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Best of Both Hubs

Best of Both Hubs

If you’re a business based in Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover or Bassetlaw then you can take advantage of a whole range of programmes from across the D2N2 and Sheffield City Region including:

  • Support from the region’s Universities to develop new products and improve productivity
  • Coaching and mentoring schemes to take help scale-up your business
  • Funding and investment streams for business growth
  • Assistance to reach new markets and customers in the UK and overseas
  • Recruitment, retention and skills programmes

This event is an ideal opportunity to find out what’s available from across both D2N2 and Sheffield City Region and to see how both Growth Hubs work together to access the best support for your business growth. Highlights will include:

  • A keynote speech from one of the National Cyber Security Centre’s senior staff on how cyber crime isn’t just a threat to big businesses plus ways you can protect your systems, staff and customers.
  • A choice of workshops that address today’s business challenges including skills, scaling up, reaching new markets and improving competitiveness.
  • A real example from Mike Lloyd, Director at CEM Solutions Ltd on how working across both Growth Hubs can benefit your business.
  • Plus there will be plenty of opportunity to meet with your local Growth Hub advisers, make new connections with other local businesses and enjoy a networking lunch.

Who should attend?

This event is open to all small or medium-sized enterprises that are located in Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover or Bassetlaw.


8am – 9am: Registration, breakfast and networking

9am: Conference open and welcome, Chris Pook, D2N2 Growth Hub and Darren Buxton, Sheffield City Region Growth Hub

9.10am: Keynote Speaker: National Cyber Security Centre, SME Engagement Lead

9.55am: Growth Hubs Overview – Chris Pook, D2N2 Growth Hub and Darren Buxton, Sheffield City Region Growth Hub

10.10am: Workshop 1

10.55am: Tea and coffee break

11.15am: Workshop 2

12 noon: Keynote Speaker: Mike Lloyd, Director, CEM Solutions (Ltd)

12.30pm: Closing remarks

12.45pm: Lunch and networking

2pm: Finish

Speakers and Workshop Presenters

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), SME Engagement Lead
The NCSC was set up to help protect our critical services from cyber attacks, manage major incidents, and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations. Their vision is to help make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

They support the most critical organisations in the UK, the wider public sector, industry and SMEs.

Cyber Security can be a daunting challenge for many small business owners. This session will cover the most common cyber risks and threats faced by SME’s, present a case study of why cyber security should be taken seriously and provide an overview of what the NCSC is doing to help SME’s protect themselves against becoming victims to cybercrime. It will include signposting to resources that are aimed at helping to significantly reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of cybercrime.

Mike Lloyd, Director, CEM Solutions Ltd
Based in Darley Dale, CEM Solutions CEM Solutions offer products and services to cover all aspects of monitoring emissions to air and process control. They have received support from both Growth Hubs via the University of Nottingham ‘Unlocking Growth Potential’ programme and the Sheffield City Region Enhancement Programme.

Workshop Speakers

When you register to book you will have the opportunity to select two of the following workshops as your preferred options.

Workshop 1
Richard Kirkland, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership: Employment and Skills For Growth

Recruiting the right staff and developing the skills of employees is key to business productivity and growth. Find out about more about the employment and skills offer for employers across the D2N2 and Sheffield City Regions

Workshop 2
Lynn Oxborrow, Nottingham Trent University: Scaling Up Your Business

If your company is growing at a pace that is hard to manage then the D2N2 Growth Hub ScaleUp service could be the ideal solution. Find out how this exclusive and unique programme could help your business reach its full potential.

Workshop 3
Sharon McCarthy, Department for International Trade (DIT): Exporting for Growth

The DIT focus in the East Midlands is to “convert successful companies into successful exporters”. Hear how their local team of advisers can help you take your first step to export or support your expansion into further overseas markets.

Workshop 4
Angela Tooley, Head of Enscite, University of Derby: Growth through Innovation

Find out about the various business support programmes on offer from our region’s universities and how these can improve your productivity and drive innovation to facilitate growth and competitiveness.

This event is delivered in partnership between D2N2 Growth Hub and Sheffield City Region Growth Hub and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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