Chamber welcomes music licensing firm as partner

Music licensing company PPL PRS Limited is continuing to solidify its presence in Leicester by linking up with East Midlands Chamber as a strategic partner. The company, which issues TheMusicLicence to

businesses wishing to play music to their customers and staff, wants to build on its relationship as an employer of choice in the region after growing from a single member of staff three years ago to a current headcount of 260 people. It coincides with the launch of a new campaign by PPL PRS, called Restore the Rhythm, which highlights the benefits of music to employees who are able to return to their workplaces. PPL PRS managing director Andrea Gray

said: “We are very proud to be based here in Leicester, and proud to be a part of the thriving and supportive business community that helped us settle in back in 2017. “We now hope to become a fundamental member of

the community, and we also want to help and support other businesses within the area. “Being a strategic partner of East Midlands Chamber

allows us to engage with other industries, share best practice and knowledge, and of course help to build a fantastic network of companies – all working to ensure that the East Midlands remains an economic hub for UK industry.” PPL PRS was founded in 2017 as a joint

venture formed between the music rights societies, PPL and PRS for Music, to manage the licensing of businesses and organisations that play music to their customers and staff. It moved into its Mercury Place office the

same year and, in February 2018, the company launched TheMusicLicence. Under The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act

1988, permission is needed from the relevant copyright holders – those people who create music – in order to play or perform music in public. Obtaining TheMusicLicence gives businesses this

permission in relation to the vast majority of commercially-available music. This ranges from grassroots and independent artists and composers through to the biggest names in the business. The past three years have involved a steep

growth trajectory. Starting with just a single employee, PPL PRS quickly grew and, before 2017 ended, there were more than 110 staff working in Mercury Place.

Universities form new partnership

Nottingham’s two universities have joined forces with a number of the county’s public bodies to launch a new economic and educational partnership that will be the first of its kind in the UK. The inaugural Universities

In December 2019, Andrea Gray

(pictured) took the helm as managing director. She quickly looked to ensure that PPL PRS was seen as a prominent member of the Leicester business community and an employer of choice for the city’s abundance of

creative and talented jobseekers. Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said: “While

many parts of our economy are facing challenges right now, it’s great to see a company like PPL PRS showing no signs of tempering its determination to grow as a business. “It’s a great example of the diverse nature of our

region’s economy and is already an important employer in Leicester. We’re proud to have PPL PRS join as a strategic partner and look forward to forming a close working relationship.”

for Nottingham Civic Agreement brings the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University closer together, along with the city and county’s local authorities, hospitals, integrated care system and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). It follows the launch of the

Universities for Nottingham initiative in January, with the agreement – accelerated and refocused in response to Covid-19 – featuring 14 priority schemes beginning in the next 18 months that will help drive economic revival, support communities and protect jobs. One element it will involve

is the universities working in collaboration with the D2N2 LEP, both councils and other partners to deliver SME and enterprise programmes. Professor Edward Peck,

president and vice-chancellor of Chamber strategic partner Nottingham Trent University, said: “This civic agreement is the result of the universities and our partners pulling together to establish not just what we can achieve together, but how we will set about doing so as we help drive local recovery.” Professor Shearer West,

president and vice-chancellor of the University of Nottingham, a Chamber patron, added: “Now, more than ever, we need to work together to drive local recovery and renewal.”


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