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Graduate who took to the streets with placard to find work launches own business

A university graduate from Leicestershire, who took to the streets with a placard in a desperate attempt to get a job, has set up his own business.

Luke Wheatley is hoping to make a living by teaching older people to use mobile technology.

Luke got a start-up grant from the Prince's Trust - after a chance meeting in a chip shop. Our correspondent Peter Bearne explains.

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100 jobs created in East Midlands after Middle East deal

A hundred jobs are being created in the East Midlands with the creation of a huge recycling plant in the Middle East.

Chinook CEO Dr Rifat Chalabi and Lord Livingston Credit: ITV News Central

Technology company Chinook Sciences, based in Nottingham, has won a £300 million deal to build the facility in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The plant, which will convert waste to energy, will be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.

A model of the new plant Credit: ITV News Central

The deal will also benefit Chinook's many suppliers across the country, safeguarding 650 jobs.

Chinook's command centre in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

The Government says it is the first major deal announced under a new programme of support to help medium-sized businesses increase their exports.

Today, Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Livingston, visited Chinook's command centre at Nottingham Science Park.


New jobs as Nottingham company wins £300m deal

Around 200 jobs in Britain are to be created and another 650 secured after Nottingham-based technology company Chinook Sciences won a £300 million deal with the United Arab Emirates.

Around 100 of the new jobs will be based in the East Midlands.

The skyline of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Credit: URSUAL DUEREN

The company will build the world's biggest advanced thermal energy-from-waste facility in the Emirate of Sharjah.

Trade Minister Lord Livingston, said:

"Our medium-sized businesses have the potential to be economic powerhouses for the UK. Their success is dependant on expanding beyond domestic markets. Chinook Sciences is a great example of a company doing just that."

Unemployment statistics: West Midlands employment up

Unemployment statistics: good news for the East Midlands


Thousands attend Nottingham jobs fair

Thousands of people have attended a jobs fair being held in Nottingham today.

Around 60 employers and training providers had stands at the event at the Capital FM Arena, offering careers and apprenticeships across a range of sectors including retail, construction, and social care.

At a similar event last year almost 600 people found work after attending.

Cllr Nick McDonald from Nottingham City Council told ITV News Central that today's event allows people to connect with future employers.

Nottingham jobs fair gets underway

The jobs fair is open until 15:00 Credit: ITV News Central

The Nottingham jobs fair has got underway this morning at the Capital FM Arena.

Around 5,000 people are expected to attend the event which is open until 15:00.

60 employers have stands offering careers and apprenticeships in a range of sectors from retail, to construction and social care.

People at the jobs fair in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

60 employers expected at Nottingham jobs fair

5,000 people are expected to attend Nottingham's job fair Credit: ITV News Central

5,000 people are expected to attend Nottingham's job fair today. Around 60 employers will be at the event offering vacancies and apprenticeships.

A dedicated service has also been set up to help older people in the city find work.

It is being held between 10:00 and 15:00 at the Capital FM Arena.

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