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Pride Park based, Essential Print Services, is bursting with pride over its recent office move and a record-breaking month of sales.

The new move will not only allow its workforce to double in size, which cannot have happened at a better time since they are also celebrating one of their best sales months ever.

The company is staying on Pride Park, in Derby, but transferring from Melbourne Court to Victoria Way, near to Derby’s iconic Arena.

Owner, and print evangelist, Yvonne Gorman said: “Our order book and customer base is continually growing because even in challenging economic times, reliability and high standards of service are still in big demand. It’s vital that businesses make the most out of every piece of marketing material they produce, so that they can stand out from the crowd. That’s where we come in.”

“Printing has always been my passion – my dad was in the print business for 37 years. After launching Essential Print Services in 2011, I quickly proved that there was a need for expert advice, great customer service and quality printing at a competitive price.”

Yvonne added: “I believe we succeed because we go the extra mile to supply smarter, better, fresher print. I get a real kick out of helping businesses spend their budget wisely and market themselves effectively. It’s also been great to win the chance to help many of Derby’s top businesses revitalise their printed materials and reach their goals.”

Since 2011, this vibrant printing company has been helping clients get their message across in print – whether that’s brochures, banners, posters, flyers, postcards, calendars, business cards or a host of other high quality products.

Yvonne has shown over the last 6 years, that there is no substitute for passion, hard work, great products and a will to succeed.

Yvonne adds “I’m excited about Derby’s future. Pride Park especially – it is acquiring new companies all the time, which in turn is creating more employment within the city. My employees and I want to be able to utilise the amazing facilities such as Derby Arena and Pride Park Stadium that are right on our doorstep”.

A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme

 

The A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement scheme main works contract with Galliford Try commenced on 9th October.  A small amount of night time work has taken place on the A52 following the introduction of the temporary safety measures and reduced speed limit. Works to construct the new central reservation, drainage improvements and additional lane on the A52 Eastbound are planned to start on 13th November and continue until the end of February 2018.

The A52 Brian Clough Way eastbound, between Pentagon and Raynesway junctions, will be closed from 8pm to 6am each night from Monday 13th November to Friday 17th November.  No works will take place at the weekend and the road will be opened by 6am on Saturday morning. We will only close the road when necessary, so if we finish works before 6am we will open it earlier. This means there will be no access to the A52 Brian Clough Way eastbound from Eastgate flyover/Pentagon Island or from Wyvern Way. The signed diversion route will be via the A6, Pride Park and A5111 Raynesway. Drawings showing the routes affected and the proposed diversions are available on the A52 Scheme webpage

Our contractors will be removing street lighting in the central reservation. For safety reasons we also need to close the outside lane on Brian Clough Way westbound from Raynesway to Pentagon.  The overnight lane closures will be at the same times as the eastbound closures from Monday 13th November to Friday 17th November.

Work is also being carried out during the daytime on Wyvern Way. This involves offline works and narrowed lanes on Wyvern Way and the roundabout near Derwent Parade. We have also started work to prepare for the replacement of Meadow Lane footbridge.

From Monday 20 November to 22 December, the midweek night time closures on the A52 eastbound will be from Pentagon Island to Wyvern.  There will be no access to the A52 Brian Clough Way from Eastgate flyover/Pentagon Island, but the A52 will be open from Wyvern Way. Drivers will be diverted via Pride Park to re-join the A52 at the Wyvern.

Work will re-commence after the Christmas period on Monday 8 January 2018.  Further details about this phase of work will be given at a later date.

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.

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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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’
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Key topics

An introduction to coaching
The coaching spectrum
Learning styles and learning cycle
Characteristics of a good coach
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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.

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.

Gin lovers from across Derby are getting into the spirit of things with an exclusive gin festival aimed at celebrating the rich history of the drink.

The free one-day event will be hosted by Seven Bar & Restaurant, located in the city’s bustling Pride Park on Friday 28 July from midday. 

Gin mixing expert Bruno Gaspar will be hosting demonstrations on the best mixers, alongside talks on this summer’s finest fruit fusions.

Managing Director, Helen Salloway said: “We are so thrilled to be hosting the Gin Garden event at Seven. The emergence of new-style gins and premium mixers has increased in the past few years ,and we are delighted to be able to celebrate its newly gained popularity with our clients.”

Gin cocktails are hugely popular again. As well as the new and unique offerings from mixologists, the old gin cocktail classics like the Gin Fizz have gone through a major resurgence.”

The festival invites everyone from gin connoisseurs to complete beginners to celebrate one of the nation’s most popular tipples. With a selection of over 15 types of gin, visitors are sure to find a taste sensation.

Gin enthusiast Ellie Edwards (22) said: “I love gin because there are so many different independent producers out there all putting their own spin on it, and using different botanicals giving each one a different flavour.”

Last year alone, British drinkers consumed around the equivalent of 1.12 billion G&Ts, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Seven customer, Julian Sheppard (42) said: “I really enjoy tasting new gins and garnish combinations. People think that it is just a case of adding a gin, tonic and a slice of lemon, but the really tasty ones are unique.

“Peppercorn and grapefruit is one of my favourite garnishes.  I am really looking forward to trying new flavours at Seven Bar & Restaurant.”

An array of nibbles will also be on offer, such as olives and accompaniments.

The boutique bar & restaurant boasts a selection of menus, from champagne breakfast options, to a la carte dining, and this event is just one of many in its annual calendar.

For more information, please visit the Seven Bar & Restaurant website at www.sevenrestaurant.co.uk

To many, it was known as ‘Chaddesden Sidings’. To others, perhaps not too familiar with its past, it has always been Pride Park and it is under that new name that the once-derelict area of land by the River Derwent has gone on to become one of Derby’s greatest success stories.

“The biggest thing to happen to Derby in 100 years”

On July 19th, The Derby Telegraph, with the help of PridePark.net, will mark the business park’s 25th Anniversary with a special souvenir supplement to celebrate its success.

We invite all PridePark.net members to take part.

For more information and enquiries, contact Jon Cowley at the Derby Telegraph; jon.cowley@derbytelegraph.co.uk

Advertising opportunities are available – click on the rate card below:

Pride Park_Media Sheet

 If you have stories to share or photographs during Pride Park’s development, please send them to admin@pridepark.net

Working-Together 18th July SMALLER

Employer & Education – Working together to inspire the future

 

Tuesday 18th July

8am (breakfast)      8.30 – 11.30

Riverside Centre, 2, Riverside Court, Derby, DE24 8HY

Explore how partnerships between schools and employers can be developed to:

  • Provide a link between education and work
  • Improve awareness of the World of Work and the labour market
  • Raise aspirations and improve attainment

Let’s work together to improve the employability of our young people

Just click on the link to register:

Employers & Education: Working Together

If you require any further information then please do contact Jacqui Kinch on 07812 301004 or Jacqui.kinch@derby.gov.uk

Detailed below is some background information which may stimulate some interest.

What do we know?

  • The Office for National Statistics in June 2016 reported that nationally there are 750,000 vacancies, one quarter are skill-shortage related…….. then later on in the report it noted that youth unemployment is 3 x higher than total unemployment. While there may be many reasons to explain this, one of them is likely to be linked to education during school and college years.
  • The CBI Survey 2016 revealed that the overwhelming majority of employers across the UK believe the quality of careers advice for young people is not good enough (by a balance of -79%).  The report also noted that among employers with links to schools and colleges, the two most common forms of support by far are offering work experience placements (80%) and careers advice and talks (80%)
  • The Employers and Education taskforce in January 2016 reported the following:

 

“…young adults surveyed who recalled greater levels of contact with employers whilst at school were significantly less likely to be NEET and earned, on average, 18% more than peers who recalled no such activities.”

– Dr Anthony Mann

 

NEET – Not in education, employment or training

What can we do?

It is this latter point that is of particular interest, in Derby City if we can increase the level of contact with employers for students at school this will help contribute to improving the previous points.

  • If more employers were able to talk to students about their organisation, this will help improve careers advice and make students aware of what skills and qualifications are needed to be successful.
  • If students can see different employers in their lessons they will then make the link between what they are doing in the classroom and the world of work and this should help raise aspirations for the employees and employers of the future.

The ‘Working together to inspire the future’ event is very much about exploring ways in which local employers can get involved in local schools but more importantly for local employers to contribute to ways in which they would like to get involved.  There will be employers present who are already involved in some activity, there will be some head teachers and deputy head teachers present along with some Careers teachers so meaningful discussions can take place.
It would be great to see a wide range of employer involvement, from the larger employers in the area to the small and medium sized businesses as well.