News - 24 February 2015

D2N2 Chief to talk on prospects for manufacturing sector in the region

D2N2 CEO David Ralph

David Ralph, Chief Executive of D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership covering Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire – will be speaking at an event aimed at boosting the manufacturing sector in its area.

Mr Ralph will be speaking at the Manufacturing Interest Group breakfast and networking meeting at 7.30am on Wednesday February 25, at the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST) building, at 93 Abbey Street in Nottingham.

He will be telling local businesses about the work the LEP (local enterprise partnership) is doing for manufacturing in the region, and the sector’s importance to the East Midlands.

It follows the announcement of a further £22million investment in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, through the Government-funded Local Growth Fund – which is administered by D2N2 – and £5m of which is to be invested in the Nottingham University Institute of Advanced Manufacturing.

Fellow speakers at Wednesday’s event will be:

  • Caroline Smith, Assistant Principal at NUAST
  • Simon Gray, Chief Executive of Nottingham Means Business
  • Councillor Graham Chapman, Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council
  • Mark Goldby, Managing Director of Beeston-based firm, SMS Electronics
  • Martin Johnson, Senior Recruiter at Greene, Tweed & Co.

The breakfast event will start at 7:30am, with presentations beginning at 8am. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to tour the NUAST building.

There is no parking at the NUAST building, so delegates are asked to park at the pay and display car park at the Sir Colin Campbell Building on the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus (NG7 2TU). A free coach will run from the Sir Colin Campbell Building at 7:15am, to NUAST, and return from the event.

People wishing to book a place for the event should contact Nottingham Means Business via email:

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