D2N2 launches new advisory panel to support manufacturing sector in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has set up a new manufacturing advisory panel to support and accelerate the growth, productivity, and competitiveness of the manufacturing economy in the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Monday, 5th July 2021, 4:31 pm

D2N2 estimates the manufacturing sector employs more than 125,000 people and generates £7.2 billion into the region’s economy and has the largest cluster of transport manufacturing and R&D in the country.

The LEP will be working with local manufacturing business leaders, the region’s universities, local authorities, and business organisations, including Make UK, to champion and strengthen manufacturing across the region and improve the region’s economic performance retaining to excellence in sectors including aerospace, automotive, food and drink, medical and rail.

Primary objectives of the panel include developing an action plan for competitive and sustainable manufacturing, and co-ordinating, facilitating and forging closer links between academia and industry with a focus on supporting businesses to adopt new digital innovation and disruptive technologies and embrace low carbon growth.

Martin Rigley is chairman of the new panel. Photo: Ashfield District Council

The panel will also forge strong connections at a national level, particularly with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and Innovate UK.

Martin Rigley MBE, chief executive and managing director of Lindhurst Engineering, and chairman of the new D2N2 panel, said: “Clearly the way manufacturers do business is changing at a rapid rate and it’s important that manufacturing is prepared to face the challenges this brings, particularly in the adoption of digital technologies and meeting net zero targets.

“The panel is sector and size-agnostic and aims to use its strong network amongst businesses, large and small, supported by strong further education and higher education representation to guide manufacturing businesses in our region through an evolving way of doing business.”

Sajeeda Rose, chief executive of the D2N2 LEP, added: “Manufacturing is our region’s largest sector and employer.

"As we transform into a more competitive, greener economy, our manufacturers will need support to embrace industrial digitalisation and net-zero challenges.

“We are proud to be bringing together such an impressive group to provide a strong voice for manufacturing across D2N2.”

Charlotte Horobin, regional director for Make UK in the midlands and east, commented: “Manufacturing is key to the prosperity of D2N2, the need to ensure our manufacturers are equipping themselves with the skills and technologies to boost their competitiveness, has never been so important.”