COMMERCE support group NBV claims it has created 330 new jobs in Derbyshire as part of a project to make the county the best place to start, maintain and grow a business.
The not-for-profit organisation has bases at Derbyshire chamber of commerce, on Canal Wharf, Chesterfield, as well as in Bakewell, Bolsover and Ripley, and offers training and advice to prospective, new and old companies with a mentoring package to fuel growth.
NBV chief executive officer Richard Dearden said: “As redundancies rise and public expenditure is cut we’ve seen an increased demand on our services because, for many, enterprise and self-employment is the future.
“With 80 per cent of jobs across the country being created within businesses which employ fewer than ten people, the real job creator will be the local small business community.
“These new jobs will be crucial to local economies and the UK. As such, the case for support for small businesses and job creators is compelling.”
NBV’s Evolve Mentoring provides start-up firms and small-to-medium enterprises access to expert advice for six months and access to other business contacts.
It has launched a virtual office service from Nottingham, with others planned for regional bases across the East Midlands, to help businesses promote a professional image.
The virtual offices provide a mail address, telephone answering and support services with prices from between £15 and £55 per month plus a small set-up fee. To find out more about NBV visit www.nbv.co.uk and www.evolvementoring.co.uk or call virtual office enquiries at 0844 209 1578 or Evolve Mentoring enquiries at 0844 209 1577.