Funding and Support

The D2N2 Growth Hub

The D2N2 Growth Hub is the gateway for businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who are seeking the relevant information, guidance, support, expertise, finance and knowledge they need to start up, scale up and grow their business. 

Following a successful 'soft launch' on the 5th of December 2014 by Business and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP, the D2N2 Growth Hub now has a fully functioning, stand-alone website in which businesses can access the following: 


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


D2N2 Growing Places Fund

D2N2’s Growing Places Fund was open for applications between 1st March and 27th March 2012. It is a £24 million pound loan fund that aims to kick start ‘stalled’ job creating developments through rapid investments in local infrastructure and tackling site constraints.

D2N2 is currently undertaking negotiation and due diligence procedures with a number of first round applicants.

Further application rounds will be announced here when open. The timing of any further rounds will depend on the extent of funds committed in Round 1 and the pay-back schedule of any investments made. Read more baout the Read more


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 that 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