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18 Feb

Public sector contracts probed in first Quarterly Economic Survey

The extent to which smaller firms are able to access public sector contracts is being probed in the first East Midlands Chamber* Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) of the year.

18 Feb

Business space available at at1.SPACE

Unique space available at1.SPACE Located on Triumph Road, NG7, next to the Nottingham University Jubilee Campus and the QMC hospital.

18 Feb

New facility will improve patient care by speeding up medical product development

Plans have been submitted for a new facility focusing on the commercialisation of medical devices and technologies, which is seeking major D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership funding.

Development of Skills

Below is a list of local and national incentive schemes which support the development of skills.

Development of Skills

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesess

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme addresses the support gap for growth-orientated small businesses, helping them to unlock their economic and job creation potential. Designed by business education experts and run in partnership with leading UK universities and business schools, the programme is fully funded for all participants.

The 10KSB UK Programme is a partnership between Goldman Sachs, the Goldman Sachs Foundation and leading UK universities.


Building Better Opportunities Programme

The Building Better Opportunities Programme (BBO) is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership European Social Fund (ESF) and aims to combat the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion, challenge long-term unemployment, and empower socially excluded people. The ESF strand is a part of the European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014 – 2020 and its principal goal is to improve local growth and create jobs, by investing in Innovation, Business, Skills and Employment. ‘Promoting Social Inclusion & Combatting Poverty’ is a key Theme within the ESIF Programme (Thematic Objective Nine -TO9) and therefore the Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from ESF to deliver the BBO Programme via three separate, yet complementary, pathways which are; Financial Inclusion, Multiple & Complex Needs, and Towards Work.

Many individuals and families in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Derby City and Nottingham City continue to face multiple disadvantage. Ambitious and coordinated action at strategic, local and individual level is needed to ensure that everyone, irrespective of where they live or their background is socially included and those experiencing poverty can access the support they need to exit it. Paid employment and the pathways to it are recognised as the primary route to achieving social inclusion.

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Sheffield City Region Skills Bank


The Skills Bank is available within Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover and Bassetlaw districts and offers:

  • Specialist support via a dedicated helpline
  • A bespoke economic impact model to assess the growth potential of Skills Deals and determine employer contribution and matched funding up to two thirds the cost of training
  • A network of brokers and a skills assessment tool to support employers in defining their skills needs
  • An approved list of providers that guarantees quality and value for money
  • An online community with relevant feedback to explore the best training in an area

Skills Made Easy

Skills Made Easy

A package of support for companies in the Sheffield City Region which includes the D2N2 local authority districts of Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales.

Skills Made Easy provides five elements of support including planning for growth, help with recruitment, design and funding of bespoke training packages, supply of model HR templates and account management for recruitment and training.

Skills Support for the Third Sector

Skills Support for the Third Sector provides support with a wide range of accredited training programmes for social enterprises, not for profit and voluntary sector organisations with less than 250 staff.

Sector Based Work Academies


Department for Work and Pensions

Through Sector Based Work academies, Jobcentre Plus, colleges and other training providers can work with employers to design the content of sector specific training to meet the current and future skills needs of your business as well as those of the local labour market. The training is fully funded through the Skills Funding Agency and delivered by Further Education colleges and training providers and can be a useful tool to support your recruitment process.


For further details click here.

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UKCES Futures


The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) is running a programme of competitions that target specific workforce development problems.
New competitions can be found here.