Latest News

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 Equipment Manufacturing Support

The D2N2 area is synonymous with the transport equipment manufacturing sector, given the presence of a number of large and globally significant employers such as Toyota, Rolls Royce and Bombardier and their significant local supply chains, areas across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The current strength is built on many years of innovation and manufacturing expertise, with Derby celebrating 175 years of rail manufacturing in 2014, and Raleigh Bicycle Company established in Nottingham in 1890. The sector is concentrated in Derby and South Derbyshire, with links along the A50 to Staffordshire. The sector covers the production of aerospace, automotive and rail transport vehicles and is 40% more productive in D2N2 than elsewhere in the UK.


Key Strategic Documents

Progress on these strategic documents is monitored by the D2N2 Transport Equipment Manufacturing Skills and Sector Advisory Group. Contact D2N2 LEP for details about how to get involved in these Advisory groups.

Join the D2N2 Key Sector Group on Linkedin

Support for Transport Equipment Manufacturing (TEM) Businesses


The Research and Innovation Centre (RRIC), at Lonsdale House, Derby has three technology ‘demonstrators’ to help improve innovation and productivity within the rail industry around:

  • Advanced Rail Composite Design and Manufacture 
  • Rail Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence 
  • Future Rail Propulsion 

The Centre will also provide services to support the skills development of rail sector employees and supply chain businesses as well as collaborative research projects and innovation funding applications.


ENSCITE supports TEM businesses by improving their productivity to facilitate growth and competitive advantage. Utilising the expertise of world class partners and SME industry leaders they deliver detailed diagnostics and innovative workshops. Through supply chain workshops and links to industry leading SME experts Enscite can help improve your business performance in four key areas:

  • Logistics and Operations Management
  • Excellence Through Quality
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Leadership and Management

ENSCITE Phase 2 is now open for applications from small and medium sized enterprises in the D2N2 area. For expressions of interest, please visit:

Catalysing Growth Through Research (GTR) for Transport Equipment Manufacturing(TEM)

Companies involved in road, rail, marine and aerospace equipment manufacture can apply for research and innovation help from a £1.3m fund.

The ‘Catalysing Growth through Research for Transport Equipment Manufacturing’ project is delivered by the University of Derby and Loughborough University.

The project will cost £2.7m in total – £1.3m of that coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) portion of D2N2’s allocation of 251m euros in European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), and the remainder from the two universities.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working in the transport equipment manufacturing sector can access intensive research and innovation support from the University of Derby and Loughborough University. Help will be given to main manufacturers and supply chain firms providing them with materials, services and technical support. This will boost their competitiveness, providing more efficient manufacturing processes and products, to strengthen companies’ turnover and create jobs.

Loughborough University will supply grants to assist SMEs to get specialist support in the UK and in Europe.
The University of Derby will provide direct research and development consultancy help to address technical and design issues, prototyping and tooling equipment upgrades.

Download information leaflet



More support

There are a number of regional and national organisations and articles below that may also be of interest:-

Regular Transport Equipment Manufacturing Business Forums

Meet the Buyer and other supply chain events taking place in the D2N2 area are posted as they arise on our events page.

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 Equipment Manufacturers

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


Pictured Toyota's Apprentice Academy


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 visit:


The Automotive Apprenticeship Matching Service

The Automotive Apprenticeship Matching Service was established by the Automotive Industrial Partnership to help develop a skilled workforce for the future.

The Matching Service re-directs high quality talent from over-subscribed automotive apprenticeship programmes to other companies within the sector that have similar opportunities. By actively working with both companies and candidates, their mission is to ensure that talent is harnessed and retained within the automotive industry.

Candidates seeking an apprenticeship can register their details on Get My First Job


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

See above.