It’s that time of year again (already) and Team Derby has arrived at MIPIM - very high winds made for a turbulent arrival into Nice, but we made it!
I’ve spent the best part of the year to date preparing for this week - planning the logistics, events and booking a busy schedule of 1-2-1 meetings for all our team members. As we head into a week of presentations and pitches, our narrative is honed so that Derby stands out amongst the hundreds of other locations competing for investor attention this week.
Derbyshire is well known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, and Derby has long been heralded as the UK Capital for Innovation. We are home to global giants such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota Manufacturing UK and Bombardier. Recent announcements including the opening of the Nuclear AMRC and a new research and innovation centre at Infinity Park Derby also feed into the narrative. Home-grown SMEs pioneering new technology are ensuring Derby stays at the forefront of global industry across a whole host of different sectors.
Our key headline sponsor The University of Derby has recently enjoyed a meteoric rise through the league tables and is rated TEF gold standard for teaching excellence. Currently plans are being considered to expand its reach beyond the Kedleston Road campus further into the city centre and to a purpose built Science Park on Infinity Park Derby.
So why is all this interesting to the investors and developers we’re looking to court at MIPIM this year? Derby is a place people come to, to work and live. All the above means the city has the highest average salaries in England outside of London and the South East, and this, coupled with the relatively low cost of living gives Derbeians the highest disposable income in the UK. Derby regularly features highly on league tables charting GVA, economic growth and the best place to live and work, but for years no new offices or housing have been built in the city centre. Regeneration is finally underway, as investors and developers start to understand the opportunity in Derby.
MIPIM offers us the chance to showcase our city on a global stage and we will use the week to show the world why Derby should be on their radar.