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Living And Working In Derby

The vibrant and bustling 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 it 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 to the capital taking less than two hours.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
April 8, 2024

The vibrant and bustling 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 it 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 to the capital taking less than two hours.

It is interesting to note that the now fully modernised train station still retains the original clock feature. The train station was once headquarters to the Midland Railway with its locomotive and carriageworks being a major employer. Fast forward to now and Derby has recently been named as the new headquarters of the Great British Railways, promising to deliver high skilled jobs to the area.

Derby has a rich and varied history dating back from Roman times. By the time of the Industrial Revolution, Derby was an important centre for manufacturing which included goods such as silk and porcelain. Textiles, iron foundries, paint manufacture and brewing were also becoming prominent industries.

During World War 2, Derby was also a key sector for the aircraft industry with several factories located here including the globally respected Rolls Royce, who remain in Derby and which produced the famous Merlin engines that were used for the Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.

Today, Derby remains as an established and productive city with a highly skilled workforce offering high quality employment opportunities. Key sectors include advanced manufacturing and engineering, aerospace, rail, education, administration, health and social care, retail and leisure, technology, IT, and professional, financial and business. Home to world leading industry, the area boasts a higher than average employment rate and welcomes around eight million visitors each year.

The University of Derby is a modern university and is renowned for its commitment to providing a high quality education to its students through its supportive community, state of the art facilities and firm focus on student wellbeing. This multi award winning university is in the top 20 for teaching quality and overall student satisfaction and promises to continue to positively change lives through ongoing ground breaking research, the standard of teaching and commitment towards sustainable living.

Derby has a lot to offer and with so much to see and do, it would be impossible to list them all. Derby Cathedral ~ The Cathedral of All Saints, founded in the tenth century, is situated in the city centre and is very community focused. It embraces all faiths and the cathedral always has something going on that will 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 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 in addition to the friendly community spirit that is widely apparent in the city.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on April 17th between 10am - 2pm. The venue is Pride Park, DE24 8XL. This popular stadium has been Derby County’s home football ground since 1997 when the club relocated from its former home. In addition to home games and other sporting events, the stadium is used for a variety of activities which include weddings, conferences and even major international music concerts.

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