Funding and Support

The D2N2 Growth Hub

Since its launch in December 2014 the D2N2 Growth Hub has dealt with more than 4,500 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.

Growth Hub advisors work within the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP is a private sector-led partnership between business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary organisations, which promotes economic growth and jobs creation in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

D2N2 Growth Hub team 2017

The D2N2 Growth Hub team (pictured above) stand ready to help with:

  • Its own website at , giving accessible advice on areas such as starting and growing a business, accessing finance, training and skills development, and expanding into new and international markets.
  • It's Growth Hub helpline at 0333 006 9178, where businesses can be directed to help tailored to their needs. Or email:
  • Social media channels giving the latest D2N2 Growth Hub news and details of upcoming events. Join us on Twitter @D2N2GrowthHub  and LinkedIn and Google+ .
  • Regular D2N2 Growth Hub newsletters. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Businesses can access the following information via the Growth Hub website :

A brief summary of some other major support schemes are below.


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.

For more information see the web link

Funded projects must be located within D2N2 LEP’s area, covered by the administrative boundaries of Derby City, Derbyshire County, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County local authorities.


Higher Education

Higher Education Institutions have a key role in supporting business growth through the provision of highly skilled graduates, training and development research, technology transfer and supporting innovations and other services. For more information about the services to business from Higher Education Institution within D2N2, 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 programmes of support. For further detail on the support offered by Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, follow 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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