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Derby businesses can 'Invest to Grow' at University's 'Open for Business' event

The University of Derby is hosting its 'Open for Business' exhibition and trade fair on Friday, November 21, 2014 to celebrate the success of local businesses who have received support from the University.

Local and regional small and medium businesses are invited to come along to the event, where more… than 70 local organisations from Derby's dynamic and diverse business world will be showcased. It will be held at the University's Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, between 10am and 4pm.

'Open for Business' will also be a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to hear about the 'Invest to Grow' programme - a £16m Regional Growth Fund, recently launched by the University, which is designed to support private sector businesses to innovate, grow and create jobs. Presentations for 'Invest to Grow' will be given at 10am and 1pm on the day.

Pauline Latham OBE MP for Mid-Derbyshire will open the event. She said: 'This event will really show the value of the University's engagement with business.
'We offer a range of business services ranging from incubator facilities and Enterprise boot camps through to our multi-million pound Regional Growth Fund programme for developing businesses in the East Midlands.

'We are serious about business and keen to engage with the local industry to support innovation, wealth and job creation in the region.'

David Torrington from Sky Recruitment Solutions, who will be exhibiting at the event, added: 'Sky Recruitment Solutions are delighted to be taking part in the University of Derby's 'Open for Business' event. It will attract a wide variety of local businesses as, in addition to our own business which offers help for businesses looking for Permanent or Temporary staffing solutions, there will be a range of guidance and advice on offer, which I have no doubt will give valuable assistance to any local business.'

A wider programme of topical business presentations will be given throughout the day, covering subjects from Digital Security, PR Best Practice and Intellectual Property.

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'Tea at the royal opera house' extends daytime

'Tea at the royal opera house' extends daytime

The Royal Opera House venues team has a perfect new option to extend daytime access to their unique spaces with the introduction of Tea at the Royal Opera House.

Taken in the light, elegant Paul Hamlyn Hall, with its vaulted Victorian ironwork ceiling and bespoke floral screens, Tea at the… Royal Opera House is perfect for continuing networking opportunities post-meeting, over sandwiches, scones and exquisite pastries.

Company of Cooks, sole caterers at the Royal Opera House, has created a series of sumptuous teatime delicacies that will satisfy traditionalists as well as those seeking culinary thrills. There are beautifully presented menus to suit all dietary requirements.

In December and January, Tea at the Royal Opera House will be designed around the Royal Ballet's production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and seasonal themes will be introduced to enhance the experience of holding your event at this iconic venue.
Find out more by calling the Royal Opera House Venues Team on +44 (0) 20 7212 9755 or email

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Kia oval's use of mobile technology is a hit for six

London, UK - 21st August 2014 - The KIA Oval launched an interactive digital experience for cricket fans by enabling mobile proximity technology in the grounds. The app, 'The KIA Oval', available for both Android and iPhone users, uses beacon and geo-fencing technology to enrich visitors' experience at the stadium… with exclusive, location-based valued content. The technology, which is enabled by mobile marketing, loyalty and mobile payment company Proxama PLC (AIM: PROX), was available during the Fifth Test Match of England vs. India, from 15th - 19th August.

Using mobile proximity technology, fans that have the free app are welcomed when they are in close proximity of the stadium and are able to access valued and relevant content within the ground. Ranging from interactive player profiles and live score feeds to a competition to win tickets to upcoming T20 cricket matches. In addition, beacons within the Corinthian Roof Terrace trigger extra content providing an itinerary for the day and more information about the different food stands to VIPs. A link to encourage downloads of the app was sent to ticket holders and NFC and QR code enabled Creative Posters and lanyards at the venue, also promoted the use of the app.

Elliot Moore, General Manager, The KIA Oval says: 'We see mobile as a great way to add value to our visitors, proximity technologies such as beacons and geo-fencing create a more enriching experience to fans. By enhancing digital capabilities at the cricket ground, we can help fans interact with our sport in a way that has not been possible before. Although the exclusive content is initially available to VIPs, the aim is to roll this out to the wider public audience, especially as we plan for the 2015 Ashes Series.

We are delighted with both the results, with over 25% of all targeted fans downloading and using the app, the high number of interactions within the ground and the user experience.'

Miles Quitmann, CCO, Proxama comments: 'It's great to prove the capabilities of our TapPoint® platform in yet another location, at a live event at one of the UK's premiere sporting venues. Proximity technologies have the potential to transform visitor experiences in public spaces such as stadia, shopping malls and airports, so solutions like this build awareness and highlight benefits for the whole market.
TapPoint® has now been deployed in retail stores, shopping centres, museums and other cultural centres and is soon to extend to entire cities.'

As the first BLE enabled app that Proxama has deployed for a stadia client, this initiative proves the positive impact the technology can offer all public spaces.

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Daytona Shortlisted for the Festival Awards 2014

Daytona Shortlisted for the Festival Awards 2014

Daytona Stage Hire has topped off an exciting year by being shortlisted for the Festival Awards 2014, which will be presented at a gala dinner held at this year's Showman's Show.
Daytona will be back at the outdoor services exhibition in their usual spot at the bottom of Lew Spencer Avenue… opposite Avenue E showcasing their award nominated DS60 stage, which will be set-up and branded as it was for the hugely successful Hard Rock European Rising Tour.
In addition to the DS60, Daytona will also be exhibiting their DS40 stage, which will also be fully branded as it was for this year's Tour of Britain cycling event. Both stages will exhibit the flexibility of Daytona stages and the many upgrades that these stages have undergone since last year.
Paul Haigh, Owner of Daytona Stage Hire, comments: 'It has been an incredible year for Daytona and we are excited to have been shortlisted for this year's Festival Awards. It's a great achievement for the whole team; recognising the hard work we have all put in to making sure our stages continue to lead in their class.'
The Daytona team are looking forward to outcome of the Festival Awards but more importantly they are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers at The Showman's Show for a friendly, informal chat to discuss possible future requirements for their stages, which are flexible enough for all sizes of event.

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Bierfest brings a taste of Bavaria to London

Bierfest brings a taste of Bavaria to London

London Bierfest, the capital's premier corporate beer festival, will return to the City of London this year on 16 - 17 October. The London Bierfest is the perfect event to strengthen relationships with clients and colleagues.
Now in its twelfth successful year, the two-day Bavarian-style festival offers the ideal environment for… corporate entertaining, networking and office rewards.
Based in the magnificent 19th century building, Old Billingsgate Market, London Bierfest 2014 will offer guests a high-spirited, octane-fuelled event not to be missed.
Enjoy one of London's most anticipated corporate events as 100 Heidi's & Helga's in traditional dress serve up to 1,800 revellers a day.

'The London Bierfest is firmly established as the most original way for companies to entertain clients, strengthen business contacts and reward employees. Set against a backdrop of the traditional Bavarian-style beer festival, it's the perfect solution for companies looking for a fun, affordable and unique event

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Upcoming Events

RHS Wisley - Bark Trail RHS Garden Wisley 2014

Wed 26th November 2014-Thu 31st December 2015
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB

Salisbury Christmas Market

Thu 27th November 2014-Sat 20th December 2014
Guildhall Square & Old George Mall, Salisbury

Bath Christmas Market

Thu 27th November 2014-Sun 14th December 2014
Bath, Bath

Worchester Victorian Christmas Fayre

Thu 27th November 2014-Sun 30th November 2014
Throughout the streets of Worechester, Worechester

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