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An event for South Derbyshire manufacturers

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The Council is excited to announce a free event, “Support & Grow”, designed specifically for manufacturers of all sizes in South Derbyshire.

This event will be held on Tuesday 16 July 2024 from 7:30am to 10am at The Hive on Sharpe’s Industrial Estate in Alexandra Road, Swadlincote DE11 9AZ. The aim is to connect local manufacturers with support services provided by the D2N2 Growth Hub, East Midlands Chamber, East Midlands Manufacturing Network and other agencies.

The event will kick off with East Midlands Chamber providing an overview of support available from the agencies, followed by a presentation on the Made Smarter programme, and then an opportunity for attendees to learn about the East Midlands Manufacturing Network.

Devtank, a local manufacturer, will share their experience of benefiting from these support services. The event will continue with opportunities to network with peers and have one-to-one discussions with advisers to address specific business needs.

This will be an insightful morning with the opportunity to learn about fully funded advice, training, consultancy and the East Midlands Manufacturing Network.

For more information and to register, please visit:

The Made Smarter initiative aims to connect manufacturing industries to the digital tools, leadership and skills they need to drive sustainable growth. The programme can offer access to digital technology advice and grant funding for eligible businesses, together with the development of leadership skills to lead digital transformation.

The event will provide an introduction to the East Midlands Manufacturing Network, which is exclusively for manufacturing businesses irrespective of size, and provides a trusted business-led support network for manufacturers. The Network offers opportunities for problem solving in a collaborative environment, sharing of best practice for manufacturing, help to overcome business growth challenges and access to specialist advice and financial support.

The event is part of the South Derbyshire Accelerator programme of business support, also including business grants, workshops, training and energy audits – for further information:

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit

18 June 2024

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