D2N2 Events 2017

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D2N2 Annual Conference 2017

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

Wed 26 July 2017

08:30 – 11:00

The 3aaa Pavilion

Derbyshire County Cricket Ground

Nottingham Rd


DE21 6DA

The D2N2 LEP Annual Conference and AGM will this year welcome top speakers:

Elizabeth Fagan, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director of Boots – Elizabeth was appointed to her current role in June 2016. As MD of Boots (part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc) she leads all of Boots’ businesses, both across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, with the support of Boots’ senior leaders. In the UK Boots has more than 2,500 UK stores and 60,000 colleagues. Its support office is in Nottingham.

John van de Laarschot, Chief Executive of Nottingham College – John took up his role in August 2016 as CEO of Central College Nottingham and New College Nottingham, ahead of their planned merger this summer (2017). The merged Nottingham College will be one of the UK’s largest further education colleges, with around 40,000 students. Its facilities would include a planned Nottingham City Hub, an FE centre in Nottingham city which will be part-funded by the D2N2 LEP (subject to business plan).

Dean Jackson, Founder and Managing Director of Huub Design – A passionate triathlete, Dean established specialist triathlon clothing and equipment manufacturer Huub Design in Derby, in 2011. Huub has become one of the best known brands for those looking to smash records in the combined swimming, running and cycling marathon events; worn by top athletes including Olympic medal winning brothers, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee.

Around 160 delegates drawn from business, politics, education providers, community organisations, and others working in the D2N2 area and nationally are expected to attend.

They will also hear from D2N2 Chairman Peter Richardson and Chief Executive David Ralph on LEP successes over the last year; and how it is delivering on targets, including on increasing job numbers, and aiding small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow.

D2N2 is the private-sector led partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, community groups and social enterprises, and other organisations which promotes economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The Agenda for the 2017 Annual Conference will be as follows:

  • 8.30am – Arrival and registration, light breakfast and networking
  • 9am – Welcome by David Ralph, Chief Executive of the D2N2 LEP
  • 9.05am – ‘D2N2 Annual Review’ – A short film
  • 9.10am – D2N2: A year of delivery – Presentation by Peter Richardson, Chairman of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership
  • 9.30am – Guest speaker: Elizabeth Fagan – Senior Vice-President and MD of Boots
  • 9.50am – Guest speaker: John van de Laarschot, CEO of Nottingham College
  • 10.10am – Guest speaker: Dean Jackson, Founder and Managing Director of Huub Design of Derby
  • 10.30am – Closing remarks and thanks, with D2N2 Chief Executive David Ralph
  • 10.40am – Conference close. Opportunity for delegates to network.

To book a place on the D2N2 Annual Conference 2017 (no more than two delegates per organisation), please use the booking form below:

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D2N2 Rural Means Business Conference

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Host – D2N2 Growth Hub

VenueBelper Town Football Club, 121 Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1BA.

DateTuesday 18th July, 2017

Time – 9am to 12.30pm

Cost – FREE.

This event is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub.

Businesses and organisations are being encouraged to bid into the £3million RDPE Growth Programme to boost the rural economy in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The first calls for Food Processing, Tourism Infrastructure and Business Development are now live.

Details of these calls can be found HERE.

In light of the calls, the D2N2 Growth Hub is holding an event for rural businesses, support agencies and public bodies to find out more about the provision available to boost the D2N2 area rural economy. We’ll look at EAFRD and LEADER funding, and the range of support available for rural businesses through the D2N2 Growth Hub


  • 9am - 9.30am: Registration (tea, coffee, biscuits)
  • 9.30am - 9.40am: Welcome to the Conference - Rob Mayo, Development Director at the Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire 
  • 9.40am - 10am: Overview of Rural Policy and EAFRD – Rural Payments Agency
  • 10am - 10.15am: LEADER Presentation – Amanda Brown/Richard Madin* 
  • 10.15am- 10.30am: D2N2 Growth Hub – Chris Pook, Growth Hub Manager
  • 10.30am - 10.45am: Focus on how a local business has benefitted from grant support* 
  • 10.45am - 11am: Close - Rob Mayo
  • 11am - 11.15am: Break and refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits)
  • 11.15am - 12.15am: Workshops, networking (‘find out more’ sessions about the three calls).

*attendance TBC

You can book below

To book online to attend this free event CLICK HERE.

D2N2 Annual Conference 2017