News - 11 April 2024

D2N2 LEP CEO, Will Morlidge, features in Business Network magazine

PHOTO: D2N2 LEP Chief Executive, Will Morlidge

An article by our CEO, Will Morlidge, features in this month’s Business Network magazine, brought together by East Midlands Chamber.

Will’s article, on pages 74-75 of the magazine, captures the exciting time that lies ahead for the East Midlands, with the new East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA) recently coming into being, and the new East Midlands Mayor soon to be in place, following the elections early next month.

Will says:

“It’s such an exciting time for the East Midlands right now! Now that EMCCA has gone live, the momentum is increasing, and we’re gearing up for the election of the very first East Midlands Mayor on 2 May. D2N2 is supporting the setting up of the new Combined Authority, building on our work over the past ten years. 

“I’ve always been an advocate for working as a team to get the optimum outcome for our region. We have some unique organisations in our patch – East Midlands Freeport is the only inland Freeport in the UK, we have the East Midlands Development Company, the East Midlands Institute of Technology, Midlands Connect, and with EMCCA set up and our new mayor coming soon, we’ve got a great opportunity for Team East Midlands to shine. 

“For me, it’s all about inclusive growth. EMCCA will be in a unique position to convene key players to focus on reducing inequality, promoting social mobility and ensuring that those, young and old, who are facing barriers to sustained employment, get the support they need into fulfilling careers.

The magazine also features interviews with five of the East Midlands Mayoral candidates who are standing in the election for the first East Midlands Mayor, covering the whole of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire region, on 2 May 2024.

Watch the video explaining the East Midlands Mayoral Election

Find out more about the East Midlands Mayoral Election

Find out more about devolution in the East Midlands

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) covers the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire region, convening the businesses, universities, colleges and local authorities in our region to drive low carbon, economic growth and productivity, skills & careers, inclusion and delivery excellence. The D2N2 LEP team and functions will transition into the East Midlands Combined County Authority during 2024. 

For media enquiries, contact: 

Nicola Swaney 

Head of External Affairs, D2N2 LEP 

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