D2N2’s Strategic Economic Plan – consultation now open

January 20, 2014 9:40 am

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On Thursday, December 19, 2013, the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership submitted the first draft of its ambitious plan to deliver a £2bn business investment programme across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to create 55,000 jobs by 2023.

The Strategic Economic Plan first draft submission is now out for consultation with business, stakeholders and interested parties, with a deadline for feedback on Friday, February 7, 2014.  The final submission has to be made to Government by March 31, 2014, following feedback from Whitehall.  This new in-depth document builds on the initial strategy – D2N2 the UK’s Most Inspirational Postcode – which was launched in July 2013 and is available to download here.  Interested parties can fill in D2N2’s online consultation survey here (this link is now closed).

The first draft submission will make a compelling case to devolve Government funding – from the Single Local Growth Fund which has been allocated £10bn over five years between 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships across England – to the D2N2 area to deliver its ambitious plans for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  The amount of funding received will be combined with local funding from the public and private sector and the 250 million euros of EU funding already allocated to D2N2 from 2014 to 2020. This will drive the plans forward and create tens of thousands of jobs, raise skills and support companies to grow and prosper.

D2N2 Chief Executive David Ralph said: “This is a competitive process and we must make our Strategic Economic Plan really standout, with maximum input from the private sector supported by public sector, higher education, further education and the voluntary and community sector. From manufacturing to the visitor economy, we must bring out what is distinctive about D2N2, demonstrate our competitive advantage and showcase exactly why this is the UK’s Most Inspirational Postcode.”

More information on D2N2’s Strategic Economic Plan and this consultation process can be found on D2N2’s website.

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