Micro businesses, companies producing food products and cycle networks in the rural areas covered by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership will receive a £3 million investment boost. The D2N2 LEP is the private-sector led partnership of businesses, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary services which promotes economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. For further information on the new funding announcement see the D2N2 website.

Our monthly informal networking meeting takes place at Escabeche in West Bridgford on the first Friday of every month between 8am and 9am. Come and join us on Friday 3 February and network with other local businesses. They are free to attend - just buy a drink and network.

Businesses in Rushcliffe looking for financial backing to help them expand are being invited to bid into a £6m Nottinghamshire County Council growth fund.

The Nottinghamshire Economic Development Capital Fund (NEDCF), open from Monday 30 January, aims to boost economic growth and job creation. It welcomes welcome new applications from small and medium sized businesses in the county.

Parkwood Community Leisure and Rushcliffe Borough Council have produced a new website for Rushcliffe Arena which opened at the beginning of January 2017. The West Bridgford leisure centre is in the same building off Rugby Road as the re-located borough council.

Highways England is beginning a programme of work to improve junctions along the A52 from Nottingham to Radcliffe on Trent. The aim is to improve traffic flow on the road and reduce queues and delays.

Rushcliffe Business Partnership holds its first informal networking meeting of the year on Friday 6 January at the usual venue of Escabeche in West Bridgford. The event runs from 8am to 9am and is a great way to meet fellow business people who work or live in Rushcliffe. The meetings are held on the first Friday of each month and are free to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

Businesses are being offered the chance to have an impartial discussion with an experienced business adviser thanks to the D2N2 Business Adviser Service for Nottinghamshire.

The adviser can discuss any business issues, including sales and marketing, access to finance, training and recruitment, growth plans, and systems and processes. 

Construction is due to commence at Hollygate 46 in Cotgrave to provide a range of light industrial units to service the requirements of small to medium sized local businesses. This scheme, backed by Rushcliffe Borough Council will provide light industrial units ranging from 750 sq ft to 1,750 sq ft at the Hollygate 46 development in Cotgrave which is ideally located in the Rushcliffe area of Nottingham with excellent links to both the A52 and A46 carriageways. Lease arrangements are being overseen by FHP Property Consultants.

Rushcliffe Borough Council from December 19 will be located at the new Rushcliffe Arena on Rugby Road in West Bridgford. 

The move will allow the council to make use of smaller, more efficient purpose-built facilities, which will help cut the council’s running costs. 

The council offices adjoin the new Rushcliffe Arena Leisure Centre, which will be operated by Parkwood Leisure and which will be open from 3 January 2017. 

Nottinghamshire company Arch Communications has broken through the £100,000 barrier in donations to local good causes.

The business, based in East Leake in Rushcliffe, has reached the impressive total in its sixth year of trading.

East Midlands Trains customers in Radcliffe-on-Trent will now benefit from a new timetable:

  • New timetable services now running
  • Includes addition of extra five services following customer feedback
  • To book tickets online, visit eastmidlandstrains.co.uk

There are a number of support schemes locally to help businesses take on apprentices and create employment opportunities. These range from a county council grant of £1,500 for firms employing apprentices to national apprenticeship grants for employers of 16-to-24-year-olds. You can find out more details of sources of support from Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Many attendees of the Rushcliffe Business Partnership monthly networking meetings at Escabeche in West Bridgford will be used to regular networking on the first Friday of every month - but did you know there are also monthly networking opportunities in Ruddington? The Ruddington Business Partnership meets on the third Friday of every month at the Ruddington Arms in Wilford Road and these meetings are set to continue into 2017.

 

Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all the short-listed nominees in this year's Recognising Rushcliffe Awards. Among the businesses and business people being recognised in the awards were Plumtree Fish and Chips in the food and drink category and Rushcliffe Business Partnership committee member Shamshad Walker for her work in supporting the local economy. You can find out more at the Rushcliffe Borough Council website.

The next monthly networking morning for Rushcliffe Business Partnership takes place at Escabeche in West Bridgford on Friday 2 December. The event runs from 8am to 9.30am and is free to attend. These meetings take place throughout the year on the first Friday of every month - you do not need to be a member to attend.

Were you captured on camera during the Annual Business Showcase of the Rushcliffe Business Partnership on November 1? You can see a selection of images from the event via photographer Paul Carroll's slideshow.

Following the success of this year's Annual Business Showcase in Keyworth on Tuesday 1 November, there is a chance to continue those networking conversations at the end of the week. On Friday 4 November, the Partnership hosts its usual networking session on the first Friday of every month at Escabeche in West Bridgford. The event runs 8am to 9am and is free to attend.

Remember to book your ticket for the sixth Rushcliffe Business Partnership Annual Showcase on 1 November 2016. You will hear from inspirational speakers about building your business and creating the opportunities for your future workforce to thrive.

The Department for International Trade is running a series of free workshops across the East Midlands to encourage growth through exports.

Hope you're enjoying the new-look Rushcliffe Business Partnership website - why not tell us what you think at our next Rushcliffe Business Partnership monthly networking meeting?

Our next meeting takes place on Friday 7 October 2016 and will run from 8am until 9.15am at Escabeche, West Bridgford, NG2 6AU. No booking is required to attend.