Over 500 business leaders attended the Marketing Derby Annual Business Event, held last Friday at Bondholder Derby Theatre. Marketing Derby announced a number of key plans for the year ahead and celebrated the previous year’s successes.
The event, which trended on Twitter just one place behind Donald Trump, included speakers from Bondholders HUUB, Derby Museums Trust, Holiday Inn Derby Riverlights, Derby County Football Club, Smith of Derby, as well as Derby Theatre.
At the event, Managing Director John Forkin labelled 2017 "as the year of delivery." He said the city needed to land a number of key enquiries, in order to maintain momentum pre-Brexit.
John also thanked Bondholders and Derby City Council for their support over the last year, and said Derby faced a number of challenges, including supporting the St Peters Quarter and improving education in the city.
A number of initiatives were launched at the event, including the 2017 programme for Marketing Derby Ambassadors, the Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards 2017, and the Mel Morris-backed Register of Opportunities, which will be launched by Marketing Derby later in the year.
Lexus Derby was also named the 300th Bondholder.
Will Clark, Business Development Manager of Lexus Derby, said: "I started at Lexus Derby a year-and-a-half ago. At that time, I met some fantastic people and it turned out they were all bondholders.
"I wanted to join more of you and receive support, as well as supporting you back."
Marketing Derby would like to thank Bondholders Derby Theatre and Cactus Images for their help in the delivery of another successful annual event.