We recognise the huge contribution that businesses large and small make to the local economy. We will continue to champion the benefits of innovation, research and development in in our key sectors to support our region’s recovery and growth.
The D2N2 Growth Hub is a vital network for growing ambitious businesses across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire. It provides free, relevant, and impartial support to help achieve their growth ambitions and it’s helped over 9000 businesses since opening in 2014. Last year it generated over 9000 referrals for business support and finance providers.
Improving the capacity and capability of our businesses will be an essential part in addressing our productivity and competitiveness. This means supporting both the low carbon growth of our productive and high-value firms, who have the potential to improve our GVA, and ‘levelling up’ those that lag to do more.
As we drive activities to support our recovery and growth strategy – our key strategic document up to 2030 – we will develop the business case for a range of new interventions to support businesses to adapt to seize the long-term advantages of digitalisation and automation, and to be resilient to the impact of Covid-19 and climate change.