Business News Derbyshire, May 2011

PUBLISHED: 11:18 19 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:24 20 February 2013

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Simon Turton reports on the latest news and views from the business community across the county ...

When Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced in the last Budget the creation of 21 new Enterprise Zones, including one for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, I was hoping companies in Derbyshire would get a boost and that entrepreneurialism would be encouraged. The first 10 of 21 new Enterprise Zones were to be in urban areas of the highest need but also the highest potential. He continued that: businesses will get up to a 100 per cent discount on business rates, new super-fast broadband, the potential to use enhanced capital allowances, in zones where there is a strong focus on manufacturing. In return for radically reduced planning restrictions we will let local authorities keep all the business rate growth in their zone for 25 years to spend on development priorities.

Unfortunately for companies across Derbyshire the location of the new Enterprise Zone has been confirmed as Boots headquarters in Nottingham.

The good news for Derbyshire, however, is that the new Local Enterprise Partnership (replacing the Regional Development Agencies) will help create the right conditions for future economic prosperity and resilience in the area and will compete for a share of the governments 1.4billion allocated to the 24 LEPs that are being set up around the country.

I very much hope that the new LEPs will be able to boost business and employment opportunities across the region, but they must be able to demonstrate their worth and how they are making a positive contribution to the local economy. The RDAs were seen by many as being bureaucratic and wasteful, with little to show for the 15 billion of taxpayers money that they spent since their inception in 1999.

Simon Turton

Quadralene cleans up at awards ceremony
Derby-based Quadralene received the Outstanding Achievement award at the recent Medilink UK Awards 2011, which celebrates the achievements and successes of the UKs life sciences sector.

Quadralene is a privately-owned company that produces a wide range of high-quality, specialised, cleaning detergents and disinfectants for the healthcare, dental, food, automotive and micro-electronics sectors; the companys vision is to be acknowledged as a leader in cleaning and infection control products. Quadralene is a member of Medilink East Midlands and has received business support from the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet, which is funded by the East Midlands Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.

Commenting on his companys success, managing director Andy Corley said: This award recognises the efforts made by our team to transform Quadralene and the way it operates. Its obviously an honour for us, but it also acknowledges that our company is the kind of innovative business most likely to help the UK out of recession. So I want to encourage the government to keep investing in advice and support for smaller firms, like ours, because Medilink East Midlands and our Healthcare and Bioscience iNet advisers have certainly had a very positive influence on our success.

Thornbridge drinks to success with Waitrose Bakewell-based Thornbridge brewery has agreed an exclusive partnership with Waitrose to sell its award winning bottled beers across their chain of 200 stores. Three beers were launched in April, including Jaipur IPA, Kipling South Pacific Pale Ale and Wild Swan White Gold Pale Ale.

We are delighted to be supplying Waitrose as we recognise that their aspirations to raise the quality of bottled beers available in the UK very much match our own. By having their beers stocked by Waitrose, Webster went on to explain: it will help the many people who contact us asking where they can buy our bottled beers.

David Wyllyams, beer buyer at Waitrose, commenting on the partnership with Thornbridge said: We knew Thornbridge had a great reputation for the quality of their beers and after working with their team of brewers we can see that their Innovation, Passion and Knowledge mantra is put into practice day in, day out.

Derbyshire impresses overseas trade mission Travel trade representatives and journalists from North America and Asia enjoyed early spring sunshine and saw parts of the Peak District and Derbyshire at their best during whistle-stop tours of some of the areas most beautiful places.

Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the areas official tourist board, welcomed parties from Canada and India, introducing them to the areas superb and varied scenery, and several of its leading attractions. The visit was designed to give an accurate summary of the wide range of experiences and opportunities that tourists can enjoy.

The Indian delegation, which stayed at Hopes 4-star Losehill Hall Hotel and Spa, was welcomed by David Thornton, head of marketing and deputy chief executive at Visit Peak District & Derbyshire. During their three-day visit they enjoyed a guided walk of Lose Hill and Mam Tor, and two coach tours around the Derbyshire Dales and Staffordshire Moorlands. The visitors also enjoyed lunch with Sir Richard FitzHerbert at Tissington Hall. The delegation had a short introduction to the areas unique tradition of well dressing before returning to Birmingham Airport for their flight home.

The Canadian partys tour of the area formed part of a VisitBritain Heart of England familiarisation trip, which started with a visit to the Wedgwood Visitor Centre in Staffordshire. In the evening there was dinner at Derbys Cathedral Quarter Hotel and a two-night stay at Jurys Inn, Derby.

During their day in the Peak District they visited Chatsworth; the Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath for a cave tour and cable car trip; the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site and Crich Tramway Museum.

Commenting on the guests visiting from Canada and India, David Thornton said: Both groups were clearly impressed by the sheer variety of things to see, do and visit in the area, and we are hoping that their initial interest will pay dividends in the form of firm holiday bookings in the future.

Bags of style at 131 Chatsworth Road Hathersage-based Blue Deer has signed a lease with a new start-up fashion retailer, Blanc, that is taking a unit at 131 Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield. In choosing Chatsworth Road to open her new store, Anne-Marie White, who has over 10 years experience in fashion, felt that the location of Blanc was vitally important: I have carefully sourced a range of high-end brands and didnt want a typical high street setting. I felt that 131 was perfect for a fashion boutique, which will complement the current tenant mix.

Blanc, whose products will appeal to 25-to-50-year-olds, will stock a range of leading British and European brands that are only available in London and at major shopping centres across the UK, with most of the products manufactured in Europe. Anne-Marie said: We have signed a number of exclusive deals with some of the most exciting brands around, including Custo Barcelona, Jolaby, Renata Arce and Brown & Berry. Blanc opens on 27th May in unit 1F and there will be a coffee bar area where friends and partners can wait for those trying on clothes.

Hammer Design is twice as good Hathersage-based digital agency Hammer Design recently moved into new offices at Hathersage Park, twice the size of their old premises. The company has also doubled the number of employees the result of a significantly increased workload in recent months.

Commenting on their expansion, Si Homfray, Hammers MD, said: It has always been our mission to retain a friendly and professional service no matter how big we become and we are doubly excited as the new staff members have brought considerable professional experience to our already brilliant team.

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