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22 Aug

The Big House Presents: EXPO

EXPO is a great opportunity to discover what with these businesses to localise your supply chain, reduce your carbon footprint, and create jobs and opportunities in the D2N2 area.

20 Aug

Chamber offers free year-long membership to businesses affected by Toddbrook Reservoir incident

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) continues to work with partners to offer comprehensive support to local businesses which have been - and continue to be - affected by the potential collapse of Toddbrook Dam.

19 Aug

‘Energy for Business’ scheme helps local businesses make the low-carbon leap

A project which helps local businesses that want to develop low-carbon solutions, has been awarded funding to support SMEs in the region for another three years.

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.

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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 name of the Creative and Digital Industries D2N2 Consortium for increased SME Competitiveness Project.

The Big House programme offers services to businesses across the D2N2 area, from pre-start up to growing an established business, through a combination of workshops, networking opportunities, one-to-one support and grant funding. A varied programme of activities include start-up boot camps and preparing for a pop-up shop as well as events for specific specialisms such as photography, writing, performing and producing.

The Big House CDI Grant supports businesses in the creative and digital industries sector in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to start and grow. Eligible businesses will be trading or ready to start trading in Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire, registered with Companies House or HMRC and sell business to business NOT business to customer/retail. Grants of between £1000 and £2500 are available, to a maximum of 25% of eligible costs, minimum project spend £4000.

Nottingham Trent University supports established businesses to reach their full potential through a combination of workshops, one-to-one mentoring and grant funding. A grant is available for creative and digital businesses to employ freelancers who can bring in external expertise to help with business growth. The talent is not restricted and spend for expertise should be between £3,500 - £7,500. The grant reimburses 30% of the project cost.

Project delivery partners of this ERDF supported project include Nottingham Creative Quarter, NBV, Derby Theatre, New Art Exchange, Derby Quad, University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council and Arts Council England.

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;