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Exciting New Vacancies at Data Clarity
.NET Developer
£30,000 – £40,000 a year – Permanent
Location: Derby

We are currently recruiting for a .Net Developer at our Head Office, Pride Park, Derby.

The candidate will have to love writing code in a dynamic and multidisciplinary environment and take pride in writing elegant bullet proof solutions that our customers interact every day.

Data Clarity seeks a .NET developer to implement high performing technical solutions. You will be responsible for developing, enhancing, modifying and/or maintaining applications that serve multiple industries

  • Design, build and implement cutting edge solutions to complex problems in a .NET/MS SQL environment.
  • Design and implement middle-tier business objects, components, web services, and database systems using a variety of languages like C#, JQuery and T-SQL in MVC or Web-Forms architecture patterns.
  • Stand-up and deploy environments in Azure, AWS and private dedicated environments
  • Perform hardware/network-related troubleshooting while fulfilling the creative vision of the project by working closely with the Front End Developers and Data Architects
  • Advise on software architecture and how your work is deployed in production
  • Advise on security and performance aspects of applications.

For more information, please visit: http://www.dataclarity.uk.com/ or email louise.norman@dataclarity.uk.com

Laurent-Perrier expert, John Cleary is set to return to Derby next month with an exclusive evening of gourmet dining, which is expected to be an immediate sell out.

Seven Restaurant and Café Bar located in the city’s bustling Pride Park, will host the evening, which previous sold out in just two hours, when it was held in the eatery’s private dining facility upstairs.

The evening will offer the ultimate ‘foodie’ with the opportunity to try a five course gourmet menu, washed down with five glasses of champagne from the Laurent-Perrier collection.  It will also provide a first time look- and taste, of the revamped, Laurent Perrier Brut.

Laurent-Perrier recently changed the style and blend of its core mainstream non-vintage champagne renaming it La Cuvée. The new wine, which will initially be based on the high quality 2012 harvest, will have more Chardonnay in it, and will be on offer at the exclusive night at Seven.

The luxury evening of gourmet dining will take place on November 9th, and will cost £75pp, and will feature expert talks from Laurent-Perrier.

John Cleary, National Accounts Controller at Laurent-Perrier said: “I’m delighted to return to Seven Restaurant and Café Bar to host another Laurent-Perrier dinner on the 9th of November.

“As one of the most distinguished, independent, family-owned Champagne houses, Laurent-Perrier is renowned for producing a diverse and pioneering range of fine champagnes, noted for their freshness and elegance. The dinner will feature two new releases, Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée and Vintage 2007, and the iconic Cuvée Rosé”.

Managing Director at Derby based Seven Restaurant and Café Bar, Helen Salloway, said: “We are over the moon that John has agreed to join us once again at Seven, for a night of luxury and fine dining. We trialled the event some time ago, in one of our private dining rooms, and it sold out within two hours. This time we will be looking to fill the whole restaurant, although availability is still limited.”

For more information, or to book this exclusive evening of fine dining, please visit: www.sevenrestaurant.co.uk or call: 01332 332277.

 

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect on 25th May 2018, Document Network Services are giving businesses the opportunity to learn about technology that could help ensure compliance with the new legislation by delivering a number of GDPR Awareness Workshops.

The workshops will take place weekly at the DNS Innovation Centre in Pride Park, Derby, between November and December 2017 and will cover a number of topics including: User Authentication, Anti-Virus Protection, Secure Print Release, Email Filtering and Document Management, whilst providing an opportunity to look at some of the latest and most innovative technology available.

To find out more about the event and to register, visit www.dnslimited.co.uk/gdpr-events or call their team on 0845 034 0895.

Learn how to use coaching techniques to improve performance.

In this course we focus on how you can use coaching, with an emphasis on outcomes and positive action.

We will introduce a straightforward model to support the coaching process in the workplace, and will provide the opportunity to practise your coaching style.

This 2 hour course will give you the skills to coach your employees to better perform in their role. Find out what the term ‘coaching’ really means, and as a manager, how you do it.

Who should attend?

This programme is suitable for new managers and anyone who has line management responsibility.

How will I benefit?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

Use an appropriate coaching model to guide conversations and result in action
Help your people be their best
Know when to use coaching conversations to best effect
Improve your listening skills with focus on ‘active listening’
Use good questioning skills to get to the root cause of the issue

Key topics

An introduction to coaching
The coaching spectrum
Learning styles and learning cycle
Characteristics of a good coach
Coaching model – GROW
Feedback

Click here to book

In March 2017 Highways England confirmed a £2.6m contribution towards the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme from the Growth and Housing Fund. A stage 2 application for £6.72m funding towards the Scheme was approved by the D2N2 LEP in July 2017 and the funding agreement completed in September.

Negotiations on the target price have continued with Galliford Try, the main contractor, and it is anticipated that the main works contract will be signed by 6th October 2017.

We are preparing to start the first phase of the main construction works which will involve road closures on the A52 Brian Clough Way. Initially, during the week commencing 9th October 2017 we will need to close the A52 Westbound, from Raynesway to Pentagon, for 2/3 nights between 8.00pm and 6.00am. We will be erecting temporary safety barriers, which will mean the width of the main carriageway will be reduced for the duration of the works on the A52, but two lanes will be maintained.

Once the barriers are in place, the A52 Eastbound, Pentagon to Raynesway, will be closed overnight from 8.00pm to 6.00 am. The road closures will commence on 12th October 2017 and will last up to 20 weeks.  Two narrow running lanes will operate in the daytime.

  • From 11th to 22nd December 2017, the road will not close until 10.00pm.
  • When Derby County Football Club are playing midweek home games, the road will not be closed until after 11.00pm.
  • From 23rd December 2017 to 7th January 2018 no works will be carried out and there will be no road closures.

PDF Drawings showing the routes affected and the proposed diversions are available on the A52 Scheme webpage

Works will include reducing the width of the central reserve to give more room to widen the carriageway. This will then enable us to create additional lanes in each direction.  Eastbound the third lane will be from the Wyvern Way slip road to the diverge to Raynesway/Spondon. As well as increasing capacity, the additional lane will reduce the need for drivers to change lanes.

When the works have been completed on the eastbound side it will be fully operational and work will then commence on the other side of the carriageway.  Works on the A52 Westbound and Wyvern Junctions will be carried out during the daytime and two narrow lanes will be kept open throughout. This phase is planned to start in March 2018 and will last around 20 weeks.

News articles and more information about the Scheme is available on the webpage. We will be issuing regular scheme updates as well as news on Derby Newsroom, along with Twitter and Facebook updates.

A dedicated group of TC Harrison Ford employees and relatives have successfully completed a fundraising walk in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

The walk, 17 September, took the team from our Burton-Upon-Trent dealership to our Pride Park Ford Superstore.

The 14 mile dealership to dealership walk took just over 4 hours to complete, with a short pit stop for lunch. With the route taking them through the beautiful Staffordshire and Derbyshire scenery, including the canal path pictured below.

The team were also greatly motivated by the number of ‘pips’ from motorists along the way, especially those from loyal TC Harrison customers!

As the walk came to an end, with our Pride Park site in view, which was a very welcoming sight, some participants decided to jog to the finish line!

Thanks to our very generous sponsors, team TCH raised an impressive £1,340 for the British Heart Foundation.

As you may be aware, TC Harrison Ford work very closely with the British Heart Foundation and are proud to provide a public access defibrillator at our Pride Park dealership boundary and facilitate periodic CPR & defibrillator awareness sessions.

When you are next in the Pride Park area, please take the time to familiarise yourself with the defibrillator location (very easy to spot) and make your customers, colleagues, friends and family aware of it’s provision and location.

We hope it never has to be used, but the more people aware of it’s availability and location the better.

Our defibrillator has been in place since February 2016 and to date has been deployed three times by East Midlands Ambulance Service, through giving directions to the 999 caller. So, if you are already aware of the location it will save precious time in a emergency.

The below photo shows the defibrillator location, in relation to our Pride Park Ford Superstore main building.

Essential Print Services’ owner, Yvonne Gorman, has been chosen as one of only a handful of Entrepreneurs from around the UK to be a Small Business Saturday UK Champion, for a third year running.

Yvonne’s passion and dedication to all things print as well as her on-going support to small, local business, made her the ideal candidate for the role. She also claims the accolade of being one of the first ‘Top 100’ who was invited to visit Downing Street in back in 2013.

The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness and the profiles of smaller businesses and the necessity of local support. The campaign also highlights the substantial contribution that these small businesses make to the UK economy.

Saturday 2nd December sees the spotlight firmly placed on the small businesses of the UK. It’s Yvonne’s mission to unite the small businesses of Derby and Derbyshire in a show of strength and solidarity, to demonstrate the diverse range of products and services available in and around the region and indeed the East Midlands.

“Small Business Saturday plays a valuable role in focusing the minds of consumers and fellow business owners on what small businesses can offer in terms of a range of products and services”, explains Yvonne. “Most people in this country either own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does so, I am delighted to have been asked to champion Small Business Saturday UK”.

Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign and is this year celebrating its 5th birthday year. Last year saw £717m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, up 15% on the previous year. The campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day with more than 130,000 campaign-related tweets being sent, reaching over 140 million people globally. Over 80% of local councils supported the campaign, meaning wherever you were on Small Business Saturday, there was something going on nearby.

In the run-up to the main event on Saturday 2nd December, there will be a series of free to attend workshops held up and down the country, led by small business owners and Entrepreneurs. These workshops will be broadcast via the Small Business Saturday YouTube Channel.

Not to be outdone by the rest of the UK, Derby’s historic Market Hall, in conjunction with Derby City Council and Essential Print Services, will be hosting its own event on the day; ‘Derby’s Festival of Small Businesses’ – details and free tickets can be found at www.smallbusinessderby.co.uk, which includes free city centre parking for all attendees.

The Market Hall event will offer free business workshops, inspiring talks from local business owners, a business-to-business exhibition area and even the chance to be a Trader for the day. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk to like-minded, local business owners for help and advice.

Small Business Saturday, which is a grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small. The campaign also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses and Enterprise Nation. The campaign is also supported by Facebook, Dropbox and Mercedes Benz Vans.

To find out more about “Small Business Saturday UK” in Derby and how to get involved, please visit www.smallbusinessderby.co.uk or contact Yvonne directly via email at von@essentialprintservices.co.uk

The main works for the £14.9 million major transport improvements are planned to start on Monday 9th October 2017.

The scheme aims to address traffic congestion concerns and provide improvements for pedestrians and cyclists using the area, and includes:

  • a replacement wider pedestrian and cycle bridge across the A52 from Meadow Lane, Chaddesden to Wyvern, with ramps so that it is accessible to all users
  • extra lanes on the A52, near the Wyvern junctions
  • carriageway resurfacing and replacement safety barriers
  • a new two lane slip road off the A52 into Wyvern/Pride Park
  • a new signal controlled crossroads at the junction of Wyvern Way and Derwent Parade, with bus priority detectors on the westbound approach
  • improvements to help pedestrians and cyclists including new shared use routes and new crossing facilities

To minimise congestion during construction, the works on the A52 will take place overnight, Monday to Friday for 20 weeks. Diversions will be put in place and other works on the route will be completed at the same time to utilise the road closure.

For the full story and more information, visit Derby City Council’s website.

Careers at Shapcotts Accountants

We are recruiting administrators to our administrative team that is the heart of our proactive and forward thinking accountancy practice.

The role would involve the following areas of work:

  • Dealing with clients on a day to day basis
  • Typing and Client Correspondence
  • Diary Management
  • Database Maintenance
  • Support the operation of the internal filing systems
  • Opportunities to take responsibility for administrative sub-areas
  • Other General Administrative Duties
  • Support the operation of the Marketing and Networking Activities

We are looking for someone who has the following skills and work ethics:

  • A person who is proactive and takes responsibility for their work
  • Motivated, efficient and organised
  • Works well as part of a team or as an individual
  • Is accurate with the work they complete and can work to tight deadlines
  • Appreciates what it is to provide good customer service and support clients needs to the best of their ability
  • Computer literate to operate our paperless office system and to assist the business with their aim of continuing to move forward as technology advances

What can you expect?

  • Competitive Salary based on qualifications and experience
  • Full time hours available.
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Paid overtime, TOIL and Flexitime available
  • Company Pension

Is this the opportunity for you? Find out more about Shapcotts Accountants.

Send your CV with a covering letter by e-mail to vacancies@shapcotts-accountants.co.uk.

All applications must be received by 22 September 2017.

All candidates must be able to attend the recruitment Day on 4th October 2017.

Stephen Walker FCA

After 30 years serving the Derby business community Shapcotts Accountants is expanding again with the appointment of a new senior Client Relationship and Accounts Manager. Qualified Chartered Accountant Stephen Walker (48) joins Shapcotts after 12 years as Finance Director at the Derbyshire-based logistics firm Lockwood Group. The newly created post will see Stephen lead the Accounts and Tax Team at the firm’s Derby office and balance his new role with his varied out of hours pastimes that include ten years as a junior football coach with Hilton Harriers FC, 5-a-side football, cycling and as the drummer in jazz band, Dove Valley Jazz.
Shapcotts Accountants Founder and Managing Director Melvin Shapcott comments:

“For three decades, we have been helping the Derby business community to succeed and to do this to an exceptional standard we need the most qualified, experienced and ethical staff in the marketplace. Stephen, along with the rest of our 18-strong team, fits our stringent employee requirements and we are thrilled that Stephen has chosen to join the Shapcotts family.

Stephen Walker ACA

Stephen Walker FCA

“Stephen’s extensive business experience as a Financial Director for a diverse group of companies, combined with his accounting background and qualifications, illustrates that at Shapcotts we have first-hand knowledge of how businesses operate and the challenges they face in the marketplace daily.

“Many accountants, including Shapcotts, can offer expertise in the accounting field, however, many of our senior staff have a proven track record of real world business success, something which is often a necessary requirement to advise on complex financial decision-making and enables our advice to clients to stand out from the competition.”

New recruit Stephen achieved his first Finance Director position at 36, having previously gained his Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) status in 2005 and spent 15 years in accounting practice. Stephen is looking forward to his new challenge. Stephen says:

“I have been really impressed with Shapcotts professionalism, progressive vision, commitment to its clients and continued growth. I am excited to be returning to practice again – particularly because I will be able to utilise my previous business experience and develop my role over time. I am looking forward to meeting our clients and exceeding their expectations.”

Mickleover-born Stephen has been married for nearly 20 years, has three teenage children and, together with his father and son, is a Derby County season ticket holder. Stephen notes:

“Family and community are very important to me and Shapcotts shares the same values. Its ethos is to help clients to succeed, support its local community and treat its staff like family. Combine this with its team’s hard-working, honest work ethic and Shapcotts has the recipe for success – I’m proud to be a part of it.”