Brexit Readiness Courses

The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce runs a varied range of business training programmes and events, which take place throughout the year across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

Find dedicated Brexit programmes and events near to you:

Digital Skills Academy

Are you ready to reach your digital potential?

Free training and support to learn digital skills that will harness your potential. Courses include digital marketing, web development, cyber security and more. Please see the invitation below for more information.

D2N2 Growth Hub's UpScaler

Tuesday 22 October, 2019
Everyday Champions Centre, Jessop Close, Brunel Business Park, Newark, NG24 2AG

If your company is growing at a pace that is hard to manage, the D2N2 Growth Hub’s UpScaler project could be the ideal solution.

As an invitation-only scheme, UpScaler is open to a limited number of high-growth enterprises that are growing rapidly or planning to do so. Businesses that are scaling up; have the potential to scale-up; or are ambitious to grow will be considered for the programme.

Benefits of joining D2N2 Growth Hub’s UpScaler include access to a customised range of proven business support workshops, peer-to-peer events and a management development programme, enhanced by a grant scheme to subsidise the cost of additional support.

Who Should Attend?

Senior managers from businesses and SMES based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire that are growing and have the potential to scale Private sector and public sector service providers who would like more information and can signpost other businesses onto the D2N2 Growth Hub Upscaler project.

There are three eligible categories of high growth business:

  • Scale-up businesses - businesses with between 10 and 249 people, turnover between £1m- £45m and annual growth of 20%+ for the last three years.
  • Potential scale-up businesses - businesses with between 10 and 249 people, a turnover of £1m- £45m and that have achieved annual growth of 10%+ for the last three years or 20% + for the last two years.
  • Ambitious businesses – SMEs that do not fit the criteria above but can achieve some or all of the scale-up characteristics outlined below.


8am - 8.30am: Registration, breakfast and networking
8.30am - 10am: Speakers and Q &A
10am - 11am: Meet with D2N2 Growth Hub ScaleUp Advisers, networking and refreshments

To see if your eligible visit the D2N2 website or book a free place.

For more information please email Sue Nattrass

Starting in Business

10,11 and 25 October 2019 
Newark Beacon Innovation Centre 

If you're looking to start up a new business or already have a trading business find out more information about a free course which will provide assistance to help you develop your ideas or business.

From bookkeepers and beauticians to cupcake bakers and care agencies, whatever business you dream of starting NBV can help you to transform your idea to a business and support you with a fantastic package of training and funding.

If you are interested and would like to attend please register online or email Sue Nattrass

Future First Careers Expo 

Showcase your business to employees of the future! 

Wednesday 6 November 2019
Newark Showground
930am to 3pm 

A call to the business community to engage with years 11-13 from schools within Newark and Sherwood.

Future First can help -

  • Raise brand awareness 
  • Raise the profile of your organisation with future workforce
  • Support your corporate social responsibility
  • Uncover and build talent pipelines
  • Share career opportunities
  • Being part of a young person's life

Exhibit for FREE with sponsorship opportunities available

For further information please email Veronica Dennant  or call 01636 655260

How to Secure Public Sector Contracts

Tuesday 19 November 2019 
Summit Centre, Kirkby in Ashfield 

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Partners have a arranged a public procurement seminar which is aimed at any small and medium sized businesses based in North Notts.

This free event focuses on public procurement processes, and seeks to boost the confidence of smaller businesses to tender for locally-available work in Newark & Sherwood, Mansfield, Ashfield and Bassetlaw

For more information please see draft agenda enclosed and link with further information.

If you are interested and would like to attend please click on the following link to book your place booking page or contact Sue Nattrass on 01636 655277 or email Sue Nattrass.

Please note there is a limited amount of spaces available and only aimed at local firms in the North Notts

Dignity at Work

Wednesday 20 November 2019
Newark Beacon Innovation Centre

Every employee has a role to play in creating a positive and inclusive culture within their organisation. This free ‘Dignity at Work’ workshop will explore all aspects of workplace bullying and harassment, helping you to recognise and challenge unwanted behaviour.

It is open to every job level and is a great opportunity to bring along your own examples and questions.

The session is hosted by Camino HR and supported by Newark & Sherwood District Council and Invest Newark & Sherwood. 

For further information please ring Sue Nattrass, 01636 655277 or email Sue Nattrass.

Growing Places Fund

Round four of the Growing Places Fund is now open offering loans between £250,000 and £2million to individual companies or organisations to finance capital (building and infrastructure) investment, resulting in business growth and job creation.

Funded projects must be located within D2N2 LEP’s area, covered by the administrative boundaries of Derby City, Derbyshire County, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County local authorities.

Funding is limited and preference will be given to projects which deliver on the LEP’s strategic priorities and key areas of economic focus. More information on these is available on the D2N2 Website and in its Strategic Economic Plan.

Applicants will need to return their Expression of Interest form to Lewis Stringer by email to 

There is no cut off date by which applications must be received, at this time, though applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

Business Assist Programme

If you're a trading business you can receive expert, impartial business advice from advisers you can trust. Running your own business can be a lonely occupation. What could improve this?

How about the advice of an impartial, experienced business person? Someone to act as a sounding board, providing focussed and objective assistance. If you think you could benefit from a fresh perspective the NBV Business Assist programme could be just what you need.

Grant in Enterprise 

As an existing business you could access up to £2,500 of funding to help your business. NBV have directly supported local businesses to access over £2m in grant funding over the past 3 years and they are now offering businesses in Newark and Sherwood the Grant for Enterprise.

Eligible businesses can claim up to £2,500 for specific projects or investments. In order to be eligible you must:

  • Fit the criteria of Small and Medium Sized Business (SME)
  • Have commenced trading
  • Only trade business to business, not retail or business to consumer.

For more information on the grants available visit the NBV Grant in Enterprise website or email sue Nattrass.

Free Digital Training Courses

Brush up your digital skills with free training courses offered by eBusiness Club East Midlands.

Find out about the various training opportunities available locally.

The British Business Bank Finance Hub

The British Business Bank Finance Hub is designed to help businesses understand the financial landscape and ultimately access the right finance for their growth potential. It’s an independent, impartial digital hub designed to raise awareness of the different types of finance available for growing UK businesses.

Explore finance options and find funding to suit your business.

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