D2N2 Employment and Skills Mapping Survey

Do you provide employment and skills advice, support or information to your local community?


You could be a housing association providing advice to tenants, a mental; health service or a small charity providing a general drop in service where employment and skills advice is given. You could be working from a village hall, your local community Centre, a school or event


These activities could be funded by a trust or funders like Tudor Trust, Esmee Fairbairn, Children in Need, European or local authority funding. Your organisation may even be funding this from its  own resources.  


We are keen to find some of those smaller unfunded organisations that may be providing employment and skills advice so whatever the size of your organisation we want to hear from you!


A mapping exercise is now underway to gauge the employment and skills provision available across Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and  Derbyshire (D2N2 area).

This opens today (6th February 2018) and will be closing on 28th February 2018.

The purpose of the mapping is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the provision available at all levels across D2N2 area.

  • In Nottingham the information will be used to update information on the Nottingham Jobs Hub and the Ask Lion directory.
  • In Nottinghamshire we will use the information to create a new employment and Skills Zone on the Notts Help Yourself Directory.
  • In Derbyshire the information will be used to develop a platform that will sit under Derbyshire County Council’s Wellness Hubs and will be used to showcase provision on Derbyshire County Council’s website.
  • In Derby the information will be made public to help people who need access to employment and skills services.


If your organisation runs any employment and skills provision, whether this is core funded projects, temporary/time-limited projects or support; please could you complete the questionnaire.

The questionnaire can be found by clicking on the link below:


Please complete a separate questionnaire for each services / project you want to tell us about.

Access to Finance Investment Surgeries

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These are Access to Finance Surgeries where selected companies seeking growth capital have a free one hour meeting with COO of Shadow Foundr, Jason Kluver, Edwards director Neil Taylor, CEO of Cresco Innovation Jo Derbyshire and business angel investor and business mentor Paul Jenkinson, who is also on the Advisory Board of Shadow Foundr and John O’Donnell, Business Finance Manager, D2N2 Growth Hub.

Jason Kluver is a founding director of Shadow Foundr, a private investor network and crowd funding platform, which has raised in excess of £16m for early stage businesses. Neil Taylor is a member of the Research & Development Consultative Committee, has particular expertise in technology companies, SEIS, EIS, R&D Tax Credits, Cloud Accounting and Patent Box. Jo Derbyshire is CEO of Cresco Innovation Ltd, a company of scientists and consultants who are experts at writing and winning bids/grants.

To reserve a meeting please contact Paul Jenkinson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email icon


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Host: D2N2 Growth Hub
Venue: Beacon Innovation and Enterprise Centre, Beacon Hill Office Park, Cafferata Way, Newark NG24 2TN
Date: Wednesday 25th April, 2018
Time: 9am - 5pm - one hour appointments available
Cost: FREE 

Innovate UK Funding

Innovate UK Funding

Innovate UK are holding a breakfast session between 7.30 am – 9.00 am on the morning of 30th January at the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park, Coventry.

This will consist of a couple of presentations on key areas of innovation funding, and a separate morning session from 9.30 am repeating the same presentations followed by a series of workshops. British Business Bank and the Midlands Engine Investment Fund will be supporting Innovate UK with both the presentations and workshops. The event will finish at 12.30 pm with networking to 2.00 pm.

Innovation is key to business success. The ability to exploit new ideas, technologies, processes or business models ahead of the competition can bring big rewards in a world that is rapidly changing. The UK government has recognised this for many years and has been increasing the support to businesses wanting to innovate and grow. 

Accessing this support, however, can still be confusing and complex. That’s why the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, and the British Business Bank have come together to help you.

At this breakfast event, you’ll get a quick overview of the support available to help your business grow. As well as a tasty breakfast, there will be 3 x 20 minute presentations covering:

  • Innovate UK grant funding
  • Midlands Engine Investment Fund
  • Innovation Loans

 Who should attend?
Driven businesses across the Midlands Engine looking to grow, particularly welcoming companies that have not engaged with us before.

The breakfast event starts at 7.30am and finishes at 9am.  Register on this page for the ‘fast-track’ breakfast event.

Alternatively, if you’d like a more in-depth briefing, then register for the morning session instead, which is followed by a networking lunch. Click here for more information about the morning session and lunch.

The details of the event are now available at:




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Worksop Business going the Whisky Way

The Whiskey Way

Worksop now has it’s own online auction site for passionate collectors and connoisseurs of fine whisky and other spirits, thanks to three budding local entrepreneurs.

Darren Chapman, Dale Smith and Ryan Vahey have brought their dreams to reality by creating The Whisky Way, based at the popular Worksop Turbine centre.


Said Darren: “We provide the opportunity for enthusiasts to buy and sell specialist, vintage and collectors’ bottles.  We would urge you and your relatives to check those bottles at the back of your drinks cabinet as you could be sitting on hidden treasure.”


“Following the success of our first auction, we are open for bidding again on 24th November – just in time for that ideal Christmas present”


Claire Gregory, centre manager at Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre, said: “We provide an environment to support new businesses and with onsite business coaching, helping them to grow.  We are excited to have The Whisky Way join our business community”.


The online auctions will be held monthly. The Whisky Way team can be contacted on 01909 512212 or on www.thewhiskyway.co.uk


Enabling Innovation - Experience Marketing Workshop, 11th Oct 2017


Experience Marketing for Improved Business Performance


It's the experience that really matters! Experience marketing for improved business performance.

Is your business geared towards delivering a service? Would you benefit from a better understanding of how customers’ experience your service? This free one-day workshop from the Nottingham University Business School will help you to;

  • map how your customers engage with your service
  • determine what types of experience marketing might yield best results
  • improve business performance 

The workshop is aimed at small businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It offers up-to-date expertise, discussions and practical sessions to benefit your marketing plans and customer experience. Lunch and networking sessions are included.

The workshop will be led by:

Sally McKechnie, Associate Professor in Marketing, Nottingham University Business School


Scott McCabe, Professor of Marketing and Tourism, Nottingham University Business School

Signposting for onward options - following the workshop, a range of further support will be available, offering a number of opportunities designed to enable you to grow your business in key areas.

Registration will begin at 9:30, agenda to be confirmed.

Register via the link below now to receive all relevant information.


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Organiser of Experience Marketing for Improved Business Performance                    

This event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and is part of the Enabling Innovation Programme. This workshop is classed as State Aid to participating businesses, the value of which is £349.98, but is delivered completely free of charge to participants.


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