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2180 sq ft (203 sq m) self contained Two Storey Offices – Open plan with partitioned offices and meeting room

Landscaped Premier Office Park – Wyvern Business Park

To be Fully Refurbished prior to New Lease

Gas-fired Heating and Comfort Cooling – Double Glazed

Raised floors for Cabling purposes

Private car park – 12 spaces

Within short distance of Wyvern Retail Park (Sainsbury’s etc)

Fast access to A52 and Derby Railway Station on Pride Park and only minutes by car to J25 of Mr Motorway

Contact Raybould & Sons for further details on 01332 295555  commercial@raybouldandsons.co.uk  or email Martin Langsdale:  martin@raybouldandsons.co.uk

Well appointed Office Building – 2917 sq ft – TO BE FULLY REFURBISHED PRIOR TO NEW LEASE

11 Car Parking spaces (with up to 6 additional spaces by negotiation)

Landscaped premier office park location – potential for signage opportunities (visible from A52 – subject to planning consent)

Fast Access to A52 and short walking distance to Wyvern Retail Park (Sainsbury’s etc)

Gas Heating and Comfort Cooling

Raised Floors – Double Glazed

Contact:  Raybould & Sons:  commercial@raybouldandsons.co.uk  01332 295555 or email Martin Langsdale:  martin@raybouldandsons.co.uk

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.

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.

I can still remember clearly the official opening of Pride Park. I was one of the many school children that took part in the opening ceremony to welcome the Queen to Derby. This was a fun couple of weeks in the lead up to the ceremony practicing with many other children from other schools so that we came together for our part of the parade. On the day of the ceremony we stood on the pitch and watched the Queen as she circled the ground in her car waving to us all as we were waving back to her. A truly memorable occasion and a great day of celebration.

I was only 12 years old at the time, and my life has since seen many changes, although I did not expect to end up working so close to the Pride Park on The Wyvern where I can see the stadium from my office.

Pride Park Opening ceremony, The Queen, July 1997

Pride Park Opening ceremony, The Queen, July 1997

I was one of the pupils that saw many changes throughout my education at Derby High School. Our year was the first year to complete the SAT’s at age 14, and the first year to take AS and A2 level exams, which are now changing again. The first year to do things continued when I went to University as I was very fortunate to be accepted on to a brand new degree course called the flying start programme which was a partnership between Newcastle University, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC). This meant I would come out of University with a Degree, part qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a job.

During my degree course I went to work at PWC for practical experience in what they called their busy season. This was the dark winter months from December through to March each year. Again I was lucky in that each year I was based in their London office which was great as it allowed me to see so much of the capital. However one year PWC did send me up to Aberdeen for a week in January and there was also a season when I only spent a week in London. It was a great experience being in London, working down there and getting an understanding of a business through the audit process that I was a part of.

After finishing at university I went to work for PWC in the same London office which I had worked in as part of my degree course. While at PWC I qualified as a Chartered Accountant. It also allowed me to gain the experience required to gain my membership. I learnt much during my time at PWC, but as my father was a Chartered Accountant in practice in Derby, the long-term plan had potentially always been to come back and work with him. As this had always been an option for me it became the option I decided to go for. In fact at my exit interview with PWC they did put down the reason for leaving was the opportunity of a lifetime, which I still today believe that it was.

And so, I came back to Derby in 2008 to work in my father’s business, Shapcotts Accountants and then in 2010, at the age of 26 became a director of the company.

Kimberley Shapcott, President of the Derby Society of Chartered Accountants

Shortly after this I became involved in The Derby Society of Chartered Accountants in 2011 as a committee member because I wanted to be involved in the promotion of Chartered Accountants in the local area. It was an honour to be appointed as President of The Derby Society of Chartered Accountants in 2016/17 and again in 2017/18 for a second term. During this time I plan to focus on engagement with the local Chartered Accountants in the area to encourage them to become involved in local events, attend the local courses that we hold at the Derby Cricket Ground on a range of topics from September through to April each year and represent them with other professions so that they are aware of what we can provide as a profession.

Personally I have, bought a house locally (within 5 minutes from the office out of rush hour which is a much better commute than the one hour commute I had in London), I got married in 2015 and we had our daughter Ezri in 2016 who is now 10 months old. It was great to be one of the 5% of the population that were able to take advantage of shared parental leave. This enabled my husband to spend more time with our daughter when she was very small and I was able to return to the business and develop this part of my life.

Professionally, my father Melvin and I have grown the business each year with organic growth and through merger with other local firms. In 2015 we acquired a long-standing Derby firm of accountants Blythe, Squires, Wilson to expand our team and clients.

2016 saw us take on a new director Nick Parkes to expand our management team. Each year we continue to grow and develop the business and are looking to continue this expansion. I love being a director at Shapcotts Accountants. At PWC the role I had within audit team was very much about checking things and looking at historic information, whereas at Shapcotts I can make a difference, help clients develop their business, look to the future not at the past to achieve their vision and goals.

During 2016 I became involved in a property business with my husband in which we started building a property portfolio. Our goal is to providing great houses to the local market and improve the quality of properties available for rent in the city. This has been a very interesting field to move into outside of Shapcotts Accountants. It has also helped me get a greater understanding of our clients that invest in property. We have a number of clients who are landlords or invest in property and having seen this first hand has enabled me to provide better advice and guidance on questions posed by clients in this sector.

This article was originally published in the Derby Telegraph on Wednesday July 19, 2017 in the special edition Pride Park Business supplement.

Caroline Riley was nominated by Motability Operations for The Motability Specialist of the Year Award. There are approximately 30,000 motability specialists in the country and Caroline was proud to be elected 2nd.

She was nominated by dealer relations manager, James Horne. There are 6 managers in the country, and they each had a choice to nominate a person or a website. Caroline was chosen for her determination to grow the motability fleet, renewals and customer service.

Follow this link to get in touch – http://www.emmavirtual.com/offer-for-new-clients

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Anyone starting out in business on their own, whether developing a brand new idea or starting your own business having been an employee for some time, there are five basic tips to assist in becoming a success:-

1. Have a Strategy

You need to keep looking ahead, working towards something. That means being proactive with what needs to be done to get there.

If you do not have a clear strategy, you will be working from day to day with very little progress. Many problems businesses experience are due to not being strategic. Set your goals and business plans to achieve them.

2. Focus on profit

the early stages of a business are likely to be a drain on cash resources. Ensure you have the finance available to cover the set up and ongoing running costs until a regular stream of income can be generated. However, the business must become self-financing to be successful and your business plans should reflect this. The aim should be to achieve profits which will provide both enough to re-invest in the business and also to make you feel it is all worth it.

3. Team commitment

you need to develop a team who are committed to the same aims as yourself. Staff commitment can not just be expected. They need to have goals set for themselves to the overall benefit of the business. They then have their goals and realise why it is they come to work each day.

The balance of the team is crucial. You need to have the right people working for you which means recruitment and training are essential.

4. Customer trust

You need your customers to trust you. That way, they will return for further business, will take on your advice and will recommend other people to you. Trust is all about consistency in the product or service you provide. We may still like people who are inconsistent but we don’t entirely trust them and may not recommend them.

5. Marketing

Don’t be afraid to let people know what you are providing. This applies to both current and prospective customers. Are your customers aware of all of the products/services that you provide? What other benefits do you provide? Free-parking? There are many things potential customers consider. Marketing is about creating a reputation for the business.

Whichever method of marketing you choose, you need to be sure it is achieving that aim. You should also ensure the benefits outweigh the cost so be careful with expensive and sophisticated marketing techniques. You don’t have to spend fortunes, you just need to be creative.

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.”

Civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting is reporting a major increase in inquiries about new housing developments – signalling what it believes is a significant upturn in private house building.

The company, which has an office at Pride Park in Derby, has been approached to assist with the design of plans for more than 6,000 new private homes across the region and beyond since the start of 2015.

The proposed developments range from large-scale schemes featuring hundreds of houses to bespoke individual projects of ten or 20 homes.

The trend marks a 40% increase on the same period last year, said business development director Jef Todd.

“The demand for civil and structural engineering skills is very often a barometer of how trends are going in the construction sector, as we tend to get involved in the process at an early stage, and we have noticed a sharp increase in the number of inquiries we have received in our East Midlands offices for work connected to private housing developments,” said Jef.

“Since the start of this year, we have been approached to assist with proposals for 6,000 new private homes in areas from Lincolnshire in the east up to County Durham in the north and down to Northamptonshire. Some are being planned and built by multi-national developers, while others are due to be constructed by smaller companies.

“There is a recognised shortage of housing and the trend that we are experiencing is not only welcome news for the construction sector generally, it is also good news for those individuals and families who are looking for private homes to buy.”

BSP Consulting, which is based at Oxford Street, 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 in all sectors.

Its pre-planning work includes site feasibility studies, flood risk assessments, transport and travel plans, design of infrastructure, such as roads and drainage, as well as design work on homes and buildings.

The company is involved in a number of key East Midlands housing schemes currently, including regeneration schemes Castleward in Derby and Cotgrave Colliery in Nottinghamshire.

Earlier this month, data released by Barbour ABI showed that the number of contracts awarded for new build residential units has been strong so far in 2015, with the comparative figures for the first four months of this year showing a 32% rise from the corresponding months of 2014.

Barbour ABI is one of the chosen providers of construction data for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Government, and has a reputation for being a leading provider of construction intelligence services.

For more information visit www.bsp-consulting.co.uk