Derby has a rich history as the UK Capital for Innovation and is often at the forefront of groundbreaking technological advances – the Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK plant in Burnaston was the first place in Europe to mass-produce a hybrid vehicle. Derby-based Rolls-Royce has recently announced their plans to collaborate on a hybrid-electric test aircraft that will fly by 2020. The region boasts the world’s largest rail cluster, and many transport technology firms have chosen to base themselves in the city, OEM Bombardier remains the only facility in the UK to design, manufacture, assemble and test new trains. Almost 100,000 people are employed in hi-tech functions across the county.
Derbyshire is also home to a strong gaming pedigree and cluster, and the city was the birthplace of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.
Derby is the UK’s most central city, and 80% of the UK population can be reached within a four-hour drive. There are 35 direct train services to London St Pancras International daily, and Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Nottingham are all easily accessible.
There are 21 universities within one hour of the city of Derby resulting in a talent pool of over 450,000 students. The University of Derby is a Top 20 University for teaching quality and has recently been awarded a TEF Gold rating, and is involved in several incubators, accelerators and centres of excellence designed to support and encourage innovation across the region.