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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.

Is it time to innovate in your business?

We all know that some of the most successful businesses are those that embrace innovation and are always looking for new ways to improve their competitive advantage. Innovation in the business arena is not always about scientific breakthroughs. It is also focused on aspects of your business that can be improved such as products, services, manufacturing techniques or exploring new markets.

In the D2N2 area we already have a good track record of innovation within SME’s. In 2014 the D2N2 LEP along with partner organisations developed a plan to help local businesses to continue to grow through innovation, this plan is called ‘Time to Innovate’. To download the whole plan click here.

We wanted to briefly summarise some of the key aspects of this plan, which can help your business to start looking at innovative ways to grow. Over the coming months we will keep you up to date with latest news on how innovation has been helping businesses locally.

Often SME’s struggle to make time for innovation and also struggle to identify where they can access support from to help them with a new idea. Across D2N2 we want to make sure that businesses get the support they need when they need it. To do this in a robust way the ‘Time to Innovate’ action plan builds on successful support programmes to help businesses take that first step.

Some of the support available to businesses is shown here:

  • ‘Time to Innovate’ toolkit

This toolkit has been designed to help SMEs to access local and national support for innovation. Some areas that have been identified as a requirement to get started are: support for start-ups, skills development, technology, finance, premises including places to innovate and networking opportunities.

  • Access to D2N2 Growth Hub

The D2N2 Growth Hub has been set up to help SMEs to get support directly from the website and also by speaking to an advisor that can put them in touch local support for innovation.

  • Financial support programmes

There are a number of ways in which SMEs can access local finance to support them with innovation. Some of these are; an innovation voucher, innovation coaching and development, technology-based innovation support package and financing for business start-ups.

  • D2N2 Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship programme

Across the D2N2 area a programme of Higher Apprenticeships has been developed. This is aimed and supporting business to increase capacity. Businesses can also develop the knowledge and occupational competencies demanded by specific job roles, and meet the unique needs of their business.

  • Support from national agencies

The D2N2 LEP will continue to work with national providers such as the Business Growth Service Manufacturing Advisory Service and Growth Accelerator to ensure that local businesses can access local funding through these routes. They will also continue to work with the Innovate UK and ensure that the programmes of support are given to local businesses.

So if you want to grow your business and need time to innovate why not get in touch with one of our D2N2 Growth Hub advisors by calling 0333 006 9178 or have a look at the online support available on