The Derby City Embassy came home to Rolls-Royce last night. Hosted by Marketing Derby, the Derby City Embassy is internationally renowned as an award-winning and innovative inward investment event, which brings together Derby ambassadors and investors.
Marketing Derby and the Bondholder scheme was originally launched at Rolls-Royce in 2006; the intention to hold an Embassy event in London was also announced. The first Embassy was held in the House of Commons and was hosted by then Foreign Secretary and current Derby South MP Dame Margaret Beckett.
The event was attended by 120 of the most powerful and influential people from Derby, including business leaders, major employers, politicians and civil servants.
Embassies have since been held in prestigious UK locations such as Downing Street and the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, as well as overseas locations including Cannes and Monaco, during MIPIM.
These events play a pivotal role in sparking and cultivating an interest in Derby amongst he investor community; the Embassies demonstrate Derby’s strength in a number of key areas, including hi-tech clusters, as well as its highly-skilled workforce and highlight the latest development opportunities.
The investor reception at Rolls-Royce is part of a calendar of events to celebrate Marketing Derby’s tenth anniversary.
Speaking at the event, John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "In celebrating our tenth year, and the levels of investment secured by Derby in the last decade, we wanted to bring our Embassy home and are delighted that Rolls-Royce are hosting this Investor Reception."
"Derby's public-private partnership ethos is a key factor behind the successful attraction of over £3 billion of investment since 2006."
"Marketing Derby has helped create 3,650 jobs over 3,650 days - that's one job for every day worked."
"This event is part of our plans to secure the next wave of investment for Derby."
Colin Smith, Group President of Rolls-Royce, said: “Rolls-Royce is delighted to host this event celebrating 10 years of Marketing Derby. Congratulations, and thank you for your tireless efforts to create a positive business environment in Derby.
“Over the last ten years Rolls-Royce has invested in Derby at unprecedented levels, including a recent £30m factory extension to help deliver the best-selling Trent XWB and our state-of-the-art Apprentice Academy to train the next generation of Rolls-Royce engineers. We also work together with local schools and the wider community to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers and we support the Derby Manufacturing University Technical College.
“We will continue to invest in Derby with plans for a Rolls-Royce Aerospace Campus and as partners in Infinity Park Derby. We look forward to working with Marketing Derby for the next ten years.”
Since its inception in 2006, Marketing Derby has attracted over £150 million worth of investment, and has worked with Knights Professional Services, Florida Turbine Technologies, Webhelp, White Stuff and Yo! Sushi bringing them to the city.
To close the event, Marketing Derby also previewed its new investor video, a personal take on the city called Me, Myself and Derby, which can be seen below: