County makes quality pitch


Delegates heard from Frank Horsley, Head of Economic Regeneration for Derbyshire County Council, who outlined the Derbyshire offer to investors and developers at MIPIM, highlighting the excellent connectivity at the heart of the UK, alongside opportunities for capital investment at key sites.

The economic strengths of the county were highlighted to a packed audience showcasing the globally recognised and committed manufacturing businesses as well as a reputation for modern engineering excellence.  Global grands such as Toyota, John Smedley, Thorntons, Buxton Water as well as strong and well-established supply chains underpin this reputation.

A sense of the ambition of the county was given through key schemes spanning the breadth of Derbyshire, including premier industrial/ distribution developments at Markham Vale, at J29A of the M1, and Bondholder CWC’s Dove Valley Park at the centre of one of the country’s most important manufacturing areas in South Derbyshire.

Redevelopment and restoration of Grade-1 listed Buxton Crescent will put the spa town back on the international map with plans to include a 5* hotel to return one of England’s finest Georgian buildings to its glory.

The quality of life available in Derbyshire is second to none and forms a key part of the decision-making of businesses choosing to locate in the area.

Frank Horsley said “I strongly believe that we have an offer that is truly unique for investors which helps Derby and Derbyshire stand out from the crowd.

“As birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, enterprise and innovation is in our blood.  We are justly proud of Derbyshire. It is an exceptional place to live, work, visit and invest.”