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D2N2 Annual Conference 2017

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 from 08:30 to 11:00 (BST)

D2N2 Annual Conference 2017

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The D2N2 LEP Annual Conference and AGM will this year welcome top speakers:


  • Elizabeth Fagan, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director of Boots – Elizabeth was appointed to her current role in June 2016. As MD of Boots (part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc) she leads all of Boots’ businesses, both across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, with the support of Boots’ senior leaders. In the UK Boots has more than 2,500 UK stores and 60,000 colleagues. Its support office is in Nottingham.


  • John van de Laarschot, Chief Executive of Nottingham College – John took up his role in August 2016 as CEO of Central College Nottingham and New College Nottingham, ahead of their planned merger this summer (2017). The merged Nottingham College will be one of the UK’s largest further education colleges, with around 40,000 students. Its facilities would include a planned Nottingham City Hub, an FE centre in Nottingham city which will be part-funded by the D2N2 LEP (subject to business plan).


  • Dean Jackson, Founder and Managing Director of Huub Design – A passionate triathlete, Dean established specialist triathlon clothing and equipment manufacturer Huub Design in Derby, in 2011. Huub has become one of the best known brands for those looking to smash records in the combined swimming, running and cycling marathon events; worn by top athletes including Olympic medal winning brothers, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee.


Around 160 delegates drawn from business, politics, education providers, community organisations, and others working in the D2N2 area and nationally are expected to attend.


They will also hear from D2N2 Chairman Peter Richardson and Chief Executive David Ralph on LEP successes over the last year; and how it is delivering on targets, including on increasing job numbers, and aiding small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow.


D2N2 is the private-sector led partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, community groups and social enterprises, and other organisations which promotes economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Information on the current business support services funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will be available for delegates.


The Agenda for the 2017 Annual Conference will be as follows:


  • 8.30am – Arrival and registration, light breakfast and networking
  • 9am – Welcome by David Ralph, Chief Executive of the D2N2 LEP
  • 9.05am – ‘D2N2 Annual Review’ – A short film
  • 9.10am – D2N2: A year of delivery – Presentation by Peter Richardson, Chairman of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership
  • 9.30am – Guest speaker: Elizabeth Fagan – Senior Vice-President and MD of Boots
  • 9.50am – Guest speaker: John van de Laarschot, CEO of Nottingham College
  • 10.10am – Guest speaker: Dean Jackson, Founder and Managing Director of Huub Design of Derby
  • 10.30am – Closing remarks and thanks, with D2N2 Chief Executive David Ralph
  • 10.40am – Conference close. Opportunity for delegates to network.


For more information about the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership see its website at and for the D2N2 Growth Hub go to


This event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 in England.

Do you have questions about D2N2 Annual Conference 2017? Contact D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

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The 3aaa Pavilion
Derbyshire County Cricket Ground,
Nottingham Rd,
DE21 6DA Derby
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 from 08:30 to 11:00 (BST)

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D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)  for Derby, Derbyshire (D2), Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (N2).


Local Enterprise Partnerships are locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses. They play a central role in deciding local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and create local jobs.


D2N2 is one of the largest LEPs in England covering an area with a population of over two million people and economic output of around £42.9billion.


Our vision is a more prosperous, better connected, and increasingly resilient and competitive economy.


Our purpose is to support and encourage economic growth in D2N2.


Our ambition is to be one of the most respected LEPs, known for our professionalism and effectiveness.

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