Business Leaders Cheer Fresh Lease Of Life For Old Building By Creating New Offices 

A new business centre at a prestigious building in Ilkeston town centre was officially opened on Friday 18th September.
 
Erewash Business Centre, set in The Old Police Station, Wharncliffe Road, was opened by local MP Maggie Throup.
 
The building lay empty and vandalised after police moved out until the former Ilkeston Co-op refurbished it. Enterprise agency Erewash Partnership took over the management in 2004 and used it as headquarters until last year when the building was closed and the Partnership moved to Bridge House on Derby Road, Long Eaton.
 
The building was bought from the Co-op by the Lester Point Pension Trust, which is solely-owned by Simon Woods, chairman of Erewash Partnership and managing director of education equipment manufacturer TecQuipment of Long Eaton.
 
The Trust paid for refurbishment of the1906 red brick building. This included new windows on three sides, replacement boiler and heating system, energy-efficient LED lighting, new carpets and redecoration. 
 
As well as 16 high quality offices – ranging from 15 – 35 sq metres – there is a conference room and large car park. Offices will be let on flexible terms through the Partnership which will use one for start-up advice and mentoring.  
 
Maggie told guests that earlier in the week she had spoken to Business Secretary Savid Jahid about the scheme and he sent his congratulations.
 
When she heard the premises were going to close she was concerned there would be another derelict building in Ilkeston.  Then along came a knight in shining armour in the form of Simon Woods.
 
“It's fantastic that somebody like Simon has put his trust and confidence in the people of Erewash and the businesses of Erewash,” she said. “We need more like Simon.”
 
He replied that he was passionate about the area, local businesses and the Partnership. “I'm proud that I am able to put something back into the local community,” he said.
 
Ian Viles, chief executive of the Partnership, which in the last financial year helped 97 businesses set up, said the centre would add to the variety of facilities for firms in the town and would complement its own business centre, Castledine House on Heanor Road.
 
“It is the first time we have worked with the private sector on such a scheme and such a prestigious building,” he added.
 
Other business leaders praised the initiative. Chris Hobson, East Midlands Chamber policy director, said it was great to see an important building have a new lease of life.
 
“We know that business growth and the economy in Erewash is strong and as a result there's demand for this type of premises. I look forward to seeing businesses come and use this space and add to the vibrancy of the Ilkeston business community and town centre.
 
Dawn Whiteley, chief executive of the National Enterprise Network, a membership body for organisations supporting enterprise, said the Partnership had done great work over 21 years.
 
“This centre is a beautiful facility and will be a beacon for enterprise in the town,” she said.
 

Sparkling Medal Success For Erewash

Erewash has again achieved medal-winning success in the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition – with Long Eaton taking a top spot Gold Medal and Ilkeston winning the prestigious Silver Gilt Award.
 
News of the outstanding success of both towns in the Large Town category was announced yesterday (Wednesday 16 September) during the awards ceremony at Rutland Water Golf Club.
 
Impressed Bloom judges were bowled over by Erewash Borough Council’s colourful town centre floral displays, which have won widespread praise from local residents. They also enjoyed the appearance and facilities of both towns during busy tours of the area in the summer.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“It’s been a sensational summertime of colour in both our towns and now Erewash can celebrate once more as our medal winning record in this prestigious competition continues.
 
“We know young and old enjoy, in particular, our baskets and floral planting that bring such vibrancy to the towns and certainly add to the feelgood factor. 
 
“There is so much to be proud of in this wonderful borough – the magnificent flowers and planting schemes, our beautiful and much-loved parks, our allotments and the many residents, schools and businesses that take part to help us in this annual competition because they also care greatly about the appearance of their town.
 
“This week’s Bloom success is another good news milestone and thanks go to all those involved, from the council’s own parks teams through to the many residents, schoolchildren and local support groups who work with us. Let’s celebrate!”
 
This year’s Bloom competition also brought awards for two community entries, with Draycott and Little Eaton both winning Silver Gilt in the Small Town category.

Tour Of Britain 

Details of the Aviva Tour of Britain route through Erewash on stage six of this year’s race have been confirmed – and it includes an exciting sprint section in the borough.
 
Some of the world’s top cyclists will be taking part in the internationally-renowned Tour and will race into the borough on Friday 11 September during the 189km stage from Stoke through to Nottingham.
 
The riders are expected to reach Erewash early afternoon along the A609 into Stanley Common, with the lead car due to arrive around 2.35pm and the main pack around 2.50pm 
 
The race will continue through West Hallam with the thrilling sprint section taking place on the A609 High Lane East alongside Straw’s Bridge Nature Reserve. Organisers expect a big-turnout at this site to watch the sprint finish and spectators are being advised to be in place by 1.15pm to have a chance to see and cheer on the riders as they sprint through.
 
Supporters can also see the riders as they continue along Derby Road to the White Lion Square roundabout and then speed out of the borough on the A609 Nottingham Road to their final destination at Nottingham’s Forest Recreation Ground.
 
Students from the Kirk Hallam Community Academy have already pledged to cheer on the world famous cyclists when they pass the academy on High Lane East / Derby Road during the sprint section of the race.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“We are very honoured to have the Tour of Britain passing through our borough and we want to ensure that we give the world’s best riders a very warm Erewash welcome. Let’s go cycle crazy and turn out in force to cheer on the world’s most famous cyclists – and we would also encourage supporters to organise a celebration event for the occasion.”
 
Anyone organising a local event in support of the Tour can contact the council’s Sport and Leisure team - organisers should email details of their local event to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and can request flags to help cheer on the tour’s cycling superstars. 
 
For all the latest details of the timings and the route of the Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk

Take a swing – give golf a go!

Ilkeston’s Pewit Golf throws open its ‘greens’ for a free family Open Day this Saturday (22 August) when people of all ages can check out all the facilities on offer.
 
The fun event will run from 12.30 to 5pm when beginners can have a go at golf – with all equipment provided – and take advantage of some tips from golf coaches.
 
Pewit’s Footgolf course will also be part of the free sessions when children and adults alike can try out one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.
 
The Erewash Borough Council venue is popular with local golf fans of all ages and the free Open Day gives it the chance to show off its facilities to get more people involved in both golf and Footgolf.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This is going to be a fabulous and free day – the perfect way for families to spend a summer Saturday afternoon. We want to see children and adults joining us to give golf a go – while we expect golf and football fans to find Footgolf a must-try sport!  Pewit has some great facilities on offer for families, whatever the golfing ability, so make the most of this free event to find out more.”
 
All equipment will be provided and there will also be a putting competition for all ages and abilities, with spot prizes and medals to be won.

Enterprise Agency Erewash Partnership Will Hold Its Third Annual Heritage And Classic Vehicle Show On Sunday 16 August Bringing The Sights And Sounds From Yesteryear To Ilkeston's Historic Market Place

So far more than 150 vehicles have been registered from across the Midlands to enter the free show, which has been a popular draw for family members of all ages over the last two years.
 
But the Partnership is expecting the number of entrants to reach around 200 to make it bigger than its predecessors.
 
As with last year the oldest exhibit booked in so far is a 1924 Model T Ford. Others include a 1958 Alvis Saladin armoured car and a 1954 Shelvoke & Drewry lorry formerly used by Mansfield Corporation which will make its first public outing in six years.
 
Nottingham Area Bus Society will bring old Barton, Trent and Midland General buses that ran services from the Market Place in years gone by.
 
Colson Transport, of Heanor, will show off a lorry which competes in truck races.
 
Ilkeston car dealership Ron Brooks Toyota is again awarding the prize for car of the show.
 
New sponsors include Trentbarton (prize for best bus) Larklands Body and Paint (best paint), and Long Eaton educational equipment manufacturer TecQuipment giving a perpetual trophy they have designed and made for the best historic sports car.
 
Ilkeston MOT firm G & VA Pitts sponsor the prize for best commercial vehicle, and the Mayor's Award will be presented by the Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson.
 
Other main sponsors and supporters include Erewash Borough Council and insurance firm Routen Chaplin.
 
While older folk may be wallowing in nostalgia there will be attractions for youngsters. Following their success last year characters from Star Wars in the form of the 501st Legion UK Garrison will be taking the area by storm, the Bat-Pod will be on display and even mystery man The UKG Stig will put in an appearance.
 
There will a craft fair, models and retro gifts. Ilkeston Brass will be performing, and local station Erewash Sound also entertaining. There will be refreshments in the form of barbecue, a hog roast, and a cakes from Staceys Bakery.
 
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles: “We have had great support for sponsors and others and intend to put on a super show with something for all the family to enjoy.”
 
The event takes place between 10am-4pm.
 
Roads around the Market Place will be closed to normal traffic as vehicles start to arrive. The closures will be in place from 5.30am to 6.30pm on Sunday 16 August.