where world-class ideas
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Derby

a city of thinkers and makers for 300 years

Imagine a place which has been at the forefront of industrial innovation for 300 years and today is home to world-famous names such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier. This is a city where brilliant businesses have been turning inspirational ideas into reality since the creation of the first cotton spinning mills in the 1700s. It is where Florence Nightingale changed the blueprint for hospital designs and Frank Whittle drew up the concept jet engine.

Imagine a city where the railway industry grew up 175 years ago and still has the largest cluster of associated companies in Europe. This is the home of the world’s first factory, the Silk Mill, which today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Imagine a city whose people are leading the industrial digital revolution, where 11.8% of its workforce are in hi-tech functions, four times the national average.

Imagine no more – this is Derby.

This opportunity to work within an outstanding facility with a group of innovators is very much welcomed
Professor Kathryn Mitchell
University of Derby Vice-Chancellor

The Science Park

a stellar business environment

The University of Derby Science Park will create an environment which embodies the spirit of innovation through collaboration.

It will be home to dynamic, enterprising companies which thrive on creativity and a support network that will help them grow, compete and be profitable.

Adjacent to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace and within 15 minutes of global OEMs such as Toyota, Bombardier and JCB, the University of Derby Science Park is already at the heart of stellar thinking and making.

By locating here, companies will be making a statement that they want to be part of an industrial digital revolution in a city which sits at the heart of the UK’s advanced transport manufacturing sector.

Innovation through collaboration

in an industrial digital age

The University of Derby Science Park will bring together global companies and small and medium-sized enterprises with leading-edge academic researchers, policy-makers and funders.

It will encourage innovation through collaboration to commercialise world-leading science, enhance reputations and provide a stream of talented graduates with the ability to drive the future growth of the economy locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

From the jet engine to fine bone china and from the electric lawn mower to Lara Croft, great ideas from Derby have been having impact on the world for hundreds of years and that is still true today.

Derby is at the centre of advancements in aerospace, maritime, automotive and rail as well as many associated industries.

The University of Derby Science Park will be the hub of the industrial digital revolution. It is where world-class ideas will become reality.

We are looking forward to working with businesses across a range of industry sectors and seeing them develop, grow and flourish
Hari Punchihewa
University of Derby Deputy Chief Executive

Partners

at the cutting edge of industry

From precision engineering to big data and from the next brilliant idea to product prototyping, the University of Derby Science Park will be underpinned by an industrial digital ecosystem.

Our partners have the skills to provide holistic business engagement and research credentials to ensure the best possible outcome.

Meanwhile, the University of Derby is part of a worldwide network of universities that share best practice in the UK. By inspiring and innovating together, we can help your business, big or small, to excel.

The Enscite project will support all businesses that operate in the supply chains, with a focus on planes, trains and automobiles sectors, offering support in areas as diverse as green sustainability and developing new markets.

Benefits

a move which makes financial sense

The compelling case for start-up companies to move to the University of Derby Science Park is enhanced by financial incentives, backed by the Government.

As part of an Enterprise Zone, it gives companies the opportunity to take advantage of a host of business benefits offered at both national and local level, including:

  • Up to 100% business rate discount, worth up to £275,000 per company over five years
  • Gateway to University of Derby research centres and digital learning academy
  • Access to fully and part-funded support for SMEs
  • Government-ordered superfast broadband
  • Existing companies can also benefit from assistance with relocation as well as access to incubator space and iLabs in which to develop new products
  • Consideration for design and build projects that conform with the master plan for the site.
No other city in the world can match our past achievements in industry and we believe that none will match our future advancements and discoveries.
Martin Rawson
Derby City Council deputy leader

Location

perfect for any company

Right in the centre of the UK, just off the A50, the University of Derby Science Park is less than ten miles from East Midlands Airport and connections to the nearby M1 and the M6.

The Park offers flexible space with offices, workshops, conference rooms and common space for collaborations with other ambitious businesses and brilliant minds.

The wider Infinity Park Derby development will offer amenities which are so important in recruiting high-quality staff including a restaurant, café, shop, hotel, gym and nursery.

Availability

creating space that inspires

Locating at the University of Derby Science Park will thrust your company to the forefront of the digital industrial revolution.

You will be part of a culture of innovation in which working together is celebrated and growth is firmly the aim. It is where international companies will work closely with the University of Derby and its partner institutes on exciting research projects and where knowledge transfer will be the key to turning ideas into reality.

The University of Derby Science Park will have the flexibility to cater for almost every business need with offices, studios and workshops between 200 and 10,000 square feet.

Its flexible work space will suit start-ups, early-stage businesses and established high-growth SMEs hoping to establish themselves or expand.

It will also offer access to education and training resources, innovation labs, University research centres, technology and knowledge transfer.

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To find out more, speak to a member of our Science Park team:

0800 001 5500
e: innovate@uodsp.com

University of Derby Science Park
Innovation Drive, Infinity Park Derby DE24 9FU
United Kingdom

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