Taking The Lead With FREE Microchipping

Erewash Borough Council is holding five days of FREE dog microchipping at sites across the borough in December.

The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will host the ‘chipping days’ from 1st-5th December and have urged dog owners to take advantage of the free offer.

Microchips hold all sorts of vital information, including details of the owner – meaning that if a dog is picked up as a stray, vets, dog wardens and others can easily scan the ‘chip’ and reunite the pet with its owner.

The free microchipping events will be between 10am-3.45pm and owners can turn up with their pets at any time. The locations are:

Monday 1 December - Sure Start, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay
Tuesday 2 December - Grasmere Road, Petersham Estate, Long Eaton
Wednesday 3 December - Queen Elizabeth Way Shopping Precinct, Kirk Hallam
Thursday 4 December - Sawley Park, Draycott Road, Sawley
Friday 5 December - Sure Start, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay

Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“We are delighted to be able to offer a week of free microchipping – an early Christmas present for owners and their dogs! We hope as many owners as possible take advantage of this great offer. One of the key responsibilities of our Neighbourhood Dog Wardens is dealing with stray dogs and they always work hard to reunite the owners and lost pets – a task made much easier with a microchip.”

Businesswoman Returns Home To Unveil A Plaque And Open Partnership's New HQ

ENTREPRENEUR and television personality Saira Khan returned to her home town of Long Eaton (FRIDAY 17TH NOV) to officially open the new headquarters of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership.

Saira, who was born in Long Eaton, went to school there and still has family there, said she felt humbled and privileged to be opening Bridge House on Derby Road.

Unveiling a commemorative plaque, she told guests, most of whom had worked to transform the building which had been empty for years: “If somebody had hold me when I was a pupil at Harrington junior school I would be talking to you important people I would have said 'get off'.'

“I'm a working class girl from this small town and I have achieved because of the values of the local people – friendliness, hard work, helping each other and building a strong community, ”said the businesswoman who rose to fame as runner-up in the first series 10 years ago of The Apprentice.

Saira said Bridge House, which also has suites let out to local businesses, plus a meeting room, was just what Long Eaton needed.

“There's lots of potential out there for young people and entrepreneurs.  Bridge House allows such people from lots of businesses to come here and create a business community.”

Welcoming guests, Councillor Val Custance, deputy mayor of Erewash, remarked that the Partnership, which inspires enterprise, was celebrating its 20th anniversary.

“During this time the officers have assisted with the formation and development of numerous small businesses within the area,” she said.

“This is a terrific achievement and I know that the borough council would like to offer its congratulations and thanks for the partnership work that has been carried out in order to promote economic and social wellbeing throughout the borough.”

Partnership chief executive Ian Viles thanked all those, including the board and staff, who had helped make the move of the headquarters from Ilkeston to Bridge House possible.

This included the borough council, Derbyshire County Council which had given a grant towards cycle facilities, and the generosity of contractors, one of whom had given building work worth more than £4,000 and another who had fitted the access system for a nominal £1.

Later in the evening Saira presented special business awards at a glittering dinner held in Trent College, Long Eaton, to mark 20 years of the Partnership.