoring service here in Derby.  Many people do not want to buy off the peg and want to stand out from the crowd and having a bespoke garment made is a great way to do 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 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 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 many years to come.

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Ashley Buckley Personal Tailoring can be found at: 10 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3FJ.

New funding delivers new jobs at local rail firm

RES LogoA new funding opportunity managed through the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF) will enable local firm Railway Electrical Services (RES), to more than double their workforce. The company is one of the first projects to benefit from the new D2 funding stream which will see coverage expand into the whole of Derbyshire.  Ilkeston based RES have been experiencing increased demand for the supply of electrical solutions to the railway industry and to meet that demand the company are extending their premises to employ 50 more staff at the Hallam Fields Road site.

RES were successful in their grant application for £43k on the basis of their potential for sustainable growth and high job creation. Confirmed orders from customers such as Balfour Beatty, Network Rail and Carillion have created increased demand, together with enabling work at Euston station in readiness for delivering HS2.

The funding will support the capital costs of building work to expand their Head Office in the former St Bartholomew’s Church. The building is a well-known local landmark, having been partially destroyed during a First World War Zeppelin raid.

Managing Director Simon Winson feels the funding was a vital element in enabling the company to grow. “The opportunity for RES to grow the business on the back of an already successful 16 yrs trading and create more jobs was enabled by the assistance and contribution to costs made by the DEGF.

Derby City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities and City Centre Regeneration, Councillor Martin Rawson, comments: “RES is a great example of a local company with the potential to expand with some support. This is exactly what our successful funding scheme has been created to do, stimulate growth in order to create sustainable new jobs.”

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) iinjection of grant funding will enable DEGF to support a greater number of businesses across the county wishing to invest in innovation and growth and job creation. The fund will now have two streams DEGF and D2EGF.

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

10th Anniversary brings business growth

Paper EscapeBased in the High Peaks of Derbyshire, Paper Escape is a document scanning specialist who this year celebrates 10 years in business.

And thanks in part to a grant from the D2 Enterprise Growth Fund, the company will be celebrating by relocating to new purpose built premises in Chapel-en-le-Frith to help accommodate their impressive business growth.

Specialising in electronic document storage and document management solutions, Paper Escape serves both the private and public sector nationwide.  Clients include Morrisons, Cadburys, British Gas and the NHS to name a few but the list of satisfied clients just continues to grow.  Priding itself on customer service, Paper Escape tailors its service to meet the customer needs and this approach is certainly paying off.  The company has been successful in achieving many quality accreditations including: British Assessment Bureau; UKAS; ISO90001, BSI and ICO.

Managing Director Adrian Hill commented “We’ve been looking to relocate for some time due to the demand for our services and it was very important for us to find somewhere locally. With the help of D2EGF we were able to secure a prominent location in Chapel-en-le-Frith and proceed with plans to build larger, more modernised premises designed specifically for our needs. Paper Escape New Building DesignThis will allow us to expand and improve current services whilst also securing all existing jobs, many of which could have been in jeopardy if we were forced to relocate outside of the local area.  The re-location will allow the continued growth of Paper Escape as one of the market leaders in EDM (electronic document management) and create several new positions for local people over the coming years, it’s very exciting times”.

D2EGF Funding Officer Maria Marsden advised “Paper Escape is exactly the kind of business the fund aims to help.  Successful in its field but needing investment to take it to the next stage in its expansion plans.  It is great to see such a thriving business in the wider Derbyshire area.”

D2EGF is a £3 million grant only scheme, made available through a successful bid to the European Regional Development Fund.  Applications are invited from businesses with plans for growth and job creation across Derbyshire.  It is managed by Derby City Council’s Economic Regeneration Team who also manage the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund.  DEGF is a £20 million recirculating grant and loan finance scheme, made available through a successful bid into the Regional Growth Fund. Applications are invited from businesses with plans for growth and job creation in Derby and the travel to work area.

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

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.