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Civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting, which has an office on Pride Park, has appointed Carrie Booth as business development coordinator.

Carrie, who joined BSP as an administration assistant in August 2004, before becoming accounts assistant, and then office manager in January 2010, started her new role at the beginning of February.
She will support the business development across all four offices of BSP Consulting – in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Sheffield.

“Carrie’s commitment to business development has shone through and we are delighted to now have her as a full-time member of the business development team, at a time when BSP is growing,” said BSP business development director Jef Todd.

Carrie, a keen runner out of work, who also enjoys travelling, is a member of Women in Construction, Nottingham Means Business, and attends a number of networking events on behalf of BSP, including the First Thursday Club in Nottingham. She also attends Construction Leaders Club, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Marketing Derby events.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to building on business development opportunities for BSP and supporting the company’s expansion plans across the Midlands and the UK.”

BSP Consulting, which is based in Oxford Street in Nottingham, and also has offices at Pride Park, Derby, De Montfort Street, Leicester, and Solly Street, Sheffield, provides civil, structural, traffic, transportation, geotechnical and environmental engineering services across the construction industry.

An award-winning business, the firm operates across all the major sectors including health, education, residential, leisure, retail, rail and industrial.

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Yvonne Gorman

Pride-Park based Essential Print Services’ owner and print evangelist, Yvonne Gorman, recently spent the day in the capital to help launch this year’s “Small Business Saturday UK” Campaign.

As one of only twenty Entrepreneurs from around the UK chosen to be a Small Business Saturday UK Champion, Yvonne’s passion and dedication to all things print as well as her on-going support to small, local businesses, made her the ideal candidate for the role. She also claims the accolade of being one of the first ‘Top 100’ who visited Downing Street 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 as a whole.

Saturday 5th December sees the spotlight firmly placed on the small businesses of the UK. It is 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. It’s also a chance for local people to show their support by visiting their local retailers and service providers.

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

In 2014, the campaign saw in the region of 16.5 million people spending with smaller businesses in the UK on this one day alone, bringing in a staggering £504 million worth of revenue. This was a 20% increase on the estimated 2.7 million people who shopped locally previously in 2013.

In the run up to the main event there will be a series of free to attend workshops held up and down the country. Not to be outdone by the rest of the UK, Derby City Council will be hosting its very own free event on the day (Saturday 5th December), at the Council House, which will include workshops, an exhibition and talks.

To find out more about Derby’s plans for this year’s Small Business Saturday UK event, email or join the Facebook Group

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PKF Cooper Parry opens their doors to their ‘google-esque’ office at East Midlands Airport on Tuesday 13 October from 4pm – 7pm. A firm who has been breaking all boundaries and seen 36% growth this year is on the hunt to hire the best talent in the region. Read more…

Property Development Expert Boosts Geldards’ Expanding Real Estate Team

Leading law firm Geldards has further expanded its nationally renowned real estate team with the appointment of commercial property expert Leanne Cook as a senior associate.

Leanne joins Geldards’ Pride Park office following the two recent partner appointments of Heather Dixon and Tiffany Cloynes to Geldards’ growing real estate team.

Specialising in property development work associated with commercial sites, Leanne advises clients on acquisitions, occupational leases, completion of planning agreements, forward sales and funding agreements.

Graham Banks, real estate partner and head of Geldards’ Derby office, explained: “Leanne’s excellent reputation, both locally and beyond, makes her a valuable addition to Geldards.

“The commercial real estate market remains increasingly competitive and our clients expect a comprehensive level of service. Adding Leanne’s experience considerably boosts the strength of our real estate team and enables the firm to continue to deliver innovative and cost effective legal solutions to our wide range of clients.”

Having worked within the field of commercial property for the last 10 years, Leanne has also built up vast experience of landlord and tenant matters and acquisitions and disposals of leasehold and freehold sites.

Leanne is also set to support Geldards’ multidisciplinary automotive team which specialises in acting for motor vehicle retailers, manufacturers and their support networks.

Leanne said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work within an ambitious team and firm that continues to look at ways of developing its wide client base and improving the already high level of service it provides clients.

“I look forward to working as part of a nationally recognised real estate team, whilst also working closely with colleagues in other practice areas to help further develop the firm’s offering within the automotive sector.”

PKF Cooper Parry  are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our annual finance seminar on the 10th July 2015.

Covering a wide range of topics, the seminar is targeted at the region’s finance directors and finance controllers – and is fast becoming a key date in the business diary.

The half day event will feature guest speakers Chris Hobson, head of information and representation from the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Jonathan Earl, senior investment manager from the Business Growth Fund.

Experts from a variety of teams at PKF Cooper Parry will also be leading discussions on the summer budget, accounting technical update, IT and the Cloud Revolution and also vision and strategy for growth.

Ade Cheatham, CEO of PKF Cooper Parry said: “We are delighted to be hosting another finance director seminar. The event has grown year on year and we always have excellent attendance figures.”

“Our speakers will demonstrate the clear business benefits of each topic, as we look ahead with a new government and new budget. The speakers&nbsp will lead discussions, provide realistic guidance and advise the audience on how they can support their business needs and growth.&nbsp Feedback we’ve had in previous years, and attendance figures, show that this is becoming one of the go-to events on the financial calendar.”

The event on 10th July will start at 9am with breakfast and networking. The seminar starts at 9.30am and will end with lunch at 12.30pm.

The event is free to attend and those who wish to confirm their place can do so by registering here or emailing Anne-Marie Smedley at

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With just a day to go before the general election, we thought now would be an appropriate time to take a look at the main parties’ plans for taxes and pensions as they describe them in their manifestos. And, as you might expect, their proposals will give you plenty to think about when it comes to the impact on your personal finances.

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BPEC is seeking to strengthen its existing team – would you like to be considered for either of these posts?


An opportunity has arisen to appoint a Quality Assurance Manager based in BPEC’s Derby office with responsibility for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of all administration processes and systems relating to Certification Body and Awarding Organisation activities.

Closing date for applications: Monday 04 May 2015.


BPEC is seeking to strengthen its existing team by appointing a new Development Manager to a) ensure the Certification Body’s ACS assessments are fully up to date and meet current standards b) support the Awarding Organisation in developing and maintaining a wide range of qualifications. This is a key position within BPEC’s highly skilled Operations team and the individual will need to be highly organised with a self-motivated and proactive approach to their work.

Closing date for applications: Monday 11 May 2015.

Recruitment Open Day

More than 100 job seekers attended a recruitment event at leading East Midlands business advisory and accountancy firm PKF Cooper Parry.

The event was held at the company’s ‘Google-esque’ headquarters at East Midlands airport and involved a presentation from the CEO Ade Cheatham, office tours and various stands showcasing the business’s current and future opportunities.

CEO Ade Cheatham said he was delighted with the turnout at the event and encouraged by the level of skills and talent currently on offer in the region.

He said: “We were thrilled to see more than 100 people at our recruitment event. Our office was buzzing with people who were eager to learn more about the PKF Cooper Parry ethos and the opportunities on offer with us.

“We have recently announced our plans to open a Birmingham office, as well as our incredible people benefits such as unlimited holiday, flexible working hours, an email curfew between 7pm and 7am and lots more.”

“We met a lot of really interesting and promising candidates who expressed an interest in working with us and have already started receiving applications for a number of roles on offer.”

PKF Cooper Parry also launched 10 new internship places at the event, which will all start in August 2015.

Ade added: “Our 12 month internships are a fantastic opportunity for people looking to gain experience working in a variety of key business areas, providing exciting and challenging opportunities for personal and professional development.

“They will offer successful candidates the chance to sample working within our various teams and wide client base, while at the same time making a difference, and having fun.”

“We are on a mission to alter the view of accountancy as a dull profession to one full of dynamism and forward thinking individuals.

“People with drive and ambition are exactly what we are looking for and we were delighted to see so many promising personalities at our open day.”

Roles currently available at PKF Cooper Parry include the 10 internships, two positions in the restructuring team, three in the IT team, four in audit and three in the tax team as well as a number of AAT and ATT trainee positions.

The next half yearly recruitment day for the firm will take place on Thursday, October 15. To register for the event or to find out more about any of the positions available, visit our Recruitment Open Day – Registration page.


It’s not too late for Pride Park companies to sign up for Derby’s Commuter Challenge, a free competition for workplaces in Derby which runs until Friday 27 March. Companies and their staff compete by logging journeys to/from work by walking, cycling, motorbike, bus, train and car sharing and can win lots of great prizes. Lots of Pride Park companies are taking part and last year two of them won prizes including four weeks free roadside advertising. Register online , see who is taking part and what prizes are on offer. The competition is run by Derby Connected which has lots of free travel services and incentives to help people working in Derby travel to work more sustainably. For more info email or visit the website

Shapcotts Budget Summary 2015

Our ‪‎Budget‬ Summary 2015 is now available for everyone to download and read. To save you having to trawl through hundreds of pages of government and HMRC press releases, our free downloadable summary of the main changes will quickly bring you up to speed and hopefully be a lighter read. If you find it useful, please share with your contacts.

Shapcotts Budget Summary 2015