New year, new era for LEP

At this year's Marketing Derby Annual Business Event Sajeeda Rose, newly appointed Chief Executive of Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership outlined the role of the LEP and its priorities.

Sajeeda told delegates that the New Year sees the start of a new era for D2N2 LEP with a newly appointed Chief Executive in Sajeeda, a recently appointed Chair in Elizabeth Fagan, former MD of Boots as well as Deputy Chair, David Williams who is also Chair of Bondholder Geldards. It also has an aim to increase the representation of private businesses on its board to strengthen the business voice.

The D2N2 LEP is the 5th largest LEP by population and works in partnership with public and private sector to enable growth.

The LEP has just set a 10 year strategy for long-term growth with key priorities to improve productivity and innovation in the region as well as to support skills and education.

She said "We are proud to say that the Growth Hub element of the LEP has supported over 7,000 businesses in the 4 years it has been operating and have supported many great projects. This showcases true collaborative working."

Sajeeda welcomed the work of Marketing Derby and its contribution in attracting inward investment and jobs into the area.

D2N2 supports the presence at MIPIM and has recently become a Marketing Derby Bondholder.