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10 Jan

Growth Hub Event Consultancy: Invitation to Tender

The Chamber is seeking to recruit experienced consultants to lead the development and delivery of a suite of engaging and professionally-designed Growth Hub-branded seminars and/or action-planning workshops covering a range of topics.

06 Jan

Big House: Invitation to Tender

The Big House are looking for applications from specialist website developers to provide support and updates to The Big House website, for the duration of the project, running until September 2022.

24 Dec

East Midlands Chamber: Invitation to Tender

The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce have put out an invitation to tender for Graphic Design, Copywriting and Print Services. This will support the marketing activities for the ERDF-funded Digital Growth Programme and Digital UpScaler projects.

Access to local finance for businesses

Whether you are a new business or an existing business there may be times when you need to access finance to help with growth. It’s worth having a look at any grants that are available locally.

We wanted to share with you some examples of where you can access local finance. All these have one thing in common they want to support businesses to grow. Grants are available for different reasons, sometimes to help with technology and innovation and others to support growth of your workforce.

Apprenticeship Grants

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) Apprenticeship Grant for Employers - AGE (Apprenticeship Grant for Employers) 16 to 24 offers a £1500 grant per apprentice to employers. Some Local Authorities in the D2N2 Area offer additional financial support for apprentices, subject to availability, including Derby City, Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County Council, Ashfield and Mansfield District Councils and Gedling Borough Council. Details can be downloaded from the D2N2 Growth Hub website.

Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme

Your business can get a connection voucher of up to £3,000 for faster, better broadband through the Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme. The scheme is active in 50 cities across the UK, including Derby, Chesterfield and Nottingham.

Capital Investment and Job Creation

There are currently schemes in the D2N2 Area that may contribute to your investment plans if you are planning to create new jobs. These include the Invest to Grow scheme managed by the University of Derby, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Economic Development Capital Fund and the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund.

Future developments

New schemes on the horizon include the N2 Business Growth Programme and for businesses in qualifying rural areas funding from the European Agricultural Fund for rural development (EAFRD) and ‘LEADER’ funding.

The above is just to demonstrate the range of support available and the full list can be found on our website. Schemes change all the time so if you want to be kept posted on local funding relevant to your business please give the D2N2 Growth Hub advisors a ring on 0333 006 9178 or visit our website