Business and Innovation Projects. News - 30 July 2020

D2N2 seeks views of businesses on Coronavirus economic recovery

As the local economy of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire looks to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the D2N2 Growth Hub are continuing to ask local businesses for their insight by completing the D2N2 Covid-19 Business Survey.

Over 700 businesses have so far contributed, giving their perspectives on the effects of the pandemic on their businesses and the support they need during recovery.

The data gathered by the D2N2 Covid-19 Business Survey feeds directly into the recovery activities of university economists and Local Authorities, as well as D2N2 LEP and the D2N2 Growth Hub.

D2N2 LEP is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire and is tasked with encouraging economic growth in the region.

Frank Horsley, Head of Business and Innovation for D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Our D2N2 Growth Hub has been central to helping businesses across the area respond to the challenge of Covid-19 and they’ve worked closely with organisations and sectors in ensuring SMEs are able to access the support needed to prepare for recovery and growth.”

“Ensuring our services are tailored to what our customers need is fundamental to the Growth Hub, the survey allows us to listen to businesses first hand and respond in a pro-active manner with the support required.”

“I would urge all businesses to spend a few minutes telling us their story and the issues they face.”

D2N2 Growth Hub Manager Chris Pook said: “It is vitally important that businesses continue to tell us how they are being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic so that we can tailor local business support for the recovery phase.”

“Over 700 D2N2 businesses have completed the survey since April, providing valuable insight to policymakers. The refreshed version of the survey will help to maintain a clear picture of the ongoing impacts on SMEs as lockdown measures are eased.”

D2N2 Growth Hub

Funded by the ERDF via D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership in order to boost competitiveness amongst SMEs in the region, the D2N2 Growth Hub offers support to start-ups, growing businesses, and companies who are ready to scale up their operations.

During the pandemic the Growth Hub’s business adviser team have been on hand to provide local businesses advice on financial support as well as adjusting their business practice to social distancing.

Businesses can complete the survey by going to our Covid-19 Business Survey page.

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