We were visited by John Clarke the Leader of Gedling Borough Council and John Robinson the Chief Executive and are grateful for their time.
A quick tour through what the Council has planned for the next few years followed. Some 7500 new homes are to be built in the Borough although the proportion of Affordable Housing varies according to the developer involved. Gedling Country Park is proving very popular especially now it has toilets and a newly opened Cafe. A Heritage Centre is planned to follow.
Improvements are planned for the Colwick area and they are very conscious of the need to improve traffic links to the area both into Nottingham City and across the Borough. We were assured of the commitment of the Council to assist and develop small businesses in the area.
We had a taste of the legal issues that all small businesses need to consider . The wisdom of looking at these from the outset rather than waiting for something to go wrong and the try to fix it. Anne Phillips from Barkley Business Services www.barkleybusinessservices.co.uk took us through Terms and Conditions. Contracts and the potential pitfalls of commercial Leases.
The rules have changed from April with the aim of widening those who can take advantage of the scheme and giving the Employer control over the training provider they wish to use. Anne Phillips from Barkley Business Services www.barkleybusinessservices.co.uk outlined the basic changes in the procedure.
Rebecca Ogden from Enable a training provider then explained the service they can provide to the Employer www.enable.uk.net.
Julie Beresford from the Economic Development Department at Gedling Borough Council provided details on the Council’s Erasmus programme designed to help employers in the Gedling area at every stage of the apprenticeship procedure so they are not deterred from proceeding with an apprentice by the level of paperwork and administration involved . For more details please contact Julie on email@example.com
Grow Your Business in 10 minutes! – Paul Wreaves is a local business coach and lecturer at Nottingham Business School, NTU gave us a guide on how to grow your business using straightforward tools and show you how to set simple goals and targets that will motivate you to achieve them.
More details on Paul www.achievebusinesscoaching.com
NBV in Nottingham https://nbv.co.uk/ provide grants for the small business funded by the EU.
Business based in the East Midlands
Maximum 250 staff
Maximum turnover £50 million
Grant of £1000 to £2500
Intervention rate 25%
So minimum project value £4000
If a business requires any of these please speak to NBV as they may have an alternative means of finance
Contact www.nbv.co.uk or Lewis direct on firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Bennett Research and Development Manager at Gedling Business Council came along and spoke about the risks of cyber crime to all businesses
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/24/uk-fraud-record-cybercrime-kpmg http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/01/how-much-of-a-problem-is-cyber-crime-in-the-uk/ https://ico.org.uk/action-weve-taken/enforcement
Advice for the core requirements for protecting a network, covers the basics, which are
–Boundary Firewalls and Gateways
–User Access Control
At our last morning networking event of 2016 we had a very good turnout to celebrate a good year for Gedling Business Partnership. Beverley Perkins from www.beverleyperkinsphotographer.co.uk was on hand to take free festive photographs to all who were brave enough to not worry what they looked like at that time in the morning. We also had finsburymedia.com to give a short presentation. They will be speaking more at length in the new year and would like to know what topics are of interest to people. They cover webdesign, SEO, Web hosting and social media so please let u shave any questions you want answering.
The Board got into festive spirit and had their photos taken and
this is what we looked like
This month we decided it was time for everyone to really find out what each did . Not just the quick 60 seconds but sitting down and talking to each other. They all got on so well it was hard to get them to stop and move on to another table.
We were also joined by Councillor John Clarke who kept us up to date with latest events in Gedling. The Christmas lights are to be switched on Thursday 24 November 2016 at 6pm in Eagle Square Arnold . There will be a Craft Fair from 5pm and anyone interested in a stall should contact us.
Julie Beresford from Gedling Borough Council Economic Department gave details on the Erasmus apprenticeship project