Events - 10 October 2016

D2N2 Chairman addresses annual summit on high growth for businesses

An annual event dedicated to helping businesses grow received a positive message from the Chairman of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Peter Richardson.

The one-day annual High Growth Summit on Friday (October 7) at the MediCity conference hall, on the Boots Enterprise Zone site, in Nottingham, was organised by High Growth; a business consultancy with offices in Nottingham and California, which specialises in helping companies with coaching, training, networking and events to achieve greater growth.

The event was being co-sponsored by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership; a private sector-led partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary services organisations which promotes economic growth and jobs creation across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Opening the High Growth Summit, D2N2 Chairman Peter Richardson (pictured above), told around 150 delegates at the event – plus a further 250 looking in virtually via the internet, including live via Facebook – that D2N2’s responsibility as a LEP was to commission and provide oversight for a business support model, throughout its area. He spoke of the difficulty some businesses faced in knowing about available funding opportunities, or in getting the kind of funding help they needed to fit their current needs.

To help solve this problem, and ensure area businesses are given every opportunity to grow, the D2N2 LEP’s Growth Hub acted as a responsive service; providing business support and advice from a team of expert advisers, who know exactly what growth funding and help is available and how companies can access it.

Fellow speakers at the event provided advice on different approaches to ensuring business growth, including:

  • Stuart Ross, founder of High Growth International, which has coached and trained 1,500 fast growing UK and US businesses – on ‘growth hacks’ and ‘masterminding;
  • Stuart Garner, Chief Executive and owner of Norton Motorcycles (UK) Ltd of Castle Donington –  on his own company’s growth success;
  •  Kim Morgan, Managing Director of executive and personal coaching company Barefoot Coaching Ltd of Melbourne, Derbyshire – on the ‘psychologies of a leader’.

Proceeds from the business event – co-sponsored by D2N2, The Business Desk, Shakespeare Martineau and others – will go directly to the 1% Matters charity. The charitable fund run through the Nottinghamshire Community Foundation encourages business people to donate one per cent of their salary, or from a business activity or event, to various good causes in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

For more information on High Growth’s work see its website at

Media wishing to know more about the work of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership can contact Sean Kirby, D2N2 Communications Manager, on 0115 957 8749 or email:

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