Thinking global

Businesses flourish in Derby. Rolls-Royce came to Derby over 100 years ago and now has its global civil aerospace and nuclear HQs in the city. Toyota UK chose Derby over 20 years ago and continues to invest in its operations here. Bombardier designs and builds trains in the city, which is the world's largest rail cluster. Together they employ ca. 22,000 people - Derby's workforce is highly skilled and the envy of many cities.

Did you know that 11.8% of our workforce is in hi-tech functions, which is four times the national average?


"Derby has been an economic success story this decade"

- Financial Times


Acting local

It's not just about our longstanding, global giants. Recognised by Centre for Cities as a top ten UK location in which to start a business, Derby welcomes and supports new enterprises with attractive incentives that help SMEs grow, as well as flexible, modern workspaces in which ideas can be nurtured.

Alongside the 21st century technology developed here, our professional and creative sectors thrive in a business community of critical mass, which prides itself on its personal touch. In fact, in 2016, the Financial Times fDi Magazine recognised Derby as a top ten European location for business friendliness.


Partnership DNA

In Derby, public-private partnerships work. 

A perfect example is the launch, in 2016, of Infinity Park Derby. This 100-acre Enterprise Zone is a joint venture between the city council, developers and Rolls-Royce.

Innovation is core to our culture - with businesses tapping into the University of Derby's R&D and knowledge transfer opportunities.

The city's education providers use local employers to shape curricula and ensure a work-ready, skills pipeline.


Unrivalled connections

At the heart of the UK, Derby is only 89 minutes from London St Pancras by train, 20 minutes from East Midlands Airport, and easily accessed from the motorway network (M1/A50/M6).


The life-sized city

Employers can recruit staff safe in the knowledge that they will find Derby an attractive place in which to live, work and relax. 

Riding at the velodrome in the iconic Derby Arena, shopping in the modern intu mall and historic Cathedral Quarter, or exploring the stunning villages and stately homes of Derbyshire - Derby offers the best of vibrant city and country life.

Changing cityscape

See how Derby is thriving as a city in which to live, work, study and enjoy.


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