D2N2 Growth Hub Supporting Growth

D2N2 UpScaler Showcase Celebration

Event Information:

Type: Business Growth

Date: Monday, 29 March 2021

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

Join us on our UpScaler Showcase event which will celebrate the success of the D2N2 UpScaler project and be a true celebration of business growth. Expect a keynote speech from David McDowell, COO at BrewDog. In addition to this, we’ll hear from a range of UpScaler clients about their Scale Up journey.

The D2N2 UpScaler project has been a fundamental support initiative for growing businesses in the D2N2 area for over two years now. Delivered in partnership with the East Midlands Chamber and Nottingham Trent Business School, the project has offered growing businesses a wealth of support including: guidance from a dedicated business adviser, access to a grant for coaching support, access to a graduate talent grant, peer network activity and a comprehensive events programme covering topics specifically designed to upskill the business.

This virtual event will be a celebration of growth – we’ll hear the inspiring story of BrewDog, the well-established craft beer company that has seen significant growth over recent years. We’ll also showcase the key achievements of the project and more importantly the impact that this has had on hundreds of enrolled businesses. Finally, we’ll take a look to the future of high growth business support.

Who should attend this event?

This event is open to growing SMEs in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire who want to know more about the impacts that Scale Up support can have on their business and what the support landscape looks like.

We would also like to encourage all enrolled UpScaler clients to join to find out more about the future support available to them.


  • 1.00pm – 1.10pm  - Joining
  • 1.10pm – 1.30pm - Intro Presentation from the UpScaler team
  • 1.30pm – 2.30pm – Keynote speaker, David McDowall – BrewDog
  • 2.30pm – 2.45pm - Break
  • 2.45pm – 3.00pm - Cherry Professional, Danielle Asano
  • 3.00pm – 3.15pm - Oasis, Tony Buck
  • 3.15pm – 3.30pm -  ITP, Jon Parker
  • 3.30pm – 3.45pm – Alpha Rail, Mark Sipson
  • 3.45pm  – 4.00pm – Roundup presentation and close

Keynote speaker

David McDowall is Group COO at BrewDog, which now has 4 world class craft breweries around the world, exports to over 60 markets and has 100 bars around the globe. David drives an incredible leadership team to deliver the day to day operations and strategic growth of the business, as it continues its rapid growth. He has led the charge as BrewDog has built its UK and international bars business (adding over 80 locations in the last 5 years….) and steers a passionate team who lead the business into its second decade.