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12 Jun

Digital Start-Up Proodle Solutions Earn a Triple Win at the Ingenuity19 Competition

Proodle Solutions, a start-up digital business that has built a unique platform to boost universities’ international student recruitment efforts, scooped three major awards at the Ingenuity19 Competition worth £9,500

12 Jun

Number of people in work continues to rise across the region

The number of people in work across the East Midlands rose in the three months to the end of April compared to the previous quarter according to figures released this morning.

10 Jun

D2N2 Digital Skills Academy

Free training and support to learn digital skills that will harness your potential.

Low Carbon Sector Support

With ambitious and legally binding targets set in relation to carbon reduction to 2050. D2N2 plans to use our competitive advantage to build on expertise in the low carbon transport technologies and dual fuels sector, including Toyota and Rolls Royce, and data from DECC suggests employment in the low carbon economy here is amongst the highest of all LEP areas. The D2N2 area importantly also has significant research expertise in this area. D2N2 is also a significant contributor to power generation in the UK, with the potential to exploit the move to more renewable sources of energy.

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The significance of climate change and the low carbon economy is also likely to present commercial opportunities for the entire D2N2 business base either through the development and provision of low carbon goods and services, including low carbon housing and retrofit or through savings in areas such as energy or waste reduction, providing a market for local low carbon economy businesses.

Key Strategic Documents

Progress on strategic documents is monitored by D2N2 LEP.

Click here to join the D2N2 Key Sectors Group on Linkedin

Support for Low Carbon Goods and Services Businesses

D2 Energy Efficiency (D2EE)

D2 Energy Efficiency (D2EE) is a collaboration between the University of Derby, Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils.

An adviser will visit your business and, depending on your interests, either produce an energy audit report with recommendations for improving energy efficiency and reducing energy costs and carbon emissions, or undertake a Low Carbon Business Capability Review to establish a route to take your low carbon business proposition to market.

An Energy Audit can be used by SMEs to inform an application to the D2 Energy Efficiency Grants Scheme to access capital grants to part-fund carbon saving measures. Up to £15000 is available.

For more details contact Gemma Sylva 01332 642029 gemma.sylva@derby.gov.uk

Value Mapping for Pro-Environmental Business

Value Mapping for Pro-Environmental Business is a two-unit online course will help SME decision-makers to identify which environmental accreditation or standard is most suitable for their needs in a time-efficient and convenient way. It will also arm business owners with the knowledge and awareness to secure the right (often free) support that will help them to secure accreditation. It is aimed at micro and small businesses, which commonly find the costs of environmental management accreditation prohibitive.  Available through the D2EE (D2 Area Energy & Efficiency) project, this course is free to study for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Suitable environmental management accreditation (EMA) can help SMEs (Small or Medium Enterprises) attract new customers and can bring success in tendering to larger organisations, like councils and corporate businesses.

 

Through the Low Carbon Business Network SMEs that already offer low carbon goods and services can access a fully funded programme to help them access new markets and the region’s largest supply chains. This will include workshops addressing supply chain accreditation, environmental reporting and how to pitch an effective business case for low carbon goods and services.

For more details visit www.lowcarbonbusiness.net or contact Kay Walker 01332 592795 kay.walker@derby.ac.uk.

Through the D2EE Low Carbon Project programme (for product and process development) SMEs will be able to access bespoke fully-funded R&D technical support consultancy from the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering.


Energy for Business

Energy for Business can support SMEs who are energy innovators and those who want to become more energy efficient by forging links between businesses and world-class academics, researchers and graduate talent in the energy field at the University of Nottingham.

 

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Delivered by the Energy Innovation and Collaboration team and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), this Low Carbon project offers product innovation, business support and capital funding to SMEs   in the D2N2 region.

 

We have expertise in:
• Advanced materials
• Efficient energy buildings
• Energy systems
• Energy vectors and storage
• Fossil energy and carbon capture and storage
• Human behaviour
• Renewable energy
• Smart grids
• Society, economics and policy

If you are working on or planning an energy related project please get in touch with your local Growth Hub Adviser.


 

Low Carbon Hub

The Low Carbon Hub is comprised of 3 social businesses running interlocking B2B low carbon support networks across the East Midlands. Our team have more than 100 years combined experience trading in and supporting growth in the low carbon sector. We work in partnership with businesses, support agencies, regulators and major procurers including universities, Local Authorities, NHS organisations and with 100’s of businesses from small local enterprises to large multinational corporations.

Whatever line of work you are in from creative industries to engineering, if you own or represent a business and are looking at tapping into opportunities in the low carbon economy get in touch. We can help with finding funding, clients or marketing opportunities; develop or sell your products for the low carbon market, or just expand your network with other like-minded low carbon businesses. As small businesses ourselves, we have usually accessed these services ourselves, so can interpret the requirements and opportunities for you.

The Low Carbon Hub is supported by D2N2 Growth Hub and other partners.

To contact the Low Carbon Hub via telephone: 0115 985 3005 or email:  enquiries@lowcarbonhub.co.uk or see their website http://lowcarbonhub.co.uk/


Regular Low Carbon Business Forums

The East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) Sustainability Forum

This forum shares best practice of green business models that both save money and protect the environment by showcasing firms that have embedded sustainability into their business.

The CleanTech Business Network was launched in 2010 to provide a forum for businesses working in the emerging low carbon sector.

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


Skills and Employment Support for Low Carbon Good and Services Businesses

Low Carbon Hub - as above

Energy & Utility Skills - Renewables


Encouraging Young People into the Low Carbon Sector

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 louise.thompson@futuresadvice.co.uk. For more information go to: www. nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

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 ambassadors@debp.org. 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

http://lowcarbonhub.co.uk/
Investors in the Environment (IIE)
Nottingham Energy Partnership
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Local Authorities’ Energy Partnership (LAEP) raises awareness about climate change and encourages individuals to take positive steps towards a low carbon lifestyle
Derbyshire Climate Change Charter
The Beginners Guide to Driving Electric Cars