Marketing Derby Rising Star Award

Each year, Marketing Derby, the city’s inward investment agency, gives the opportunity for an up-and-coming entrepreneur in the city to receive a complimentary year’s Bondholder membership, along with local publicity and invitations to must-attend events.

In its first year, the accolade was awarded to University of Derby graduate Edward Hollands, Owner of start-up business Driven Media.

Ed says: “Being the first Rising Star was a real game-changer for me. The chance to network with the business leaders of Derby and knowing I had their full support was a fantastic opportunity and really set me off on the right foot.”

Last year, it was the turn of The Rested Cocktail Co, who had the opportunity to tell a gathering of 500 Derby business people about their company at the Marketing Derby Annual Business Event and exhibit at the Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards 2017.


Criteria for Entry

To apply for the Marketing Derby Rising Star Award, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been registered as a company in the last year;
  • Be based in Derby or Derbyshire;
  • Annual turnover must not exceed £286,879

To apply, please email by the 6th January and outline your business idea, a brief background of your story so far and why you would like to become the next Rising Star.

The applications will be shortlisted and successful applicants invited for a short interview and a winner announced at the Annual Business Event on the 19th January 2018.