Why Derby matters to Rolls-Royce

Group President of Rolls-Royce, Colin Smith, welcomed delegates to Marketing Derby's 10 Year Anniversary Embassy event last night and talked about the company's story in, and commitment, to Derby, where it now employs 15,000 people.

As Marketing Derby's first ever Bondholder, Colin outlined Rolls-Royce's dedication to its role in "Team Derby" and how it works closely with the local business community, education providers, local supply chains, the Derby Renaissance Board and as ambassadors of the city.

Speaking at the event about the importance of the STEM agenda for Rolls-Royce, Colin said: "We want world-class people - having a world-class city is a fundamental part of that."

Colin talked about Rolls-Royce's history in Derby, the ongoing developments and impressive £76billion order book which firmly secures the company's future in the city. Colin said: "Our success is due to our consistent investment in people, industry and infrastructure. We will stick with Derby."

As a token of appreciation, Marketing Derby board member and Editor-in-Chief of Trinity Mirror East Midlands, Steve Hall, presented Colin with a framed collection of images celebrating the ten year partnership between Rolls-Royce and Marketing Derby.

Colin concluded: "Rolls-Royce matters to Derby, and Derby matters to us."