Speaker meeting 24th August 2015

President Tony Beenham (right) thanks Ian after the meeting.

Church Wilne Rotary Club members welcomed Ian Viles from the Erewash Partnership to its meeting at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook on Monday 24th August.

Ian spoke about the formation of Erewash Partnership Ltd in 1994, which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging industrial and commercial activity, the formation and development of small businesses and promoting economic and social well being.

It has been 21 years in Ian's working life and during this time it has never lost its focus, with continued success in winning funding and grants to promote and foster enterprise.

Ian spoke about some of the Partnerships more recent events including the 2014 exporting event which was held in Long Eaton, networking events at Kirk Hallam, a question time meeting and lots of others.

Primary the Partnership supports business creation in the area and over the 21 years more than 1,000 new businesses have been helped and guided by the Partnership. Currently it is estimated that 80 – 100 will be helped in this way during 2015.

The members we given an insight into the grants scheme run by Erewash Borough Council, a major project at the Enterprise Centre in Cotmanhay, the Radio link in both Long Eaton and Ilkeston that helps against crime in the town centres and the successful Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme.

The Partnership renovation schemes have proved a great success and the recent classic car event, now in its third year in the Ilkeston town square, attracted over 4,000 visitors with over 250 vehicles on display.

The Partnership still have offices in Ilkeston but more recently moved its HQ into Bridge House in Long Eaton with all but one office fully let.

Their previous Ilkeston office was at the old police station which the Partnership has refurbished and is managing the letting of the offices which will be opening on 18th September.

The Partnership is still, after 21 years, in it for the long term gain and continues to be unique, enterprising and working closely with businesses in the Borough.

Rotarian Geoff Smith gave the club's vote of thanks and congratulated Ian for his drive over the years. It has been a great pleasure and privilege to work through Erewash Borough Council over the last 10 years with Ian. He said that the Partnership had helped greatly to put Long Eaton and Ilkeston back on its feet.

For any further information on Rotary, our speaker evenings and upcoming events, contact Rotarian John Astell at: rccw1220@gmail.com


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