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D2N2 Growth Hub: Food & Drink innovation network

30 January, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

The food & drink manufacturing sector across D2N2 is one of the fastest growing in the UK.  In summary, this event highlights our excellent local network supporting innovation and growth for SMEs in this sector.  Are you new to the sector or already established, and want to learn about business support available to help you and your business grow? Would you like to learn more about funding and tax credits?  Perhaps you are an established food & drink manufacturer who is now looking at innovation and international trade?

What’s on offer?

In short, this event highlights all the support our local network of partners provides.  Furthermore, the event will help to raise awareness of food trends for 2019 as well as measuring productivity.

As a result of attending this event, you will learn:

  • About the wide range of support available through the D2N2 Growth Hub
  • All about the Food Innovation Centre at the University of Nottingham and the support available through Enabling Innovation
  • About the sector support available through the Food & Drink Forum and the FEAST programme
  • How to claim Research & Development Tax Credits
  • About the opportunities for International Trade
  • How to measure and improve productivity
  • About relevant food trends for 2019.

The Agenda

  • 09:30 – Arrivals, Coffee, and Networking
  • 10:00 – Welcome and Introduction to D2N2 Growth Hub – Ashreen Seethal (D2N2 Growth Hub)
  • 10:20 – Introduction to the Food Innovation Centre and Enabling Innovation – Richard Worrall (UoN)
  • 10:40 – FEAST – Andrew Collinson (Food & Drink Forum)
  • 11:00 – R&D Tax Credits – Sam Stephens (TBAT)
  • 11:20 – Break
  • 11:40 – International Trade – Karen Gallagher (DIT)
  • 12:00 – Productivity in Food Manufacturing – Michael Gash (UoN)
  • 12:20 – Q&A with the Panel
  • 12:45 – Lunch & Networking
  • 13:15 – Food Trends for 2019
  • 13:45 – Thanks and Close

Further information and registration

While this event is FREE, we only have a limited number of spaces available.  So don’t delay, book your place today.  Not what you were looking for? Then check out our online events calendar for more business events.

Hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub and Nottingham City Council, in partnership with the University of Nottingham’s Food Innovation Centre.  The European Regional Development Fund part-funds this event.

More about the D2N2 Growth Hub

The D2N2 Growth Hub aims to power up your business by providing signposting, information and contacts for business services across both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  Our priority is to engage with business service providers (both public and private) in order to help small and medium sized pre-start-ups, start up and established businesses to grow.


In regulation with ERDF, the D2N2 Growth Hub can support your business if:

  • The business has fewer than 250 employees
  • Not more than 25% of the business is owned by an organisation that in itself is not an SME
  • Annual turnover is below £45 million

Furthermore, we need businesses who have not previously engaged with the D2N2 Growth Hub to complete and sign an enrolment form.  We use this as a record of support for auditing purposes since our project is fully funded under ERDF.


30 January
9:30 am - 2:00 pm


D2N2 Growth Hub


University of Nottingham – Sutton Bonington campus
Sutton Bonington
Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 5RD United Kingdom
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0115 951 5151


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