News - 19 June 2015

D2N2 head to speak at business growth event

An event aimed at pointing the way forward on business growth will feature D2N2 Chief Executive David Ralph as a guest speaker.

Business news site Insider Media:Midlands will host its SME Growth Breakfast 2015 event at the Radisson Blu Hotel, at East Midlands Airport, next Friday (June 26) from 7.30am to 9am.

The event is for businesses re-examining their strategy for growth and how different aspects of their enterprise – such as marketing, IT and financing – feed into that.

 D2N2 CEO David Ralph

D2N2 Chief Executive David Ralph

Speakers will include:

  • D2N2 Chief Executive David Ralph;
  • David Nicholls, Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, and founder of Better IT Ltd;
  • Dr Andrew Greenman, expert in SME management, from the University of Nottingham’s Nottingham Business School;
  • Kamal Dhutia, Director at B I Ltd;
  • Guy Mucklow, Chief Executive of business software company Postcode Anywhere.

Topics to be covered during the ‘Going for Growth’ session will include:

  • How businesses need to change the way they think to grow
  • Incentivising senior staff
  • Accessing the finance needed
  • Marketing strategies to be put into place
  • Opportunities for international trade.

For further information and to book a place online go to website

D2N2 – a private-sector led partnership between business, local authorities, and skills and training providers – is committed to growing the economy and creating jobs in its area of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire area.

The Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Hub is a free service offering guidance and financing to businesses looking to grow.

It has run funding programmes to enable businesses to find the money to grow, such as Unlocking Investment for Growth and Growing Places.

In March (2015) D2N2 announced a £214m European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) package would be spent in its area over six years; with regular ‘calls’ set to be publicised for projects to bid for funding to tackle issues such as business competitiveness and innovation.

For further information about the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s work on helping businesses grow see its website at

Media wanting further information on D2N2 can contact Sean Kirby, Communications Officer, on the D2N2 Newsdesk, on 0115 9578749 or email: 

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