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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.

Food & Drink Manufacturing Sector Support

Nearly 17,000 people are employed in food and drink manufacturing in the D2N2 region, with particular concentrations in the Peak District, Newark & Sherwood, Bassetlaw and Amber Valley, and especially in rural areas because of links to D2N2’s important agricultural base, with the agri-food sector continuing to grow during the recession. D2N2 is home to many blue chip food manufacturers, including Thorntons, Warburtons, Nestle, Greencore, British Sugar and Pork Farms, in addition to a vibrant SME base across the urban and rural landscape, with high quality goods of world renowned provenance.

Key Strategic Documents

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

Click here to join the D2N2 Key Sectors Group on Linkedin

Support for Food and Drink Manufacturing Businesses

The Food & Drink Forum


The Food and Drink Forum works with micro to medium sized businesses, with 96% of the sector made up of these sized businesses. They are a trade association for the food and drink manufacturing sector, working predominantly across the East Midlands. They work with manufacturers on a day-to-day basis providing a range of business support services.

With the food and drink sector facing so many regulations, their team of experts work with businesses from as early as the start-up stage to ensure that they are compliant and running effectively.

Established in 1998, the Forum has a knowledgeable technical team who provide hands-on support for those businesses lacking technical resource, providing assistance with the following:

  • Product Development
  • Labelling (including compliance with new FIR regulations)
  • Shelf Life & Product Testing
  • Factory Set Up & Upscaling
  • Nutritional Analysis
  • HACCP Creation & Implementation
  • Training in; Food Safety, Health & Safety, HACCP, Internal Audit
  • Environmental Health Inspections & Queries
  • Accreditation Support including; SALSA, BRC, STS, Halal, Organic Certification

The Food & Drink Forum has secured funding to offer a range of services to food and drink manufacturers, including; grant funding, business mentoring, industry events, technical support, technical apprentices and industry-specific events throughout the course of the project. In order to be eligible to access services through specific projects, business must be a food and drink manufacturer and an SME.

Regular Food and Drink Manufacturing Business Forums

Food and Drink Forum events can be found on their website here.

The East Midland's Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) holds a general manufacturing forum.

Other events are posted as they arise on our events page.

Skills and Employment Support for Food and Drink Sector Manufacturing Businesses

The Food and Drink Federation campaign -- Taste Success.

Careers: Taste Success – A Future in Food

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drinkexists to provide businesses across the UK’s food and drink manufacturing and processing industry with a single source of access to leading edge workforce training, vocational study and skill upgrades designed to boost productivity, innovation, profitability and growth.

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 the National Careers Service on 0115 960 1570 or by emailing her at For more information go to: www.

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 For Derby City and Derbyshire County please contact Kaye 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 support and membership organisations which may charge for services - please check with them regarding services;

Food Standards Agency
Food and Drink Federation
Derbyshire County Council Food Standards
Nottinghamshire County Council Food Standards
Derby City Council Food Standards
Nottingham City Council Food
The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink
DIT Food export opportunities