Experienced trio join board of enterprise agency helping to boost area's economy

A local entrepreneur, a company finance chief and a university academic have joined the board of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership.
They are Shaun Moloney, former managing director of Atlas Composites of Ilkeston, Richard Wall,  finance director of Saint-Gobain PAM UK, based at Stanton-by-Dale, and Bev Crighton from the University of Derby. 
Shaun started his working life as an apprentice at Stanton and Staveley (British Steel, now Saint-Gobain PAM UK). He later joined Advanced Composites in Heanor, which manufactured components for motorsports. He worked for various companies in the new carbon fibre technology sector before setting up Atlas Composites in 1997 with two partners.
The company was sold in 2003 but three years later Shaun managed to buy it back as sole proprietor. Over the next seven years the company doubled in size and secured agreements and research and development contracts with aerospace and defence firms including Rolls-Royce as well as Formula One companies.
With a turnover of £4.5m and employing more than 60 people, the company was again sold with Shaun retained as managing director but, after another re-structuring, he left last year and is now a consultant helping new businesses.
Shaun was previously a Partnership director, but had to stop because of commitments. “I have a lot of knowledge of businesses in the borough and international contacts which I feel would be useful in helping the Partnership, “ he said.
“It has grown in stature and size which is testament to the current board and we want to continue that. There's a lot we can be proud of with the Partnership's role in supporting local business and the community.”
Saint-Gobain PAM  is a primary supplier of ductile iron and cast iron solutions to the UK's key utilities, civil engineering and construction sites.
Richard joined the Saint-Gobain group in 2002 and has been in his current post since 2012. There are around 150 employees at the Stanton site.
“I'm a relative newcomer to the area but I have learned a lot about the role and the useful work that the Partnership does in regenerating the local economy,” said Richard.
“Saint-Gobain PAM and the wider group take their corporate social responsibility to local communities seriously. I see being a member of the board of Erewash Partnership as an opportunity to contribute to the area.”
Bev Crighton is employer engagement lead for the Business College at the University of Derby. Her role is to develop the engagement with employers, primarily focusing on employability of both undergraduates and postgraduates. She is also a senior lecturer. 
Bev held management roles in banking, newspapers and education before joining the University.
She said: “ I hope we will be able to to facilitate links through the University with business in the Partnership through the use of students, research and academics.”
Ian Viles Partnership chief executive, said: “The board is pleased to welcome these three members, all from different sectors, but all highly experienced and knowledgeable. 
“These are challenging times and their experience and expertise will contribute greatly to the Partnership as it continues to grow and support enterprise and help the economy in the Erewash area.”

Preparations well advanced as classic car owners take to the road again for show!

Organisers and proud owners are gearing up for the fourth annual heritage and classic vehicle show that will take centre stage on Ilkeston's historic Market Place next month.
The show, organised by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership, is expected break records as more than 250 vehicles from across the Midlands are expected to bring the sights and sounds from yesteryear to the town centre.

The free show, which has been a popular attraction for family members of all ages will take place on Sunday August 14 in the square and surrounding areas from 10am-4pm.
The oldest exhibit set to be on show is almost 100 years old -  a 1920 Foster General Purpose engine 'Sprig' which will take pride of place in a new section devoted to steam.
Not far behind in the age stakes is a 1926 Morris Commercial lorry. Colson Transport of Heanor will be showing off a lorry which competes in truck races.
For those who remember the days of bus services that ran to and from the Market Place Nottingham Area Bus Society will be taking along old Barton, Trent and Midland General exhibits.
But owners are not just keen to show off their pride and joy vehicles; they will also be hoping to win prizes sponsored by various firms, mainly from the motor trade.
Colson will be awarding the 'Best Commercial Trophy', Gary and Valerie Pitts will be sponsoring a new category for 'Best Tractor' and 2 Counties Rider Training has steered its way to supporting the 'Best Motorbike.'
Ilkeston car dealership Ron Brooks will again be awarding a prize for car of the show, and there is also an Erewash Mayor's award.  
For those who don't have the drive to admire the wide variety of gleaming engines there are plenty of other attractions.
For the third year in succession characters from the Star Wars films in the form of the 501st Legion UK Garrison will take the area by storm and mystery man The UKG Stig will be present.
There will also be a craft fair, Ilkeston Brass will be blowing away to entertain, and there will be various refreshments. Erewash Museum and St Mary's Church will be open as will some nearby traders.
Ian Viles, chief executive of Erewash Partnership, said: “The show has become an established favourite in the Ilkeston calendar, with thousands of people attending.
“Thanks to our sponsors and others the Partnership is delighted to put on a super show with so much for all the family to enjoy.”
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 August 14. Bath Street from East Street to the Market Place, Wharncliffe Road from Albert Street and South Street from Coronation Street are the affected routes.

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.