News - 27 September 2013

D2N2 LEP’s news round-up

National low-carbon conference to showcase how ‘green collar’ job creation is driving growth to be held in D2N2 area  

The ‘Growing a Local Low Carbon Employment & Business Sector’ conference in Nottingham on Wednesday November 6 will bring together cities and regions from across the UK to share experiences as to how the low-carbon sector is being harnessed to create jobs and businesses. 

Full story here 

Chesterfield businessman nominated to D2N2 LEP Board 

Chris Marples, Chief Executive of Chesterfield-based packaging and printing specialist Inspirepac, has been nominated to the D2N2 LEP Board. 

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Free Skills Support for the Workforce available to SMEs in the D2N2 area 

West Nottinghamshire College is helping lead the Skills Support for the Workforce programme which provides free training for small and medium businesses in the D2N2 area to help them up-skill their workforce. 

Fully-funded by the European Social Fund, this is an opportunity for individuals to update their skills and knowledge and for employers to plug their skills gap at no extra cost. 

For full details go to

Still time for local organisations to book their place at free event to meet the regulators to conquer ‘red tape’ issues 

Organisations from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are being urged not to miss out and book their place at a free event to put their ‘red tape’ questions to the regulators on Wednesday October 9 at Derby Conference Centre. 

Full details and to book, click here 

David Ralph – Why Innovation is in our DNA 

Read our Chief Executive’s Blog here 

Growing Places Fund still open as D2N2 looks to kick-start ‘stalled’ developments 

A month remains for companies to express an interest for help from our Growing Places Fund. Deadline Friday October 25. 

Full details here 

Book a place at next month’s Sustainability Summit to help local businesses 

The Future Economy: Sustainability Best Practice Summit, organised by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), takes place at the University of Nottingham’s Sir Colin Campbell Building between 8am and 1pm on Thursday October 10. 

Full details and to book, click here 

Unlocking Investment for Growth 

D2N2’s £5m UI4G programme continues to be open to new applications and has recently been bolstered by a further injection of capital support from the European Regional Development Fund. 

The programme will provide a grant in support of capital investment projects with a minimum overall project value of £200,000.  In exceptional circumstances up to £500,000 of grant funding is available for projects that can demonstrate real potential to create new jobs. The process is competitive and applications will be rigorously assessed. 

Full details and to apply, click here 

Food and drink businesses urged not to miss awards deadline 

Applications for Derbyshire County Council’s annual Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards are open until October 10. 

Full story here 

D2N2 films 

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