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An article on Derby City Council News dated 12th March 2018 gives advanced notice of the next phase of work on the A52 Brian Clough Way, between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions.

The current phase of works being carried out, on midweek nights between 8pm and 6am, continues until 23rd March. The A52 Brian Clough Way Eastbound, between Eastgate/Pentagon Island and Raynesway, will be closed overnight. There will be no access to the A52 Eastbound from the Wyvern Way slip road. Lane 2 westbound will also be closed, from Raynesway to Pentagon Island, at the same times as the eastbound road closure each evening.

The next phase of works from 24th March includes the construction of a new concrete safety barrier in the central reservation. Due to the complexity of the installation process and safety concerns, it is essential that this work takes place during the daytime. One lane in each direction of the carriageway, between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions, will be closed for 24 hours a day.  The lane closures will be in place between Monday 26th March and Thursday 29th March and between Tuesday 3rd April and Friday 6th April.

More details about the next planned programme of works, from 24th March, are in the Latest News section on the A52 Scheme webpage. Further email updates will be sent out and will the webpage will be updated, along with Twitter and Facebook updates.

 

Conference to help close ‘digital doors’ on cyber criminals

 

Police and industry professionals in the East Midlands are joining forces to provide advice to business owners on how to best protect against cybercrime.

 The first East Midlands regional cybercrime conference will take place at Pride Park Stadium in Derby next month.

 The Essential Digital Protection for Business Conference is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses protect themselves from cyberattacks — and advise on what do to in the event that they are targeted.

 The free event will bring together experts in the field and is hosted by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), which works on behalf of the region’s five police forces in tackling serious, organised and major crime, counter-terrorism and domestic extremism.

 Derbyshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Peter Goodman, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for cybercrime, said: “Digital crime is now the biggest single crime category faced by police.

“The majority of organisations have had some sort of digital security breach and businesses and industry need to work closely with the police to try and prevent and detect cyberattacks.

“For criminals, cybercrime is perceived to have a lower risk of being caught than traditional crime, but the impact on individuals concerned can still be life changing.

“This conference is the perfect opportunity to learn how to protect your business and livelihood.”

 Chief Constable Goodman will be delivering a key note speech outlining the main issues affecting businesses and will be followed by presentations on how to protect your business, the impact of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation and a panel discussion on the response to a cyberattack.

 For those unable to attend the full day event, a breakfast session is being held covering the key points of the day from 8am until 9am. Those unable to make the trip to Derby then they can join the livestream of the event and feed their questions into the speakers.

 EMSOU Detective Chief Inspector Ed McBryde-Wilding said: “If you own a home or business it goes without saying that you insure the building and what’s inside is protected. You invest in good locks and burglar alarms, you may even employ a security guard to patrol your grounds.

“Considering we conduct a large part of our living and working online these days (in fact, it’s hard to imagine a business, or individual for that matter, without some form of digital footprint) the same amount of investment is still not being made in our online security. And this is, for many, not through a lack of desire, but more a lack of understanding of what can be a complex and constantly evolving area.

 “Many people still don’t know enough about the cyber world and as a consequence are inadvertently leaving digital doors open to criminals. And I’m not just talking about small, local business owners. These sorts of breaches are happening to large national corporations and even global leaders in the digital sector.

“We can all better understand our technical estate and better protect it from the unscrupulous few who are always on the lookout for ways of exploiting and profiting from others.

“So, just as we do our premises, let’s do all we can to protect our online assets from criminals. Learn how to defend against hackers and malware, back-up information and report any breaches.

“Attend our conference and learn how we can work together to keep online criminals out.”

The Essential Digital Protection for Business Conference takes place on March 9. To book attendance at this event, or the condensed breakfast session, click here.

 If you suspect your business has been targeted by cyber criminals report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

New Derby Half Marathon added to Run For All’s 2018 event calendar

Thousands of runners are set to take on a new Run For All challenge in 2018 – as the organisation announces a new half marathon in Derby.

The not-for-profit organisation is taking over the staging of the event formerly known as the Ramathon.

Run For All aims to build on the success of the event, which already attracts thousands of runners every year.

Next year’s event – to be known as the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon – will take place on Sunday 3rd June and entries are open now at www.runforall.com

To celebrate the launch of the new event, participants who enter in the next week can take part for the discounted price of just £25!

Run For All is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised almost £2m for charity through a series of endurance challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

Its stable of events already includes successful 10Ks in Leeds, Lincoln, Sheffield, York, Hull, Burnley, Bury, Leicester, King’s Lynn and Nottingham, the Leeds Half Marathon, Sheffield Half Marathon, Hull Half Marathon and the Yorkshire 10 Mile and Yorkshire Marathon in York.

The Asda Foundation is the headline sponsor of all Run For All events and the Ramathon will be renamed the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon

As in previous years, the half marathon will leave Pride Park Stadium and head into city centre, going through Market Place and past the cathedral before heading back along London Road. Elvaston Castle Country Park will remain a key feature of the route. The key organiser of the event in previous years will also be working alongside Run For All to deliver the event in future years.

Run For All Events Manager Tristan Batley-Kyle said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to take on the running of such an excellent event.

“We look forward to working with everyone involved to make the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon a huge success.”

Mandy Rivett, Asda Foundation Coordinator, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to add another exciting half marathon to the Asda Foundation series. The events that make up the series are already highly regarded and the addition of Derby will further enhance that reputation and provide a great new challenge for runners and fundraisers.”

Entrants can run for fun, for a personal challenge or for a good cause of their choice. They are especially encouraged to support the event’s official partner charities which will be announced shortly.

Entries for the Derby Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd June are now open at www.runforall.com

Relocation of pedestrian crossing on Wyvern Way – During week commencing 18th December 2017, work took place to move the pedestrian crossing from its current location on Wyvern Way, near Toys R Us, further up Wyvern Way towards Derwent Parade. A temporary footway has been created from the footbridge to the replacement crossing.  Temporary lights have been put in place.

A52 Brian Clough Way Eastbound overnight road closures – Work is continuing on the A52 Eastbound with nightly road closures up until the evening of Thursday 21st December. There will then be a break over the Christmas/New Year period. When the road closures re-commence on the night of Monday 8th January 2018, the closure will be from Pentagon Island to Raynesway, including the slip road from Wyvern Way onto the A52 Eastbound. The road will be closed Monday to Friday nights from 8.00pm to 6.00am. Works will not start until after 11.00pm on the midweek evenings when Derby County Football Club are playing home games.

Derwent Parade/Wyvern Way roundabout – Works will continue on 2nd January 2018 on Derwent Parade near to the Wyvern Way roundabout.  This will involve lane closures whilst work is carried out in the footway.
 
Wyvern Way slip road to A52 eastbound – The lane leading from Wyvern Way to the A52 eastbound will be narrowed for 3 weeks from 2nd January 2018 whilst work is carried out in the verge.

Further details about the scheme are on the A52 Scheme webpage. This will be regularly updated as the Scheme progresses.

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.

 

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.

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