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Following a couple of interrupted and abandoned seasons, it’s hoped that Ilkeston Town can finally show local fans what they are capable of from start to finish in a campaign. The new Northern Premier League season gets underway on 14th August, with Ilkeston travelling to Stamford in the opening match of what is hoped to be a 38-game season.

Win a 3-month gym membership with Curves Ilkeston and Erewash Sound!


As we start to reopen, we are looking to recruit TWO brand new coaches to add to a high energy team that will motivate, inspire & change the lives of women in Ilkeston.

A hug after loss

A local firm of funeral directors with a base in Erewash has teamed up with a separate company to create 'A Hug After Loss' for people to send to their family, friends and colleagues who have lost a loved one.

Wathall’s - which has a branch in Borrowash, runs the award-winning Dandelions Bereavement Support which offers a range of services from free to attend groups to counselling. 

Co Op in Breaston opens, managed by Andrew Fearn who cuts the ribbon to open the store, with (l-r) Donna Hodges, Jo Priest and Emma Grimley

Co-op has served-up a new-look food store in Breaston following a £600,000 investment to refurbish and transform the store to better serve the community.

The near 2,700 sq ft store runs on 100% renewable electricity and supports 17 local jobs.

Located in The Green, Breaston, the store includes a bakery, hot food, Hermes Parcel Collection, Costa coffee express and food-to-go, alongside an enhanced chilled and fresh range, meal ideas, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from, vegan and plant-based products, Fairtrade, and, everyday essentials. 

As part of their reopening strategy Curves Ilkeston is offering solo sessions for anyone wanting to start working out, anyone who might be nervous about going to the gym and anyone with any specific health concerns.

Annie Thompson

Develop Training is seeing the first signs of success from a national training programme designed to champion women in the utilities industry.

The Women in Utilities success programme initially offered free places to eight female candidates keen to progress in this traditionally male-dominated industry.

Now, the first woman to be accepted on the programme last year, Annie Thompson (29), is celebrating a major promotion from her administrative role with Northern Gas Networks to managing contracts on gas holder demolition sites.

Have you ever been part of a group that is looking to organise a night of entertainment, but everyone is stuck for ideas? It’s often the case in this scenario that you end up doing the same old activities. However, thanks to the innovation of local businesses, casino-themed nights have become a popular unique idea for organised entertainment.

We all deserve fun in our busy lives, and few activities on this path can measure up as well as parties. The only downside of this is that with so many choices, narrowing down what you want can be complicated and time-consuming. Focussing on the idea of a casino theme, we want to explore one small slice of what is possible, for your next celebration or get-together.

An award-winning public relations agency has cemented its reopening with another strong partnership, after a top house-building firm became its latest client.  Nottingham-based Peter James Homes is the latest signing for Poppy PR, which is headed up by Tina Clough and is celebrating 10 years in business.

The Poppy PR team will be providing the developer with traditional PR services, including press releases, as well as helping to coordinate its social media presence and boosting community relations.

A Derby-based recruitment agency has warned that a business bounce back will only be successful if companies anticipate gaps in their workforce post-Covid19. 

Sky Recruitment Solutions, based on The Strand, is predicting that many business owners could be caught off guard if furloughed staff decide not to return to work, and redundancies are made too hastily.