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Currently chaired by Viv Russell, the Business Growth 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 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 Board specifically leads on overseeing the delivery of the D2N2 Growth hub on behalf of the D2N2 Board.

Business Growth 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 Board Membership

  • Viv Russell (Chair) – Longcliffe Quarries Ltd
  • Diane Beresford – East Midlands Chamber
  • Richard Blackmore – CBI
  • Andrea Huscroft – NBV
  • Paul Wilson – DDDC
  • Robert Dixon – Nottingham City Council
  • Catherine Evans – Rushcliffe Borough Council
  • Nicola Swaney – Rolls Royce
  • Lewis Stringer – British Business Bank
  • Jeremy Hague – Nottingham Trent University
  • David Wright – BEIS
  • Brenden Byczkowski – DIT FDI and Export
  • John Collins – PCA Coach
  • Rachel Hayward – Ask The Chameleon
  • Mark Hurdley – EMB Ltd
  • Emma Knight – Strong Green Arch Consulting
  • Andrew Redfern (Inclusion Rep) – Framework Housing Association
  • Jeffrey Kenyon – Gedling Borough Council
  • Colette McHugh – Putman University of Nottingham
  • Melanie Phythian – BEIS
  • Chris Pook – D2N2 Growth Hub
  • Ann Bhatti – Connect Derby
  • Michael Watkinson – Federation of Small Businesses
  • James Whybrow – Nottingham College
  • Mark Wheddon – University of Derby
  • Julian Stone – Inception Associates
  • Claire Twells – Smith Partnership Solicitors
  • Jillian Thomas – Future Life Wealth Management
  • Giles Dan – Derbyshire Dales County Council
  • Nicola McCoy – Brown Nottinghamshire County Council
  • D2N2 Contact Officer – Frank Horsley (0115 9578 757 ext 2129)

Business Growth Strategy


2020 Business Growth Board Meeting Dates

  • 11 February
  • 30 March
  • 2 June
  • 25 August
  • 6 October
  • 3 December

2019 Business Growth Board Meeting Dates

  • 18 June
  • 17 September
  • 17 December

Business Growth Advisory Board Documents

Approved Terms of Reference

February 2020 Minutes

December 2019 Minutes

September 2019 Minutes

June 2019 Minutes


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