News - 24 December 2021

Merry Christmas from the D2N2 LEP

As 2021 draws to a close, the D2N2 LEP would like to take the opportunity to thank all our partners for their support and commitment over the last 12 months. It’s also a time to reflect on how far we’ve come since we were formed in 2011.

In the decade since it was established, D2N2 has secured more than £1.5 billion in investment for the region. Our Local Growth Fund deal has successfully delivered 60 major projects and created over 16,000 jobs. We have supported 17,000 of our region’s SMEs through our Growth Hub, and we have helped to secure the UK’s only inland Freeport.

And, we recognise the amazing work of our local community organisations and business volunteers supporting skills development in the area. As a result, we are engaging with even more schools and raising aspirations whilst futureproofing our workforce. We have launched new Careers Hubs working with schools in every part of D2N2 to ensure students are inspired and informed about the amazing career opportunities available to them.

We have worked tirelessly with political, education and community leaders to support our outstanding natural assets, including Sherwood Forest and the Peak District, help grow the vibrant cities of Nottingham and Derby, and invest in our historic market towns such as Buxton, Chesterfield and Worksop.

Unlocking D2N2’s full economic potential remains our core priority. Our work over the last decade shows we have the drive and ambition to deliver our vision of delivering the biggest carbon turnaround in the country. We are determined to build on our achievements and bring forward a mixed energy economy that will attract investment and jobs.

Thank you to all our teams, boards and groups for their dedication and enthusiasm.

Here’s to another fantastic year of partnership. We look forward to working together to unlock the expertise, creativity, and political backing to collectively deliver the sustainable economic growth that our region needs and deserves.

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