Days Love Business EXPO 2020

Growth Hubs Join Forces at the Biggest Free Business Event in the East Midlands

Love Business is the biggest FREE business to business event of its kind in the East Midlands. With over 200 exhibitors there are six industry sectors represented including manufacturing and engineering, innovation and technology, transport and logistics, construction and property, retail, leisure and hospitality, as well as small businesses and professional services. This year’s event is expected to attract more than 4,000 business visitors.

For the first time two local Growth Hubs, D2N2 Growth Hub (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) and LLEP Business Gateway (Leicestershire), are joining forces and will exhibit together. Visitors to their stand on A44-45 can find out about the many forms of business support available across the region for businesses seeking expansion and growth. The Growth Hub’s experienced business advisors will be on the stand and will be available to book short one to one sessions about any help or advice a business may be looking for.

Jackie Ledger, Communications and Support Officer at the LLEP Business Gateway said: “We are delighted to be partnering with D2N2 Growth Hub. This will provide a great opportunity for any business attending the event to access some free and impartial advice and support for business growth. Growth Hubs offer a single point to access information on all forms of business support, so bringing local Growth Hubs together on one stand follows this ethos. Look out for the Growth Hubs speaker session about Enabling and Accelerating Business Innovation at 9.45am. All businesses can innovate in one way or another and this short presentation is about understanding how this can be done in addition to useful information about funded support to help businesses innovate.”

Steve Megson, Managing Director of Whitwick-based marketing agency Quiet Storm is one of the organisers of Love Business. He said: "Having the Growth Hubs run a workshop to explain to business owners how to take advantage of all the support available within the East Midlands region is something I’m looking forward to. It means as a local business owner I can get access to the people with the knowledge and answers all in the same place, on the same day. With so much going on at Love Business my advice to anyone thinking of attending is book your free ticket online at to avoid queuing and have a plan for the day - so you get the most from the event.”

Simon Hall, Project Manager at D2N2 Growth Hub commented: “Most businesses aren’t bound by geography – they want to grow and attract customers from outside of their immediate locality. It therefore makes sense that we join forces with our fellow Leicestershire Growth Hub so that businesses across our respective regions get the best of both worlds.”

The Love Business Expo will take place at Donington Park International Exhibition Hall, near East Midlands Airport, on Thursday February 16 from 9am to 3pm.

To find out more about how Growth Hubs can support your business please contact:

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Email at [email protected] or call the information team on 0333 006 9178


Email at [email protected] or call the information team on 0116 366 84 87

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