Marketing Derby 2018 in brief

We've had a busy year at Marketing Derby. There's been plenty of events, awards and exciting news so we thought we'd give you a quick overview of the highlights.



As with the start of any new year, it brings an air of optimism for what lies ahead, and in keeping with this we held our Annual Business Event (ABE), a vibrant mix of films and presentations from special guest speakers with a business audience of 500. This year’s keynote speaker was Leigh Timmis, a round-the-world-cyclist, who took up the gauntlet of the “Dared to Dream” slot. MDTV was also launched and has covered key Marketing Derby events throughout the year. Book yourself for next year’s ABE here.


With the year firmly underway, it was great to see that Derby was featured in the Times of India newspaper following an inbound visit. We were very pleased to be recognised as having the best strategy for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) of all small cities in the UK, scoring second in the whole of Europe according to the Financial Times fDi Magazine’s European Cities and Regions of the Future report.


March is usually one of our busiest months, and this year it was no exception as Marketing Derby headed over to the the world's largest property exhibition, MIPIM where we played a key role in the Midlands Pavilion, promoting the vibrancy and opportunities available in Derby and Derbyshire. Over 120 delegates packed into the Derby City Embassy at MIPIM to hear about the latest investment and development opportunities and we did it all again to a local audience at Déda.

We joined forces with fDi Intelligence, part of the Financial Times group adopting its sophisticated Geographic Information System (GIS) Technology to enhance the way investors looking to invest and locate in Derby and Derbyshire can access local data.


It was announced that Derby came second in a list of 'Best locations to earn a living.' appearing just behind Crawley and ahead of Southampton.

There was an April shower of success for Derby and Derbyshire athletes who brought back a bucket full of medals from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. It was noted that if Derbyshire was a country we would have stood between 11th (Malaysia) and 12th (Singapore) in the overall medal table.

We also welcomed Helen and Stuart to the Marketing Derby team.


This month the Derby Insider Tour was launched, designed to give exclusive insider knowledge of Derby. The dates for next year have been announced so check the calendar here.


The ‘Made in Derby’ star walk was unveiled. Mosaic and cast iron plaques commemorating ten celebrities, noted for their achievements in business, visual & performing arts, sports, politics, peace campaigning, innovation and industry, were selected from hundreds of public nominations by a panel. Look out for phase two in 2019!

Derby, Leicester and Nottingham also collaborated with East Midlands Airport post-MIPIM.



We were lucky enough to catch an interview with Sir John Timpson CBE of Timpson’s at a Derby Book Festival Bondholder event whilst Marketing Derby Managing Director John Forkin was invited to cut the ribbon at the installation of the latest tower crane on the city's skyline. King's Crescent, a new development of high-quality apartments based on a Georgian crescent, demonstrates the strength of Derby's continued regeneration. Completion is expected in 2019 with all apartments set to sell out before the grand opening.

We also were very excited to host the 30th Derby Embassy at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall in London.



We held our sixth Property Summit at the Roundhouse, which is the largest commercial property event in the region with around 300 senior-level delegates attending from across the UK, and a very interesting Big Talk debate was held at Hunters Furniture to discuss the changing face of the British high street.


This month it was announced that the eighteen-acre site of Derby's former DRI hospital had been sold to to allow development to proceed. Watch out for news of the plans for a resential urban village in 2019.

Derbyshire town Ashbourne gained the spotlight as the gateway to the Peak District was named the best town in the UK in which to raise a family.


On the 26th, ABE Dare to Dream star Leigh Timmis cycled into the record books, becoming the fastest person to cycle across Europe in a time of 16 days 10 hours and 45 minutes. Cycling 14 hours per day, from the west coast of Portugal to the edge of Siberia, he broke the previous world record by an astonishing eight days and seven hours.

Designs were also unveiled for 180 apartments on Liversage Street in Castleward.



Another busy month as we held our tenth Food and Drink awards. The awards, held each year, celebrate Derby’s diverse and exciting food offerings across the city and county. The recipe book called 'TEN' was also launched at the event, containing recipes submitted by Bondholders.

The London magazine Orrery was launched in Soho at a special event for the London Chapter of the Ambassadors Club.

We hosted our first joint Derby and Derbyshire Embassy event at the prestigious House of Lords, Palace of Westminster attended by over 200 guests.

Derby also climbed into the top 10 of a table ranking the UK’s best towns and cities to work in. As we work here ourselves we definitely confirm this to be true!


November saw Derby was ranked the sixth best place to live in the UK for under 30s.

Our Managing Director, John Forkin, was included in Derby Telegraph's Inspirational 250: Business Organisations for making enormous strides in raising the profile of the city.


The year was rounded off perfectly as we reached a milestone of 350 Bondholders and became proud sponsor of international photography biennial FORMAT19.

Nearly 750 Bondholder members, employees and contractors attended the annual Marketing Derby Bondholder Christmas Ball held at The Roundhouse.

To round a successful year up we beat off global competition, including New York and Hong Kong, to win the Best Investment Promotion Agency Web Strategy in the fDi intelligence Strategy Awards 2018.

Here’s to a fantastic year for Marketing Derby, and the city and county.

See you next year!

The Marketing Derby team.