Open for business – first tenants in as new chapter turns for town centre historic site 

FIRST tenants have taken offices at a new business centre housed in a landmark building in Ilkeston town centre.
Erewash Business Centre, set in The Old Police Station on Wharncliffe Road, was opened last Autumn by local MP Maggie Throup in a fanfare celebration attended by local business leaders.
The 1906 red brick and stone building was latterly the headquarters of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership until 2014 when it moved to Bridge House on Derby Road, Long Eaton.
The building was then bought from Midlands Co-op by Simon Woods, chair of the partnership and managing director of TecQuipment, an education equipment manufacturer based in Long Eaton.
Erewash Partnership is now managing lettings at the building which underwent months of work, including new windows on three sides, replacement boiler and heating system, energy-efficient LED lighting, new carpets and redecoration.
One of the first tenants to have moved into the 16 offices is Lee Tabreham, trading as Essential Money Matters.
Lee, who lives in Ilkeston, gives advice on mortgages, equity release, life insurance and assurance, and income protection among other matters.
He has been in the business for 10 years working for other companies but recently branched out on his own, starting his new business in the new business centre, which he likes.
“I was impressed by the fact that the building had been renovated and refurbished to high standards and provides good office suites, meeting room, and a car park all in the town centre,” he said.
“It's a good location and handy for clients and potential customers.”
The Partnership has itself moved its town centre office from its own business centre at Castledine House on Heanor Road, back into its former headquarters, offering its varied programme of services to start-ups and established businesses.
A marketing campaign is now underway to attract new tenants on flexible terms.
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “This is a new chapter for a historic building that has served Ilkeston for more than a century. It offers good facilities and is an ideal base for both start-up and existing businesses. Hopefully, it will bring new enterprise and jobs to the town centre.”  
For information on lettings call Erewash Partnership on 01159 468839

Champion Joins Board Of Enterprise Organisations Body

A Derbyshire business leader has been appointed a non-executive director of an organisation that supports enterprise in England.
Ian Viles, Chief Executive of regeneration agency Erewash Partnership was elected as a director of National Enterprise Network by members who represent organisations that support enterprise.
Ian has led the Partnership since it was set up 21 years ago to help re-build the economy of Erewash Borough which had been hit hard by job losses in traditional industries.
It helps people to start businesses and encourages their development and promotes economic and social well-being by providing advice and information, putting on training workshops and running major networking events where members meet to discuss issues.
Based at Bridge House, Derby Road, Long Eaton, the Partnership has around 450 members from the private, public and voluntary sector. It manages three business centres offering workshop or office space and supports the creation of around 100 new businesses a year.
It works closely with the borough council to promote the local economy through entrepreneurship.
Ian, whose new role means that he has a say in directing policy and strategy for the NEN, said he was delighted that he had been chosen to take up the vacancy.
“The role of the Network is crucial – providing an independent voice for the sector and drawing attention to the impact of enterprise support organisations.”
“I am looking forward to using my experience and expertise to support the Network.”
NEN Chief Executive Dawn Whiteley said: “We are delighted that Ian has joined the board as a director following the recent member elections.
“Erewash Partnership is a well established National Enterprise Network member and Ian is hugely experienced in the enterprise support sector as its Chief Eexecutive. We look forward to benefiting from his experience, strategic approach and passion for enterprise at a national level.”

All The Fun Of The Charter Fair!

Roll up, roll up . . . the 763rd Ilkeston Charter Fair is on its way and will once again transform the town centre into a colourful spectacle with delights for all the family.
One of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe, the Charter Fair attracts thousands of people when it rolls into town with some of the biggest and best travelling rides in the country, from white knuckle thrillers through to firm family favourites like the ghost train and dodgems.
This year’s event runs from Wednesday 21 October to Saturday 24 October and will be given its usual ceremonial opening at 12noon on Thursday 22 October when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance,  will ‘ring the bell’ to get the 2015 Charter Fair officially underway.
The ceremony, which includes the reading of the 1252 Charter, takes place in front of the Town Hall and sees local families and visitors gather round to join the showmen for the traditional opening.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We are always very proud to welcome Ilkeston Charter Fair, which has been enjoyed by generations of families from across the borough. It brings such colour and excitement as it stretches across the town centre and generates such a great atmosphere – there is always lots of laughter and just a few squeals from those on the white knuckle rides! Once again, all of us – both young and old – look forward to enjoying all the fun of the fair.”
The Fair transforms Bath Street, the Market Place, East Street, South Street, Queen Street, Wharncliffe Road and Pimlico. Attractions are open from 6pm-11pm on Wednesday 21 October and from 12noon-11pm on Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October.

Road Closures & Temporary Suspension Of Residents’ Parking Schemes

Residents’ parking schemes close to Ilkeston town centre will be temporarily suspended during the week of the 763rd Charter Fair – a move which is taken every year in an effort to free-up car parking space.
The schemes will be suspended from Monday 19 October to Sunday 25 October inclusive, resuming on Monday 26 October.
Streets belonging to the two residents parking schemes are:
St Mary Street Area: Burns Street, Fullwood Street, Fullwood Avenue, Gregory Street, Jackson Avenue, New Lawn Road, St Mary Street, Wilmot Street. Queens Drive Area: Albert Street, Cedar Park, Darwin Avenue, Queens Drive, Lissett Avenue, Moss Road.
Several town centre car parks are always closed throughout Ilkeston Charter Fair week to make way for the rides, stalls and fair vehicles.
The following road closures will be in place from 5am on Tuesday 20 October until midday on Sunday 25 October:
South Street (from its junction with Derby Road to the Market Place)     
Wharncliffe Road (from Albert Street to the Market Place)
Queen Street - in its entirety
Market Place - in its entirety
East Street (from the car park to the Market Place)
Bath Street (from Wilmot Street to the Market Place)
Pimlico (from its junction with New Lawn Road to Burns Street)

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.