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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
  • Ben Sumner – University of Nottingham
  • Charlotte Horobin – Make UK
  • Claire Twells – Smith Partnership
  • Clinton Walker – Security Aware
  • 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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2020 Business Growth & Innovation Board Meeting Dates

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

2019 Business Growth & Innovation Board Meeting Dates

  • 18 June
  • 17 September
  • 17 December

Business Growth & Innovation Advisory Board Documents

Approved Terms of Reference

February 2020 Minutes

December 2019 Minutes

September 2019 Minutes

June 2019 Minutes

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