A Derby business showcase event at MIPIM UK yesterday explored how the new Derby-Nottingham Metro Strategy could deliver growth for both cities, with a public-private sector panel including representatives from Derby City Council, East Midlands Airport and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
An audience of property professionals at MIPIM UK, held at London’s Olympia, heard panellists – Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, Jack Kelly, Head of External Affairs for East Midlands Airport, David Ralph, Chief Executive of D2N2, Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council and Jamie Kerr, Managing Director of HS2 Growth Partnership – discuss how the cities of Derby and Nottingham are collaborating on economic development, strategic infrastructure and investment.
A key point from the session, moderated by Marketing Derby’s John Forkin, was that Derby and Nottingham should be shouting louder about their strengths in order to be globally competitive, with David Ralph highlighting excellent connectivity, low cost and quality of place as assets for attracting investors.
HS2 was seen as a vital development for Derby and Nottingham, bringing increased capacity, inter-connectivity between regional cities and delivering a step change for the East Midlands’s economy. Jack Kelly, of East Midlands Airport, said “The truly transformational effect of HS2 is in the eastern leg”, and Derby City Council’s Martin Rawson noted “the real opportunity” that HS2 would bring for local businesses working in the rail sector with Derby already having the largest rail cluster in the world.