D2N2 LEP & the Active Engagement Project

The Derby and Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) covers Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire counties, including the cities of Derby and Nottingham.

The LEP is one of seven LEP areas in the East Midlands, some of which overlap with each other or extend into other counties. For further information on LEPs and all the LEP areas covering the region click here.

The following description of D2N2 is taken from their website:

“D2N2 is one of the largest LEPs in England covering an area with a population of over two million people and economic output of over £36 billion. 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.

In January 2014, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published a map showing the rural and urban areas covered by D2N2, which can be viewed here.

How to contact D2N2

Website:  www.d2n2lep.org

Named contact: Matthew Wheatley, Growth Plan Manager

Address: 8 Experian Way, Nottingham NG2 1EP

Telephone: 0115 957 8744

Twitter: @D2N2LEP

The contact for VCS/LEP engagement in D2N2 is Rob Crowder, Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire, who can be emailed at rcrowder@rcan.org.uk.


D2N2 has made their final EU Structural and Investment Fund strategy available, which provides detail on how they want to spend their EU allocation of money and which priorities and opt-ins they are interested in exploring. 

Their final strategy, which provide an opportunity to look at where there might be a role for the VCS in the new programme and how the LEP intends to work with the sector to deliver the EU thematic priorities, including the social inclusion priority, is available to download here.

Priority areas

Here is a link to the priority areas for the D2N2. Below each priority area is a list of individuals within the VCS who are interested in working in partnership to deliver collaborative projects within the priority area.

These pages were developed following One East Midlands Reach & Impact project, in partnership with ACEVO, running a series of workshops across the D2N2 area in late 2013 and early 2014 to help third sector organisations, funding advisers and development workers start to prepare and think about how taking advantage of opportunities in the next EU Structural and Investment Funds 2014-20 programme.

If you would like to get in contact with one of these individuals to discuss working in collaboration with them or if you would like to be added to one of the lists email chill@one-em.org.uk.

Funding allocation

The LEP funding allocation for D2N2 was confirmed by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills on 17 April 2014 as €244million.

Implementation plan

In preparation for a quick start on ESIF funded projects once EU agreements are in place, D2N2 have been asked to submit an implementation plan based on the initial ESIF Strategy. As a result of growing engagement with and by the LEP and further development of priorities the LEP have decided that a period of consultation would be helpful.

The consultation is open until 14 November 2014 and can be viewed at www.d2n2lep.org/ESIF.

Useful D2N2 resources

In addition to those linked to above, the following resources produced by or relating to D2N2 may be of interest to you. This list will be added to but we would also recommend keeping an eye on the D2N2 website for updated information.

One East Midlands produces regular updates on the D2N2 LEP and the opportunities for relationships with the VCS. To sign up to receive these email office@one-em.org.uk. Previous updates are available to download below.

D2N2 Social Inclusion Advisory Group

The following resources relating from the D2N2 Social Inclusion Advisory Group may be of interest to you:

The following resources are the papers from the D2N2 Social Inclusion Advisory Group, which took place on Wednesday 30 April 2014:

D2N2 VCS representative

The new VCS representative has been appointed to the D2N2 Board.  Following Rob Crowder's retirement after serving his two-year term on the Board, we are delighted to report that Sylvia Green has been appointed as the new VCS representative, with Helen Kearsley-Cree as her deputy.

Sylvia Green has worked within the voluntary and community sector in Derbyshire since 1991 and is currently the CEO of Rural Action Derbyshire.   Rural Action Derbyshire is committed to developing dynamic partnerships within the VCS which maximise the impact of the sector and enable the sector to contribute to wider agendas including that of economic growth.  Sylvia said ” I am pleased to be chosen to represent the voluntary and community sector on D2N2 as I believe we have a great deal to offer both in terms of reach into disadvantaged communities and collaborative ways of working.   I can be contacted on 01629 592971 or s.green@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk

Helen Kearsley-Cree has worked in the voluntary and community sector since 1994 and is currently CEO of Nottingham CVS, which is a local voluntary sector infrastructure organisation. Nottingham CVS core business is to support the growth and stability of the voluntary and community sector, create the best environment for volunteering activity to flourish and support all forms of social action. Facilitating networks for voice and representation underpins this work. Helen said, “I have been actively working alongside Sylvia for the past year, seeking to develop ways by which the sector across the D2N2 area plays a full and active role in economic development. Sylvia is highly skilled and well positioned to ensure that this representative role and partnership working are meaningful for our sector. I am thrilled to be appointed as Sylvia’s deputy. Please contact me on 01159348401 or helenk@nottinghamcvs.co.uk".