Business Growth Board

Currently chaired by Viv Russell, the Business Growth Board contributes to the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan ambition that by 2030 D2N2 will have a world-class innovation-led, highly productive economy with a global reputation for manufacturing excellence.  

The main purpose of the Business Growth Board is to ensure that businesses across D2N2 are supported in order to maximise their potential for growth and productivity. This is achieved by providing a focus for coordinating the support provided across the area and informing the design of future support.

The Business Growth Board specifically leads on overseeing the delivery of the D2N2 Growth hub on behalf of the D2N2 Board.

Business Growth Board Specification:

  • Delivery of the Business Growth element of the Strategic Economic Plan;
  • Productivity focus for business support;
  • Improving the understanding of productivity;
  • Supporting potential high growth businesses to improve productivity;
  • Digitalisation and clean growth;
  • Innovation-led productivity growth;
  • Expanding high growth business support;
  • Skills and leadership needs;
  • Working closely with DIT to maximise inward investment opportunities to the region;
  • Maximising the benefits of exporting;
  • Ensuring access to finance.

For a copy of the Business Growth Board Terms of Reference click here.

Business Growth Board Membership:

The following people serve on the Business Growth Board

Viv Russell (Chair) Longcliffe Quarries Ltd
Linny Beaumont The Princes Trust
Diane Beresford East Midlands Chamber
Richard Blackmore CBI
Andrea Huscroft NBV
Paul Wilson DDDC
Robert Dixon Nottingham City Council
Catherine Evans Rushcliffe Borough Council
Nicola Swaney Rolls Royce
Lewis Stringer British Business Bank
Jeremy Hague Nottingham Trent University
Frank Horsley Derbyshire County Council
Mark Hurdley EMB Ltd
Ron Lynch Institute of Directors
Colette McHughputman University of Nottingham
Melanie Phythian BEIS
Chris Pook Growth Hub Manager (NCC)
Ann Bhatti Connect Derby
Michael Watkinson Federation of Small Businesses
James Whybrow Nottingham College
Mark Wheddon University of Derby
David Wright BEIS
Brenden Byczkowski DIT FDI and Export
John Collins PCA Coach
Rachel Hayward-Knight Ask The Chameleon
Emma Strong Green Arch Consulting
Julian Stone Inception Associates
Clarie Twells Smith Partnership Solicitors
Jillian Thomas Future Life Wealth Management
Nicola Swaney Rolls Royce

D2N2 Contact Officer: Natalie Gasson (0115 9578 250)

Business Growth Board Meeting Dates:

Meeting Date Board Agenda Board Minutes

17th September 2019

17th December 2019

September 2019 

December 2019

 September 2019

December 2019