Business experts meet to offer help to SMEs


Business experts from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire united for a joint event to help SMEs access support, grow, and thrive.

Growth Hubs in D2N2 and the Sheffield City Region staged a ‘Best of both Hubs’ event aimed at Small and medium-sized enterprises based in Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover or Bassetlaw and looked to help them gain an insight into the support available to help them achieve success.

The D2N2 Growth Hub is part of the wider D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, a private-sector-led organisation which works with its areas businesses, local authorities, skills and training providers and community and voluntary organisations to stimulate and grow the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire economy.

Growth Hubs advise SMEs who are looking to grow, on a wide variety of opportunities. These include University support to develop new products and improve productivity, coaching and mentoring schemes to assist businesses to ‘scale up’ their operations, funding and investment streams for business growth, assistance to reach new markets and customers in the UK and overseas and recruitment, retention and skills programmes.

The was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This is part of a wider set of European Funds which together make up the European Structural and Investment Funds, which are designed to help businesses, people and the rural economy. D2N2 currently has an ESIF allocation of €250million.

Delegates also heard from the National Cyber Security Centre about the current threats to businesses and how they can protect systems, staff and customers from cyber crime.

Other features from the conference included:

  • A choice of workshops that address business challenges including skills, scaling up, reaching new markets and improving competitiveness
  • A real example from Mike Lloyd, Director at CEM Solutions on how working across both Growth Hubs can benefit business,
  • Opportunities to meet with Growth Hub advisers, make new connections with other local businesses and enjoy a networking lunch.