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Currently chaired by Viv Russell, the Business Growth & Innovation Board contributes to the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan ambition that by 2030 D2N2 will have a world-class innovation-led, highly productive economy with a global reputation for manufacturing excellence.

The main purpose of the Business Growth & Innovation Board is to ensure that businesses across D2N2 are supported in order to maximise their potential for growth and productivity. This is achieved by providing a focus for coordinating the support provided across the area and informing the design of future support.

The Business Growth & Innovation Board specifically leads on overseeing the delivery of the D2N2 Growth hub on behalf of the D2N2 Board.

Business Growth & Innovation Board Specification

  • Delivery of the Business Growth element of the Strategic Economic Plan;
  • Supporting potential high growth businesses to improve productivity;
  • Expanding high growth business support;
  • Maximising the benefits of exporting;
  • Productivity focus for business support;
  • Digitalisation and clean growth;
  • Skills and leadership needs;
  • Ensuring access to finance.
  • Improving the understanding of productivity;
  • Innovation-led productivity growth;
  • Working closely with DIT to maximise inward investment opportunities to the region;

Business Growth & Innovation Board Membership

  • Viv Russell – Longcliffe Group
  • Allison Westray-Chapman – Derbyshire CC
  • Alex Ford – CT Skills (inclusion representative)
  • Ben Sumner – University of Nottingham
  • Charlotte Horobin – Make UK
  • Claire Twells – Smith Partnership
  • Clinton Walker – Security Aware (inclusion representative)
  • Darren Clarke – Medilink
  • David Bee – Uniper
  • David Wright – BEIS
  • Diane Beresford – EM Chamber
  • Dominic Stevens – Destination Sheffield
  • Emma Knight-Strong – Green Arch Consultancy
  • Gareth O’Donovan Derby CC
  • Huw Bowen – Chesterfield BC (D2 districts)
  • Ian Harrison – DIT
  • Jeremy Hague¬† – NTU
  • John Collins – Professional Coaching Alliance Ltd
  • Julian Bowrey – Innovate UK
  • Julian Stone – Inception Associates
  • Keith Cox – Bloc Digital
  • Lewis Stringer – British Business Bank
  • Martin Rigley – Lindhurst Engineering
  • Natalie Gasson-McKinley – FSB
  • Mike Epton – Centre for Management and Business Development
  • Nicola Swaney – Rolls Royce
  • Paul Eeles – IOD
  • Rachel Hayward – Ask the Chameleon
  • Richard Blackmore – CBI
  • Robert Dixon – Nottingham CC
  • Warren Manning – University of Derby
  • Jo Dilley- MPDD
  • John Forkin – Marketing Derby
  • Stephen Jackson – Marketing NG
  • D2N2 Contact Officer – Frank Horsley (0115 9578 757 ext 2129)
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2021 Business Growth & Innovation Board Meeting Dates

  • 3 March
  • 2 June
  • 9 September
  • 8 December

2020 Business Growth & Innovation Board Meeting Dates

  • 11 February
  • 8 June
  • 10 September
  • 3 December

Business Growth & Innovation Advisory Board Documents

Approved Terms of Reference

June 2021 Minutes

March 2021 Minutes

December 2020 Minutes

September 2020 Minutes

June 2020 Minutes

February 2020 Minutes

December 2019 Minutes

September 2019 Minutes

June 2019 Minutes

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