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22 Oct

Derbyshire County Council Maximises Apprenticeship Opportunities Across Region

Small or medium sized businesses based in Derbyshire could be getting help with funding to train apprentices from Derbyshire County Council.

15 Oct

One Hundred Toolboxes Delivered to Littleover Community School

Exciting, innovative, inclusive and dynamic, Tidyco has been supplying the rail rolling stock OEM and overhaul markets with hydraulic and pneumatic solutions for over forty years.

15 Oct

Key stakeholders and members of the public throw their support behind plans for the regeneration of Becketwell

Local residents, business owners and key stakeholders from across the city have thrown their support behind plans for the regeneration of the Becketwell area of Derby

Visitor Economy support

The visitor economy sector covers those activities which are directly associated with tourism, including hotels and restaurants, museums and cultural attractions, as well as activities relating to sports and the wider cultural sector which attract and service domestic and international visitors for business and leisure. The D2N2 economy has some key assets notably quality of our environment, including the iconic landscapes of the Peak District and Sherwood Forest. We also have a variety of stately homes, historical buildings including the Derwent Valley Mills Unesco World Heritage Site, cultural attractions, sporting venues including Derby’s Multi Use Sports Arena and Nottingham’s Trent Bridge and our waterways. Employment in the sector has fluctuated considerably over the past four years but is currently over 65,000 in the D2N2 area.

Key Strategic Documents

D2N2 Visitor Accommodation Strategy

In July 2017, D2N2 LEP commissioned research into the current state and future possibilities for visitor accommodation in the D2N2 LEP area. Around 250 accommodation business owners – including of hotels, holiday cottages, touring caravan and camping sites, holiday lodge parks, outdoor education centres, youth hostels, and B&Bs – were interviewed along with major tourist sites and local authorities in the area. More details:

Executive Summary
Report of Key Findings
Technical Appendices

Previous research

Progress on these strategic documents is monitored by the D2N2 Visitor Economy Sector & Skills Advisory Group. Contact D2N2 LEP for details of these strategic groups.

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Support for Visitor Economy Businesses

Key partners for delivering business support are Visit Peak District & Derbyshire and Experience Nottinghamshire, the official tourism boards for the two counties.

Business Peak District offers a voice for businesses in the area covered by the Peak District National Park, High Peak and Derbyshire Dales and offers its members use of the ‘INSPIRED BY THE PEAK DISTRICT’ brand and logo.

Visitor Economy Business Forums

Experience Notts events page lists events that may be of interest.

Visit Peak District and Derbyshire hold events for business see their events page here.

Business Peak District promote business events within the area

Other events 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 Visitor Economy Businesses

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 visit:

Useful Organisations

Visit England's online Business Advice Hub