Boost Wellbeing

Boost Wellbeing were looking for impartial and trusted business support to help them cut through the information overload and outdated information in the public domain. This support was provided through access to the Growth Hub’s comprehensive webinar and workshop programme which is delivered by expert business consultants, enabling them to upskill. The business was also put in touch with a dedicated business adviser and signposted to grant funding opportunities.

It feels like the “covid-thaw” is finally here, just as spring is starting to show itself! The world feels that little bit more certain and although there will be challenges in the New Normal, I’m feeling positive about the coming year. More people than ever have realised the value of looking after their wellbeing and resilience, and we will be there for anyone that would like to make use of our expert knowledge with a free consultation. Knowing that D2N2 is there to support local businesses (including mine) leaves me feeling grateful and reassured, and we will continue to access the invaluable knowledge that’s available from them.

Chris Downes, Director at Boost Wellbeing

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Cube Construction Consultants

With over 25 years property and construction sector experience, Cube Construction Consultants (Cube) was set up in 2019 by industry experts Nicola Slater and Mark Johnston to help its clients build best practice into every stage of the construction process.

The business was introduced to the D2N2 Growth Hub so that they could discuss future business goals and aspirations in order to grow. Upon doing so the Cube team attended a free Growth Hub webinar on the Business Model Canvas delivered by facilitator Steve Hobbs. They were also supported by a Growth Hub business adviser and a digital and technology adviser from the Digital UpScaler project. Following on from this intervention the business were successfully awarded a Business Investment Fund grant which enabled the development of a new website and a brand refresh. 

From developing new opportunities and partnerships, concept development and pre-construction through to tendering, strategic planning and programme implementation, we support our clients and project teams to build best practice into every element of construction. Within our four key service areas of Construction Expertise, Business Growth, Project Partnerships and Business Growth there are multiple routes for expanding our capabilities and growing the team. We have made a great contact in Richard who can signpost us to relevant advice and guidance. Whether that is free webinars or training on a range of topics, exploring options for developing digital solutions or advice in terms of funding, the Growth Hub team is always supportive in helping us to achieve our visions for the future.

Nicola Slater, Co-Founder & Director, Cube

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Blue Stamp Travel

Blue Stamp Travel provide personal and tailored language experiences abroad for students looking to make a breakthrough with their language skills. Specialising in French, German and Spanish and working with individuals or schools they provide Work Experience programmes, Intensive Language Courses, Host Family Accommodation, Internships, Summer Camps, Au Pair and Study and Online Tuition.

Blue Stamp Travel applied for the D2N2 Growth Hub’s Business Investment Fund to support them with the substantial costs of becoming an independent company as they had previously been a division of Halsbury Travel. This included investing in a brand new e-commerce website and a multi-function printer. 

There is no doubt that we have benefited from the grant and support offered by D2N2. We look forward to continuing this relationship and hope that other businesses too will also be able to benefit in the future. Our new site www.bluestamptravel.com is now live and we are delighted with the look and functionality!

Steve Manderson, Managing Director at Blue Stamp Travel

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Upperton Pharma Solutions

Upperton Pharma Solutions is a specialist Contract Development and Manufacturing
Organisation (CDMO) to the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sectors based in Nottingham. 

Following a successful application for the D2N2 Business Investment Fund grant, Upperton Pharma Solutions were able to grow significantly. This included the purchase of new equipment which enabled the business to secure new contracts and to hire new staff. 

By helping Upperton expand our services and capabilities, the D2N2 Growth Hub have helped Upperton give back to the local community with 5 of our recent hires recently graduating from local universities as well as strengthening Upperton’s position which in turn supports our current staff. Upperton look forward to future collaborations with the Growth Hub and strongly recommend businesses explore how the Growth Hub could support them.

Dr Ian Lafferty, Technical Director at Upperton Pharma Solutions

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TQC Ltd

TQC is a privately owned company based in Nottingham, who for over 35 years have been providing innovative turnkey solutions to special  engineering applications. 

TQC were successfully awarded a grant from the D2N2 Growth Hub Business Investment Fund. The grant will allow investment into developing existing mechanical and electrical CAD systems including the purchase of software and hardware. 

"TQC is really excited about the grant assistance that the D2N2 ERDF has given. In the new work reality of remote working, this project will extend our capability to supply hi-tech machines whilst enabling safe working for our staff"

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RISK

RISK & Safety Management Services is a multiple-award-winning health and safety training and consultancy solution provider, based in North Nottinghamshire. Having received grant funding from the D2N2 Capital Growth Fund, RISK have been able to develop a portal which gives delegates access to course materials, revision kits and other resources. 

The grant funding from the D2N2 Capital Growth Fund has enabled us to develop a portal which will allow delegates to access course materials, revision kits and a post-course alumni for those achieving the professional qualification standard.

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Koobr

Koobr is a creative agency specialising in branding, graphic design, web & app design and digital marketing. Established in 2013 by Craig Barker, Koobr is currently reporting year-on-year growth of 25% and has recently moved to a new studio in Friar Gate, which hosts many of Derby’s leading creative businesses. With grant funding from the D2N2 Capital Growth Fund , Koobr have been able to invest in the equipment needed to support additional team members. 

Much of our business is won through referrals, and we had reached the point where we needed to grow the team in order to meet demand. The move into our new Friar Gate studio has provided dedicated meeting facilities and will facilitate our next stage of growth.

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KN Technical

Using the latest CAD software, KN Technical offer a full Building Information Modelling (BIM) and detailing service to steelwork fabricators, main contractors, architects and consulting engineers. They assist their clients with 3D steel detailing, whilst offering technical support and commercial tracking of projects through the design stages. Upon receipt of the D2N2 Capital Growth Fund the company has been able to invest in the recruitment of new graduate talent to help grow the business. 

We have chosen to invest in the future of the business by bringing in quality graduate-level employees who can learn from the experience that Kevin and I have gained throughout our careers. The grant funding has helped us to provide the infrastructure to increase our team from 2 to 4 to meet the needs of our clients both now and in the near future.

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A-Chem Ltd

Established in 1965, A-Chem are a manufacturer of liquid solutions. They formulate, blend and fill chemical solutions for various markets, including high-end car care and detailing products, and wood treatments. With help from the D2N2 Capital Growth Fund, the company has been able to invest in a state of the art mixing station to help them expand their product range. 

The D2N2 Capital Growth Fund has assisted us to invest in a state-of-the-art mixing station, which will help us to expand our product range and the types of products that we can manufacture. Our investment in technology ensures that we continue to meet the growing demands from our existing customers and enables us to develop niche and bespoke products for customers old and new.

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Motorhome Depot

Motorhome Depot are an innovative Mansfield business who are now set for the next phase of growth thanks to grant funding from the D2N2 Capital Growth Fund.

"Our business has developed from a team of 4 in 2012 to 35 employees today. The creation of additional space will provide us with a platform for future growth."

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Rofl Audio

Rofl Audio are a Nottingham based recording studio who are ready to embark on a phase of growth following receipt of a grant from the D2N2 Capital Growth Fund. The grant funding that they received will help to support the introduction of new technical equipment for the studio.

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