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New board members sought by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

14 November 2018

Business people are being invited to join the board of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), to help steer the future of an area with an economic output worth over £45billion.

D2N2 is the private sector-led partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary organisations; which promotes economic growth across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

D2N2's board includes experienced people from a range of sectors - and new board members from the private sector are now being sought. 

New board members sought by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

Rushcliffe Borough Council Celebrates the Great British High Street

16 July 2018

Rushcliffe Borough Council is celebrating high streets across the Borough by joining the national Great British High Streets campaign, promoting the great businesses that exist in its communities.

Rushcliffe businesses see huge digital engagement increases thanks to #WDYT

18 June 2018

Rushcliffe Borough Council's #WDYT campaign is helping boost local businesses digital presence with huge increases of engagement on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

SmallBiz100 is BACK! Applications are now open!

4 June 2018

Small Biz 100 launches for 2018! This is a stalwart of the Small Business Saturday campaign and a huge opportunity for small businesses. It is free and we are always inundated with applications. Details are below so please do share with your audience and encourage them to apply.

New chair at D2N2 Growth Hub

25 May 2018

D2N2 Growth Hub, the business support service for small and medium sized enterprises in D2N2, has appointed Melanie Ulyatt MBE as its new chair.

Exciting New Digital Growth Programme Workshops

15 May 2018

The Digital Growth Programme provides technology grants, free Digital Advice, workshops & seminars across the East Midlands. In addition to the existing workshops, a number of new workshops & seminars have been developed to help SMEs deal with the ever changing business environment.

The Careers and Enterprise Company

3 April 2018

The Borough Council contributes towards the local delivery of the Careers and Enterprise Company national programme. The programme is intended to inspire and motivate young people and enable them to make informed choices about their future. 

#WDYT tool to boost digital presence on Rushcliffe’s high streets

19 March 2018

Rushcliffe Borough Council has commissioned a social media tool to help increase the digital presence of retailers on the high streets of its growth board areas across the borough.

£28.2m pot of funds for Enhancing SME International Trade

6 March 2018

The Government has annouced new ERDF support for Enhancing SME International Trade.

Sajid Javid MP unveils £100m Midlands SME equity fund

27 February 2018

Businesses across the Midlands now have access to millions of pounds worth of finances to help them grow, thanks to two funds which have been launched this week.

CITB funding Campaign Launched

13 December 2017

CITB has recently launched the  funding campaign 'what's your goal?' with the aim is to raise awareness of funding opportunities from CITB for construction business in support of their training and development requirements, as well as the wider skills priorities of the construction industry.

Industrial Strategy - Building a Britain fit for the Future

11 December 2017

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has released the Industrial Strategy last week (27th Nov), which sets out a long-term plan to boast the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK.

Secretary of State letter to the poeple and businesses of the Midlands

6 December 2017

Sajid Javid has written an open letter to people and businesses in the Midlands. This follows the publication of the Industrial Strategy last week.

GDPR – How you can benefit from the East Midlands Chamber additional support

1 December 2017

You will be well aware that new and more stringent General Data Protection Regulations come into force next year on 25 May 2018, heralding the biggest change in data protection legislation in 20 years.

European Social Fund (ESF) Strategic Overviews

28 November 2017

The D2N2 European Structural Investment Fund sub-committee have agreed the following Strategic Overviews for ESF programmes they wish to see commissioned in the near future:

Grants available for Business Development, Food Processing and Tourism

16 November 2017

In January 2017 Defra launched £120 million of RDPE Growth Programme funding through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).  

Calls are currently open, inviting Expression of Interest (EoI) applications for Tourism Infrastructure, Food Processing, and Business Development projects.

Technology Grants availble to help your Business Grow

8 November 2017

Last year 35% of SMEs within the East Midlands had no basic digital skills, with up to 54% not having a website and 67% of businesses not investing in digital skills.*

Countryside Productivity Large Grants

7 November 2017

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has announced the opening of a £40 million grants scheme for investment in farming technology and equipment.

1000 businesses look to grow through the Digital Growth Programme

1 November 2017

1,000 businesses have now registered to the Digital Growth programme. This programme aims to support businesses to grow through introducing digital technology into their business.

Defra announce £200m new funding for Rural Development Programme

14 August 2017

Funding for rural businesses that will generate thousands of jobs and provide new support to expand and improve their premises has been announced as part of a £200 million grant offer.

The D2N2 Growth Hub is working closely with the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to offer funding for projects in which help support designated industries and some major world issues.

The project areas available for funding are:

Research and innovation


SME support

Low Carbon

Climate change

Environment and Resource Efficiency

The D2N2 Growth Hub is working closely with the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to offer funding for projects in which help support designated industries and some major world issues.

The project areas available for funding are:

Research and Innovation


SME Support

Low Carbon

Climate Change

Environment and Resource Efficiency

The calls will close on November 23rd 2018.

To support organisations to understand the strategic priorities of the calls, D2N2 LEP will be hosting free workshops across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
The workshops will take place:

  • Thursday 1st November 2018 at the Riverside Centre, Derby, DE24 8HY (9.30am to 1.30pm)
  • Tuesday 6th November 2018 at the New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Blvd, Nottingham NG7 6BE (11.00am to 3.00pm)
  • Wednesday 7 November 2018 at the Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ (8.30am to 12.45pm)

To book your place at the Derby workshop please follow this link:  

To book your place at the Nottingham workshop please follow this link:

To book your place at the Chesterfield workshop please follow this link:

This call for proposals aims to support unemployed and inactive participants into employment and self-employment. Projects must deliver activity which directly contributes to the objectives of Priority Axis 1.1.

Successful applicants will do so by providing tailored support to individuals.

It is envisaged that providers of the employment service will provide tailored individual support in the following ways:

  • Support individuals by providing them with informed Careers Information Advice and Guidance, which does not duplicate existing funded services such as NCS.
  • Provide mentoring and wrap around services appropriate to individual need to help participants realise their careers and skills aspirations.
  • Support out of work individuals to access the universal credit system with the aim of becoming more employable, particularly by developing their digital skills. The digital skills support must bring added value and not duplicate provision provided by either DWP or the Local Authorities.
  • Develop training pathways to increase the number of graduates employed in graduate level jobs.
  • Support individuals in rural areas to address access to work issues.
  • Provide ongoing in-work mentoring to support sustained employment.
  • Provide skills training to increase individual prospects of employability including:
    • self-employment as an alternate option to employment
    • supported work experience
    • Maths, English and communications skills
    • Basic skills and English for speakers of other languages, and functional English to support migrants

Links to other Employer Support Services - the D2N2 Growth Hub
The employment service will work closely with employers and employer facing services particularly the D2N2 Growth Hub to prevent duplication and offer an integrated service to employers.
The employment programme will therefore provide a range of added value services that support employers in a variety of ways including:

  • Address recruitment challenges by developing a supply of work ready candidates able to enter the labour market at appropriate levels.
  • Promote Apprenticeships and Traineeships as solutions to skills and recruitment challenges
  • Create jobs for disabled individuals and put in place tailored support to ensure sustainability in employment
  • Provide advice to develop flexible HR and employment practices to provide solutions to recruitment issues

The employment service will also provide support to increase the number, quality and sustainability of business start-ups, working closely with the D2N2 Growth Hub and other publicly funded projects.
For more information, download the call specification.

Closing date is December 28th 2018.

Workshops to support applicants interested in applying for ESF funding are currently being arranged and will be announced shortly.