News - 16 September 2013

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D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Board united in its support for HS2 

On the subject of the planned HS2 high-speed rail link, D2N2 LEP Chief Executive David Ralph said: “The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Board is united in its unequivocal support for the earliest possible delivery of HS2 and the provision of a station in the East Midlands. 

Full statement here 

Growing Places Fund reopens as D2N2 look to kick-start ‘stalled’ developments 

D2N2’s Growing Places Fund has reopened for expressions of interest to kick-start ‘stalled’ job creating developments in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. 

Growing Places is a sustainable fund which allows organisations to apply for funding of up to £2.5m to invest in physical infrastructure to support developments, and tackle site constraints, in order to create jobs. 

Full story here

D2N2 LEP strengthens its Board 

D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – has strengthened its board with five new members. Find out who, here

D2N2 to play its part in Sustainability Summit to help local businesses

An event aimed at helping local businesses to lower their carbon foot print and cash in on the £122bn and growing green sector takes place in Nottingham next month. 

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 10 October. 

For more information, click here 

Businesses invited to apply for £5m UI4G grant funding  

Businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are still being invited to apply for significant grant funding from our Unlocking Investment for Growth programme to help them expand and create jobs. 

UI4G will be of interest to businesses with a substantial capital investment project that will create long-term jobs but who can’t quite raise all the finance to purchase the necessary fixed assets. 

The capital cost of the project less the finance that can be raised will determine the funding gap that UI4G may be able to bridge with a grant and will inform us of the potential value for money offered by the project. In exceptional cases grants up to £500,000 may be considered. 

The main criteria for assessment can be found at or by clicking here.

Invitation to Tender: Technical Support for D2N2 Strategic Economic & Growth Deal

For more details about this opportunity, click here

David Ralph’s Blog 

Our Chief Executive David Ralph blogged on the New Start Mag website this week. Read it here

Bookings being taken as local organisations are urged to meet the regulators at free event to help conquer ‘red tape’ problems  

Organisations from across the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are being encouraged to attend a free event to put their ‘red tape’ questions to the regulators. 

Free to attend, this session on Wednesday October 9 at Derby Conference Centre will allow local organisations to informally engage with a wide variety of regulators responsible for areas such as licensing, trading standards, fire safety and taxation. 

To book a place at the free event, go to or

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