The Derby Embassy is part of Marketing Derby’s annual calendar of events in London. As a key target market to raise the profile of Derby in the capital it is an opportunity to gather local ambassadors, business leaders, key stakeholders together with investors and developers who are looking to be part of Derby’s future landscape.
The assembled guests heard from Leader of Derby City Council, Cllr Chris Poulter at his first Embassy event since taking over the leadership role. Cllr Poulter outlined some of his priorities for Derby, including continuous momentum in the development of the city centre, including key regeneration sites in the city centre, an innovation campus at Infinity Park Derby and enhanced connectivity within the city and to East Midlands Airport. He reaffirmed that the City Council would ensure a smooth path for developers.
Also high on his list was improving the Council’s communication channels and representation for the benefit of the city and its people across political parties.
The event was held in collaboration with law firm Smith Partnership. Claire Twells, Partner at Smith Partnership took the opportunity to explain the importance of the firm’s city centre location, having recently moved their 120 operational staff into new office premises in the Cathedral Quarter. She also described how they had worked with space planning and office fit out specialist Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees to create a new office that would ‘wow’ clients and provide a visual representation of the forward-thinking law firm as well as provide a more agile workspace.
Ms Twells said, “The ability of our management team to think outside the box and look forward to the future of the firm opened the door for us to look at some of Derby’s hidden office spaces.”
Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce reaffirmed that despite the multi-billion pound global firm’s recent announcement of re-structuring and job losses it remains very committed to Derby.
This commitment is clear to see with work ongoing to build the world’s largest testbed which will be capable of developing the next generation of aero-engines, the world-class centre of innovation is still investing in new technologies in Derby and its support for Infinity Park Derby which is a significant opportunity to develop future technologies.
Paul said, “Rolls-Royce is not turning its back on Derby, far from it. We are still investing and we are committed to the city and its future. The city has a great history of innovation and we will continue to develop this into the future.”
The event was part of the "Invest in D2N2" project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth programme 2014-2020.