New Fund To Help Businesses Grow
We have launched a new fund to help businesses grow and create jobs.
The Business Growth Fund (BGF) is available for local businesses in the Bolsover, South Normanton and Shirebrook areas and will provide grants between £1,000 and £10,000 towards project costs.
The BGF is limited to these areas as they are not eligible for BNED LEADER Approach funding.
Grants, of up to 90% of eligible costs will be awarded to businesses based upon their ability to achieve economic growth and/or jobs growth within the District.
The funding can be used for a variety of projects including:
- Extending and improving premises;
- Employing an apprentice (but not core staff costs);
- Development of the business profile to boost trade;
- Business growth items;
- Business start-up costs.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “This fund is the latest in a long line of initiatives we are running to help local businesses thrive, expand and become sustainable and provide them with the platform they need to succeed.
“Local independent businesses contribute greatly to our economy and their viability is of high importance. That’s why we have committed to supporting them and I would encourage businesses who can demonstrate growth potential to contact the Council to see if they are eligible”.
Applications for the funding are now available via a simple two-stage process and all project activity will need to be completed by December 2018. For further information visit the Business Growth Fund web page or telephone 01246 242512.
Date issued: 8 January 2016
Fab Four Join Council As Apprentices
Four young people have been given the chance to get ahead of the crowd and take advantage of every opportunity to increase their skills and knowledge, by joining us as Apprentices.
All four - Jake Rawson (17) (Apprentice Plumber), Joshua Gozzard (17) (Apprentice Electrician), Tyler Griffiths (16) (Apprentice Joiner) and Christopher Clayton (16) (Apprentice Painter) - have joined our Housing Maintenance team where they will gain that all important work experience whilst also studying for relevant qualifications in their specific fields.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Ritchie said, “It’s never easy for young people to get onto the work ladder so we are doing all we can to help them by providing them with the necessary skills and opportunities such as these apprenticeships.
“We have a good track record of helping young people into jobs where they will not only learn what it is like to work in the real world but also gain those all important qualifications they will need for their specific trades
“The Council are one of the biggest employers in the area, and we are proud to invest in both people’s homes, and the future of these young people.”
The four will shadow fully qualified Council operatives on a day-to-day basis for the next 2-3 years learning their trade whilst also studying for their qualifications up to NVQ Level 3.
The Apprentices have been employed through the Vision Apprentices Programme, which is part of the West Nottinghamshire College Group.
Date issued: 6 January 2016
Devolution details published for the first time as Government urged to seal the deal
The "size of the prize" of devolution for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire has been set out publicly in detail for the first time, as the region's draft deal (4.96MB) is published today (Tuesday 5 January 2016).
The deal document, which sets out the final negotiating position of the Council and business leaders behind the bid, was sent to Chancellor George Osborne and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark just before Christmas.
It was accompanied by a strong message to Ministers that “now is the time to do the deal”.
The agreement, as it stands, has been developed following months of negotiations. The majority of the deal has broad agreement, with only a small number of issues now requiring final discussion and sign off.
The deal sets out ten key benefits devolution would deliver for the residents and businesses of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire:
- 55,000 new private sector jobs
- 77,000 extra homes
- An Investment Fund over 30 years to provide infrastructure such as roads and bridges
- Adult skills provision that better meets the needs of businesses
- A joint transport fund to spend on key transport improvements
- A better co-ordinated public transport system with ‘Oyster’ style smart ticketing
- More responsive and co-ordinated business support for growth
- The creation of substantially more apprenticeship opportunities
- More people entering employment through better targeted local programmes
- Journey times to London of less than 90 minutes by train
19 councils across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire together with business leaders from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership which covers the two counties, are seeking to create a single Combined Authority for the region by March 2016 – the first of its kind featuring district, borough, city and county councils.
The Combined Authority and a new Mayor, elected by the people of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, would be granted powers and resources currently held in London and gain responsibility for delivering a raft of new measures to boost economic growth, create jobs, build new homes and improve the quality of life for people living in the area.
Councillor Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “We can’t stress enough the size of the prize on offer for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and the benefits devolution would bring for local people. So we’ve taken the decision to publish the draft agreement so people can get a better understanding of what it will mean for the area.
"Following a request from Government, we have renamed our bid as North Midlands, which more accurately reflects the geographical area covered and will be able to align with the same name for the Combined Authority.
“We’ve been working with the Government to finalise a deal for some time now and discussions have been extremely positive. Both sides are clearly committed to an agreement and there’s no reason to delay any further.”
Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, added: “We have excellent proposals on the table, the majority of which have already been agreed, which offer a once in a generation opportunity to secure the jobs, growth, new homes and better quality of life we all crave for our communities.
“The benefits to the local economy and local people are clear – we just await the green light from the Chancellor.”
Date Issued: 5 January 2016 (issued by Nottinghamshire County Council)