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Property purchases boost Trust’s plan to reinstate historic canal line


Chesterfield Canal Trust’s ambitious plans to preserve and reinstate historic canal lines that run from Staveley to Kiveton Park have recently continued after the charity purchased two unoccupied houses located on the proposed route. Further to the transactions,


facilitated by law firm Banner Jones, the two semi-detached properties located on Sheffield Road can now be demolished to make way for the canal route. The Trust is also in discussions


about the feasibility of replacing the locks at this section of the canal with an iconic boat lift which could become a huge tourist attraction for the area. Marking a significant milestone in


the organisation's wider plan to connect the last nine miles of the canal network, on completion there will be three pairs of double locks to take the canal down to Quarry Lane and under Sheffield Road. Banner Jones Solicitors advised


the charity on the purchase of the residential properties, in addition to negotiating and agreeing key access and construction rights in respect of an adjacent property that will allow the Trust to start work on the site at the relevant time. Peter Hardy, Chairman at


Record start to year for Invictus


Telecommunications specialists Invictus Communications has started the year with record sales and several new partnerships. The Castle Donington-based


firm has clinched £400,000 worth of new business in recent weeks to install new telephony systems for three new organisations, incuding Chamber patron, John Pye. The company has commissioned Invictus to roll- out a new telephony system across 23 nationwide sites. Invictus Communications’ Managing Director Jonny McPhee said: “Our ethos is to ‘buy local, sell local and support local’ so it is important to us that we expand all these areas. By working with other companies to benefit mutual customers, we can increase sales and plough a good proportion of profits back into the local community.”


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‘The aim of the trust is to promote the full restoration of the Chesterfield Canal’


Chesterfield Canal Trust, said: “The aim of the trust is to promote the full restoration of the Chesterfield Canal so that people all across Derbyshire and South Yorkshire can enjoy its beauty, and in doing so


encourage a better sense of community that will positively affect people’s health and wellbeing. “I would like to thank Banner


Jones Solicitors for guiding us through this process, ensuring that


these transactions could be achieved quickly and effectively.” Ian Osborn, Commercial Solicitor


at Banner Jones, said: “It’s a pleasure to work on projects like this one. We would like to wish Chesterfield Canal Trust the best of luck as the project progresses, and we’re very much looking forward to assisting with the ongoing legal requirements.”


Uni puts Focus on Smarterials


Experts at Focus Consultants are teaming up with Aston University to evaluate the Smarterials programme – a project to help promote and advance the use of functional materials in manufacturing. Funded by the European Regional Development


Fund (ERDF), the project began in September 2018 and runs until July 2021, and provides innovation aid for small and medium-sized enterprises across Greater Birmingham and Solihull, and Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas. Focus has been appointed by Aston University to


evaluate the results of the £1.4m investment in the Smarterials programme.


‘There are over 600 businesses that could potentially benefit from the project’


It is the second evaluation contract awarded to


Focus Consultants by Aston University, and follows an independent assessment and evaluation of the work undertaken by the ERDF-funded Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at the university, completed last year. Heather Frecklington, Partner at Focus, who heads


the Economic Development Team, said: “Aston University is using its expertise in functional materials, as well as its close links with the business community, to help promote and advance the use of functional materials in the region through the Smarterials


programme. There are over 600 businesses that could potentially benefit from the project. “We are very pleased to have been appointed to


evaluate the Smarterials programme. Focus Consultants has a proven track record of undertaking similar successful ERDF evaluations, most recently for Aston University’s Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) and the East Midlands Food and Drink Forum. This evaluation will focus on the impact that the project has had on the local economy and the lessons to be learnt for the future.”


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