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Business owner vows to bang the drum for SMEs

Bid-writing specialist and local FSB member, Rachel Hayward, has been appointed to the Business Growth Advisory Board of D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, which is the private sector-led partnership between business and local authorities which promotes economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. 

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Rachel, based in Derby and Burton, set up Ask the Chameleon four years ago and has since secured £4m in bids, contracts and funding for clients across the Midlands ranging from entrepreneurs to larger companies as well as charities and public sector organisations.


Last year, she was part of the prestigious Small Biz 100 programme and is an active member of the FSB which represents and supports small businesses.
Rachel explained: “It is an honour to be appointed to this advisory board.  My role will be to represent the SME business community at a regional level and ensure that our voice is heard.

“My experience both in HR roles in the voluntary sector and now supporting many charities and community organisations with funding applications will, I hope, also highlight the importance of this sector in the wider economy.

“And my role as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby Business School and my wide networking circles will also enable me to share information on D2N2 LEP’s work across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.”