Allison Pennington grew up in the Derbyshire countryside and after spending some wander years experiencing the world, returned home where she has based herself ever since. She has written stories and poetry for children since her her early teens, which often include glimpses of her own childhood immersed in nature, humour and commentary on the quirkiness of life as seen through a child's eyes. She resides in a Derbyshire village with her husband, two gorgeous teenagers and an over friendly labrador.
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Awarding winning Derbyshire short horror film, In Limbo will soon be available for viewing on a new on demand channel www.vimeo.com/anonmotionpictures from the 1st Feb 2016.
Derby’s Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District has welcomed research declaring Derby as the UK’s business start-up capital.
Business leaders in the area, which is the city centre’s central business district, say that the research findings further strengthen its work to attract new businesses into the area.
The achievements of students at the Joseph Wright Campus at Derby College have been officially recognised with a celebration evening attended by more than 100 people.
Students who have either graduated from or are continuing their studies for A levels, vocational and Creative Arts programmes based at the Joseph Wright Campus were presented with subject prizes at the annual event.
A business centre in Derby’s St Peters Quarter is celebrating its first anniversary with the launch of special deals for new customers.
Citibase, the UK’s largest independent operator of fully-serviced business centres, opened its 29,000 sq ft centre in Colyear Street just over 12 months ago and is now over 75% full. Businesses based there range from web design and journalism to engineering, recruitment and health care.
Derby College is holding its first apprenticeship and jobs recruitment event of the year with a bumper crop of vacancies available for young people looking to start an apprenticeship or job in the New Year.
The College has been appointed by a wide range of businesses and organisations across the East Midlands to recruit apprentices in a wide range of roles.
These include Administration, Agriculture, Business Support, Childcare, Customer Service, E-Commerce, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality and Catering, IT Support, Manufacturing, Motor Vehicle and Web Design.
Derby College is looking for community-based projects to involve young people on the Prince’s Trust programme, which is celebrating its 40th year of supporting young people back into education and work.
The College-based team will be running six programmes for young people aged 16 to 24 this year, based in Derby and Ilkeston.
As part of the 12-week programme, young people carry out a community project – raising funds for materials and then carrying out the work.
Derby College is offering the chance for people to embrace their love of animals and re-train to work in pet grooming.
The 18-week International Professional Groomers Course will be held one day a week at the Dog Grooming salon at the College’s Broomfield Hall site in Morley starting next month (February).
It will cover a wide range of skills including practical grooming skills, pet health, canine behavior and handling.
Dog Grooming and Animal Care Lecturer Sue Oliver explained: “There are extensive career and self-employment opportunities for professional groomers.
A Derby College student will represent Great Britain in an international fencing competition in Switzerland this month.
Owen Jordan (17) lives in Watnall near Kimberley and is studying to be a personal trainer at Derby College’s Johnson Building campus in Pride Park.
Owen continues to make a name for himself in the fencing world and is on the British Fencing Talent Pathway with his sights set on competing in the Olympics in 2020 and becoming a professional sportsman.
Local businesses are being urged to look at commercial opportunities that Derbyshire county council are offering.
There are a large number of sites across the county including large country parks, picnic sites, canals and woodlands where businesses could trade. Activities could include catering, shops and retail, events, weddings, festivals, paintballing or other leisure activities.
Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Dean Collins, explained: