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Businesses asked to feedback on D2N2’s low-carbon plan

Businesses and stakeholders are being encouraged to go online and have their say on D2N2’s low-carbon plan that has been published for consultation.

D2N2 – the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – puts sustainability as central to its vision to drive economic growth in the area.

It is estimated that D2N2 will have access to a budget of circa £85 million between 2014–2020 to deliver projects contained within the plan and position our LEP area as a home for future “green collar” jobs and businesses.

This consultation plan will direct how D2N2 will support business and create both jobs and training opportunities in the emerging low-carbon sector.

A short online survey has now been set up for businesses and stakeholders to provide feedback. It is open until Friday January 31, 2014.

D2N2 Chief Executive David Ralph said: “We have already received some valuable feedback and the online survey will give everyone across the D2N2 patch the chance to have their say and influence the final low-carbon plan which has to be submitted as part of our Strategic Economic Plan to Government by the end of March.

“We are keen to widen the consultation to gather views from industry experts and those with interest and experience of seeing how the low-carbon sector can drive forward economic growth, innovation and job creation.

“It is a chance for people to engage with us on such an important sector that is crucial to economic growth and the more feedback the better.

“The key question is how do we ensure that the 55,000 extra jobs created in the next ten years in the D2N2 area are the right sort of jobs – higher-skilled, sustainable, providing a living wage and are accessed by local people in local companies?”

The Strategy and online survey can be found at www.d2n2lep.org/lowcarbon

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