Supported by the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme

Key Documents

This section gives information on all the important documents associated with the ESIF programme such as the D2N2 ESIF strategy (below).

D2N2 Strategic Overviews

Please find the list of strategic overviews for Youth Engagement, Skills Local, Employ Local, Careers Local and Inspire Local, which provide guidance on how future European Social Fund (ESF) programmes will operate, below:

Strategic Overview for Youth Engagement

Strategic Overview for SKILLS Local

Strategic Overview for EMPLOY Local

Strategic Overview for CAREERS Local

Strategic Overview for INSPIRE Local


D2N2 - ESIF Community Programme Report 

On submission of the 2014 D2N2 ESIF strategy, a commitment was made to ensure that ESIF investment across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire met the needs of local communities as well as the economic needs of the wider area.

At the time this commitment was envisaged to materialise through a mechanism known as Community Led Local Development (CLLD) and based on the operating model used in the LEADER approach for rural investment, resources were allocated accordingly. Subsequent guidance from ERDF and ESF Managing Authorities has indicated that CLLD may not now be available across all areas and as a result LEPs have been encouraged to consider bespoke local uses for these allocated funds or consider reincorporating them back into mainstream activity.

Download the full document here


D2N2 OVERVIEW of ESF Opt in Programmes 

 To achieve the ambitions of the D2N2 strategic economic plan we need to put in place the infrastructure and conditions that will support business and employment growth, including a fit-for-purpose skills and training system which ensures our young people are properly prepared for work, enables employers to access the skilled workers they need and supports people, including our most disadvantaged individuals, to develop their skills and employability to gain, retain and enhance employment and earnings.

Employment and skills is a cornerstone of D2N2’s Strategic Economic Plan and the LEP is committed to increasing the number of jobs within the economy and ensuring that our businesses can access the skilled workers they need, both now and in the future. Ambitious coordinated action at strategic, local and individual levels is needed to ensure that everyone, irrespective of where they live or their background, is socially included and those experiencing poverty can access support to exit

Download the full document here


D2N2 Skills, Employment and Social Inclusion Guide

To achieve the ambitions of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is putting in place the infrastructure and conditions to support business and employment growth This will include a fit-for-purpose skills and training system which:

  • Ensures our young people are properly prepared for work.
  • Enables employers to access the skilled workers they need.
  • Supports people, including the most disadvantaged, to develop the skills and
  • employability needed to gain, retain and enhance employment and earnings.

This document can be downloaded by clicking here

Download the D2N2 Social Inclusion Framework by clicking here


D2N2 EU Structural and Investment Fund Strategy 2014 - 2020

The D2N2 ESIF Strategy outlines the LEP’s approach to the distribution of €250 of European Social and Investment Funds (ESIF) for the 2014 to 2020 programme period..

The strategy can be downloaded by clicking here


ESIF Local Implementation Plan (Consultation Document)

This document sets outs an approach for translating the D2N2 ESIF Strategy into a delivery programme between 2015 and 2018. It seeks to take forward the best elements of existing practice and set out a blend of open calls, opt-ins and potentially other routes, designed to support interventions of scale and impact to maximise the value of ESIF funding for the D2N2 area.

To Download a copy of our Local Implementation Plan (Consultation Document), Click Here


Summary of Responses to the D2N2 ESIF Local Implementation Plan Consultation

Forty six detailed responses were made to ESIF Local Implementation Plan consultation.

The key finding from consultation has been that the approach proposed by D2N2, particularly the intent to use ESIF monies to deliver the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan via projects of scale and impact, was broadly endorsed with the majority of comments relating to how the proposed approach can be refined and better communicated in order to achieve this intent.

A summary of the ten key findings from the consultation can be found here  


Social Inclusion Framework - October 2014

One East Midlands (One EM) has been asked by D2N2 LEP to act as an intermediate body in the development of a social inclusion framework and strategy for the D2N2 area. This framework will shape the priorities of EU Structural & Investment Funds and Big Lottery opt-in for social inclusion activity within Thematic Objective 9 (TO9), ‘Promoting Social Inclusion and Combating Poverty’.

It will seek to identify how programmes under TO9 should integrate with priorities identified within other thematic objectives, particularly TO8 ‘Promoting Employment and Supporting Labour Mobility’ and TO10 ‘Investment in Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning’. It will also enable the wider engagement of civil society organisations with D2N2 strategy and delivery. Richmond Baxter Ltd and New Ground Consultancy Ltd were commissioned by One East Midlands to develop this framework. 

Download a copy of the Social Inclusion Framework (October 2014) by clicking here


Time to Innovate

The plan has been prepared by D2N2’s Universities – Derby, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent – in consultation with D2N2 partners.

Download the Executive Summary here

The full plan is available to download here


Sector Action Plans

D2N2 has identified eight sectors with the potential to support economic and employment growth in the economy covering both manufacturing and service sector opportunities

Following wide consultation we have finalised (or are in the process of finalising) Sector Action plans which will inform the ESIF procurement process for each sector.

More information on the D2N2 key sectors can be found by clicking on the links below:

ERDF Business Support Guide 2007-13

One of the best ways to gain experience of managing European funded projects is to speak to existing or previous recipients of European funds.

A list of organisations funded under the 2007-13 ERDF programme that supported business development in the East Midlands can be found below; you may like to approach one or more of them for further information. 

ERDF Business Support Guide 2007-13