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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it: editor@madeinderbyshire.org
 

Bumper Fringe Boosts Local Economy

With Buxton Fringe 2016 opening for entries on December 1, this year’s audience and entrants’ surveys estimate that 2015’s event contributed a total of nearly half a million pounds to the local economy.

The biggest Buxton Fringe to date with 174 entries resulted in some £58,000 being spent by performers during their stay in Buxton. Meanwhile estimates show that audiences spent a total of £401,000 on food, accommodation and ticket sales for shows from local performers.

Turn back time with new android app

Android users can now travel back in time and explore Derbyshire and the Peak District in a whole new light.

But you don’t need a flying DeLorean or Dr Who’s police box. Just download the new ‘Discover Derbyshire & Peak District’ Android app that features self-guided walking trails with historical photos from private collections and the public domain.

Derby City Council Pledges Further Support For Business Growth

Derby City Council has announced that a further £12.5 million will be available in 2016 to support business innovation and growth under the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF).

The £20 million DEGF,  supported by the Regional Growth Fund, has already been administered to businesses in Derby and the surrounding area through grants and loans.

With around 65% allocated in loans, there will be £12.5 million due to be repaid to the Council available next year to support more business’ innovation, expansion and job creation plans.

Students Union President Aims To Give Students a Greater Voice

The President of Derby College Students Union (DCSU) has been elected to join the National Union of Students (NUS) National Executive Committee where she will be involved in developing and influencing policy that affects the 4.1 million Further Education learners in the UK.

Charlie Baker (19) was elected for the one-year post to lead DCSU after completing her Health and Social Care course at the College with triple distinctions stars.

Charity Carwash Supports Family’s Cuddle Cots Bid

Staff at family-owned funeral directors G.Wathall & Son have raised £270 with a charity carwash to raise money for a local family’s bid to buy specialist equipment for Royal Derby Hospital.

The Saturday morning event at Macklin Street was in aid of Derby mum Kerry Stanley’s efforts to buy a cuddle cot for the hospital.

G Wathall & Son handled the funeral of her stillborn daughter Autumn Amelia.  They pledged their support for the family to buy another cot for the hospital which will help other bereaved parents to have much needed time to say their goodbyes.

Full House at Buxton Fringe AGM

A full house including performers, venue hosts and Fringe Friends attended Buxton Fringe’s new-look AGM on Wednesday 11th November with several new people coming forward to become committee members. Keith Savage was once again voted in as Fringe chair alongside vice-chair Maria Carnegie, treasurer Barbara Wilson and secretary Pam Mason. With the Fringe due to open for 2016 entries from December 1st, Keith praised the “hundreds of people who worked tirelessly” to make this year’s Fringe a “genuinely awesome event”. Picture shows Barbara Wilson (standing), Pam Mason and Keith Savage.

Open Studios and Festive Craft Fair 2015

Long Eaton Art Room are holding their Festive Craft Fair and winter open studios event on Saturday 21st November and Sunday 22nd November 10-4 each day

 

This year will be the biggest event ever with over 30 stalls.  The perfect place to find  locally handmade Christmas gifts.

 

TWO GLOBAL COMPANIES SIGN UP TO ‘MADE IN DERBYSHIRE’ CAMPAIGN

Fine bone china manufacturing specialist Royal Crown Derby and aerospace giant Rolls-Royce are the latest members to sign up to the ‘Made in Derbyshire 2015’ campaign celebrating everything that’s great about the county.

Derbyshire County Council is a lead partner in the campaign working with other local councils, cultural groups and tourism organisations to promote and boost the local economy through its products, culture, festivals and sporting events.

Cathedral Quarter Prospectus Highlights Investment Opportunities

Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has launched a high-quality prospectus as part of its objective to attract new businesses and increased investment into the city centre.

The Cathedral Quarter Derby Prospectus showcases the strengths of the Cathedral Quarter and includes details of development and investment opportunities as well as providing an overview of the wide range of office and retail accommodation available to businesses in the area.

WOMEN ONLY TRY-DIVE DECLARED A SUCCESS AS 54 LADIES TAKE ‘THIS GIRL CAN’ PLUNGE

THE UK’s biggest ever women only scuba and snorkel try-dive has been declared a success after 54 ladies and girls took the plunge, as part of the inspirational This Girl Can campaign.

There were hugs and smiles all round as grandmothers, mothers, sisters, grand daughters and friends showed true girl power, at the event organised by the British Sub Aqua Club’s East Midlands regional team.

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