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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.

Transport and Logistics Sector Support

The transport and logistics sector covers freight movements activities such as land transport, air and water transport, warehousing and courier services and is a significant employer in D2N2 with over 28,000 employees. The sector makes an essential contribution to the success of many other sectors, providing the means through which supplies are obtained and goods are transported to markets locally, nationally and internationally, and is also closely associated with the transport equipment manufacturing sector.


Located at the heart of the UK, D2N2 benefits from a number of major road and rail links (for both passengers and freight). Key current and future assets which benefit the D2N2 economy include East Midlands Airport and the proposed strategic rail freight hub to the north, and the HS2 line will run through D2N2 with a proposed station at Toton. Within the D2N2 area, major employers include East Midlands Trains (based in Derby), and new employers, such as Kuehne & Nagel Drinkflow Logistics, have been attracted to the area because of its strategic location.

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 Groupon Linkedin

Support for Transport and Logistics Businesses

Businesses in the D2N2 area seeking support should call the D2N2 Growth Hub on 0333 006 9178.


Regular Transport & Logistics Business Forums

East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire) Transport & Logistics Forum

Meeting bi-monthly, this forum aims to address specific issues affecting businesses such as rail distribution, capital investment into the region, impact of trading times, improving links to ports and airports, impact of new regional and national distribution centres and issues of transporting dry goods. Call 01246 207207 or email

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 Transport & Logistics Businesses

A career in transport and logistics can be diverse; it could mean working with a specialist provider of logistics services, a train company, a bus or coach operator, an airline, a consultancy or even the armed forces. The range of roles available to people working in the sector is equally varied, from train driver to warehouse operative, airline pilot to logistics analyst, lorry driver to traffic planner. It is a very diverse sector which impacts on all of us every day facilitating trade and travel.

Bringing Logistics and Transport to Life is an exciting new initiative from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Geographical Association.

Resources include eight lesson plans with accompanying material, each on a different sector. See the website to access more details and resources.


The National Careers Service, Careers Inspirationcan 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

Midlands Connect
Rail Forum East Midlands
Rail Alliance
Institute of Couriers
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
University of Derby - Centre for Supply Chain Improvement
East Midlands Logistics Centre - private sector space to let, Derby
Freight Transport Association
Department for Transport
Driver First Assist
Road Haulage Association