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D2N2 Annual Conference at MediCity attracts Minister

11 July 2014
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The Minister of State for Cities (Cabinet Office) Greg Clark MP is confirmed to attend the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership annual conference on Friday, 18 July 2014 at MediCity, the UK’s rapidly-expanding health, beauty and wellness innovation hub based on the Boots site in Nottingham. Over 200 entrepreneurs and business leaders will gather to hear more about how the Local Enterprise Partnership, (LEP), intends to guide significant investment projects across the region in the coming year. A £554.4m investment package has recently been announced which will allow the business-led LEP, together with local government partners, to support skills, transport infrastructure and jobs creation through its Strategic Economic Plan.

David Ralph, Chief Executive of D2N2 LEP, said the annual conference would provide a perfect opportunity for SMEs to engage with the Local Enterprise Partnership and find out how they can work with D2N2 to drive their businesses forward.

Mr Ralph said: “The growth of small and medium size enterprises is at the very heart of our Strategic Economic Plan – and helping the D2N2 area to be the UK’s most inspirational postcode.

“Whether it is business support and guidance; closer working with universities, access to finance or simply increased networking, the LEP is committed to supporting SMEs to grow and prosper, so creating new and exciting jobs.
“That’s why I would like to see as many representatives from SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire as possible at our annual conference at MediCity, a business incubator on the Nottingham Enterprise Zone which has a very important role to play in growing entrepreneurial companies in one of our key sectors.”

MediCity is based in the Nottingham Enterprise Zone on the Boots site in Beeston, and is a collaboration between Boots and BioCity, the UK's leading life sciences incubation business. The hub has attracted 20 companies since February this year and already hosts events and conferences for the UK med tech and healthcare sectors. Start-up and established companies are benefitting from BioCity's proven track record in developing the right ecosystem for companies in the sector to thrive, and from the innovation and product development knowledge of teams at Boots.
David Browning, director of MediCity says: “Our ambition is to attract and grow entrepreneurial companies so working with significant partners such as the LEP makes this much more achievable.  

“We are currently supporting businesses in a number of health-related areas including clinical diagnostics, human performance, body-care, apps for remote health monitoring, water purification and human regenerative medicine. Our collaboration with Boots is a good example of strategic business development with great international potential.”
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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

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