Our Opportunities

The Invest in Derby service is provided by Marketing Derby – the only Investment Promotion Agency to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise; the prime reason being the bespoke service we provide to potential investors.

Your enquiry is important to us, whether you are looking for your new commercial space, residential investment opportunity or space for an exciting new retail or food outlet.

Being part of the local business community, funded by our 350 business Bondholders, we have our fingers on the pulse and are therefore aware of investment opportunities which are not yet on the official pipeline.

Let us help match your requirement with the latest opportunities; take advantage of being part of Derby’s thriving economy or locate in a city centre which is repurposing as a life-sized city for working, living and visiting.

Key Sites

Cultural Heart of the City

Based in and around Derby’s award-winning, historic Cathedral Quarter, the Cultural Heart of the City scheme is the linchpin of a dramatic rejuvenation of Derby’s city centre. The scheme will offer a range of leisure, commercial and community facilities, connected to a new business and residential district, incorporating the Bold Lane area and Northern Quarter.

Within the proposed plans is a new cultural, commercial, and creative public space, located on the site of the former Assembly Rooms and set in a redesigned and enhanced Market Place, which will become a focal point for the city.

Market Hall

Completing in 2025, the £35m Victorian Market Hall will create a hub for F&B operators, pop-ups and makers and traders.

Adjoining the Market Hall, Levelling Up funding will be used to refurbish the Guildhall Theatre and bring a much-loved heritage building back into use.

Becketwell

The Becketwell scheme brings forward the regeneration of a key 4.7-acre brownfield site at the heart of Derby city centre. ‘The Condor’, a 259-bed Build To Rent apartment scheme operated by market leader, Grainger plc opened on-site in Summer 2023.

With a new public square created, a further addition to the site is a 3,500-capacity music, entertainment and conference venue in a new purpose-built facility, due to open in 2025 and be operated by world leader ASM Global.

Site developers, St James Securities, are currently seeking uses for the final phases of the scheme, which could include an up-scale hotel, student accommodation, office and commercial space.

Infinity Park Derby

Infinity Park Derby is a 100-acre commercial and technology park adjacent to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace. It is home to Rolls-Royce’s new Nuclear Skills Academy, training 2,000 new apprentices over the next ten years and the UK’s latest Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC Midlands). The first High Value Manufacturing Catapult facility in the East Midlands linking industrial supply chains with cutting edge research.

The site has been recommended by Derby City Council to be included in a bid for an East Midlands County Combined Authority (EMCCA) Investment Zone, offering a range of incentives, and forward funding has been secured  from Logicor for a 507,000 sq ft speculatively built distribution warehouse development. 

Plots are available on a design and build basis and can be purposed for a range of uses including manufacturing, R&D, office and distribution.

To the south of Infinity Park Derby, £70m of Government funding will create a new junction on the A50 trunk road (M1/M6 link road), unlocking land in preparation for major mixed-use developments, including phase 2 of Infinity Park Derby and a new garden village of 4,500 homes.

St. Modwen Park Derby

This 67-acre, high profile industrial logistics site is being developed by St. Modwen Logistics, adjacent to the A52 and Derby’s premier business park, Pride Park.

It provides high quality logistics and production space through a combination of speculative and bespoke developments, with Rolls-Royce, Vaillant, Getinge and Kia all locating on site. Phase 1 is now complete, with Phase 2 underway. Each unit is being developed in line with St. Modwen Logistics’ Swan Standard to deliver high quality, sustainable outcomes.

SmartParc SEGRO Derby

Built across 2.4million sq ft, this £300m state-of-the-art food manufacturing and distribution park will be home to the first low-carbon food manufacturing community, employing 5,000 people and paving the way for the industry to collaborate to meet the challenges of sustainable production.

In 2022, German meal kit provider, HelloFresh became the first business to take residency on SmartParc.

University of Derby – City Centre Campus

The University of Derby continues to develop its campus and student accommodation and is developing its strategy for a greater presence in the city centre. Having raised £70m in the capital markets, a new Business School is currently under construction and set to open in 2025 adjacent to the University’s iconic Law School at One Friar Gate Square.

The University intends that the new Business School will be a catalyst for further development of the City Campus.

Guide to Investment

Investor confidence in Derby is high, with over £3.8bn of investment (2011-2023) and £1.6bn in the pipeline. The Derby Investment Guide showcases the strength of the city’s offer to businesses and investors seeking investment opportunities and new locations.

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