Is your business missing out on the huge advantages of broadband due to poor connection speeds?
High speed broadband can help your business expand its customer base, adopt new technologies and increase growth while improving outputs and efficiency.
Join us for breakfast and find out more about how your business can benefit from adopting high speed broadband technologies and, specifically, the options available in your area.
Delivered as part of the Digital Growth Programme, this fully-funded informative breakfast seminar will offer a series of presentations aimed at bringing you fully up-to-date on new technology developments and the support that exists for businesses looking to upgrade and improve their current broadband connectivity.
Delegates will have the opportunity to understand the different connection types available - including fibre, 4G, wireless and satellite - and hear from the leading suppliers in these areas to understand the technologies available, before deciding on the best solution for your business. Find out more by visiting the e-business club website.
The D2N2 Digital Growth Programme is part funded by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund.
The first ground has been cut marking the start of a £6m investment in 49 new council properties in Shirebrook and Tibshelf. The Shirebrook development at Hilltop will redevelop 3.5 acres of land and to provide 37 properties ranging from 1 bed flats to 3 bedroom houses.
The Tibshelf development on Derwent Drive will see 12 new 2 bedroom houses built on 1.2 acres of land which is the site of a former garage site. Both developments form part of our B@Home Programme where we are working in partnership with Robert Woodhead Limited, the Homes and Communities Agency and EEM Ltd.
Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said: “We are delighted with our completed B@Home properties so far in Creswell, and the homes in Blackwell are on the verge of completion. “We have set the bar high with these quality properties so far and I’m sure these new developments in Shirebrook and Tibshelf will meet our high expectations and have a positive impact on our communities.
“We are investing in our district and are committed to rebuilding our housing stock and improving life in our communities.”
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Ritchie commented: “The B@Home partnership is proving to be extremely valuable to the district by providing not just high quality homes, but employment and apprentice opportunities as well.
“Local workers, contractors, suppliers and youngsters looking for a step up the ladder are all benefitting from our B@Home partnership with Robert Woodhead Limited.”
David Pearson, Project Manager for Robert Woodhead Limited, said: “The B@Home partnership has already proven to be successful, not just in the homes we have built, but in the impact we have had on the local community.
“So far we have already been able to offer 12 work experience opportunities to local students, and engaged with more than 1,200 young people to inspire them towards a career in construction. We will continue to work closely with the nearby schools and colleges to provide a range of opportunities, which we hope will inspire a generation of future construction workers.”
Pete Smith, Chief Executive of EEM Ltd, said: “It is our belief at EEM that we are not just procuring services for our members, but forging partnerships to deliver excellent results with truly measurable community impacts. The B@Home Partnership is a flagship programme for us, highlighting that construction is not just about the bricks and mortar, but the effect you can have on the surrounding community.”
The ground work has commenced and the project is expected to be completed by 2018.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Bolsover District to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.
An 10-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 19 June 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Bolsover.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Bolsover should have 37 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent four three-councillor wards, twelve two-councillor wards and one one-councillor ward across the district.
The full recommendations for Bolsover and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.
At the same time, the Commission is consulting on a new pattern of wards for neighbouring North East Derbyshire District Council.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Bolsover and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations. Over the next ten weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.
“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Bolsover and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole district or just part of it.”
Two young apprentices who started life as trainees have now been given employment by the Council after successfully completing the Trainee and Apprenticeship Scheme.
William Bend and Donnovan Canning both started their traineeships in September 2015 in our leisure department and then went on to complete their Level 2 apprenticeship in Exercise and Fitness.
They are now both employed as Leisure attendants and are working at the newly opened Go! Active @The Arc leisure facility.
The Trainee and Apprenticeship Scheme, supported by Babington Group, paves the way for young people to gain full-time employment, future study or training. The 20-week scheme, aimed at 16-19 year olds who live in Bolsover District, will help improve their skills and increase their chance of gaining an apprenticeship by achieving qualifications in functional skills, Maths and English, whilst also giving them experience in a working environment. Financial support to assist young people with their expenses may be available.
We provide traineeship opportunities in a variety of roles including leisure, ICT, business admin, customer services, grounds maintenance and refuse. 29 trainees have gained work experience and received employability training and support with the Council since 2014; with 14 securing a 12-month apprenticeship and 64% of them progressing into employment or further training to date. So far, 11 apprentices have gained an NVQ level 2 in either Customer Service/Horticulture/sustainable waste Management or Exercise and Fitness. .
Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Karl Reid said, “We understand the difficulties young people go through to secure a job so we are giving them a chance to improve their skills and knowledge, by offering them our Trainee and Apprenticeship scheme.
“I would ask any young person to give it a go, as this is a fantastic step towards rewarding employment.”
William Bend said, “I started at the Council as a trainee and this gave me the confidence to apply for an apprenticeship and I’ve gained my NVQ and now I’m an employee, I can’t believe it! The staff are really supportive, I’m earning a wage and doing a job that I really enjoy.”
Donovan Canning said, “I’m loving it here. I particularly enjoy delivering the low impact circuit classes and teen/family fit classes. The best bit about my job is meeting new people.”