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D2N2 Growth Hub marks third anniversary

Some of the more than 6,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who've engaged with the D2N2 Growth Hub since it's launch three years ago helped it mark its third anniversary.

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Photo (L-R): David Ralph, D2N2 LEP Chief Executive; Chris Pook, D2N2 Growth Hub Manager; Barry Aldridge, Head of Marketing at Tidyco Ltd; Craig Brothers, Managing Director at Affari Media; and David Williams, Chair of the D2N2 Growth Hub Project Board.

The D2N2 Growth Hub – part of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership; the private sector-led partnership promoting economic and jobs growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – was established in December 2014.

Its advisers work with businesses – from start-ups to established companies – in accessing growth finance, exploring new markets, developing new products, or in assisting with management training or expansion planning.

Around 80 people attended the D2N2 Growth Hub's third anniversary event at The Village Hotel, Brailsford Way, Nottingham yesterday evening (December 4). They enjoyed a free buffet and glass of fizz, whilst hearing from firms who'd been helped to grow via the Growth Hub's services.

Speakers at the event included:

  • David Williams, businessman and D2N2 Growth Hub Project Board Chair;
  • Craig Brothers, Managing Director of Affari Media of Basford, Nottingham;
  • Barry Aldridge, Head of Marketing at Tidyco Ltd of Derby.

The free evening event was also an opportunity for businesses to network and find out how they also might benefit from working with the D2N2 Growth Hub.

A March 2017 survey of 200 D2N2 Growth Hub business clients found 88% (176) would recommend its services to another company and 73% (146) rated the service they’d received as ’good’ or ‘excellent’.

Lindsay Allen, D2N2 Growth Hub Senior Programme Manager (Sector Development), said: “It was great to see so many attend our third anniversary event and to hear how the D2N2 Growth Hub has helped businesses, through its range of services. We're there to help enterprises realise their ambitions, whether they're just setting up or are well-established."