Derby and Derbyshire: the UK Capital for Innovation

Recognised by UNESCO as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Derby and Derbyshire has innovation in its DNA.

Research by UHY Hacker Young identi es Derbyshire as having the fastest growing economy in the UK, with a 23% rise in Gross Value Added (GVA) over the past ve years.

Businesses ourish in the area, which has attracted over £3 billion of investment, with a further £2 billion in the pipeline.

Rolls-Royce, which employ 15,000 people in Derby, came to the city over 100 years ago and today the company houses its global civil aerospace, nuclear and corporate headquarters here.
Toyota Manufacturing UK chose Derbyshire over 20 years ago, in one of the UK’s largest ever foreign direct investments, and continues to invest in its hi-tech operations, employing 4,500 people.

Canadian-based Bombardier designs and builds trains in the city, and now hosts the world’s largest rail technology cluster.

An astonishing 12.5% of the city’s workforce is employed in hi-tech functions; four times the national average.
The area’s central location means proximity to the major motorway networks with 35 fast direct train services (89 minutes) into London St Pancras International every day, as well as access to international airports, including East Midlands, the UK’s largest cargo hub.

Both city and county are focused on attracting further investment – based on our businesses, connectivity and innovation; natural environment and iconic landscapes, exporting, cutting-edge manufacturing and the engineering firms that provide our competitive advantage and a solid platform for investors.