The EMPLOY Local programme

The programme supports employers who:

  • are based in Nottinghamshire and/or Derbyshire
  • have less than 250 staff and a turnover of under 50 million euro
  • lack the time, HR capacity or finance needed for the recruitment process

This SFA ESF funded business support programme is part of the support services available through the D2N2 Hub. A bespoke recruitment service is provided through DBC training, to assist you with hiring local individuals.



Growing Nottingham

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Nottingham. The Time is Now, The Place is Here.

Nottingham is building on a track record of innovative thinking to transform itself into a leading centre of business excellence.

The right tools, funding and support are vital in allowing the businesses and entrepreneurs around us to develop and grow. The Nottingham Growth Plan, launched in 2012, set out the blueprint for business support.

Follow the web-link above to:

  • Access an overview of business support available in Nottingham offered by Nottingham City Council and our host of partners.
  • Learn more about our creative, connected, cost-competitive city and how it could benefit your business.


Invest in Nottingham

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Whether you are looking for start-up premises in the Creative Quarter or bringing a headquarters to the Enterprise Zone, Invest in Nottingham have a team of specialists on hand, backed up by a first-class business network to ensure your business needs are met on every steps of the way.

Invest in Nottingham can help make your move as smooth as possible with:

  • Bespoke economic data relevant to your business or sector
  • Advice about specific business locations and properties
  • Offer your business a substantial portfolio of targeted financial support and incentives
  • Details about workforce skills
  • Bespoke recruitment and training support
  • Familiarisation visits
  • Access to relevant business networks
  • Continuing business support as you grow and expand


Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

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The D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Local Enteprise 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 2 million people and economic output of over £36 billion. D2N2 has a clear vision and strategy in place to guide its work in boosting the local economy.


Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC)

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Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce is the leading business organisation in the East Midlands. With a growing membership of more than 3,200 businesses and 8,400 affiliates, it is the second largest chamber of commerce in the country.

Members benefit from a wide range of business support services from lobbying and campaigning, helping businesses realise their international trading ambitions, showcasing and market making activities to workforce training and development. Local delivery is provided from 10 locations across both counties, including main offices in Derby, Chesterfield and Nottingham.

The Chamber offers Members extensive networking opportunities and a wide range of discounted services. The Chamber provides all Members with the ability to showcase their business, products and services to fellow Members and the wider business community.


Nottingham Business Venture

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NBV Enterprise Solutions Ltd (NBV) has been supporting business for over thirty years.

NBV’s success as an enterprise support organisation is built upon a tradition of openness, creativity, as well as, innovation. NBV works with approximately 12,000 people each year, and assists over 5,000 new businesses per annum across the East Midlands.

NBV delivers a number of proactive development programmes whilst providing accessible business start-up support, mentoring and continued assistance to new, growing and established businesses.


Creative Quarter

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Made in Nottingham – Lace, Ibuprofen, Raleigh bikes, HP sauce, Game City, Sym-wall & Jake Bugg….

The Creative Quarter is where contemporary art meets culture meets life sciences meets gaming meets mobile applications meets e-commerce meets entertainment meets analog meets digital meets biomedicine meets nanotechnology meets clean tech meets architecture meets heritage meets café street life meets independent retail meets new technologies……

The Creative Quarter – Nottingham’s flagship project for economic growth, enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit.


First Enterprise

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First Enterprise Business Agency is a leading social enterprise for the East Midlands region and holds an extensive history of proactively providing business advice and support through different capacities.

First Enterprise aim to create and sustain economic advantage through self-employment by providing pre and post-start up support.

Their background derives from a range of experts in the agency holding a history of industry experience, thus understanding and continuing to develop with the changing environment through innovative thought and a desire to make a difference to people’s lives. They endeavour to break barriers and help people from disadvantaged and ethnic minority communities; however this service is not exclusive and everyone is welcome.

Our clients gain services such as business and procurement advice, training, research and help with business plans, as well as the ability to access finance at competitive rates or obtain cost effective office accommodation, virtual services and hotdesking. We are a vital link and resource for communities, impacting business growth, job creation, skills and labour force development and community relations.

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