Businesswoman wins chutney deal

A woman who started a business making chutney in her kitchen is celebrating after securing a deal with a major supermarket chain.

Business Funding Boost

Business leaders say they’ve got more than £17 million to giveaway to help create jobs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

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£1.4 million of business broadband funding for Derby

Derby businesses could benefit from around £1.4 million of broadband funding Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/

Around 600 Derby small and medium businesses could benefit from around £1.4 million of Government funding from a new scheme being launched today. The announcement comes as Derby City Council is holding 'Small Business Saturday' in the city.

The scheme is part of Department for Culture, Media and Sport Superconnected Cities Programme and is designed to help local businesses to grow and develop.

Derby will be one of the 22 superconnected cities to be awarded the funding.


Birmingham scientists' energy breakthrough - full report

by Mark Gough

Scientists have disovered how to make gold from rubbish - black gold - in other words - oil.

It sounds like the Holy Grail for the energy industry, but researchers at Aston Univeserity in Birmingham have figured out that if they burn rubbish and garden clippings in a pressure cooker - it turns into oil and gas.

They're heating their own building with it - now they want to help firms do the same thing and say large cities can become self-sufficient in generating their own power. Our business correspondent, Mark Gough reports.

Her own hair salon at just 21: the businesswoman determined to succeed

Setting up your own business in the current economic climate is never going to be easy, but one enterprising 21-year-old, has more obstacles than most to overcome.

Becki Stone from Leicestershire has Cystic Fibrosis. She has to take between 30 and 40 tablets a day and have regular physio to keep her lungs clear. But with a great deal of determination she's just fulfilled her lifelong ambition and opened her own hairdressing salon. Jane Hesketh reports.


Government comment on barbecue safety

"The issue was recently discussed at the October meeting of the European Commission's Consumer Safety network and it was agreed that the current warning on packaging which says "do not use indoors" does not go far enough. The standards are going to be modified so that they provide mandatory safety warnings placed in a prominent position and directly onto packaging."

– Department of Business
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