Derby Print Firm bursts with pride over company expansion & record sales

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Pride Park based, Essential Print Services, is bursting with pride over its recent office move and a record-breaking month of sales. The new move will not only allow its workforce to double in size, which cannot have happened at a better time since they are also celebrating one of their best sales months…


Date Added: 06 December 2017

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3 Ways to improve your website's readability

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Derby Hub's Koobr discusses the importance of website readability, and how you can maximise the overall effectiveness of your website copy.   At its most basic premise, your website is a directory for the purpose of serving your customers with important information; who you are; what you do;…


Date Added: 21 July 2017

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How a website can strengthen your brand

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If your website doesn’t accurately represent your brand, you’re doing your business a huge disservice. Derby Hub’s Koobr discuss why and how you can strengthen your brand identity with a better website.   Your brand identity is the absolute summation of who you are and what you…


Date Added: 23 May 2017

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How your small business can make a big impact!

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Being part of yesterday’s presentation ‘How your small business can make a big impact’ together with Yvonne Gorman from Essential Print Services and my colleague Craig Barker from Koobr was a giggle from planning to presentation. Our goal, ‘Make it memorable’, and the first…


Date Added: 18 May 2017

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What is a "Presentation"?

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A presentation provides a limited amount of time to present a message or topic to an audience, that audience could be an individual person or hundreds of people. Whether it’s 60 seconds or 60 minutes, it’s a story that needs structure with a beginning, middle and an end. It doesn’t…


Date Added: 05 May 2017

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5 Great Benefits of an EPoS System for a Restaurant or Bar

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An effective point of sale makes all the difference between business success and inefficiency. Derby Hub member CBE’s highlights 5 Great Benefits of an EPoS System for a Restaurant or Bar.   The challenges of running a successful bar or restaurant are very different from other forms of retail…


Date Added: 02 May 2017

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Proposed fracking could disrupt private properties and places of business across the East Midlands. Derby Hub member Nelsons Solicitors discusses litigation and what you can do if fracking plans are a concern for your place of business.   A drilling company has approached the landowners of Sherwood…


Date Added: 17 February 2017

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Is your business at risk from information thieves? Derby Hub member Owen at Code 56 explains the dangers of ‘phishing’ and how to prevent it from happening to you.   Phishing (pronounced “fishing”) is a type of social engineering attack, where the attacker sends people some…


Date Added: 09 February 2017

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The secret to successful marketing

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Marketing is the cornerstone of success for every business, whether you’re in retail, manufacturing, or the service provider industry. But what is the secret to effective and successful marketing?  Derby Hub member Alison Beardsley from TEC.I.T. takes a look at the 5 steps you need to initiate.…


Date Added: 23 February 2016

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How to write effective content

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Content creation goes far beyond blogging, it’s the lifeblood of your business online. We take a look at why fresh, high-quality content is so important and how to use it effectively across all channels of your digital marketing efforts. You’re not a writer. You’re never going to win…


Date Added: 16 October 2015

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The Art of Interaction:

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A Guide on Social Media Usage for Business.  Social Media has been used in business for a long time. It’s easily the most efficient method of communicating directly with your target audience outside of hitting them up at a local bar. Everyone uses social media, so it’s important to know…


Date Added: 03 September 2015

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The Three Pillars of Social Media

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The Three Pillars of Social Media When it comes to running a business, marketing and networking are absolutely key to establishing yourself as an effective and respectable entity. Similarly, social branding and online presence are essential in maintaining a positive relationship with customers, as well…


Date Added: 12 August 2015

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“Know Your Enemies, Know Yourself”

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Sun Tzu may have been talking about war, but his advice applies anywhere. Going into a networking event without sufficient planning is setting yourself up for an awkward experience with nothing to show from it. There are two steps involved in preparing yourself for your first networking event, and thankfully,…


Date Added: 29 July 2015

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Derby Hub TV

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Derby Hub very proudly presents a new member benefit, Derby Hub TV. Periodically Derby Hub will be filming members, so that they each get a chance to share their secrets to success and business tips. On this episode of Derby Hub TV, Yvonne Gorman from Essential Print Services introduces Derby Hub member,…


Date Added: 08 September 2014

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Derby Hub on the move

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Over recent weeks, the Derby Hub membership committee created a survey, asking members about their key considerations and preferences over a new venue for Derby Hub. After much consideration and negotiation, Derby Hub have secured a new venue for our lunchtime meetings. We recently announced to our members…


Date Added: 29 May 2014

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Starting from the beginning

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Being employed means someone is responsible in paying you. Being self-employed is when it’s up to you. A self-employed attitude is sometimes ‘now I can do what I want’ but it took me some time to realise that you are still employed…but by your clients. You therefore, need to…


Date Added: 26 February 2014

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Student Networking Tips

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Don’t be afraid to ask for advice / help Every day is a different networking and potential learning experience, and running a small business will provide you with many avenues that you have simply not been taught.  You may know some areas of your business well and others not so well,…


Date Added: 28 November 2013

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Writing Smart Presentations

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Documents that generate business… (win sales!) Whether by email, written or both, you may be involved in producing a formal presentation document – This will fill some people with dread! Here are a few simple thoughts to help you put together that winning bid: Don’t fool yourself into…


Date Added: 14 November 2013

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Net 'working' for success

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Another thrilling instalment of Derby Hub, with a great turn out and plenty of new faces in the room. At this meeting, the training was provided by Geoff Seymour (Bluu Sky Connections) on how to make the most of networking. Geoff is a seasoned networker (of more than 10 years) and his tips on how to…


Date Added: 24 October 2013

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Engage with networking

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At the last meeting, Sarah Loates from Loates Business Solutions Ltd shared with Derby Hub all about engagement. Engagement with employees, customers, suppliers in fact anyone we need to engage with, to effectively run our businesses! During Derby Hub’s regular education slot Sarah discussed how…


Date Added: 07 October 2013

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Networking for introverts

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If the prospect of networking fills you with dread or you think it's something only extroverted people do, think again. You don't need to have a gregarious or outgoing personality to build a network of professional contacts - in fact, your approach may be better received than the brash personality…


Date Added: 30 September 2013

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The launch of Ask the Expert

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One of the new features that Derby Hub have recently implemented is; 'Ask the Expert'. The first person in the spotlight was our 'legal expert' Martin Jinks, partner at Nelsons Solicitors. Some of the topics covered were: Data protection, when you should be registered When a business…


Date Added: 26 September 2013

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Choosing a graphic designer

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Get one step ahead of the game by getting the most from your graphic design company. Here are '10 top tips' to consider, when choosing a graphic designer to work with on your projects: 1) You are only as good as your last performance Ask to see examples of their previous work, it is not…


Date Added: 18 September 2013

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Your networking tool kit

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Networking should be considered part of your normal working day, when you go to a networking event you should take your tool kit with you, just the same as if you were going to see a client and you would take the tools of your trade. Would a plumber turn up to do jobs without his monkey wrench or joiner…


Date Added: 06 September 2013

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Grand Charity Auction

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At The Westfield Centre Derby 28th – 29th November 2013 18.30 – 18.30 (24 Hours +) James Lewis, twice winner of The Auctioneer Of The Year award, is to attempt to set a world record by holding the longest auction ever held by a single auctioneer, in aid of charity. The auction is to take…


Date Added: 05 September 2013

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Networking tips to springboard your business

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"When two or more people coordinate in a spirit of harmony and work towards a definite objective or purpose, they place themselves in position, through the alliance, to absorb power directly from the great storehouse of Infinite Intelligence." - Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich. That sounds…


Date Added: 05 September 2013

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Derby Hub is evolving

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Our members spoke and we listened! Our members wanted more than a networking group, they wanted support, they wanted advice, and they wanted training. Derby Hub was set up 'by the members for the members' so it was only right that the members opinions were sought and the results were implemented.…


Date Added: 28 August 2013

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Networking Tips to catapult your business

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"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without…


Date Added: 19 August 2013

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Your 3 Free Networking Tips

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"The ascent of Everest was not the work of one day, nor even of these few unforgettable weeks in which we climbed ........ It is, in fact a tale of sustained and tenacious endeavour by many, over a long period of time." Sir John Hunt - scaled Mount Everest 1953. This "sustained and tenacious endeavour"…


Date Added: 01 July 2013

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Your 3 Free Networking Tips

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"Don't let someone who has given upon their dreams talk you out of yours"  - Brad Sugar, CEO Action Coach International. Only mix with the right forward looking people and you will find them at Networking Events to help you get the best from networking we continue our series of "3 tips" that…


Date Added: 25 June 2013

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Your 3 Free Networking Tips

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Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone." - Robert Allane co-author of "The One Minute Millionaire If this is true then you must push yourself outside your comfort zone regularly to achieve in business. To a lot of people Networking is outside their comfort zone so to help you please find…


Date Added: 25 June 2013

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inspirational, captivating, thoroughly enjoyable

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Derby Hub's series of “Inspiring Derby” events continued to invigorate recently with its most exciting yet, thanks to guest speaker and TV personality James Lewis. Things couldn't have gone any better. Far more than just an informative night at the Morley Hayes Hotel & Golf Club,…


Date Added: 13 March 2013

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client referrals

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A subject that fills the novice salesman with terror and even makes the most experienced of us a little uncomfortable!! Yes, you’re right, it means asking your clients for introductions to their clients! We are all salespeople, whether employed or running our own business, and we love to spend…


Date Added: 12 March 2013

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Price is what you pay, value is what you receive

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Tony Miles of Derby based Milestone Management Solutions gives some simple tips for Hub members: To return to our series of "3 tips" that should, if applied, help improve the value of your networking activity:- Use direct mail to generate more leads. Direct mail remains one of the most…


Date Added: 07 February 2013

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Let's Save Money

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Edward Winiarski of Derby based Giles Insurance Brokers Ltd gives some simple money saving tips for Hub members........ Are you always getting best value when buying personal insurances? Insurance is without doubt still a ‘grudge’ purchase particularly in these difficult economic times, but…


Date Added: 28 January 2013

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Christmas Networking Party Tips

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1. Remember why you are all there and that networking is in essence just building relationships. So relax, enjoy yourself and get to know a few people. 2. However, this is an opportunity to find out more about some of your colleagues, so try and really listen to them when they are telling you about themselves.…


Date Added: 06 December 2012

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Are you Networking?

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What is Networking? First of all it is not just attending a meeting, in reality it’s doing something with the contacts that you make at a networking event to start and foster a relationship. It goes without saying that people deal with people, but it is a little more than that, more correctly people…


Date Added: 20 November 2012

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Make Networking Work For You!

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“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hope” - Andrew Carnegie To help you achieve these goals I continue our series of “3 tips” that should, if applied, help improve the value of your networking activity:- Remove…


Date Added: 29 October 2012

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October Networking Tips

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“Defeat is not the worst of failures – Not to have tried is the true failure” – George E Woodbury, author, educator and poet. To ensure that you do not fail come and try networking at The Derby Hub as we continue our series of “3 tips” that should, if applied, help…


Date Added: 22 October 2012

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Free Marketing Tips

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“Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it and spend it rather than invest it” – Jim Rohn So to ensure that, when you are networking, you do not waste yours but invest it please find below three networking tips, follow these to gain more business from existing…


Date Added: 08 October 2012

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Networking tips

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“Everything you need in life, you will have to go through someone else to get it. You have to do it yourself, but you can not do it alone! You need people and they need you, so invest in relationships to build your reputation” Rob Brown from “How to build your reputation” We have…


Date Added: 10 September 2012

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Networking the IT Way

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This weeks article is by Sue Cliff of Pink Mortar ROM - Relevance of Meeting. Is the group appropriate for your industry RAM - Roam and Mingle. Look at the attendance list and find the folks likely to have synergy with you IT- Intelligent Tracking. Do the research on people you have met before ou have…


Date Added: 26 July 2012

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Free Business Guide

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This weeks blog article is from Marylou Booth of Training Works Get your free business guide packed with powerful tips from an expert in transforming one-off clients into loyal, repeat ones As a committed, ambitious business owner, you’ll already be well aware of the importance of turning one-off…


Date Added: 26 July 2012

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Your 3 Free Networking Tips

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This weeks blog article is from Tony Miles of Milestone Management Solutions Ltd “A successful person realises his personal responsibility for self motivation. He starts with himself because he possesses the key to his own ignition switch. Kemmons Wilson – Founder of Holiday Inn Hotels Although…


Date Added: 26 July 2012

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goose sense

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In the fall, as geese make their annual migration, flying along in V formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V…


Date Added: 26 July 2012

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Keep track of your guarantees

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This weeks blog article is from Martin Jinks of Bakewells Solicitors. A recent case has highlighted the importance of keeping track of any Guarantee you have given. In Greene King v Quisine & Shasha, Shasha guaranteed Quisine’s lease. Greene King covenanted to endeavour to tell Shasha whenever…


Date Added: 12 June 2012

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The 10 Commandments of Networking

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An article by Derby Hub member Angela Szczepankiewicz from Virtual Admin Plus 1. People must remember you.             Make sure you have a good, clear informative name badge. Carry your business cards and have them ready to hand out. Have brochures with you…


Date Added: 08 June 2012

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5 simple Derby Hub social media community tips

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An article from Derby Hub member Kevin Hudson from Identify who specialise in Social Media Marketing Twitter RT ReTweet @derbyhub Tweets and Derby Hub members’ tweets. RT/Share the Hub blogs, education slots and any other content posted on the Hub website. - Sign of appreciation and promotion of…


Date Added: 07 June 2012

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Farming Families to benefit from inheritance tax relief

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Following two new rulings, farming families can now take advantage of the new inheritance tax relief that can be claimed for agricultural property. Under the inheritance tax rules, business property and agricultural property are not taxed. In the case of agricultural property, the relief is available…


Date Added: 07 June 2012

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Networking tips

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An article by Derby Hub member Angela Szczepankiewicz from Virtual Admin Plus A good attitude is important in all walks of life, but especially when Networking – a bright smile, a friendly greeting and a warm handshake will help to create a great atmosphere at meetings. Other ways of showing a…


Date Added: 25 May 2012

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An Effective & Memorable 60 Seconds

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An article from Derby Hub member Angela Szczepankiewicz from Virtual Admin Plus Every week we stand up and give our 60 second commercial, during which we hope that everyone around the table is listening and thinking about how they can find referrals for us. Let’s start making it easy for everyone,…


Date Added: 25 May 2012

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Beware the Cookie Monster

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Beware the Cookie Monster Facebook has its $100billion (£31billion) floatation on the New York stock market today and intends to grow by targeting advertising to mobile internet users which account for around 50% of Facebook’s 250million daily visitors. This makes for a formidable advertising…


Date Added: 22 May 2012

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Branding for SME’s

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At Derby Hub our ethos is to share business excellence and our members' presentations are no exception. Each week, we ask one of our members to share knowledge and advice about their industry. Presentations must be useful and not sell to the room. This ensures members get the most out of their membership…


Date Added: 03 May 2012

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securing derby's future

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Derby City Council hopes to unlock £40m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund for the delivery of a programme comprising a handful of large, strategically significant projects. One important part of this programme involves establishing a grant/loan scheme that will: enable existing businesses…


Date Added: 20 April 2012

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Wage Incentive Information

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If you employ someone who is currently on the work programme, a wage incentive worth up to £2,275 each, will be available for employers who can offer an 18 to 24 year-old from the Government’s Work Programme, a job lasting at least 26 weeks. The work programme is the Government’s scheme…


Date Added: 05 April 2012

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Tips to get the most from your office paper

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At Derby Hub our ethos is to share business excellence and our members' presentations are no exception. Each week, we ask one of our members to share knowledge and advice about their industry. Presentations must be useful and not sell to the room. This ensures members get the most out of their membership…


Date Added: 06 March 2012

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Inspiring Derby February Event Success

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The February Derby Hub 'Inspiring Derby' event was a complete success, with more than 60 people attending. The event was truly inspiring, with a magnificent presentation by business entrprenuer, Rachel Elnaugh. The event was sponsored by Yvonne Gorman of Essential Print Services. Below you will…


Date Added: 01 March 2012

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Commercial Property in Pensions Explained

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Commercial Property in Pensions At Derby Hub our ethos is to share business excellence and our members' presentations are no exception. Each week, we ask one of our members to share knowledge and advice about their industry. Presentations must be useful and not sell to the room. This ensures members…


Date Added: 21 February 2012

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Essential Hub Case Study

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Derby Hub Why local businesses need to get involved... Yvonne Gorman, Owner of Essential Print Services explains why her business is involved in local Business Networking, in particularly, Derby Hub; “Networking has always been essential for my company’s growth and support. It continues to…


Date Added: 10 February 2012

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Printing Tips by Essential Print Services

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At Derby Hub our ethos is to share business excellence and our members' presentations are no exception. Each week, we ask one of our members to share knowledge and advice about their industry. Presentations must be useful and not sell to the room. This ensures members get the most out of their membership…


Date Added: 10 February 2012

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derby hub video insight

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Last month's 'Inspiring Derby' event with keynote speaker, Oliver Emberton, was a great success. The feedback we received was very encouraging. For those who have yet to experience a Derby Hub event, this short video will give you a good insight into what it's all about. Derby Hub is…


Date Added: 31 January 2012

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Charity Boxing Event

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Sight Support Derbyshire Charity Event Below you will find a charity event in aid of Sight Support Derbyshire, which you may be interested in: Colin Todd and Michael Johnson Confirmed as Guests of Honour for Charity White Collar Boxing Event Former Derby County defender, Colin Todd (who played at the…


Date Added: 27 January 2012

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London 2012

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We were recently give details of an event which may be of interest to anyone looking to maximise the opportunities of London 2012: Everything your business needs to know to maximise the opportunities of London 2012 DERBY DATE CONFIRMED - SEE BELOW As London prepares to host the greatest show on earth…


Date Added: 25 January 2012

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Inspiring Derby November Event Success

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The November Derby Hub 'Inspiring Derby' event was an absolute success, with more than 50 people attending. The event was truly inspiring, with presentations from Derby's very own secret millionaire Kavita Oberoi, and Christine Dare from the University of Derby Mentor Scheme. Below you will…


Date Added: 05 January 2012

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derby hub unites the business community

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Derby Hub, a non-profit making business network in Derby, is hosting a launch event with the help of Kavita Oberoi Derby’s own Secret Millionaire. Craig Barker of Baseline Creative is part of the membership committee “The vision for Derby Hub has always been one of collaboration amongst Derby…


Date Added: 04 November 2011

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the birth of derby hub

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Many good businesses failed during the recession; some because their clients could not pay them, some because work dried up, others through lack of experience. Some of the strongest businesses today started during lean times, the same is starting to happen during this recession. No doubt times are hard…


Date Added: 30 September 2011

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