News - 13 May 2022

D2N2 LEP’s Manufacturing Advisory Panel back the Derby GBR Bid

The D2N2 LEP Manufacturing Advisory Panel met this week SPE Swiftool Precision Engineering Ltd in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Alongside discussing a range of activity to support our maker SMEs, the Panel took time out to show their support for the Derby GBR bid and the significance this would have for the region – not just for Derby and the rail sector but also the wider manufacturing base.

Great British Railways (GBR) will be the new single public body responsible for running and transforming Britain’s railways. The aim of GBR is to create a simpler, better railway for everyone in Britain.

If successful, Derby’s bid to become the home of GBR would bring new jobs to the city, boost the local economy and support planned regeneration and future developments.

Frank Horsley, Head of Business and Innovation at D2N2 LEP said: “Manufacturing is at the heart of Derby’s industry and is an historically important sector for the region. The LEP, and the Manufacturing Advisory Panel fully support Derby’s bid to become the home of GBR – it’s a natural fit and we believe is would be an excellent choice”

The Manufacturing Advisory Panel

The Manufacturing Advisory Panel brings together industry, business support and academic partners to steer the ambition of maintaining a world class innovation-led, highly productive economy with a global reputation for manufacturing excellence.

The focus is on advising, influencing and championing the industrial digitalisation agenda for and on behalf of the manufacturing sector across D2N2 to improve productivity and resilience. The Manufacturing Advisory Panel has been lead for developing #TheFutureIsNow campaign and the East Midlands Made Smarter bid.

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