D2N2 Events 2017

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D2N2 Business Breakfast Series 2017

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Leaders behind Nottingham’s bid to be European Capital of Culture and a £50million Derbyshire tourism and leisure project are among the speakers due to feature in D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s series of SIX free Business Breakfasts - held across its area.

Each year the D2N2 LEP – the private sector-led partnership of business, local authorities, higher and further education providers, community and voluntary services, and other organisations which promotes economic and jobs growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – holds six free Business Breakfasts across its area. The events are a chance to update businesses on past successes and consult them on future plans.

The breakfasts include presentations by D2N2’s Chief Executive David Ralph or Chair Peter Richardson and by senior LEP officers, speaking on activities including:

  • plans to make the most of the economic growth opportunities presented by the HS2 network, which is set to have a line going through Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire as part of HS2: Phase 2;
  • projects now showing practical benefits thanks to investment via D2N2’s allocation of € 250million in European funding;
  • skills and training development;
  • how funding via D2N2’s Local Growth Fund allocation is being used to create the infrastructure needed to aid the area’s economic growth;
  • D2N2 Growth Hub activities helping small and medium-sized enterprises, with more than 6,000 businesses engaged with since it launched in December 2014;
  • promotion of community and voluntary services which help the area’s economy.

The free Business Breakfasts will feature a range of guest speakers, from the area where they are being held, talking about their experiences and companies or organisations; and what they think the economy needs in a changing environment.

This year, delegates attending the Business Breakfasts will also be contributing to a consultation to ‘refresh’ the Strategic Economic Plan; D2N2’s overall, detailed strategy which sets out how it will develop its area’s economy and the key sectors it will focus on.

The 2017 D2N2 Business Breakfasts – all of which will run from 8.30am to approximately 11am – will be held on:

  • Tuesday October 17 – In Discovery Room 1 at the BioCity Discovery building, Pennyfoot St, Nottingham (NG1 1GN).

Guest business speakers will be Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive of Marketing NG, speaking about Nottingham’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023; and Dr Glenn Crocker, Chief Executive of BioCity Nottingham, talking about the site’s facilities (the new £30m BioCity Discovery building was part-funded by D2N2’s Local Growth Fund allocation).

D2N2 Officer Speaker will be Matthew Wheatley, Growth Plan Manager, on D2N2’s use of EU funding and its European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocation.

  • Thursday November 2 – The Oakham Suite, 155 Nottingham Rd, Mansfield (NG18 4AE).

Guest business speaker – Billie-Anne Warriner, Fosse Cashflow Solutions.

D2N2 Officer Speaker will be Rachel Quinn, Active Engagement Officer, on working with the community and voluntary services sector.

  • Tuesday November 7 – The Derby Silk Mill, Silk Mill Lane, Derby (DE1 3AF).

Guest business speaker – Mary Maguire, joint Managing Director of Astute Financial Recruitment (with offices in Derby and Nottingham).

D2N2 Officer Speaker will be Tom Goshawk, Capital Projects Manager, on investment in infrastructure and D2N2’s Local Growth Fund allocation.

  • Tuesday November 14 – Buxton Pump Rooms, The Crescent, Buxton (SK17 6BQ).

Guest business speaker – James Berresford, Chair of the Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Heritage Trust.

D2N2 Officer Speaker will be Lindsay Allen, Senior Programme Manager for Sector Development.

  • Tuesday November 21 – The Best Western Lion Hotel, 112 - 114 Bridge Street, Worksop (S80 1HT).

Guest business speaker – Claire Monk, General Manager and Brewer of Welbeck Abbey Brewery.

D2N2 Officer Speaker will be Richard Kirkland, European Structural and Investment Fund Coordinator, on skills and training development.

  • Tuesday November 28 – Pavilion Room, The Derbyshire Hotel, Carter Lane East, South Normanton (DE55 2EH).

Guest business speaker – Isobel Brown, Interim Programme Director for the Midlands Engine.

D2N2 Officer Speaker will be Richard Kirkland, European Structural and Investment Fund Coordinator.

Tea, coffee and breakfast rolls will be provided for delegates at the events.


This project is part-funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

Innovation and SME Competitiveness Workshops


Launch of Innovation and SME competitiveness calls in D2N2

D2N2 ERDF Technical Assistance Programme

Supporting organisations to make successful applications to the following ERDF calls in D2N2:

  • Priority Axis 1- Promoting Research and Innovation
  • Priority Axis 3 – Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

D2N2 LEP is anticipating that the calls to support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to innovate and be more competitive and productive in today’s economy will be launched in early December 2017.

The calls are expected to close by the end of January 2018.

To support organisations to understand the strategic priorities of the calls D2N2 LEP will be hosting free workshop across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The events will be held at the following venues and dates :

  • Monday 11 December 2017 at the Winding Wheel Chesterfield S41 7SA
  • Wednesday 13 December 2017 – Nottingham Mechanics NG1 4EZ
  • Tuesday 9 January 2018 – Derbyshire County Cricket Club DE21 6DA
  • Thursday 11 January 2018 – Oakham Suite, Mansfield, NG18 4AE

All workshops will commence at 10am and close at 2pm.

A free networking lunch will be available at all events.

The workshops are designed to support organisations make good quality applications to deliver projects that support innovation and competitiveness in local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a focus on promoting job creation and tackling the productivity gap specifically:

  • Investments in practices and technologies to promote productivity
  • Leadership and Management
  • Adoption and exploitation of innovative and productive products and processes
  • Support for early start-up and early stage mentoring
  • Support for export, trade and Foreign Direct Investment
  • Scale up programmes to support small but productive firms to grow
  • Enhance D2N2 Growth Hub services
  • Investment readiness 

For more information about these workshops, please contact Sandra Casey at Sandra.casey@d2n2lep.org

For further information regarding the D2N2 ESIF programme please visit the D2N2 TA website at http://www.d2n2ta.org or contact Richard Kirkland D2N2 LEP at Richard.kirkland@d2n2lep.org

The D2N2 Technical Assistance project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

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