Following the signing of a friendship agreement between Nottinghamshire and the Chinese province of Zhejiang a free event is offering local firms the opportunity to learn more about doing business in China.

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) training event is being held on Monday 15 May at Newark Beacon, 8.30am to 1pm.

A six-month Digital Enhancement Programme is being offered to Nottinghamshire SMEs to help businesses increase their web presence.

Funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, and delivered by Dijitul Enterprise, a web design and digital marketing agency, the programme provides support with a bespoke digital strategy and a trainee placed in the business to carry out the strategy.

Businesses in Rushcliffe have the opportunity to bid for a series of new contracts looking to support other organisations with web and social media skills and development.

Organisations across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire can now apply for grants of up to £16,000 to improve their digital capabilities.

A grant scheme has been set up through the D2N2 Digital Growth Programme,

Our members benefited from hearing a special presentation at the monthly networking session in April. Mick Burrows spoke at the event on Friday 7 April about his work with the West Bridgford Commissioners.

Our monthly networking has a change of venue in April – moving to the Rushcliffe Arena. This is to accommodate a talk by Mick Burrows on the work of the West Bridgford Commissioners.

The event takes place at the Rushcliffe Arena on Friday 7 April at 8 am. Morning refreshments and breakfast will be served.

An event is being held by D2N2 to support applications to the European-funded high growth business support programme. For further details on the April 6 seminar, see the flyer or Eventbrite.

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Businesses in Rushcliffe are being invited to a D2N2 conference on ‘rural means business’.

Three independent commissioners have been appointed to help steer the course of the local economy in West Bridgford, which has a reputation for a high quality, thriving and diverse retail and business sector. A survey has been set up for local people to have their say about how West Bridgford is developed in the future.

The British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup Nottingham featuring top British and international triathletes is coming to Rushcliffe and the Nottingham Embankment on Saturday 2 September 2017

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 March and network with other local businesses. The meetings are free to attend, just buy a drink and network.

Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark and Bingham, is writing to local councils and business clubs to put forward his position on the forthcoming revaluation of business rates. The MP is forwarding a letter - shown here - from Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke MP setting out the Government view.

Nottingham Rugby is organising their first annual Beer Festival in conjunction with Greene King and guests and is looking for local businesses to sponsor some of the ales.

Businesses in Rushcliffe looking to develop an environmentally-friendly approach have access to a number of resources that have been brought together by Rushcliffe Borough Council.

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.