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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.

 

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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.

BSP Consulting

Six members of the BSP Consulting team are undertaking management and leadership training as part of staff and company development.

Another group of employees is being lined up to get involved in the second wave of training at the East Midlands-based civil and structural engineering firm, said business development director Jef Todd.

“As a company, BSP Consulting has been growing steadily and it’s important that we equip our teams with the necessary skills to support our continued development and to provide them with ongoing professional development too,” said Jef.

“We are committed to both staff and company development, reflecting on our wider commitment to offering the best service we can to our clients across the East Midlands and the UK.”

Those currently undertaking the Apprenticeship NVQ course, run by Training for Business, are structures director Paul Elphick, associate director – civils Matt Viggars, associate director – civils Tony Goddard, chartered civil engineer Carol Ell, principal transport planner Joanna Posnett and senior engineer Oliver Dike.

Based across BSP’s offices in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, the group will spend around 15 months completing the Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management. The next group of employees is due to start the training in six months.

The Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management is ideal for managers moving into a middle management position, who still retain responsibility for operational processes but are more removed from day-to-day line management duties. The qualification develops the knowledge and skills required to take on higher level responsibilities such as planning and implementing change.

Those involved will develop core leadership skills, take charge of personal and professional development, gain the skills to be able to plan and implement an operational plan, improve working relationships, and achieve a recognised qualification for personal development.

The course is governed by ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) and is being delivered to the BSP team as an Apprenticeship Framework which includes an NVQ by Nottingham-based Training for Business, an Ofsted rated #1 Outstanding training provider, which is part of the NHTA Group Ltd that provides apprenticeships across the East Midlands.

“Training for Business are passionate about the power of quality accredited qualifications to transform people and give them the skills they need for the future. We understand all people are different and need flexible suppliers of training to ensure each and every person reaches their full potential, and as such all our qualifications are delivered one-on-one in the work place and at a time convenient to both the learner and employer,” said Charlotte Moreland, managing director of Training for Business. “We are very pleased to be supporting the team at BSP Consulting.”

BSP and Training for Business organised the training after linking up through support from Nottingham City Council via Nottingham Jobs Hub.

BSP Consulting, which is based at Oxford Street, Nottingham, and has offices at Pride Park, Derby, De Montfort Street, Leicester, and Solly Street, Sheffield, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK.

The data protection law in the UK and Europe is changing. From the 25th May 2018, General Data Protection Regulation will come into force, replacing the current Data Protection Act which was passed in 1998.

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) dictates huge changes to the way organisations store, process and handle personal data. Data is the new commodity, and GDPR mandates a baseline safeguard on how companies deal with our data. GDPR protects an individual’s right to privacy and applies to all personal data, held in every business.

Companies need to take extra actions to demonstrate their compliance with these regulations, assisting individuals with their rights to relevant information, or they will face heavy fines.

Why is GDPR Important?

The main purpose of GDPR is to ensure personal and sensitive data is protected in today’s modern digital landscape and to provide consistency with data protection laws and rights across geographical borders. This is vital to both organisations and individuals, especially within select industries such as the public sector or recruitment where the use of sensitive data forms an integral part of a business.

Need More Information?

Find out what changes are occurring and how we can help your business by clicking the link below.

http://www.dataclarity.uk.com/GDPR/

For more information call +44 (0) 3333 1111 00 or email sales@dataclarity.uk.com

James Payne - finance and IT manager at BSP Consulting

East Midlands civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting has promoted James Payne to the position of finance and IT manager.

He has been with the company for exactly 16 years, having joined BSP straight from school in August 2001.

James has recently been instrumental in introducing a new project information management system at BSP’s headquarters in Nottingham and across its offices in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield.

The Union Square software is used worldwide by organisations in the construction sector to help them work smarter and collaborate more effectively, and it has already begun showing positive results for BSP.

BSP managing director David Sumner said: “James has been a loyal and valued BSP employee since joining us in 2001. He has recently spearheaded the introduction of Union Square across the business after putting forward the case to the senior team of the benefits of integrating and streamlining our management of information – something which has become increasingly important to the efficiency of the business as we continue to expand.

“We have a commitment to staff development and are delighted to have promoted James to this newly created position at BSP Consulting, which reflects his new role.”

The Union Square system is being used throughout the business, primarily for project accounting but also for internal processes such as HR.

“Union Square has only been in place for a short while but already it is bringing benefits to BSP in making our project accounting more efficient,” said James. “The prediction is that it will help us with our long-term forecasting and planning, and become an increasingly valuable tool in the future.”

James joined BSP as a civil engineering technician at the age of 16, before becoming civil engineering technician and IT manager in 2004 and subsequently IT manager. He is based in BSP’s Nottingham HQ in Oxford Street but works across the group.

BSP, which also has offices at Pride Park, Derby, De Montfort Street, Leicester, and Solly Street, Sheffield, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK, working in sectors including education, industrial, commercial, retail, affordable housing, older persons living, leisure, private housing, heritage, and pre-planning.

For more information, visit www.bsp-consulting.co.uk