News - 19 February 2014

Engaging on local priorities key to D2N2 Business Breakfasts

David Ralph has encouraged delegates to continue utilising D2N2’s Business Breakfasts to engage and feedback on local priorities. 

D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – has held events in Nottingham, Bakewell and at the Clumber Park Hotel so far. 

It heads to Long Eaton this Friday before Mansfield a week later, prior to visits to Glossop and Derby

And Chief Executive David Ralph said a lively question and answers session is vital in helping D2N2 move forward with its Strategic Economic Plan. 

He said: “What these breakfasts allow is local perspective. We did an event in Bakewell and the focus was on the rural economy and how D2N2 is, or can, support that. 

“In Long Eaton, I would expect HS2 to be quite a big issue and in Mansfield I would expect regeneration would be an issue and how the money is not just being spent in the cities. 

“An important part of all this is that there is dialogue. There is a presentation from the LEP and it is important we provide clarity about where the funding comes from and our plans. 

“But the Q&A is crucial as it allows people and business to push on their particular interests and how their priorities are being met by the LEP. 

“The key messages that have come back already surround trying to identify how we will provide greater joining up of business services. This is a model of a single front door. 

“An issue that came up yesterday at Clumber Park was are we thinking of the impact of the environment enough and this has been highlighted by the recent floods across the country and how that is affecting communities. 

“The fact is we are looking to engage with business and get their feedback on the priorities for the area and how we can grow the economy.”

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