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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.

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

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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