The fourth of the 2017 series of free Business Breakfasts hosted by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership was held this morning (November 14) at The Pump Room, Buxton Crescent, in Derbyshire.
Each year D2N2 LEP – the private sector-led partnership of business, local authorities, higher and further education providers, community and voluntary services, and other organisations which promotes economic and jobs growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – hosts a series of free Business Breakfasts across its area. The events are a chance to update businesses on past successes and consult them on future plans.
Today’s event was held at The Pump Room building, part of the Buxton Crescent complex.
Photo above shows (L to R) Edwina Currie Jones, former Conservative MP and Junior Health Minister, at today’s Buxton event representing the High Peak Business Club; David Ralph, D2N2 Chief Executive; Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby; and James Berresford, Chair of the Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Heritage Trust.
The £50million Buxton Crescent redevelopment is set to open in 2019. It is receiving funding from a number of sources including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Derbyshire local authorities and also £2million provided through D2N2’s Local Growth Fund allocation (supporting infrastructure necessary for economic growth in the LEP’s area). The Visitor Economy is one of D2N2’s eight key commercial sectors, those sectors where the area has or could create a competitive advantage.
The redevelopment and restoration of the Crescent and its associated buildings will create an 80 bedroom five-star hotel and spa business. It is estimated this will create 350 jobs during construction, and more than 140 permanent jobs on completion and indirect jobs in sectors servicing the new leisure facility.
Today’s Business Breakfast heard from speakers:
- David Ralph, D2N2 Chief Executive. David spoke about recent D2N2 projects and the LEP’s future plans to promote economic growth.
- Guest business speakers James Berresford, Chair of the Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Heritage Trust, and University of Derby Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell.
- D2N2 Officer Speaker Lindsay Allen, Senior Programme Manager for Sector Development, on the services provided by business support organisation the D2N2 Growth Hub. Lindsay also spoke about D2N2’s consultation with businesses, local authorities and others on the LEP’s ‘refresh’ of its Strategic Economic Plan; the current masterplan by which it pursues over-arching ambitions such as creating 55,000 jobs by 2023 (the majority to be in the private sector).
Tickets are still available for the two remaining D2N2 Business Breakfasts to be held, in November. These will be on:
- Tuesday November 21– At The Best Western Lion Hotel, 112 – 114 Bridge Street, Worksop.
- Guest business speaker – Claire Monk, General Manager and Brewer of Welbeck Abbey Brewery.
- Tuesday November 28– The Pavilion Room, The Derbyshire Hotel, Carter Lane East, South Normanton.
- Guest business speaker – Isobel Brown, Interim Programme Director for the Midlands Engine.
For online booking to attend the remaining D2N2 Business Breakfasts, go to the D2N2 website Events page at www.d2n2lep.org/Events or contact Sam Burbage, Social Media and Marketing Officer at D2N2, on email firstname.lastname@example.org or 0115 957 8749.
Tea and coffee, and breakfast rolls will be provided for delegates at the Breakfast events.
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