News - 15 October 2015

First of six D2N2 Business Breakfasts gets off to great start

The first of D2N2’s free 2015 Business Breakfasts was held today (October 15), attracting great feedback from the business and wider communities.

All tickets had been snapped up for this morning’s 60-seater event at the New Art Exchange in Gregory Boulevard, Hyson Green, Nottingham; to hear the latest on the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s current and future projects, and from guest speakers.

D2N2 Chief Executive David Ralph told the audience that the “time for planning was over” and that the LEP, and its partners, were pressing ahead with delivery of projects to promote economic growth in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Tim Farr, Board Member for the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Nature Partnership (LNP), talked about the LNP’s activities and its joint work with D2N2.

Guest business speaker Andrew Pickin, a Commercial Partner at Shoosmiths LLP legal firm in Nottingham and D2N2’s Board Member for Business Engagement, gave an insight into his work in commercial law and the benefits for business of working actively with D2N2.

Tickets are still available to attend the five remaining free D2N2 Business Breakfasts, to be held between now and the end of November – all running from 7.30am to 9.40am in the morning – on the following dates:

  • Wednesday October 21 – At the University of Derby Enterprise Centre, Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby (DE1 3LD).

Guest speaker – Professor Richard Hall, Director of the University of Derby’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE).

  • Wednesday November 4 – At the Agricultural Business Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell (DE45 1AH).

Guest speaker – Richard Smith, Group Managing Director for packaging firm Charapak of Alfreton.

  • Tuesday November 10 – At Retford Town Hall, 17 The Square, Retford (DN22 6DE).

Guest speaker – Nicola Burley, Executive Director at the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham.

  • Wednesday November 18 – At the Leengate Legends Lounge at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium, 1866 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield (S41 8NZ).

Guest speaker – Melanie Ulyatt, Founder and Managing Director of One-to-One Support Services in Chesterfield (and new D2N2 Board Member for Skills).

  • Wednesday November 25 – At Kelham Hall, Main Rd, Kelham, Newark (NG23 5QX).

Guest speakers – Wendy Tideswell and Debbie White, co-founders of The Cake Decorating Company in Nottingham.

In addition to guest speakers each Business Breakfast event will feature an update from D2N2 Chief Executive David Ralph and from senior officers on D2N2 services to help business; including the Growth Hub, Skills investment, European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) funding, and help with business financing and capital Investment.

To book online to attend the Business Breakfasts go to the Events page of the D2N2 website at

Media needing further information about the work of the D2N2 LEP can contact D2N2 Communications Officer Sean Kirby on 0115 9578749 or email:

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