Funding & Support

The D2N2 LEP has a wide range of ways to support businesses and the area's economy:

The D2N2 Growth Hub

D2N2 Growth Hub team 2017

Since its launch in December 2014 the D2N2 Growth Hub has dealt with more than 6,500 businesses. It provides a ‘one stop shop’ for ambitious new and developing businesses looking for advice on training, growth, and how to access funding help to expand into fresh markets.

For information on the D2N2 Growth Hub contained on this website CLICK HERE .

Or CLICK HERE to go to the D2N2 Growth Hub's own website, or phone its Growth Hub helpline on 0333 006 9178, or email:


D2N2 Growing Places Fund

D2N2’s Growing Places Fund provides loans to individual companies or organisations - of between £250,000 and £2million - to finance capital (building and infrastructure) investment, which will directly lead to business growth and jobs creation. 

The LEP has seen four 'Rounds' of Growing Places Fund investment, with the latest (Round 4) launching in summer 2016 and still operational.

Projects funded must be based in the D2N2 LEP area; covered by the administrative boundaries of Derby City, Derbyshire County, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County local authorities.

For more information see the web link


Higher Education

HE institutions have a key role in supporting business growth by providing highly skilled graduates, training and development research, technology transfer, and supporting innovations and other services. More information about the business services HE institutions within the D2N2 area can provide, follow the links below;


Local Authorities

Many local authorities offer a range of support to business, including help with funding premises, and advice on health and safety and trading standards, as well as specialised support programmes. Further details on the support offered by the D2N2 area's four upper tier authorities can be found by following the links below.


Business Organisations

There are a range of business associations and representative organisations which offer business support services to their members, including

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Invest in the Region

If you are looking to invest to relocate or expand your business, Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have a compelling offer to support you to invest and grow.

Skills in Focus

Skills in Focus

Improving skills is critical to meeting business needs, raising productivity and increasing employment. Business skills are a priority for D2N2. More

Strategy & Research

Strategy & Research

D2N2 has a clear strategy to support economic growth. We have identified four high-level strategic priorities that are relevant to all business in our area but are also particularly significant to the high growth businesses that research suggests are responsible for the bulk of private sector job creation. More