D2N2 Growth Hub Supporting Growth

D2N2 Business Support Showcase

Event Information:

Type: Business Growth

Venue: The Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill, Silk Mill Lane, Derby, DE1 3AF, D2N2 - Derby

Date: Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Time: 8:30am - 1:15pm

Speaker: Various

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

Is your SME looking to find out about fully funded support available within your area? If so join us at the D2N2 Business Support Showcase event. You’ll hear directly from Growth Hub clients about the support the programme has provided their business, the future of the D2N2 business support landscape and hear from an inspiring keynote speaker.

The D2N2 Growth Hub has been a fundamental business support mechanism for a wide variety of businesses within the area for over six years. Delivered in partnership with the East Midlands Chamber and several other local authority partners, the Growth Hub provides a wealth of business support which includes: one to one business consultancy, access to finance, webinars, action planning workshops, peer networks and signposting to further support.

This event will showcase that breadth of support and the impact that this has had on local businesses that are Growth Hub clients. We’ll also hear the inspiring story of our keynote speaker. Finally, you will find out about the future of the Growth Hub and how to access the support available for your business.

Who should attend this event?

This event is aimed at trading SMEs in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire who wish to find out more about the D2N2 Growth Hub.

We welcome existing Growth Hub clients to join us in this celebration of Growth Hub support, as well as new clients.


  • 8.30am - Arrival for registration, refreshments, networking
  • 09.00am - Welcome and purpose of the event
  • 09:10am – Growth Hub success presentation
  • 09.30am - D2N2 LEP presentation – Frank Horsley
  • 09.40am - Client Showcase 1 & Audience Q&A - Client TBC
  • 10.00am - Client Showcase 2 & Audience Q&A - Murphy and Son, Iain Kenny
  • 10.20am - Comfort break
  • 10.50am - Keynote Speaker & Audience Q&A – Sarah Pittendrigh
  • 11.50am - The future of the Growth Hub presentation
  • 12.10pm - Growth Hub showreel video and close
  • 12.15pm – 1.15pm - Buffet lunch and networking

Keynote speaker 

Sarah Pittendrigh - Founder of Simply Bows & Chair Covers and Everywomen female entrepreneur of the year 2015 

Known for her achievements as a successful business mogul, Sarah has led numerous ventures, through challenging times with incredible results. In 2008 Sarah identified a gap in the market, and having hit rock bottom in her personal life, had nothing to lose when she founded Simply Bows and Chair Covers. Within three years her brand became a six-figure business, that Sarah has now established 10 further franchises around the UK and was named Britain’s Most Promising Business 2012. Through her proven strategy, Sarah has gone on to create a multimillion-pound property portfolio transforming luxury barns. For her incredible success as an entrepreneur, Sarah has been awarded the Best Small Business by WIN in 2012 and named Daily Mail Natwest Everywoman Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2015.  Sarah now leads her successful business mentoring programme, Formidable Over 40, to support business owners in achieving their goals.


This event is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub, East Midlands Chamber and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.