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Volunteers digging out the canal at Eckington Road Bridge

Canal restoration project is on the right towpath

The Chesterfield Canal Trust has submitted a planning application for the restoration of the remainder of the town’s canal. It covers the 1.6 miles from Staveley to the edge of Renishaw, and is the next step in the trust’s campaign to complete the restoration of the canal by 2027, which will be the 250th anniversary of its opening. The route is mostly through open countryside. Part

of it sits on the Staveley Puddlebank, which is an embankment running for nearly half a mile across the Doe Lea river valley. The canal will cross the river on a 37m long aqueduct. When it is finished, the canal towpath will provide a

walking and cycling route which will link up with the Trans-Pennine Trail, the Arkwright Trail and the Norbriggs Cutting Trail. Rod Auton, Chesterfield Canal Trust publicity officer,

said: “When this planning application has been approved and the work has been done, it will give 1.6 miles more canal to Chesterfield and open up a new walking and cycling route that will include the 37m long Doe Lea aqueduct. With the Avant Homes development at Waterside, the proposed new garden village on the old Staveley Works site and the eventual development at Staveley Town Basin, the next few years will see a total transformation of the canal.” Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield manager,

added: “It’s excellent news that the restoration of Chesterfield Canal is moving forward at pace. The canal has played a role in Chesterfield’s economy for centuries. Where once it was a vital transport route it is now forming an important part of Chesterfield’s tourism offering. It offers exciting prospects for the town to further grow its overnight visitor economy.”

Business membership service KuKu Connect has surpassed its 60th business-focused daily update video bulletin, helping thousands of businesses from across the East Midlands stay in touch during Covid-19. Its Carry on KuKu daily

video bulletin offers viewers business tips, advice and promotion, while giving shout- outs for organisations and charities supporting each other and the NHS. The online service has also helped to raise more than £1,000 for the NHS. Stephen Goddard and Philip

Brooks-Stephenson, KuKu Connect co-founders, said: “We are thrilled to announce our Carry on KuKu daily bulletins have passed the sixty mark, connecting approximately 5,000 businesses together during this difficult time. “As businesses could no

longer physically meet up and network, we felt that it was vital to keep them talking and connecting through the lockdown. We decided to use our platforms to offer free support to all organisations during this time of crisis.”

New contracts spur recruitment drive

Network infrastructure specialist Nexsis Comms is undertaking a recruitment drive after securing £600,000 worth of new contracts in a month - at a time where activity is below expected. Working in the construction and

telecommunications industries, Nexsis Comms is classed as an essential business. This allowed the company to continue to provide services to its clients, which in turn helps them to continue operating across a multitude of sectors. Ilkeston-based Nexsis is now

looking to recruit six engineers to help it fulfil ongoing and newly- secured contracts. It has positions available for network installation engineers, and is looking to increase its apprenticeship base to secure its future workforce. As an organisation which is

solely engineering-based, Nexsis has no internal sales team. The company must stay on top of current and upcoming staff levels, to ensure it is fully prepared to

The team at Nexsis Comms

provide the flexible service required.

Managing director Sean Newbold

said: “We’ve been living through some tough times over the past few months but Nexsis has been lucky enough to continue working

through the pandemic, taking all the necessary precautions advised by the Government. We are currently working on a pipeline of around £6m so if we can secure ten per cent of that, new recruits into the business will be essential in

meeting current demand, as well as resource to cover potential upcoming works. We have a great bunch of engineers in our team and I look forward to welcoming new recruits to enhance our service offering even further.”

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