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Martin Firbank, Head of Retail at PKF Cooper Parry, comments on George Osborne’s announcement of a review of the Business Rates system.

In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor recognised the calls from retailers and organisations such as the British Retail Consortium (BRC) for reform of the business rates system when he outlined plans for a review of the issues which is intended to have completed in time for the April 2016 Budget.

His announcement may be the first step towards building a fairer system although the full remit of the review remains to be seen. Continue reading …

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Cooper Parry Wealth are delighted to have been shortlisted in the prestigious Professional Adviser Awards 2015 – Adviser Firm of the Year (Midlands) category. The award aims to recognise the best financial planning firms across the country. Continue reading…

The Fitness Centre has a good range of cardiovascular and resistance machines plus a free weights area.

Free Induction

Free Parking

Staff qualified in G.P referrals and exercise prescription for special populations



Standard yearly membership is £162 and further savings for more than one person

General prices £3 per session, £18 per month, £90 for six months.


Opening Times

Weekday – 08:30 – 9pm

Weekend – 09:00 – 1pm


For further details call Steve or Kirk on 01332 387452



The Johnson Building, Locomotive Way, Pride Park, Derby. DE24 8PU


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PKF Cooper Parry’s Head of Restructuring Tyrone Courtman looks at options available to UK retailers

Numerous UK retailers have pursued the Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) route in recent years with varying levels of success. A CVA can be used to reduce or reschedule historic debts, with agreement from its creditors, over a fixed time period to allow breathing space for a business to continue trading.

One recent example is baby and maternity retailer Mamas & Papas, who have successfully agreed reductions on rent and more flexibility in payments to their creditors. Only time will tell if this move is enough to rescue their business, as companies such as JJB Sports, Oddbins and Blacks Outdoor went into administration shortly after entering a CVA….read the full  article here



NextGen 14 Fast Track to the Future – is the 7th annual national NextGen Conference and EXPO, taking place at The Silk Mill, Derby on 11-12 November 2014, and is free to attend for delegates.

NextGen is one of the leading platforms to showcase the UK’s fast moving high tech, innovation and digital development landscape, regularly attracting in the region of 350 delegates from local authorities and businesses all looking to understand and better use the next generation of digital infrastructure and services.

The Expo area includes suppliers of high tech digital products and services and this year includes a feature on Derby’s Superconnected City voucher scheme. This conference is ideal platform for Pride Park business to promote their products and services to this wide ranging audience. has negotiated a dedicated display area with space for a limited number of its member businesses. .

The business display offer is as follows:

• A 2m x 1m shell scheme stand (complete with power, lighting, branding) within the display area.
• Branding and entry in the Conference event guide and on the conference website.
• PR and video interview opportunities as part of a feature.

The area is limited to 6 spaces, each priced at £350 plus VAT inclusive of the full range of exhibitor benefits shown above. For companies wishing to occupy a larger space, other discounted exhibiting opportunities are available.

To secure a space in the area, please contact Andrew Macdonald ( or call on 07802 460789.

Applications close on 17th October.

For further information on NextGen 14 including the latest programme, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, visit:

For general sponsorship, exhibiting and display inquiries, contact Andrew Macdonald – 07802 460789, or register at:


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Have you heard about the superconnected grant? You could be missing out on up to £3,000 of vouchers for set up or upgrade costs for ultrafast broadband connectivity.

The government has announced they will be helping over 200,000 businesses, 1.7 million premises and 3 million users become superconnected by 2015.

If you qualify for the superconnected grant available in 22 cities nationwide, you could be legible to receive up to £3,000 worth of vouchers that usually completely cover the cost of ultrafast broadband connectivity or upgrade fees.

Having reliable connectivity is key to ensuring your business or charity is not only running more efficiently, but it makes it easier to develop and cheaper to run. With minimum download speeds of 80Mbps, all SMEs will be able to offer their customer’s a faster service and better reliability whilst cutting travel costs through instantaneous Skype or Lync meetings, so why should you miss out?

“I strongly urge businesses to make the most of this offer which will save them thousands of pounds, help generate thousands more, and ensure they are properly equipped to compete in today’s digital age.”

–          Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller

All you have to cover is VAT, any amount over £3,000 and the monthly subscription as the government will pay your chosen supplier direct; remove the barriers to reliable connectivity and join around 88% of the country what will have access to superfast broadband by December 2015. Find out if you are legible today and contact our team for a quote on 0844 443 4433.

Why GCI?

  • Competitive pricing
  • Local offices nationwide
  • GCI owned MPLS core network
  • UK based, in house support team
  • Rich portfolio to facilitate your whole IT infrastructure

At GCI we have recently spent over £2 million improving our own carrier-grade network. As well as reliable and competitively priced connectivity, GCI are able to offer full support for all your IT and telecommunication needs providing you with an end-to-end solution to suit all of your business needs.

Cycle Derby Sportive | Business Team Challenge Announced

Accountancy and business advisory firm PKF Cooper Parry has announced that it will be the main sponsor of this year’s Cycle Derby Sportive Business Team Challenge.

Business leaders in the East Midlands are being encouraged to enter the first ever Cycle Derby Sportive – a road cycle event through Derbyshire’s picturesque countryside to the finish line at the city’s brand new Velodrome on Pride Park.

The Sportive will take place on Sunday, 21 September and will comprise of three different routes – the 40k Radleigh Homes City Tour, the 80k Cycle Derby Challenge, and the 160k Countrywide Pursuit.

The PKF Cooper Parry Business Team Challenge is for teams of between four and ten riders who can take part in any of the three distances on offer.

Melanie Campbell, race organiser at PKF Cooper Parry, said: “The Business Team Challenge is a great opportunity for employees to train together and take on a memorable challenge that will create personal and business benefits, while raising money for worthwhile causes.

“Cycling is so popular now and we’re thrilled to be one of the sponsors for such an exciting new event.”

All Business Team Challenge entrants will receive pre and post-ride entrance to the PKF Cooper Parry hospitality tents for refreshments and team photos.

For more information on the Team Challenge call 01785 711572 or visit

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BrazilFlag193_200Book a private dining room at Seven Pride Park and watch the England World Cup games in style with colleagues while being treated to a fabulous two course Brazilian meal with beers for just £25 per head.

Seven’s brilliant World Cup football package includes 24 bottles of Brazilian Brahma beer on ice for your arrival and service from your own personal waiter or waitress throughout the evening.

Choose from Brazilian beef burger (with avocado and chipotle puree, spicy sausage, corn on the cob, & roasted sweet potato); South American pulled pork burger (served with pineapple and chilli salsa and roasted sweet potato); or a colourful veggie option Rainforest Ragout (summer vegetable and mixed bean stew, coconut and herb rice).

At half time so you don’t have to take your eyes away from the game too much, you and your team will then be treated to some sweet and fruity Brazilian dessert snacks – caramelised pineapple skewers, banana fritters and coffee & cardamom pannacotta.

Seven is now taking bookings for the following games. Snap up your space by contacting the restaurant on the details below.

England V Uruguay 19th June, 7pm seating for 8pm KO

England V Costa Rica 24th June, 4pm seating for 5pm KO

Booking Terms & Conditions:

£25 per person, minimum party 10, maximum party 20. Additional case of complimentary Brahma for groups over 16. Call the restaurant on 01332 332 277 or email


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