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MEMBER NEWS IN BRIEF


Expanding Chesterfield firm to boost workforce


A booming post-lockdown order book has prompted a Chesterfield manufacturer to create new full-time jobs, increasing its workforce by more than 20%. Blachford UK, based in Holmewood, is looking for


SureScreen takes on staff to meet global demand


SureScreen has taken on 15 new staff to cope with the worldwide demand for its Covid-19 rapid testing kits. The Derbyshire-based company was one of the first to create a ten- minute test, which is now being used across the world. It has teamed up with the


University of Derby to employ high-calibre students to be involved in the assembly and distribution of the kits before they are sent out to places around the world. Director David Campbell


(pictured) said: “The demand for our products has never been greater. We have orders for millions of kits and want to help save lives wherever we can. We have worked closely with the University of Derby for many years, and it has always been very helpful in working with us on projects such as the Invest to Grow programme and supporting with graduate recruitment.”


Firms join forces to ‘ignite’ businesses


Castle Donington-based firms Poppy PR and Passion Marketing have joined forces to offer a complete public relations and marketing service, IGNITE. The package is aimed at firms


looking for support in promoting themselves as they begin the post-pandemic recovery journey. Lindsey


Newman-Wood, director of Passion Marketing, said: “We could talk ourselves into a recession right now, but we are on a mission to help businesses to get out of these challenging times and not just survive but thrive.” Tina Clough (pictured), MD of


Poppy PR, said: “We saw businesses on our books diversifying, or ‘pivoting’ to come up with new products, services and income streams. Lindsey suggested a joint offering between our businesses to help people to market something new to keep business running.”


people to fulfil a number of positions and add to its growing workforce. The available roles include multi-skilled maintenance engineers, apprentices, forklift drivers and production operatives. All roles are available to start immediately and, following a 12-week probation period, will become permanent. The pandemic left the business fearing for its future


after it was forced to furlough all staff and shut the factory down for four weeks. After implementing social distancing measures and being given the green light by the Government to re-open, Blachford has since been met with unexpected demand for its acoustic insulation products which it produces for industrial vehicles. Managing director Jason Lippitt said: “It’s a complete


turnaround situation and a very enviable position to be in considering the current economic climate. Like many manufacturers, lockdown came as a real blow to us and created uncertainty in the business. “However, since reopening the factory, orders from


our European and British customers have flooded in, securing the future of Blachford and creating brand new jobs. It’s a great sign for the local economy and manufacturing as a whole.


Chris Leafe, director of Glenrose Financial Planners


Jason Lippitt, of Blachford UK “All these new roles are part of the company’s


growing future. It’s vital to me that all employees progress successfully in their career with Blachford and, more importantly, enjoy being part of a fantastic team.”


Support for Rolls-Royce workers


Derby-based Glenrose Financial Planners has offered to support Rolls-Royce workers potentially affected by redundancy by providing free one-to-one consultations to help them plan their finances. The company already has several clients employed


by Rolls-Royce and has received an update in enquiries recently from people worried about their financial futures due to the planned job cuts. In response, the team at Glenrose is offering any


Rolls-Royce employees who may be impacted a complementary initial financial planning consultation to discuss their situation and come up with a plan based on their individual requirements. Glenrose provides a wide range of corporate tax,


insurance and investment advice to businesses, as well as helping families and individuals with retirement planning and mortgages. Chris Leafe, director at Glenrose, said: “Rolls-Royce is a key part of the business landscape here in Derby,


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providing employment opportunities to generations of local families and driving the region’s economy. “We’ve worked with many current and former Rolls-


Royce employees over the years and wanted to do something to help support its workers during this challenging time. “Many local people will be facing an uncertain future


due to the changes being made, so we are offering initial financial planning consultations to anyone affected, so we can discuss their current financial situation and come up with a personalised plan which meets their retirement, mortgage, investment and protection needs. “It’s important at times like this that the city pulls


together. This is our way of supporting anyone who’s affected, and their families, to ensure that whatever happens, their finances are being taken care of in the best way possible.”


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