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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.

Life Sciences Support for Businesses

Demand in the life sciences sector is being driven by new and developing technologies, growing global wealth and an ageing and better informed population. The sector is particularly important in Nottingham where it is a key driver of innovation. D2N2 is home to over 200 medical technology firms.


D2N2 has experienced significant employment growth over recent years particularly in the manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and medical and dental instruments. This growth builds on historical strengths in the sector, including the presence of a significant pharmaceutical sector, the HQ of Alliance Boots (one of D2N2’s most significant employers with c.11000 staff) and the presence of BioCity and MediCity in Nottingham. It is a nationally significant sector and provides an opportunity for niche producers and university spin-outs. The manufacture of medical and wearable devices, whilst a relatively small sub-sector, is a particularly high value sub-sector of manufacturing with a high level of R&D activity.


Key Strategic Documents


Support for Life Sciences Businesses

Medilink East Midlands


Medilink East Midlands is the region’s life science industry association, whose aim is to help companies establish, develop and grow. Its network of more than 4,400 contacts in over 1,000 organisations represents all aspects of the sector, including private and public institutions; from multinationals to high potential start-ups, as well as the NHS and universities.

You can call the D2N2 Growth Hub or contact Medilink East Midlands directly at Medilink East Midlands, BioCity Nottingham, Pennyfoot Street, Nottingham. NG1 1GF

Tel: 0115 822 3154

Department for International Trade (DIT) Life Sciences Organisation

The DIT Life Sciences organisation is a national service which helps UK life science companies to do business overseas. You can access this through the DIT team by email or call the D2N2 Growth Hub for a referral.

Regular Life Sciences Business Forums

Medilink organise a number of sector events throughout the year. Check their events calendar.

Universities and other partners also offer innovation and subject specific seminars which can be found on our events page here.

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.

For specific advice on selling to the NHS please contact Medilink above.

Skills and Employment Support for Life Sciences Businesses

Cogent Skills is the UK’s strategic body for skills in the science industries, led by sector employers. We work with them to develop, design and deploy skills solutions for the science industries. Cogent Skills has a key strategic partnership role. It has successfully facilitated, on behalf of employers, a bid to establish a Science Industry Partnership (SIP). This is piloting an employer owned skills system, determining what is needed and commissioning what gets delivered. Cogent Skills is the expert delivery partner for the SIP.

The Science Industry Partnership delivers apprenticeships and other skills services commercially.

Skills for Health are major in workforce and organisational development. They are the employers’ trusted provider of workforce solutions designed to improve healthcare, raise quality and improve productivity and financial performance. They are a not for profit organisation and the Sector Skills Council for the whole UK health sector, licensed by Government.

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 For Derby City and Derbyshire County please contact Kaye Twomlow tel: 01246 212535 and for Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County please contact Phil Hughes tel: 07834 617138.

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

Useful Organisations

East Midlands Academic Health Science Network– Igniting Innovation
Healthcare UK is part of the Department of Health and UK Trade & Investment