Latest News

22 Nov

Our Future Derby

A new and exciting initiative which engages primary school children and introduces them to the changing world of work is being rolled-out across 37 primary schools in Derby. Find out how you can get involved.

21 Nov

New EAFRD to help create new jobs for Rural Businesses

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has opened a new call under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) worth £35 million.

18 Nov

Enterprise and Innovation Centre at Nottingham Trent University

The new home for local businesses, start-ups, students, graduates and local entrepreneurs. Nottingham Trent University are opening a dynamic and innovative centre for both entrepreneurs and growing enterprises that want to work and co-locate with them.

Creative & Digital Industries Support

The creative industries sector accounts for around 5% of economic output nationally, and a similar share of employment. The sector is an important international strength for the UK, and a growing source of export earnings. In D2N2, the sector has over 26,000 employees with the two cities of Derby and Nottingham accounting for around 40% of this total. Creative industries is a wide-ranging sector, taking in video, film and photography, music, publishing, radio and TV, computer games, social media and the software that supports these industries and the telecommunications sector. Particular employment specialisms in D2N2 lie in computer and software (especially in computer gaming and medical technology applications).


Key Strategic Documents

Progress on these strategic documents is monitored by the D2N2 LEP. Contact D2N2 LEP for details of these strategic groups.

Join the D2N2 Key Sector Group on Linkedin

Digital Growth Programme

The D2N2 Digital Growth Programme (formerly known as e-Business Club) is an ERDF funded project to deliver a programme of bespoke business support for firms across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire wishing to make more use of digital technologies.

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The programme includes seminars, action planning workshops, one-to-one support and grant funding to help businesses invest in ICT and transform business processes. A team of advisers is available to support businesses accessing the project.

In order to participate in this programme your organisation must have registered and have been verified as eligible to receive support through the Digital Growth Programme.

Big House Project

The Big House is the flagship D2N2 project to support the creative and digital SMEs across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Entrepreneurs and businesses in the creative and digital sectors can receive a minimum of 12 hours of free support in the form of tailored workshops, network events, small grants and bursaries, and 1:1 support from business advisers, mentors and coaches. Businesses can be supported at every stage of their journey, from pre-start (not yet trading), start up (less than 12 months trading), growing (more than 12 months trading) and established (more than 5 years trading).

The Big House is operated by a partnership including the Creative Quarter, Nottingham Trent University, New Art Exchange, Derby QUAD, Derby Theatre, University of Derby and NBV Enterprises. Each partner has a specific area of focus and expertise, once enrolled in the Big House, a business will receive an initial diagnostic and will be directed to the support which is most appropriate for their needs, and this can be accessed from any partner.

Monthly network events are held in Nottingham (Creatives’ Clubs) and Derby (Creative Mornings) which provide a chance to meet other businesses and entrepreneurs, hear from speakers on a variety of topics and get advice from industry experts.

To find out more and to enrol on the Big House programme please visit their website.

Tenders and Contract Opportunities

Information on where to access information on tenders and contract opportunities can be found on our New Business and Opportunities and Tenders Page.

Skills and Employment Support for Creative and Digital Businesses

The Mighty Creatives are an East Midlands-based charity looking to work with local arts and cultural organisations that are passionate about developing the creative skills of the future, whilst empowering young people to become independent, confident members of the workforce that leads to growth of individuals and businesses alike. They offer a support programme for arts and cultural organisations based in the East Midlands who are interested in creating an Apprenticeship opportunity for local young people aged 16-24.

The National Careers Service, Careers Inspiration can help to facilitate and support relationships between employers and schools to work closer together to raise the profile of the importance of preparing for the world of work and career choices. They are looking for employers who are willing to volunteer in a local school to help their students make better informed decisions about their futures. Employers can assist schools and their students improve their employability skills through a number of initiatives including:

  • attendance at careers fairs
  • inspirational careers talks
  • help with interviews skills and CV writing
  • visits to workplaces
  • high quality work experience
  • mentoring and coaching

If you want to be connected with a school or college across the D2N2 area please contact Louise Thompson , Careers Inspiration Manager at National Careers Service on 0115 960 1570 or by emailing her at

STEMNET creates opportunities to inspire young people in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. It works with thousands of schools, colleges and STEM employers in the UK, to enable young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models (STEM Ambassadors), understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life. This delivery spans young people aged 5 to 19 and delivers throughout all state-funded primary and secondary schools. If you would like to be involved and become a STEM Ambassador please email or for Derby City and Derbyshire County please contact Kate Twomlow tel: 01246 212535 and for Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County please contact Phil Hughes on tel: 07834 617138.

More information on support for schools working with employers can be seen here.

Useful Organisations

The following list includes more support and membership organisations some of which may charge for services - please check with them regarding services;