Nottingham Insight


Projects currently being delivered by Nottingham City Council Economic Development are featured here.

Nottingham Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) Strategy

The Nottingham SUD strategy is an £11m ring-fenced European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme to deliver business incubation and acceleration projects in the wider Nottingham urban area. Supporting SMEs to increase their use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) while deliver carbon savings, the strategy will deliver a number of projects by 2023. The first of these to be funded is the Nottingham Trent University Enterprise and Innovation Centre. Further projects will commence in 2020.

Nottingham Works

Nottingham Works is a range of complementary activity to support young people who are NEET (not in education, employment or training) and unemployed city residents to help them re-engage with education, training and employment. Funded by the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative the programme of activity is provided by partner organisations throughout the city.

GetAhead and MoveAhead

For unemployed jobseekers we offer a range of support services to help address the challenges people face in finding work. The GetAhead and MoveAhead projects, part-funded by the European Social Fund, provide tailored support to help meet the individual needs of jobseekers.


Funding from the European Social Fund supports our StayAhead project which will helps people in employment across the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) increase their skills levels and overcome barriers which prevent them from undertaking in-work training. Our dedicated team will conduct a training needs analysis for your business and identify the most appropriate training courses for your staff.

D2N2 Growth Hub

There is a vast array of services on offer from the public, private and third sectors but many businesses struggle to find the best services to fit their needs. The D2N2 Growth Hub, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, fills this gap by providing up-to-date, valuable and relevant information, guidance and support.

The Big House

The Big House is a tailored business support programme for the Creative and Digital Industries (CDI) sector in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The Big House programme has already helped many creative and digital entrepreneurs and small businesses to move to the next level. 

Invest in D2N2

For businesses looking to invest, to relocate or expand their business in the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Invest in D2N2, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, has compelling support packages.

Derby-Nottingham Metro Biodiversity Action

Part of a longer-term programme to open up, restore and connect green/blue spaces across Derby and  Nottingham, this project supports greater biodiversity as well as improving access for people to nature sites and making the two major urban centres of D2N2 more attractive places for businesses to locate and people to live and work. The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

N2EG (Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Energy Grants)

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund, N2EG offers local businesses free energy audits and grants towards measures that will improve the energy efficiency of their businesses. Interested small or medium-sized businesses in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire should click through to the page on the link above.


Nottingham City Council is a major partner in this EU-wide project, funded through the European Horizon 2020 programme, implementing a comprehensive strategy integrating infrastructure – mobility, energy and ICT – to assure citizens' well being and making Nottingham smarter and more energy efficient for future generations.