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Unlocking Investment for Growth

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D2N2 and Unlocking Investment for Growth - A summary of the programme and 4 UI4G Grant Recipients 

D2N2, the local enterprise partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, has secured £6.8m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund to help local businesses grow and create new jobs.

This new flagship programme called Unlocking Investment for Growth will unlock nearly £20m of direct investment into local businesses supporting more than 200 jobs. Many of these will be in 6 key sectors such as Bio-science, Food & Drink, Construction, Transport Equipment Manufacture, Low Carbon and the Visitor Economy.

Unlocking investment for growth will be of interest to businesses with a substantial capital investment project that will create long term jobs but who can’t quite raise all the finance to purchase the necessary fixed assets.

To help the UI4G team assess the opportunity to support the project, they need to know the number of new jobs that will be created by the project which should be supported by a robust business plan.  The capital cost of the project less the finance that can be raised will determine the funding gap that UI4G may be able to bridge with a grant and will inform us of the potential value for money offered by the project. In exceptional cases grants up to £500,000 may be considered.

State Aid rules apply and businesses that want to make an application must be located in the D2N2 area.  The process is competitive and applications will be rigorously assessed, with priority being given to the 6 key sectors (Bio-science, Food & Drink, Construction, Transport Equipment Manufacture, Low Carbon and the Visitor Economy).  However  all applications that can demonstrate a well thought out business case, significant job creation and value for money will be considered.

The programme is now closed to new applications. Any expressions of interest or enquiries received at are being held in a pending file and will be referred onto subsequent funding programmes where appropriate.

The fund is being managed by EMB Ltd on behalf of D2N2. 


Successful UI4G Case Studies:


FC Laser 

Street Crane

S&S Plastics

Ear Foundation

Tommy Tucker

Rototek Ltd 

Corrugated Case Company

Trans-Sport Ltd

Asmech Ltd


Thornbridge Brewery

Chalice Medical

DSF Refractories & Minerals

JKP Tins

Coldharbour Marine

Get more information and express an interest:
To arrange for an informal conversation about a potential project, please e-mail or call 01332 826366.