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Living And Working In Derby

Joanna Clare

The historic city of Derby which is in south Derbyshire, sits on the banks of the River Derwent in the region of the East Midlands. It is classed as the most central city within the UK so anywhere in the country can be readily accessed, as well as being the largest city in Derbyshire county.

East Midlands Airport is the nearest to Derby and there is also an excellent rail network with an average train journey lasting less than two hours.

The train station was once headquarters for the Midland Railway with its locomotive and carriageworks and was a major employer. The station has now been fully modernised but still retains the original clock feature.

Iron foundries, paint manufacture and brewing were strong industries in addition to textiles. Once a factory was opened by Rolls Royce in the early part of the twentieth century, cars and aircraft engines were built.

Today, Derby remains a very established and productive city, offering high quality employment opportunities especially with advanced manufacturing and engineering proving to be very strong and efficient sectors in the city. Other strong sectors include creative and digital, logistics and food and drink. Earlier in 2022, Derby was considered to become the fastest growing economy of any city in the East Midlands by the close of next year with thousands of new jobs being created. This highly focused and resilient city has contributed billions of pounds in economic output and the county of Derbyshire can boast higher than average employment rates.

The University of Derby has strong industry links and has a very set focus on applied learning. It is a consistently popular university with students due to the fantastic facilities and excellent teaching.

Vibrant Derby has much to offer and a small selection is described briefly here. Derby Cathedral is situated in the city centre and is community focused. Embracing all faiths, the cathedral has something to interest everyone. It is a stunning building with a rich history and has many interesting stories to tell. For fine Georgian architecture, Pickford’s House is a must and Derby Museum and Art Gallery is home to a marvellous selection of collections.There are plenty of green spaces such as Markeaton Park and Locko Park for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Derby can offer markets, unique shops, culture and history in the Cathedral Quarter Derby as well as all the regular high street names, top leisure and fantastic dining experiences within the city.

The outskirts of Derby has some breathtaking countryside with plenty of picturesque villages in the Derbyshire Dales with gorgeous views and amazing backdrops of green hills and meandering pathways. The inspiring Peak District National Park offers moors, dales, farmland, spectacular wildlife and unbeatable tranquillity.

Derby is a wise choice when deciding where to settle due to the good standard of living, fantastic employment prospects and wonderful surroundings as well as the friendly community spirit that is widely apparent in Derby.

Looking for a Career in Derby? We are hosting a careers fair at Pride Park on Wednesday 26th October, between the times of 10am-2pm. Ours event are completely free for jobseekers and are a great way to meet hiring companies around the city. Find out more here!

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